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“Spamalot” goes All In during Opelika performance

"Spamalot" won't let it be forgot that once there was a spot...

“Spamalot,” brainchild of Flying Circus member Eric Idle and composer John Du Prez, played the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday night.

The musical comedy, famous for incorporating timeless jokes from the Monty Python movies and the original BBC series, is a hit with fans not just for the nostalgia, but also for the sentience of the characters. There is no fourth wall in this self-aware play. The characters even mention the fourth wall.

At one point in the third act Arthur, King of the Britons, and the knights of his very, very, very round table have used the holy hand grenade to slay the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. After the dramatic explosion the knights find the clue which will help them recover the Holy Grail. (They’re on a mission from God, as voiced by Idle.) After much confusion — “Maybe the clue is someone’s last words! ‘Die! Oy!” — they realize the clue, D101, is actually a seat number.

Out into the crowd, where they bring up the audience-member who’s been sitting over the grail this whole time. They introduce him, pose for a picture — Polaroid existed in the Middle Ages, apparently — and make one of their pre-planned contemporary references. And on Wednesday night, King Arthur pronounced the man as a name that will ring proudly “through the Opelika-Auburn metro for years to come. He will be the next Cam Newton.”

Related: Yes We Camlet: Auburn fan views Newton saga through Shakespearean lens.

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