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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- She's the lady of the lake with a secret for St. Louisans.

"Everybody in New York wants to work at the Muny," says Michele Ragusa who plays The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot.

"Really?" asks Patrick Clark.

"Yes, this is the summer gig to have," says Ragusa.

Summer wouldn't be the same in St. Louis without the Muny staging some musicals.

"Eight months ago we started all the designs and prep work and all of that," says Assistant Marketing Director Larry Pry.  "Then the actors came in 11 days ago and here we go.  They have 11 days of rehearsal and they open Monday night, that's it."

That means there's a lot of work for Spamalot's Monday night opening to start the Muny's 95th season.

"Spamalot along the lines of Urinetown and Book of Mormon," says Ragusa. "It's musicals that push the boundaries which I really appreciate and stand behind."

Today dancers stood ready for rehearsals of last minute choreography changes while craftsmen were busy building and painting set pieces.

It's all for a musical filled with mirth and mayhem from the talented comedy troupe known as Monty Python.

"Python fans know every line, similar to the Rocky Horror Picture Show," says Pry.  "They know when the lines are coming and what to expect.  Musical theater fans sit back and listen and know the song that's coming.  Monty Python fans I think will be on the edge of their seat, waiting for that rabbit to come."

But before we jump down that hole, you could feel a buzz in the air at the Muny today as hundreds of people were working towards their common goal.

"Does anyone sleep this week?" asks Patrick Clark.

"Not really because we go home and think about what we have to do tomorrow so then we just go back to work," says Pry.  "Cause we have a lot to do."

Come show time on Monday it'll be worth it, after all this is the summer gig to have.

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