South Orangetown Central School District

TZ Players spring musical 2023

The Tappan Zee Players proudly present “Monty Python’s Spamalot” this weekend!

Inspired by the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” this musical comedy retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The Tony Award winning musical first took the stage on Broadway in 2005 and has been produced in venues across the globe.

“Spamalot” feels like a celebration of Tappan Zee High School’s theater program, which has worked to rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. Seniors comprise roughly one-third of the 29-member cast. “The pandemic took a toll on our program,” recalled Director Priscilla Peña-Carney. “When we resumed live productions in Fall 2021, Noah Morley, Michael Colantuoni and Louis Colantuoni were really the glue that held it together. Without their dedication and growth, this program would not be as great as it is now.”

In fact, Morley has served as the student Assistant Director for the past four seasons. “This show is particularly special because the production crew and I have gotten to work together as a team for two really good seasons of shows. We have really bonded and know how to work with each other to create a fabulous product. The same goes for senior cast and crew members who, for the most part, have been in the shows for a while and have really become a cohesive unit who can withstand the greatest challenges,” he said. “I have had a pleasure working in the theater department for the past two years as assistant director and it is an experience which I will never forget.”

“There has been just so much joy in creating this musical,” added Assistant Director Ellen Condon Macy. “We hope that the audience comes away not only with laughter but a real appreciation of how much hard work our students have put into this production. And, hopefully, it’ll introduce a whole new generation to Monty Python!”

Showtimes are 8PM this Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2PM on Sunday in the TZHS auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the start of the show or online in advance at Tickets are $10 for general admissions and $8 for students and senior citizens. Senior citizens are admitted free on Sunday.