‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ opens Beverly Theatre Guild’s season
By Jessi Virtusio firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JessiVirtusio October 16, 2013 4:50PM
In the role of Sir Not Appearing in This Show, Mark Dillon (Oak Lawn, left) is sized up by the Knights of the Round Table: Wayne Wendell (Chicago's Beverly community), Michael Neary (Chicago), Rocco Ayala (Chicago) and Jeff Pastiak (Frankfort) in Beverly Theatre Guild’s production of "Monty Python’s Spamalot."
‘MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT’
♦ 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27
♦ Morgan Park Academy Arts Center’s Baer Theatre, 2153 W. 111th St., Chicago
♦ Tickets, $20; season subscribers save 20 percent with guaranteed reserved seats and the ability for the ticket exchange of each production, and group ticket discounts also are available
♦ (773) 284-8497;
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:12AM
When it comes to Beverly Theatre Guild’s 2013-14 season, the members are living the title of a famous Monty Python song: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
That’s because the troupe, which is billed as the longest-running community theater company in Chicago, is the first community theater company to stage “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
“We are so excited to be able to do this, and we’ve been watching for the rights since it came on Broadway,” said Barbara M. Moore, publicity director for the Beverly Theatre Guild.
“We wanted to be the first one in the area to do this. It’s the biggest challenge we’ve ever had, but we’re really enjoying it so that’s the most important thing.”
Inspired by the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the musical is more family-friendly than the 1975 flick.
The show will be staged from Oct. 18-27 at Morgan Park Academy Center’s Baer Theatre in Chicago.
According to Moore, the Beverly Theatre Guild has shelled out big bucks to get the costuming, special effects, projected backdrops and sets just right for this musical.
“It’s very exciting, and we hope the audience is going to like it as much as we’re enjoying putting it up,” Moore, of Tinley Park, said.
A member of the Beverly Theatre Guild since 1980, she is never hesitant to talk about the benefits of what the troupe provides not only onstage and offstage but also on a personal level.
“Monty Python’s Spamalot” has a special place in Moore’s heart because the Beverly Theatre Guild production is dedicated to her sister Cynthea “Cindy” McKown, who died unexpectedly shortly after the troupe celebrated its 50th anniversary gala.
“Cindy loved the theater. She never was on stage, which was interesting, but she was always behind the scenes doing production, lights and sound,” Moore said of her sister, a troupe member since 1985.
“She would design lighting, did the soundboard. She would make up costumes. She loved the special effects. That was her big thing.
“She just really loved it. She loved the Theater Guild.”
Jessi Virtusio blogs at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment, where there will be more about the Beverly Theatre Guild.