7/24/2015 - Summer Events Spamalot, Shakespeare in the Park, Summer Concerts, Movies in the Park, Boys & Girls Club Block Party


Photo: Left to Right Kneeling: Abigail Stokes, Lou Pipon, David Mannarino; Left to Right Sitting: Nell White, Paul White, Eric Parkin, Alexandria Pascucci; Left to Right Standing on Left: Dann Pryce, Mac McCormick, Michael Patierno, Lorraine Leierzapf, Josh Miller; Left to Right Back: Francesca Stokes and Catherine O'Connell. Photo courtesy of Teaneck New Theatre


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Teaneck New Theatre (TNT)—in association­­ with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC)—will stage Spamalot as the second production of its 29th season. The Tony Award-winning musical runs August 7-23 at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack. Curtain times: 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays; 3:00 PM on Sundays. Book and lyrics are by Eric Idle, with music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle.

Spamalot is directed by Lisa Dascoli of Little Falls. The musical director is Lodi resident Michael Wada. Danielle Nicole Tyler of the Bronx serves as choreographer. The set design is by North Haledon’s Patt Tanner.

Lovingly ripped off from the 1975 movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Spamalot won three 2005 Tony Awards, including the trophy for Best Musical, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.

The Spamalot version of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail takes some loony liberties with this legendary tale. The high jinks include gorgeous dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchman, killer rabbits, and a plague. Also on hand are Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad, the favored knights who join the King and his servant Patsy on their mission. Sooner or later this frivolous assemblage meets up with such oddball characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the villainous Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni. Matching the giddy plot are original songs like “Finland/Fisch Schlapping Dance,” “I Am Not Dead Yet,” “The Song That Goes Like This” and “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part).” Also in the music mix is “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” the hit song from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian.

These are the performers lending their talents to Spamalot’s madcap mayhem. Dann Pryce of West Orange is King Arthur. Eric Parkin of Belleville plays Sir Bedevere and additional roles. Lou Pipon of Lyndhurst portrays Sir Lancelot and additional characters. Paul White of Teaneck portrays Robin and others. Josh Miller of the Bronx plays Patsy and others. Michael Patierno of South Orange is Sir Galahad and others. Mac McCormick of West Milford is Sir Fred and others. Lorraine Leierzapf of Butler plays the Lady of the Lake.

Kicking up their heels in the ensemble are Catherine Dascoli O’Connell of West Orange, David Mannarino of N. Arlington, Alexandria Pascucci of Bloomfield, Francesca Stokes and Abigail Anne Stokes of Kearny, Nell White of Teaneck, and choreographer Danielle Nicole Tyler.

Wayne resident Michelle Womack serves as stage manager. Jacqueline Saunier of Westwood is production assistant.

Tickets for Spamalot are $18; $15 for students and seniors; and $12 for theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. Visit TNT’s web site at www.go-tnt.org<http://www.go-tnt.org/> for directions to the theatre and for credit card ticket purchases.

TNT’s British “invasion” culminates September18-27 with the satire The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

2015 Shakespeare in the Park Schedule


13th Annual City of Hackensack Shakespeare in the Park Series:

Wednesday June 17th at 7:30 “Loves Labors Lost” (Staib Park)
Wednesday June 24th at 7:30 “Loves Labors Lost” (Staib Park)
Wednesday July 15th at 7:30 “The Murder of Thomas Arden of Faversham” (Atlantic St. Park Outdoor Theater)
Wednesday July 22nd at 7:30 “The Murder of Thomas Arden of Faversham”(Atlantic St. Park Outdoor Theater)
Wednesday August 12th at 7:30 “Hamlet” (Atlantic St. Park Outdoor Theater)
Wednesday August 19th at 7:30 “Hamlet” (Atlantic St. Park Outdoor Theater)

Bring a blanket or chair and some refreshments.  

Admission is FREE.  Rain location/excessive heat location: The Hackensack Performing Arts Center, 102 State Street, Hackensack. For more information, call 201-820-3007 or visit www.hackensack.org

Summer Concerts and Summer Movies in the Park

The Concert for 7/14 was cancelled and is rescheduled for August 21st.



See Events at www.hackensack.org for more.