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‘Spam,’ a lot of it, on menu for WHS music students

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“Spamalot,” sort of a comedic “knight” club and a parody of a parody, will be staged by Watertown High School music department students for four shows beginning Thursday.

“Spamalot” is a parody of the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which is a parody of the legend of King Arthur and his quest for the grail. “Spamalot” also adds tongue-in-cheek parodies of Broadway productions. The title of the musical, which opened on Broadway in 2005, is derived from Knights of the Roundtable who sing, “I eat ham and jam and Spam a lot” and other repetitive references to the canned pork product. In turn, “spam” became a term for annoying junk e-mail.

The WHS show will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

“When I first announced the show, we had two groups of people: ‘Spam-a-what’s?’ were the people who had no idea what the show was or what it was about,” said Rebecca A. Rose, music and vocal instructor at WHS, who directs the musical. “Then I had people who could recite, and did, entire monologues of dialogue from the movie. It’s been really cool to see everyone grow to love the show and bring it to life on stage.”

Four knights and the king in the production descended from the WHS stage before rehearsal on March 12 to discuss the musical and their characters. Jonah P. Stone, Jack P. Marra, Daniel J. Maurer, Brady M. Guldenpfennig and Evan D. Autote are all seniors.

“Although most of us weren’t super familiar with the show at first, once we heard that we were going to do it, we all watched it and got familiar with it,” Maurer said. “We came to love it.”

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