Five scenes from The Holy Grail to gear you up for Spamalot this weekend

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Coralville Center for the Performing Arts – October 25-27, November 1-3

City Circle Acting Company will bring its production of Monty Python’s Spamalot to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. The musical — directed by Krista Neumann and based on the absurd 1975 classic — will run October 25-27 and November 1-3.

In celebration of this local production, lets take a look at five of the best moments from the musical’s source material: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Now we see the violence inherent in the system!

“Listen, Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony,” says the uneducated, filth-collecting peasant.

We have found a witch. May we burn her?

In this scene, we learn all about the complexities of witch-based science (there are many). John Cleese’s claim, “She turned me into a newt!” might be my most beloved line from the film.

We’re Opera mad in Camelot!

The true star of this scene is the starving prisoner who, while hanging from a wall and laden with shackles, still has the theatrical gusto to keep time and clap along.

I fart in your general direction.

The Monty Python crew have never been very kind to the French, which is why I’m so glad they chose to play it straight for this scene and avoid misrepresenting them.

Where’d you get the coconut?

Coconuts, swallows (both European and African) and the logistics therein are contemplated in this famous scene. Just remember, it all comes down to weight ratios.

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One last thing…

Throughout the run of Spamalot, City Circle Acting Company and the Coralville Center for the Performing arts are sponsoring a food drive in support of the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry. Bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for a chance to win two tickets to the City Circle’s production of A Christmas Carol (December 13-22).

Ticket and showtime information is available here.

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