Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Funky Little Theater Company's Spamalot, acrobatic cats at Stargazers and more events to enjoy this week

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Monty Python's Spamalot

Starting Friday, July 19, then Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 17, Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St., $17-$19,

The anticipated 2004 Broadway debut of Monty Python’s Spamalot inspired in many of us the same worry that we feel when a favorite book gets adapted for the screen, albeit somewhat in reverse. The original movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a farcical, anachronistic interpretation of Arthurian legend, became a cult classic for a reason, and no one expected a musical theater adaptation nearly 40 years later to be so successful.

But Spamalot, which was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, follows the plot of the film closely enough to hook diehard fans, and any changes play into the same kind of humor that made us love the original — plus it incorporates bits and pieces from other Monty Python media, like a rendition of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

All of this is to say that fans and newbies to Spamalot should go coconuts for Funky Little Theater Company’s upcoming production — their first-ever musical in five seasons. “It’s just been literally one of the most enjoyable theater experiences I’ve gotten to have as an actor and as a director,” says Chris Medina, Funky’s artistic director.

Medina, who is both directing the show and playing the part of Sir Galahad, is particularly excited to welcome to the stage two newbies to Funky, Cheerish Evans as the Lady of the Lake and Josh Neal as King Arthur. Evans was recently in a TheatreWorks production of Little Shop of Horrors, and Medina says, “Cheerish walked in as the last audition slot. And I was like, ‘She can have all the parts.’” Neal, also locally based, hasn’t been actively involved in theater for nearly 20 years, but Medina says he has blown the Funky crew away with his talent.

Though Spamalot will prove an ambitious production for a small space, Funky has pulled out all the stops to make it perfect. The cast has been rehearsing since April. “We literally, like, laugh-cry, every rehearsal, and you would think that we would be immune to it by now too, because we’ve been around each other so much,” Medina says. “... But I think we’re so ready for, like, an audience. And I think that’s what the itch is.”

On July 21, after the matinee performance, Funky will be announcing its next season (beginning with On The Roof, a play about the Stonewall riots). See Funky’s Facebook page for Spamalot’s select Sunday matinees and special industry night performances.

Rocky Mountain State Games

July 19-21, prices, times and locations vary, see for schedule

Sports fans always anticipate the Rocky Mountain State Games, a weekend-plus each summer packed with sports of all kinds — even some, uh, weird ones. Sure, you’ve got your indoor volleyball (July 20-21), your tennis (July 18-21), basketball (July 19-21) and your soccer (July 27-28), but then you’ll notice air hockey (July 26-28) and, new this year, rifle and handgun shooting (July 28), along with tons of other options (sorry, you missed the Ninja Challenge in June). Participating or spectating, you’ve got plenty of options to explore.

Beer, beer, beer

719 Day Brewfest: July 19, 5-10 p.m., Weidner Field, 6303 Barnes Road, $10-$45,; Springs Beer Fest: July 20, 1-4 p.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive,

Lucky us! This week we have not one, but two beloved beer festivals hitting the Springs back-to-back, meaning you’ve got double the chance to check out some of the region’s best breweries. Coming up first on July 19, 719 Day Brewfest includes almost 20 totally local breweries and other booze-makers, like Red Leg Brewing, 3 Hundred Days of Shine Distillery and Apple Valley Cider Company. On July 20, Springs Beer Fest celebrates its 13th anniversary with unlimited samples from more than 50 brewers. Both events include live music and entertainment, so the deciding factor on which to attend may just come down to how much your Uber/Lyft/cab fare home will cost.

The Amazing Acro-Cats

July 21, 1 and 5 p.m.; July 22, 7 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $19-$33,

Though most of us may avoid the practice, Samantha Martin of Rock Cats Rescue has made herding cats her living, and she’s saved more than 200 house cats along the way. By touring the Amazing Acro-Cats around the U.S., Martin has proven that any cat can be trained — to do some incredible things, no less. Watch cats perform amazing feats like riding skateboards, walking tightropes and balancing on balls, and hear the musical stylings of the only all-cat (plus one chicken) band in the world, Tuna and the Rock Cats. Trust us, this is better than YouTube.

When We Knew Everything

July 24, 7-9 p.m., Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $10,

The word “cringey” seems to come up a lot when we discuss our tumultous childhoods and teenage years, and sure, maybe we did some things worth cringing over — awkward love notes to our teenage crushes, weird niche hobbies we picked up and abandoned — but we can look back on all that now and laugh, maybe even feel a little love for the nerds we used to be. Tonight, join a few awesome adults who have volunteered to read their old diaries, journals and other artifacts, and enjoy the hilarious or heartbreaking stories we all have of growing up. Proceeds benefit Inside Out Youth Services, which provides a safe space for area LGBTQ youth.

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