The laughter will be anything but canned at the Contra Costa Civic Theatre production of "Monty Python's Spamalot," the closing production of the company's 54th season, on stage June 13 through July 13.
The show is a "lovingly ripped off" version of the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and its sendup of the legend of King Arthur, cocreated by Eric Idle and winner of two Tony Awards.
Michael Ross directs the CCCT cast of Zachary Stockton as King Arthur; Jeremy Kreamer as his loyal servant, Patsy; Nicole Frydman as Lady of the Lake; Christian McCooey as Lancelot; Paul Plain as Galahad; Ever Leon as Herbert; Bob Stratton as Bedevere; and Chad Yarish as Robin; with Carl Smith, Emily Alvarado, Kristin Avila, Rachel Prow, and Liza Wallace as the Ensemble.
"I grew up on Abbott and Costello and the Three Stooges, and Monty Python owes a great deal to their brand of nonsensical humor and physical comedy," Ross said. "There is something irreverently wonderful about this type of British humor, with its emphasis on the outlandish and unexpected, that appeals to all ages. I mean, what's not funny about seeing a cow fly across the stage?
Music direction is by Michael Wiles and choreography by Rick Wallace.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at CCCT, 951 Pomona Ave. in El Cerrito. Tickets and details are available by calling 510-524-9132 or visiting www.ccct.org.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Well Grounded Coffee and Tea, 6925 Stockton Ave. in El Cerrito, is hosting a bone marrow drive registry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the effort to find a match for 7-year-old Baylor Fredrickson of Albany, who has been diagnosed with has acute myelogenous leukemia.
Shows are held on the second Friday of each month through September on the outdoor stage at Park Place and Washington Avenue in the historic downtown district.
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Dinner of beef and chicken enchiladas, rice and beans is on the menu for $15, plus an optional donation of a new pair of socks to be given to a veteran or soldier on active duty. Reservations or details: 510-223-3441 or Bob Ostini at 510-326-0844.
The day is being dedicated in memory of longtime Richmond Museum Association board member Ray Sitton who died in April. A toast and bell-ringing will be held in his honor.
A second MTC grant, for $750,000, goes to the East Bay Regional Park District "to help pay for eventual construction of the Bay Trail along the shoreline at Golden Gate Fields, between the sports fields at Gilman Street and the Albany Bulb at Buchanan," the group reports.