The 1960 flashback musical comedy, “Sweet Charity,” opens Friday at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse in Mount Dora with some great song-and-dance numbers. Be sure to get your tickets early.

The cast of the Monty Python comedy “Spamalot” sings and dances their way to the final curtain Sunday at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.

Upcoming shows are the comedy “Charley’s Aunt” by the Moonlight Players in Clermont beginning July 20 and the Melon Patch Youth Program’s original “Alice Meets Wonderland” for one weekend beginning July 27.

‘SWEET CHARITY’

The Icehouse Players in Mount Dora presents the musical comedy “Sweet Charity,” opening Friday and playing through Aug. 5 at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, 1100 N. Unser St. in Mount Dora.

It’s the 1960s, and dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine looks for true love with a shy accountant named Oscar. The music is by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. The Broadway show was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse, and songs include “Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.”

“It’s a fun and nostalgic look back at the 1960s,” said director Darlin Barry. “It’s got some great songs in it and is a fantastic dance vehicle. There’s an all-star cast with some of our favorite people.”

Danielle Lang heads the cast as Charity, and Oscar Lindquist is Buddy Fales.

Supporting roles are performed by Laurie Sullivan as Nickie Pignatelli, Sarah Ruth Joyner as Helene, David Coalter and Brian Minyard splitting show dates in the role of the Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal, Tony Agati as Herman/Manfred, Sarah French as Ursula/Frenchy, and Kevin Sigman as the charismatic new-age preacher, Daddy Brubeck.

The ensemble of featured characters and dancers are Selah Austria, Francine Barnhill, Kaylee Brannen, Hannah Feuerstein, Alissa Gamberg, Victoria Lane, Heather Mauney, Kaelen Segers, and Joel Curtis, Scott Mitchell, Joey Piscione and Austin Sultzbach.

The show is directed by Managing Artistic Director Darlin Barry, with set design by David W. Clevinger, music direction by Robert Cohen, choreography by Jeanne Sacco Burger, lighting design by Philip Lupo and costumes by Anna Maria Muller.

Tickets are $22 Wednesday and Thursdays, $24 Friday through Sunday and $15 for students. The production is rated PG-15.

Details: icehousetheatre.com.

 

‘SPAMALOT’

The Bay Street Players’ presentation of Monty Python’s musical parody “Spamalot” closes Sunday at the Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. The story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and how they came to be is told in a uniquely irreverent, amusing way.

“We have an excellent cast, great singing and excellent dancing – you will enjoy it,” said director Carlos Asse. “What more can you want in a night of entertainment?”

Rude Frenchmen, cancan dancers, the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, killer rabbits, catapulting cows, and the somewhat odd knights who say “ni” are just part of the adventures and dangers awaiting King Arthur and his knights of the very, very, very round table in their quest for the holy grail. Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” is a Broadway hit and spirited parody of the Arthurian legend.

“It’s fun, whether you're a Monty Python fan or not – this play is fun,” Asse said.

 Cost: $11 to $21. Details: baystreetplayers.org.

 Upcoming

 ‘CHARLEY’S AUNT’

The Moonlight Players in Clermont presents the comedy “Charley’s Aunt” July 20 to Aug. 5. Charley and Jack love Amy and Kitty. Amy is about to go away, and Charley thinks he may miss his opportunity to ask for her hand. Then he discovers that his aunt, a Brazilian woman he hardly knows, is coming for lunch, and things don’t go as planned. Donna Lucia, the aunt, is late, and their friend, Lord Fancourt Babberley, shows up in drag as Donna Lucia. A wild afternoon of mistaken identity, young love, old love, angry uncles, and one beautiful, exotic aunt ensues. Details: moonlightplayers.com.

‘ALICE MEETS WONDERLAND’

The Melon Patch Youth Program’s original adaptation of the classic Alice stories and their origins, “Alice Meets Wonderland,” plays the weekend of July 27-29 for three performances at the Melon Patch Theatre, 311 N. 13th St., Leesburg. The play takes you on a journey down the rabbit hole into a land of colorful characters and classic literature. Details: melonpatchplayers.com.