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TUTS And Saint Arnold's Team Up To Hold SPAM Cookoff In Celebration Of Spamalot
Theatre Under the Stars

April, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and Saint Arnold’s have partnered to host Houston’s first-ever “Saint Arnold’s Spam Off”.  SPAM – the meat, not the email – has sold over 7 billion cans since its launch in 1937.  It has served as the inspiration for comedy shows and earned a place in pop culture with both a museum and a musical bearing its name.  Thus, to celebrate the run of Spamalot from May 14 to 26 at Hobby Center, Theatre Under the Stars and Saint Arnold’s, along with several other local restaurants, will host a feast, in small bites, centering around the delectable and surprisingly delicious SPAM.

On May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Houstonians are invited to bring their appetites to Saint Arnold Brewery (2000 Lyons Ave) and sample what area chefs can do with our favorite meat-in-a-can, SPAM.  The participating restaurants sending chefs include the following:

  • Beaver's Icehouse
  • Craft Infusion
  • Hollister on Washington
  • Fat Bao
  • Phamily Bites Food Truck
  • Reef
  • Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company
  • Underbelly

Entry to the cookoff is $20, and proceeds will benefit TUTS, Houston’s local nonprofit musical theatre organization.  In addition to the array of delicious SPAM-inspired light bites, guests will enjoy entertainment provided by TUTS, plenty of frosty refreshments, and the chance to win tickets to the show itself.

Theatre Under The Star (TUTS) is excited to present Monty Python’s Spamalot, an outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”  With music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez and book by Eric Idle, Spamalot makes an irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table during their quest for the Holy Grail.  This three-time Tony Award winning show, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, also features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, flying cows, killer rabbits, one legless knight and several show-stopping musical numbers.  With songs like “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” and “The Song That Goes Like This,” the audience will eat up TUTS’ presentation of Spamalot.

TUTS’ presentation of Spamalot is made possible by the generosity of Apache Corporation and Total.
Theatre Under The Stars’ 2012-2013 “A Lot To Love” season is generously sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. For all of TUTS’ shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle.  Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community engagement programs.  Currently TUTS engages more than 200,000 people annually through productions at Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened.  Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as well as critically acclaimed re-inventions of classics Cabaret and Les Miserables.  Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has helped bring Bombay Dreams, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Curtains and The Color Purple to Broadway and ultimately back to Houston audiences.

In support of TUTS’ mission, TUTS’ Education & Community Engagement programs provide instruction and stage experience for more than 48,000 Houstonians annually.  The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages, ranging from four to adult.  Through The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for individuals of all abilities that will enhance their development into confident, balanced individuals.  TUTS Education & Community Engagement provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites.  TUTS’ community partnerships include collaborations with the Houston Independent School District and Region IV school districts, the YMCA of Greater Houston, M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital – Houston, among several other Houston-area organizations.  TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.

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