All About RAPA
What All the Buzz is About
Who we are!
Founded in 1989, the Russell Association for the Performing Arts (RAPA) is a local, not-for-profit amateur theatre company. While we are best known for the two major productions we present each year, we also provide bursaries for local students pursuing post-secondary education in the arts, provide sound and lighting equipment for other local charities, and otherwise give back to this wonderful community we call home
2019-2020 RAPA Board
President - Dave Rama
Vice President - Sandra McNeill
Treasurer - Cynthia MacRae
Secretary - Vacant
Past President - Sandra McNeill
Members at Large
Debbie Brink, Joyce Chartrand, Maria Chesser
Lucie Forget, Kevin Kennedy
Carolyn Patterson, John Tobias
John Garroch, Martine Rack
Our Next Production!
RAPA is thrilled to present Spamalot! A wonderously humerous musical based on the wildly funny Monty Python!
Auditions for Spamalot!
Director: Gord Hawkes
Producer: Maria Chesser
All Auditions are being held at Russell High School
Thursday, Dec 12, 7 -10pm
Friday, Dec 13, 7-10pm
Saturday, Dec 14, 9-12 am
Each evening/morning session will be broken into 3 - 1 hour time slots.
Mon, Dec 16, 7-10pm
Show dates: April 22-25, AND tentatively May1&2
Cold read and possibly improvisation, alone and with others
Age group 16 yrs old and older
Come prepared to learn a short choreo
Vocal audition should be 1-3min in length and HAS to be from a musical.
One can bring their own accompaniment music via cell phone or other devices OR please email/provide sheet music in advance to OR Acapella
What’s this show about, anyways?
Based on the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in a whole new way. Featuring gallant (and not so gallant) knights, show girls, show boys, cows, killer rabbits and French people – this irreverent spoof includes hilarious parodies of Broadway theatre along the way.
Please note that the ages listed just serve as a guide. All roles are available and casting is open, and newcomers are welcome and encouraged. Main characters may double up as other characters and ensemble members will play multiple roles (as many as 6). In the tradition of Monty Python some men may play female roles and in breaking this tradition, we would consider casting females to play males in male roles.
KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 -- High F4]. The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer.
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Alto with large range [Low E3 -- High B6]. A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Sings everything from opera to pop to scatting. Gets angry easily.
SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 -- High G4]. A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called "Sir Robin the Brave," though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. A good mover.
SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 -- High E4]. A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate discovers his "softer side."
PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 -- High G5]. King Arthur's horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing.
SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 -- High Bb5]. A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class "mud gatherer" who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad.
SIR BEDEVERE (Tenor/Baritone with falsetto [Low D3 -- High G4]. A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar.
6 Laker Girls – mythical creatures that always appear with the Lady of the Lake. Will do the more complex choreography in the show. Broadway Jazz, Can-Can, Tap, Cheerleader Routines.
Show requires a vocally strong ensemble with a balance of male and female vocalists.
Male Ensemble Strong performers able to play a variety of characters, including Knights of the Round Table, French guards, Knights of Ni, minstrels, Finland citizens and several other characters.
Female Ensemble Strong performers able to play a variety of characters, including Camelot girls, Knights of Ni, French citizens, Finland citizens, minstrels as well as several other characters.
Any of these parts can be played by men playing women or women playing men. They can be cast from ensemble in any combination.
HISTORIAN- narrator, A tweedy academic.
3-4 Monks (Vocals)
NOT DEAD FRED Vocals - (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5] - a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"
THE FRENCH TAUNTER - an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman
FRENCH GUARDS (3) – (Vocals) a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter
MINSTRELS 3-4 (Vocals) in Sir Robin's band
PRINCE HERBERT- (Vocals) the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
SIR NOT APPEARING
THE VOICE OF GOD (OFF STAGE)
BROTHER MAYNARD - a long-winded monk.
KNIGHT OF NI - an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights
TIM THE ENCHANTER - a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
MAYOR – (Vocals) a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown
GUARD 2 - drunken, useless Very good mover. Tap skills a bonus.
PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER - a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son
THE BLACK KNIGHT- (Vocals) who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries.
DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER - a shrill peasant woman
CONCORDE - Sir Lancelot's horse.
RAPA has been on the stage for 30 years! Take a walk down memory lane while looking through our Archive of Past Shows!
We are currently building a digital archive of photos and medial from past productions. If you have anything you'd like to contribute, please email RAPA and
To find out more about RAPA or to volunteer your time
or just to chat with the friendly folks on the RAPA executive you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 375
Russell, ON K4R 1C8