Monty Python-athon Takes Over Tower

Monty Python-athon Takes Over Tower

The Tower Theatre Foundationbrings the Central Oregon premiere of Monty Python’s Tony-winning musical“Spamalot” to Bend September 13-21 as part of its Marquee Series featuring live community theater productions, sponsored by U.S. Bank and BendBroadband.

Produced by Stage Right Productions, with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and EricIdle, “Spamalot” is the irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, and taunting French people. The “no-holds-barred smash hit” (New Yorker) was lovingly ripped-off from the 1975 comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The Stage Right production of“Spamalot” features a cast of 22 local actors. In true Python fashion, several of the male actors play multiple roles, including women. Directo rDavid DaCosta has been working with the cast for months. “We've harnessed some unique comedic creativity while staying true to the essence of Monty Python. Our goal is to give your stomach a workout with belly laughs!”

The Tower will also screen a Python-athon of the classic comedy movies “Life of Brian” (September 17) and “The Meaning of Life” (September 18). 

As an added bonus, the Tower hosts a free Spamalot Sneak Peek First Friday September 6, starting at 6pm. The cast and crew will share songs, scenes and dance numbers from the show.

“As U.S. Bank celebrates our 150th anniversary, we are thrilled to partner with the Tower Theatre Foundation in supporting local talent, including bringing this brilliant and funny production to Central Oregon,” said Stacey Dodson, Central and Eastern Oregon Region President of U.S. Bank. “Both U.S. Bank and the Tower have a long heritage of supporting arts and culture in our community and enriching thelives of those who call this beautiful place home.”

Stage Right Productions is a recently-formed nonprofit supporting local performing arts through 2nd Street Theater. “Bend has an amazing theatrical community and it’s exciting to showcase some of our best talent on the Tower’s stage,” says Stage Right Managing Director, Sandy Klein.  

Tower Theatre Foundation Executive Director Ray Solley adds: “With musical director Scott Michaelsen and choreographer Dakota Weeda, David and Sandy have put together a wonderfully silly and energetic musical comedy. Anyone who disagrees shall be catapulted over the castle wall.”

For more information on StageRight Productions and 2nd Street Theater visit  www.2ndstreettheater.com or call 541-312-9626.

The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide cultural and educational programs that make essential contributions to the region’s lifestyle and strength of community. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the boxoffice (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also at www.facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.

What:                   Monty Python’s Spamalot

When:                  Sept. 13-14, 19-21 – 8 pm

                                Sept.15 – 4 pm

Tickets:                $24 / $29


Plus $1 Historic TheatrePreservation Fee

541-317-0700or TowerTheatre.org


What:                   “Life of Brian” (rated R)

When:                  Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 7 pm


What:                   “The Meaning of Life”  (rated R)

When:                  Wednesday, Sept. 18 – 7 pm


Tickets:                $9

Onefree admission with each ticket purchased to Spamalot

Plus $1 Historic TheatrePreservation Fee

541-317-0700or TowerTheatre.org

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