Spreckels Spamalot Offers Phenomenal Laughs for Next Two Weekends

Top Quality Production of Hilarious Monty Python’s Classic Provides Comic Relief for Our Fire-Weary Community

For the next two weekends, Rohnert Park’s  Spreckels Performing Arts Center is providing welcome comic relief from the tragedy and sadness that has been the worst fire in local history with a hilarious, professional grade production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Tickets for the show, which will continue its run on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm from October 20 through the 28th, as well as a Thursday October 26 7:30 production and two 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday October 22 and 29th, can be purchased online for just $16 for children to $28 for adults here. 

Spamalot provides some of the best laughter value for your live entertainment bucks anywhere. Broadway touring companies are rarely this good–and they typically cost two to four times the price of a ticket in the 500-seat Spreckels auditorium.

Shannon Rider leads the excellent singing, dancing and farce-spinning cast a diva in the part of The Lady of the Lake.

Rider and the professional 18-person cast perform a brilliant rendition of “Find Your Grail,” a song that provides a surprisingly powerful resonance following the tragic Sonoma and Napa County fires last week.

This welcome contribution to the area’s entertainment fare was directed by David Yen.

Shannon Rider rocks the house as the Lady of the Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Nelson as ricking King Arthur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorenzo Alvisio sings his heart out beautifully as Prince Herbert in drag as Peter Rogers finds his truth as Sir Lancelot.

Jonathan Greenberg

The founder and Editor of the Sonoma County Independent, Greenberg is an investigative financial journalist with 35 years of experience with national publications. Greenberg also serves as founder and Executive Director of Informing to Empower, the parent non-profit of both the Sonoma Independent and the Maui Independent. Greenberg has won first prizes from the Greater Bay Journalism Awards for the past three years, starting with his coverage of the closing of County library cutbacks, and then Palm Drive Hospital. Jonathan’s professional career began as a fact checker at Forbes Magazine, where he advanced to the role of the lead reporter in creating the first Forbes 400 listing of wealthy Americans (as recounted in this recent article for Forbes’ 100th anniversary issue and more extensively in this biography of Malcolm Forbes.  Jonathan has been an investigative financial and political  journalist for such national publications  as The New York Times,  The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, Forbes, Money, Playboy, GQ, The New Republic, and Alternet.  From 2011 through 2017, Jonathan was a blogger for the Huffington Post, where his narrative-transforming reporting and analysis about subjects like Bernie Sanders, Monsanto and Native Hawaiian water protectors achieved some of the widest readership of any HuffPost writer on these subjects. Jonathan’s nearly 40 years of professional media and reporting experience has been enhanced by a Yale Law School Masters Degree fellowship program, from which he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law from internationally renowned attorney Floyd Abrams and then Yale University President Benno Schmidt. Jonathan is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Staking A Claim: Jake Simmons and the Making of an African-American Oil Dynasty, which a Washington Post Book World front page review called, “a rare biography that challenges the readers senses in the same the way science fiction does.”  In 1992, he edited Buying America Back: Economic Choices for the 1990′s, an anthology of 45 progressive solution-oriented essays called by Publisher’s Weekly,  “An immensely important resource for policymakers, community activists, and everyone concerned with building a more humane future.” As a new media innovator who has developed a half dozen interactive web platforms and dozens of content-focused web sites, Greenberg is committed to enhancing responsive government and expanding media democracy. Greenberg is founder of Progressive Source Communications, a Sebastopol-based public interest communications company. In the past, he founded and managed two other online companies, TV1.com, and Gist.com. Greenberg’s political work included serving as Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment in the years following 9-11. His work resulted in more than $250 million of federal funds being re-directed to needy businesses and constituents in the impacted area. Greenberg has been Vice President of Fenton Communication’s New York office. His work on behalf of non-profit organizations has included communications consulting for Save Darfur, Stonyfield Farm, the ACLU, and the Lakota People’s Law Project. Greenberg holds a B.A. in writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Masters Degree in Law from Yale Law School, where he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law.
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