Hudson - The Hudson Players, Hudson's long running, award-winning community theater, officially announces its spring musical, the title of which has been kept under lock and key. Opening on April 25, 2014, the show will be the award winning musical comedy, "Spamalot," music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. The musical, which won the 2004-2005 Tony award for Best Musical, is based off of the 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." King Arthur convinces several knights to accompany him on a quest in search of the Holy Grail. Along the way, they sing and dance their way through various conundrums.
The Hudson Players are extremely excited to be able to bring this musical, fresh from the touring circuit to the community.
"There is something for everyone in this show," Publicity chair Dana Herro said. "I was laughing from beginning to end. The characters are endearing and the music ridiculously entertaining. Our patrons are in for a real treat this season. I have a feeling that we'll be drawing some very full houses."
The musical has something for everyone; simple Broadway style ballads, cheerleaders, great Monty Python comedy and the classic and not so classic love stories with knights and killer rabbits.
The show will be directed by Dave Stebbins and auditions will be Feb. 16 and 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the theatre. All roles are available. The Hudson Players encourages both veteran actors and newcomers alike to come and join in on the fun. The show will run April 25, 26 and May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 &17, 2014.
Spamalot joins three other fantastic shows this season at the Barlow Community Center. The 69th Season will start out with "Black Comedy," an enlighteningly funny farce by Peter Shaffer being presented Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013. This side splitting comedy, directed by Claudia Lillibridge, features reverse lighting where light is dark and dark is light. Thus characters stumble around blindly in the light but the audience never searches for laughs. The story from acclaimed playwright Sir Peter Shaffer (Amadeus, Equus) starts when a power outage foils the plans of a young sculptor to impress his fiancé's father and a millionaire art collector with furniture he 'borrowed' from his out of town neighbor. His schemes are plunged into chaos when a fuse blows and his neighbor returns. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the stolen items before the light is restored but ensure that hilarity ensues. Audition dates for this season opener are Sept. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at the theatre.
Next up is "The Christmas Pudding: A Largely Literary Yuletide Feast," adapted by Mark Dawidziak and Sara Showman, being presented Dec. 13 and 14, 2013. Featuring Christmas selections of all types by such writers as Mark Twain, J.M. Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hans Christian Andersen, Frank Stockton, G.K. Chesterton, Ogden Nash, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Washington Irving, this two act world premier is family friendly and will be packed with a wide assortment of Christmas goodies. The selections include poems, songs and stories that strike a variety of moods: everything from the sentimental and spiritual to the sarcastic and silly.
Following will be a production of the hysterically funny fast paced musical comedy "Lucky Stiff," directed by Rich Jagunic, to be presented Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28 & March 1, 2014. Written by Lynn Ahrens with music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and based on the book "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" by Michael Butterworth, "Lucky Stiff" is a zany, off beat, and very funny murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, missing money and of course, a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered Atlantic City uncle on vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive and showing him the required sites, he stands to inherit $6,000,000. Of course if he doesn't, the money goes to the dogs, literally. Winner of Washington's Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical.
Season Tickets are currently available at www.hudsonplayers.com and include tickets to all three main productions for $28 (that's three shows for the price of two) along with the opportunity to purchase tickets to the holiday show for the reduced price of $10 from the normal price of $14. Season ticket holders are also offered free exchanges and reserved seats for the season.
The players also offer the ability to host group outings and fundraisers before or after their productions with available onsite meeting rooms, private pre-show receptions and parties and group and fundraising ticket rates. In addition, they have a popular dinner and show option with Hudson's Restaurant on the Green, which is also available for season and individual show purchase.