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      A night of musical comedy in Negaunee

      A Tony Award winning musical is taking the stage this weekend at the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council's Vista Theatre in Negaunee. The show, Spamalot, is based off the motion picture 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' It opened last weekend but runs again this Thursday through Saturday.

      During its four-year run on Broadway, the musical Spamalot was seen by over two million people. Director Alfred Keefer could not wait to bring the show to Negaunee.

      "As soon as it got off Broadway, we thought it was perfect for PAAC because it allows a large cast; it's big broad comedy," said Keefer. "That's one of the shows that people in our area seem to like."

      The show tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table and a wide range of comedic characters, from cows to show girls. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30.

      The cast includes 23 people, including Martha Webster who plays Patsy, the assistant to King Arthur.

      "There's different styles of music, different styles of dance," said Webster. "The characters are very unique."

      The comedic style of the show was new for Webster, who has experience in other types of theatre. She expected the audience will enjoy the humor, too.

      "I enjoy some of the comedic timing and some of the jokes. We've been working on this show for over a month now, and they still make me laugh," she said.

      Keefer explained why people should see the show.

      "If you like big musicals, if you like comedy, this is one of those shows that combines it all," he said. "It's a big spectacle: we've got all kinds of big props, costumes, big dance numbers, but yet it's just one of those fast-paced comedies that appeals to a lot of different ages."

      Tickets for Spamalot are $12 for adults and $8 for students in high school and younger. They can be purchased at the Vista Theater Thrift Shop, Johnson Drugs in Ishpeming or Snowbound Books in Marquette. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit vistatheater.org or call 475-7188.