Director's Note for Spamalot
Picture of Geoffrey Ward, Director

When I was asked why I wanted to direct Spamalot, I didn't have to think twice about my answer: Because it's silly! More importantly because I want to bring the wit and character of Monty Python's Flying Circus to a new generation of theatergoers— theatergoers, young and old, who may have never experienced the style of humor these talented boys from England created. For those experienced Pythoners, I want to take them back to their youth to relive the newness and off the wall silliness that Monty Python's Flying Circus was. In order to do all that, I felt that this show needed someone who gets their humor, who knows their silliness, innuendo, and has the ability to recreate it on stage. Thank goodness for the W.V.L.O. board and Nancy Kwong, my producer, who vested in me that challenge and responsibility. I feel so blessed to be sitting in this director chair surrounded by a like-minded (Pythonesque) staff of theater professionals.

Spamalot is a unique piece of musical theater. Most musical theater takes the audience through a storyline with each scene setting up the other through dialogue, dance, and music. Spamalot, on the other hand, is a tapestry of skits woven together with catchy songs and rollicking dance numbers. The show, at best, has a sketchy storyline with no real purpose other than to entertain its audience. It is intelligent farcical slapstick at its very best. Eric Idle and John DuPrez adapted Spamalot from the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The characters in Spamalot have been recreated to mirror the characters originally created by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, & Michael Palin in Grail. With the help of our wonderful staff, it is my Holy quest to bring these very characters back to life on our stage, as Idle originally wanted them portrayed: very, very, silly.

Geoffrey Ward