"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
BURT SHEVELOVE and LARRY GELBART
Music and Lyrics by
Director: Lori Colacito
Musical Director: Aaron Eldred
Choreographer: Alesia Dietrich
Technical Director: Brett Oliveira
Costume Designer: Paula Hannam
Show dates: Sept 28, 29, Oct 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
Auditions: July 15th & 16th at 7:00pm
Call Backs if needed are July 17th at 7:00pm
Those interested in auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a comedic selection. Please no full songs! Accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the correct key. Accompanist will not transpose.
Women auditioning for courtesans will be asked to learn dance combination. All will be asked to cold read from script.
*PLEASE BRING ALL CONFLICTS to auditions. NO SHOW CONFLICTS WILL BE ALLOWED.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM tells the bawdy tale of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master, Hero woo the girl next door. Complications ensue and we take a hilarious romp of infidelity, mistaken identity, comic deception and finally, true love.
PSEUDOLUS : A2 to High G Baritone, Age Range: 30-55
A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win his/her freedom by helping his/her young master win the heart of Philia. Must have an impeccable comic sense.
HERO: A2 - F#4 Tenor, Age Range: 18-25
Senex's son, the handsome, innocent master, in love with Philia.
PHILIA: A3 - G5 Soprano, Age Range: 18-25
A virgin in the house of Marcus Lycus, and Hero's love interest. An ingenue who doesn't know how funny she really is.
HYSTERIUM: A2 - G4 Tenor, Age Range: 25-40
Pseudolus's nervous and hapless fellow slave to Senex & Domina and unwitting accomplice in Psuedolus's schemes.
SENEX: B flat-G flat Baritone , Age Range: 40's - 60’s.
A henpecked, sardonic Roman Senator with a wandering eye. Hero's father and the aging master of the house.
MARCUS LYCUS: A2 - F4 Baritone, Age Range: 30's - 50's
A purveyor of courtesans, who operates next door to the house of Senex
DOMINA: A3 - F#5 Mezzo-Soprano, Age Range: 40's - 50's
Wife of Senex. A manipulative, shrewish woman loathed by even her husband.
ERRONIUS: A2 - F4 Baritone, Age Range: 60's - 70's (can be younger and aged)
Senex's elderly neighbor, a sometimes befuddled old man. He's spent the past twenty years searching for his two children, kidnapped in infancy by pirates.
MILES GLORIOSUS: A2 - F4 Bass Baritone, Age Range: 30's - 40's
A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. A braggart of the highest order, he is, in his own words, his "own ideal."
THE COURTESANS (six women) Age range: 18-30's - Dancers
Funny and Sexy slaves of the House of Lycus. **Girls will be scantily clad!
THE PROTEANS (3-4 males): Age Range: flexible
Choristers who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers and eunuchs). They accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight" and in other numbers within the show. Think the Three Stooges. **ALOT of physical comedy....must be able to lift and/or be lifted...some tumbling may be required! NOTE that Proteans MUST be able to be very physical (tumbling, lifting, slapping, poking, falling, dancing) Please consider this before auditioning for The Proteans!