Book and lyrics by Music by Eric Idle John Du Prez & Eric Idle
A new award-winning musical lovingly ripped off from the film
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese,
Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Directed by Sharon FitzHenry Music Direction by Bill Martin
Opera House Players
107 Main Street
Broad Brook, CT
December 14 & 15, 2014 at 7 pm
(callbacks by invitation: December 16 at 7 pm)
May 1,2,3, 8,9,10 & 15,16,17, 2015
Please prepare a song (no longer than one minute) and bring sheet music; accompanist is provided. Come prepared to dance (tap/jazz) and to cold read from show.
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.
KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.
LADY OF THE LAKE (30s - 40s): The enchanting diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers.
SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.
SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.
SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.
SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing.
THE FOLLOWING ROLES ARE PLAYED BY THE SAME ACTOR (20s-30s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs, claims he is “not yet dead.”
FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
MINSTREL: In Sir Robin’s band.
PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.
ENSEMBLE: Six men and six women. All of them being talented singers and dancers (tap!!). Must be physically fit and flexible – some costumes will be revealing and/or tight. Various dance styles, including cheerleading. They also play multiple roles, some featured, and various vocal types.
Rehearsals begin Mid February. For more information or rehearsal schedule, please email the director -- firstname.lastname@example.org.