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      Monty Pythonâ??s Spamalot is coming to Escanaba

      <p>Director Jeff Woerpel stands in for a sick actor</p>

      If youâ??re looking for a laugh, the Players De Noc are putting on quite the show. Spamalot, the musical comedy â??lovinglyâ?? ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is coming to Escanabaâ??s Bonifas Fine Arts Center Theatre this weekend.

      "Itâ??s the skits and the comedy that you know from those movies, and to be able to recreate them on stage is really a lot of fun for us to attempt," said director Jeff Woerpel.

      The musical follows King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on a journey in search of the Holy Grail. During the show, guests get to see men get slapped in the face by fish, meet Not Dead Fred, and hear a comical generic Broadway love song.

      "You're going to hear some great voices,â?? Woerpel said, â??and we've taught six of the men to tap dance, which is not something we've done on stage before."

      The skit-style humor is recommended for ages 13 and up.

      â??People are going to walk away from this with their cheeks hurting and their bellies hurting because they're going to just be cracking up the whole time," said actress Allison Williams.

      The director is encouraging everyone to buy their tickets in advance.

      "It makes our cast excited about doing a show when they have a full audience,â?? Woerpel said. â??It gets pretty boring to play to empty seats for two months, and they're very excited to have a full audience and have that laughter and interaction with them."

      The cast and crew hope to see many familiar faces and a packed house.

      â??If you like to laugh, if you like to get out on the town, if you want to do something different this winter, come support your local theatre, come support us,â?? Williams said.

      Opening day is this Friday.

      For more information on times and to purchase tickets, visit the Players De Noc website.