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SPAM FACTS: From the National Tour

Monty Python's SpamalotSpamalot uses 30 wireless microphones and consumes more than 2000 AAA batteries per month and runs over 1 mile of cable.

Among the props is a cow that weighs 45 pounds and it takes two stagehands to catapult it over the castle.

Spamalot uses approximately 40 coconuts per month, supplied by the Coconut King in Florida.

The set utilizes 25 line sets, 20 chain motors, and more than 10,000 pounds of stage weight.

It takes more than 60 people on stage and off to run each performance.

The Electrics Department uses 6 tanks of liquid carbon dioxide per week to create the low-ground fog effect and uses 8 fire extinguishers per week for the Feet of God “blast off” effect.

The orchestra uses a Spama-horn, an instrument specially developed for and used only in Spamalot.

There are more than 75 wigs (including facial hair) in the show, all hand-tied and made of human hair, yak hair, and synthetics supplied from New York, California, and London.

The mud make-up is a formula specially designed for Spamalot.

The poorest peasants’ costumes in the show are actually made of raw silk. 

3 feet of “blood” has to be ironed prior to each performance.

There are over 100 undergarments in the show, including 30 pairs of men’s fishnets and 56 cod pieces.

The Lady of the Lake’s costumes are all comprised of hand-strung glass beads. 

The costumes are not only made of a wide variety of fabrics, but many are made of molded ABS plastics, and even nuts and bolts.  You are as likely to see a costumer with power tools as you are a sewing machine.

It’s a guarantee that one knight will lose their head every night.

Monty Python’s Spamalot plays Denver’s Buell Theatre March 28-30, 2013. Tickets: 303.893.4100; Toll free 800.641.1222 or TTY 303.893.9582.

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