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Applauding 30 Years of Performances!


Thurs, Dec 12, 7 -10pm
 Friday, Dec 13, 7-10pm
   Sat, Dec 14, 9-12 am

Call Backs:

Mon, Dec 16, 7-10pm

More Information!

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

Audition Dates:

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.

Call Backs:

Mon, Dec 16, 7-10pm

Show dates: April 22-25, AND tentatively May1&2

PLEASE RSVP via email to auditions@rapa.ca indicating Day and Time preference.

Audition Information:


  • 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 lbebyck@gmail.com 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. 


Character Breakdown:


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.

Minor 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.




  •  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.


Past Shows!

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 info@rapa.ca

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Instagram @RussellRAPA 


Contact Us

General Inquiries: info@rapa.ca

Tickets: tickets@rapa.ca
President of RAPA: president@rapa.ca

Current Production:     producer@rapa.ca


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 info@rapa.ca

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 375
Russell, ON K4R 1C8


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