Let’s say you belong to a rather large subset of the population: people who have never gotten to appear as actors, singers or dancers on a public stage.
But you always wondered what it would be like.
Well, the Omaha Community Playhouse has a deal for you, one that raises a bit of cash for itself and also recognizes special honorees.
“Spamalot,” the Broadway musical based on the Monty Python comedy troupe’s movies and sketches, includes a character named Sir Not Appearing.
He does, of course, appear. He even speaks.
For a mere $500, you can appear in that role. You even get to take your bow at the curtain call.
A different performer will appear nightly as Sir Not Appearing during the Playhouse’s run of “Spamalot,” Friday through June 28.
Some will be local celebrities or special honorees, such as Dick Boyd, who starred as Scrooge in the Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” for 30 years; Elaine Jabenis, who won multiple awards in Playhouse roles over five decades; John Kniceley, WOWT television news anchor; Audrey Hulsey, who arranges the Playhouse’s annual London tour with Pegasus Travel; and Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen.
Others will get their moment in the spotlight for a slight fee. They include Bill Gerber, chief financial officer representing the show’s sponsor, T.D. Ameritrade; Sam Taylor, chief executive officer at Oriental Trading; Lloyd Meyer, president of the Playhouse board, and board members Rich Juro and Dan Wellendorf; Roger Downer, longtime Playhouse volunteer spotlight operator from Traveler’s Insurance; and Del Toebben and Red Thomas, longtime Playhouse supporters.
Mark Robinson, who is guest-directing “Spamalot,” said Sir Not Appearing comes from a gag in the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” when he was played by Michael Palin’s 5-month-old son. Since that wasn’t repeatable for the musical, the tradition of the guest bit was born. He/she will be rehearsed and fully costumed for a brief moment in the spotlight.
For information about the $500 guest spots and what dates are available, call Playhouse development director Lizzy Gilbert, 402-553-4890, extension 127. For the nights in which no one steps up to the plate, local actor Ben Allgire will appear as Sir Not Appearing.
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Sir Not Appearing
Thursday (preview night): Bill Gerber
Friday: Dick Boyd
Saturday: John Knicely
June 4: Lloyd Meyer
June 5: Elaine Jabenis
June 6: Roger Downer
June 7: Pete Festersen
June 10: Sam Taylor
June 11: Audrey Hulsey
June 13: Del Toebben
June 14: Red Thomas
June 18: Dan Wellendorf
June 21: Rich Juro