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Final rehearsals are underway as a Chester-based Youth Theatre prepares to stage not one but two smash hit musicals.

Members of On The Mark Youth Theatre (OTMYT) are set to stage Monty Python's SPAMALOT (school's edition) from 10th - 12th July  and The SpongeBob Musical (youth version) from 13th - 14th July.

Lovingly ripped off from the cult film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and featuring music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, SPAMALOT will feature OTMYT's older members aged 15-19. The hit Broadway and West End show retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bunch of hapless knights and Las Vegas theatre stars, not to mention monks, Finnish villagers, Susan Boyle, cheerleaders and many many more!

The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. OTMYT are hoping that the outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight their audiences as the heroes search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

Following on from SPAMALOT, the youth theatre's younger Seniors group aged 9-14 will present an abridged version of The SpongeBob Musical which has recently played on tour to audiences all over the Country. When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world! Based on the hit Nickleodeon animated series originated by Stephen Hillenberg, the musical originally opened in Chicago in 2016 before transferring to Broadway in 2017.

Speaking about taking on the challenge of staging two very different shows, Simon Phillips, OTMYT's Artistic Director said:

"These two shows are a real departure from our offerings last Summer and the casts have worked so hard to bring these challenging musical theatre pieces to life in such a short time. Work is well underway on over 200 costumes, line-learning, songs and, of course, the big movement numbers that make musical theatre so very entertaining. We are so lucky to have a great following in Chester and we hope to see all our regulars and some new faces in the audience. This is a great chance to see two incredible shows right here in Chester and we know that we will send our audiences out with a huge smile on their faces."

Previous productions staged by On The Mark Youth Theatre include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Frozen the Musical, Elf the Musical, Matilda, Whistle Down The Wind and The Addams Family.

In addition to staging two productions back to back, OTMYT’s artistic team are also getting ready for their annual Summer Workshop week which will be held in Chester from Monday 12th - Friday 16th August.  Open to anyone aged 5-19 and Led by experienced musical theatre performers, the workshop offers budding performers the opportunity to spend a week during the school holidays working on singing, acting and dance, culminating in a specially staged performance for family and friends at the end of the week. 

Full details of SPAMALOT, The SpongeBob Musical and On the Mark's summer workshop can be found at: 


...where tickets can be booked online

Pictured - SPAMALOT which is set to be staged by On The Mark Youth Theatre at Christleton High School.

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