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Spamalot Characters & Audition Suggestions

Characters:

King Arthur - King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer. (male)

 

Sir Robin - Knight. Ironically called “Sir Robin the Brave”, though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for singing and dancing. (male, female/femme, pants roll, all gender))

 

Sir Lancelot/Lance - Knight. Fearless to a bloody fault, swashbuckling, out to prove his “manliness” - through a twist of fate, he comes out of the closet and discovers his softer, disco-salsa side. Humor, big persona.  Lancelot lives happily ever after with prince Hebert(male)

 

Patsy - King Arthur’s horse and servant. Under appreciated by always looking for Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover w/ some tap dancing a plus. Lead role. (all genders)

 

Sir Galahad- Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis becomes knighted and transforms. Strong bari/tenor (male, pants role potential))

 

Sir Bedevere- Knight of the Round Table. Enthusiastic, but inept, scholar. No Solo Singing. Funny, “straight man” role (in comedy) (all genders)

 

The Lady of the Lake - Diva with a capital “D”. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. Leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, must be able to sing in many styles and vocal registers. 

 

Angel (potential) Angelic vision to direct the knights to find the grail (female)

 

Historian - A tweedy academic. Must have excellent diction - BBC British accent a plus, tweed jacket is a double plus. (all genders)

 

Not Dead Fred - A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs, claims he is “not yet dead”, solo. (all genders)

 

Prince Herbert - The hopefully frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower, solo. Gets his broadway happy ending when he marries Lancelot in the Finale (male)

 

Robin’s Minstrels - A merry band of minstrels who taunt Robin

 

The Voice of God - all genders

 

Ensemble - singing, dancing, fisch slapping. Includes: Finland Mayor and Villagers, Singing Monks, Sir Not appearing in this film, wielder of the holy hand grenade, Knights of Ni, guards, Sir Bors who gets beheaded, can-can dancers, etc

 

Dennis Galahad’s Mother - A shrill peasant woman (usually played by a man in homage to the original Python sketches)

 

The Black Knight- no singing (all genders)

 

French Taunter - no singing (all genders)

 

Tim the Enchanter - no singing (all genders)

 

Audition suggestions:


  1. Figure out what part/parts you are auditioning for. Find a song that shows of the comic sensibilities of your role. Ex, King Arthur is more of a “straight man” in a comedic duo, Herbert’s part has a big range, Lance needs to be able to rock his coming out song, Sir Robin needs range and to sell a big show stopping number, The Lady/Ladies of the Lake need to show both range in what she/they can sing but also be able to mock broadway styles.
  2.  Find a song that shows off the kind of characters you want to play that also shows off your vocal range.
  3. I highly recommend you choreograph movement to your song. We are using your song to audition both your voice AND your acting.
  4. Come visit Dr FJ and we can talk through this
  5. Shows with a similar sensibility to Spamalot:
    1. Anything from Forbidden Broadway - especially “I dreamed a show” from Les Miz
  1. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 
  • Comedy Tonight (Arthur)
  • Free (any male lead)
  • “Bring me my Bride/Miles Gloriosus”
  • Lovely - female solo
  • That’ll Show Him - female solo
  • I’m Calm
  1. Avenue Q
  • What do you do with a BA in English / I wish I could go back to College(Male)
  • Purpose
  • I’m not wearing underware today (short, Not Yet Dead Fred)
  • Shadenfreude
  1. The Producers 
  • When you got it, Flaunt It (Producers_
  • Any male solo 
  1. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  2. Little Shop of Horrors 
  • Skid Row  (female)
  • Feed Me (male)
  • Dentist! (Female intro/male, main)
  • Somewhere That’s Green (female)
  • Mushnik & Son (any)
  1. The Drowsy Chaperone 
  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  3. Kiss Me Kate
  • Brush Up Your Shakespeare
  • Too Darn Hot (female)
  • Why Can’t You Behave (either)
  • Wunderbar (either)
  1. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 
  2. Hairspray 
  3. Urinetown
  4. Shrek
  • Don’t Let Me Go
  • I know it’s today (oldest Fiona)
  • Travel Song
  • Farquad’s Duloc song
  1. Anything *school appropriate* from Monty Python Sings. 
  2. Something Rotten

Random songs from shows:

  • Lance - Chiquita Banana song, 
  • Lady of the Lake - A Little Brains - a Little Talent Damn Yankees, Whatever Lola Wants Damn Yankees, Naughty Baby Crazy for You, Shy Once Upon a Mattress
  • Male Comedy - “Me” Beauty and the Beast
  • Not Getting Married from Company (Audition as a duet)
  • Man of La Mancha - Man of La Mancha, or anything from Camelot (for Arthur)

 


Even more songs broken down by part:

https://www.theatretrip.com/audition-songs-for-spamalot/