Ride your imaginary horse to the UNCG campus for a taste of Spamalot, a musical tribute to the comic movie classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

UNCG Theatre‘s production of “Spamalot” runs Oct. 2-10 at Taylor Theatre as part of Greensboro’s 17DAYS Festival. Jim Wren, the theatre professor directing the show, says it has universal appeal for the silly-at-heart.

“I  think it’s evident throughout popular culture today,” Wren says of the iconic film that inspired the musical. “And, most likely, folks in my generation forced their kids to watch it with them… kind of like ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ It’s still a part of our experiences.”

Eric Idle, one of the original Pythons, wrote the text and some of the music for “Spamalot,” the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail featuring oddities such as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits.

“It’s not an exact attempt to re-create the film necessarily,” Wren says. “‘Spamalot’ can be equally enjoyed by those who either love the film or have never seen it.  I think the film has endured because of the absolute commitment by the Python members to their own anarchic vision of comedy.  It’s the iconoclastic nature of their work that paved the way for ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘Family Guy’ to ‘South Park’ and so on. They allowed themselves to play with unedited silliness.”

Casting the show was no simple feat. Arthur and his men gallop about on non-existent steeds and exchange nasty insults with the French.

“Casting Arthur, like everyone in the show, is finding the right personality with the right combination of skills,” he says. “And, of course, the ability to allow yourself to be silly.”

Wren says complex dance numbers and action segments present challenges. “I think the biggest challenge is one of maintaining the focus and flow. So much is going on, and there are so many wacky moments, we’ll need to make sure we can ‘ride the wave’ and not be fighting the surf.”

See “Spamalot” Oct. 2, 3, 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. All performances take place in Taylor Theatre on Tate Street.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more; and $7 for UNCG students. Call the theatre box office at  336-334-4392 or buy tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

In just three years, the 17DAYS Festival has become the largest collaborative arts festival of its kind in North Carolina. More than 50 presenters, arts organizations, venues, colleges, individual artists and museums present 100-plus events between Sept. 20 and Oct. 6 at venues across the city. Hosted by ArtsGreensboro, the Festival was created in 2011 to fuel arts participation and draw cultural visitors. In 2012, more than  75,000 participated in Festival events. For more information, visit 17DAYSGreensboro.org or ArtsGreensboro.org.