I had to work pretty hard on Sunday night to keep my hand steady while holding a plastic cup of wine. I was laughing quite hard during the PCPA Theaterfest production of Spamalot and keeping myself from spilling was not an easy feat. I’m a relative newcomer to Spamalot and anything Monty Python, really. I’ve seen a few clips before and recognized some of the acts but I was surrounded by a theater full of folks who knew nearly every line of the show. We were all laughing and thoroughly enjoying every moment. I was sitting next to a friend who graciously let me know when I’d missed a joke (I must confess, I did have about a 10 second humor delay for the first half until I finally got in sync). My “Monty Python superfan friend” was quite impressed with the acting and repeatedly told me that it was acted just like the original. I didn’t have to recognize the scenes to laugh out loud at them. It was well done and hilarious. I’m proud to say that I didn’t make a mess of my wine either. Good wine and great entertainment under a canopy of twinkling stars – this was a great evening.
I’ve enjoyed the Theaterfest productions at the Solvang Theater this summer and each time I’ve been amazed. I first enjoyed Fiddler on the Roof with a group of friends in June – each of us having already seen it in another, larger venue. My friends and I were blown away by the quality of the show. After Fiddler, we took our seats for Spamalot with raised expectations. And yet – I was surprised again by just how good it all was. We are now marking our calendars and anticipating the show we will see next. Perhaps one of these days I’ll stop reacting with surprise.
If you haven’t seen a show in the Solvang Theater, you really must go. It’s an intimate setting, an open-air theater that allows for a great view of the sunset as the show begins and a sky full of stars when it’s ending. Book a “Theater + Stay” package with us and receive 15% off on your PCPA Theaterfest tickets. Grab a friend, a blanket, and book your package with us today!