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Two great shows, one great time

By David M. Straight
Special to The PREVIEW

It’s a land of enchantment, wonder, knights, quests and silly fish slapping songs.

Finland!

Wait … no that’s wrong.

England!

That’s more like it.

The Thingamajig Theater Company at the Pagosa Center for the Arts presents “Spamalot,” running through Aug. 11.

This hilarious stage adaptation of Monty Python’s Holy Grail features hysterical versions of famous scenes from the movie as well as original content specific to the stage performance.  The choreographed dance numbers are elaborate and will have you in stitches.  Join King Arthur (Tim Moore), the homicidally brave Sir Lancelot (Dustin Hebert), the not so brave Sir Robin (Mark Middlebrooks), the dashing Sir Galahad (Ron Tal) and the tactical genius of Sir Bedevere (Kurt Brighton) as they search far and wide for the Holy Grail.

Python fans will thoroughly enjoy favorite scenes such as the knights that say “ni!,” the taunting of the French guards, the fearless black knight, and the peasants of England being “not quite dead.”  Even those who are not as well versed in Monty Python’s humor will laugh as the show pokes fun at itself and other Broadway plays with numbers such as “Song That Goes Like This,” sung by Jamie Finkenthal and Sir Robin’s hilarious “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway.”

Dancing girls, killer rabbits, over-the-top musical numbers and audience participation will have you doubling over in laughter throughout the entire show.

The choreography (Ryan Hazelbaker) is impressive and will have you cracking up all at the same time. The elaborate original costumes from the London run get changed faster than you can say “Ekki Ekki Ekki Ptang Zoom Boing Who.”

Due to the reception being so overwhelmingly positive, Thingamajig Theater Company has added another date for “Spamalot” on July 27, so don’t miss out on this wonderful and elaborate homage to Monty Python’s classic. Special discounts for SUN readers apply when you enter the promo code APPENDIX online.

On a more serious note, running in repetition along with Spamalot, is another stage adaptation of a favorite film, “The Full Monty,” a show about a group of unemployed steel workers taking off their clothes for a “one-night pay day.”

Oh, never mind, it’s the other hilarious half of the summer season at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. “The Full Monty” tackles some serious issues in the best way possible, with comedy. Six average, out-of-work guys hatch an elaborate scheme to make some much needed money, by stripping of course.

Featuring a cast with many of the same actors as Spamalot, “The Full Monty” takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery and finding out what really matters, while giving them a good laugh at the same time. The music runs the gamut from silly and funny to heartfelt throughout the entire show.

Jerry Lukowski, played by Dustin Hebert, leads his former co-workers — played by Steven Sitzman, Mark Middlebrooks, Barret Harper, Jeremy Williams and Kurt Brighton — in a hair-brained scheme to make some fast cash by being something the Chippendales dancers aren’t: regular guys.

Jerry and the guys soon find out that taking their clothes off isn’t as easy as they would have expected, especially with close to a thousand audience members. With the support of their family and friends the guys learn that they do have “The Goods.”

Don’t forget, ladies: The next two Wednesdays (July 24 and Aug. 7) are Girls Night Out shows.

Use the special promo code “GNO” (Girls night out) when you purchase your tickets online for special ticket pricing and two-for-one drink specials.  If you haven’t had the chance to see “The Full Monty,” I highly encourage you to come out for this wonderful show.

“The Full Monty” runs in repetition with “Spamalot” through Aug. 11, so don’t miss out.

For tickets, show times and information visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW.

This story was posted on July 25, 2013.