Lily Keys (lower left), Evan Wellborn (top middle), Madeline Carlson (lower middle), Simon Arnason (top right) and Kira Nilson(lower right) are part of the cast of Spamalot. Summerland Secondary School will stage the production at Centre Stage Theatre from April 20 to 23 and 27 to 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the Summerland Secondary School office. (Contributed)

Lily Keys (lower left), Evan Wellborn (top middle), Madeline Carlson (lower middle), Simon Arnason (top right) and Kira Nilson(lower right) are part of the cast of Spamalot. Summerland Secondary School will stage the production at Centre Stage Theatre from April 20 to 23 and 27 to 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the Summerland Secondary School office. (Contributed)

Summerland drama students to present Spamalot

Offbeat comedy based on Monty Python’s retelling of King Arthur story

Drama students at Summerland Secondary School are bringing the humour of British comedy troupe Monty Python to the stage in April as they present Spamalot.

The musical comedy, first produced in 2005, is an adaptation of the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The play and the movie are both parodies of the legend of King Arthur.

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Heather Ayris, drama teacher at the high school, said the play will provide an upbeat break from day-to-day events.

“We needed something this year that was going to be light and funny and silly and positive,” she said.

The legendary story of King Arthur dates to the fifth or sixth century, and as a result, the play does not deal with current events or recent history. However, there is a reference to a plague, Ayris said.

“This is such a wonderfully funny show. Can’t wait to get back on stage with the wonderful students,” Ayris said.

The musical comedy is the first time in more than two years that students from the high school have been on stage.

In the spring of 2019, students staged Legally Blonde. In late February, 2020, theatre students staged Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Many of the cast members were sick at this time.

Two weeks after the final production of that play, COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.

Ayris applauded the dedication of the drama students involved in this year’s production. “As a teacher, I am impressed with our students at Summerland Secondary School,” she said.

In addition to preparing for this year’s play, drama students have been involved in some fund-raising efforts including a costume sale which raised $3,000 for the drama program and a chocolate bar sale which raised $2,000.

The play will be presented April 20-23 and April 27-30 at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland. It begins at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are available at the high school.

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