The Hudson Players, Hudson's long running, award winning community theater, recently announced that its spring musical, which will open April 25, will be the award winning musical comedy, "Spamalot," music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.
The musical, which won the 2004-05 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.
"There is something for everyone in this show," said publicity chair Dana Herro. "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 show will be directed by Dave Stebbins and auditions will be Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the theater. All roles will be available. The show will run April 25 and 26, and May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.
"Spamalot" will conclude Hudson Players' season. The theater also will stage three other shows at the Barlow Community Center. The 69th Season will start out with "Black Comedy," a farce which will be staged Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. This comedy will be directed by Claudia Lillibridge. 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 theater.
Next up is "The Christmas Pudding: A Largely Literary Yuletide Feast," adapted by Mark Dawidziak and Sara Showman, being presented Dec. 13 and 14. 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. 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 "Lucky Stiff," directed by Rich Jagunic, to be presented Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, and 28, and March 1. 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. 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 million.
Season tickets are currently available at www.hudsonplayers.com and include tickets to all three main productions for $28 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.