A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Auditions
September 17-19, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Preview
November 1, 2018

Performances
November 2-4, 9-11 & 16-18, 2018

Preview, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm • Sunday @ 2:30pm

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine – “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”




Audition information:
Please prepare a 32 bar song not from the show. Accompaniment will be provided. Please note all ages listed below are based on the range an actor can play and is subject to change based on who auditions.

There will be a dance call for the Courtesans and Proteans only.

You may attend any of the audition dates to audition; all three nights are not required. Callbacks will be on the final night of auditions once all new auditioners that evening have finished.
If you would like to audition, but cannot attend on the scheduled audition dates please contact director, Cristen Monson, at [email protected]

 

Character Breakdown:

PSEUDOLUS: The playful, comic ringmaster of the show; slave to Hero.
Vocal Range: A2 to High G (Baritone)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 30-60

HERO: Senex’s son; the handsome, innocent master; in love with Philia
Vocal Range: A2 to F#4 (Tenor)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 17-25

SENEX: Hero’s father and aging master of the house
Vocal Range: B flat to G Flat (Baritone)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 40-75

PHILIA: Lovely-but-vacant courtesan.
Vocal Range: A3 to G5 (Soprano)
Gender: Female
Age Range: 17-24

DOMINA: Senex’s overbearing wife.
Vocal Range: A3 to F#5 (Mezzo)
Gender: Female
Age Range: 35-65

ERRONIUS: A doddering old man.
Vocal Range: A2 to F4 (Baritone)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 65-85

HYSTERIUM: Pseudolus’ hapless fellow slave.
Vocal Range: A2 to G4 (Tenor)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 25-65

MARCUS LYCUS: A buyer and seller of courtesans.
Vocal Range: A2 to F4 (Baritone)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 25-65

MILES GLORIOSUS: Lycus’ pompous warrior client.
Vocal Range: A2 to F4 (Bass/Baritone)
Gender: Male
Age Range: 20-45

ENSEMBLE:
COURTESANS: Tintinabula, Panacea, Geminae (twins), Vibrata, Gymnasia
Vocal Range: Various (Low A to High F# [High A flat for some])
Gender: Female
Age Range: 17-35
These roles are featured dancers.

PROTEANS: Three omnipresent “clowns”
Vocal Range: Various (B to High A)
Gender: Male/Female
Age Range: 17-35
Must be able to dance, and proficiency with acrobatics is preferred.

STAFF

Director – Cristen Monson
Producer – Scott Myers