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Newtown Theatre

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Newtown, PA 18940

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.

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!"

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Directed by James McCrane

Music directed by Susan den Outer

Produced by Eileen Bronkovic and Natalie Taptykoff

Performances

April 11 to 17 (except Monday, April 15)

Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 14, matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Season Subscriptions on sale now. Single tickets available Feb. 26, 2019.

$23 Rear Reserved*
$26 Front Reserved*

$38 Row I (extra legroom)

*Save $2 per ticket for groups of 10+

Buy tickets 2 ways:

  1. Online or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 with a credit card. 
  2. At the Newtown Theatre box office by credit card, personal check or cash, beginning one hour before curtain on performance dates.

For information, call 215-860-7058 or e-mail tickets@newtownartscompany.com.

Auditions

DATES: Thurs., Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM; Sun., Dec. 16,  from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Callbacks will be held Mon., Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM by invitation. (If you are interested in auditioning but can’t make these dates/times, please contact us at tickets@newtownartscompany.com, as other accommodations may be made.)

LOCATION: Community Crossing Church, Room #4, 80 Lower Silver Lake Rd, Newtown, PA 18940

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 11 to 17 (no performance Monday, April 15)

REQUIREMENTS: for a 30-minute time slot. Appointments preferred, but walk-ups may be able to be accommodated. Complete the audition form  in advance and bring it with you. Make sure to include schedule conflicts! Bring a head shot or recent photo, and a resume (if you have one). Prepare to sing 16-32 measures of a Broadway show song that demonstrates vocal ability. Please bring your own sheet music; we will provide an accompanist. All roles are open, and some actors may be cast in multiple roles.

Forum Audition Form (201.0 KB)

PRODUCTION TEAM: Jim McCrane, Director; Susan den Outer, Music Director; Natalie Taptykoff and Eileen Bronkovic, Producers

For questions, please contact us at tickets@newtownartscompany.com or 215-860-7058.

CHARACTERS:

Pseudolus: Male, 25-65, a Roman slave, owned by Hero, Pseudolus (his name means “Faker”) is sly, conniving, and willing to do anything to win his freedom, leading to a deal with Hero: if the slave can win the heart of Philia for his master, his master will, in turn, grant his freedom; it is this desire that fuels the action of the play and many of the sight gags; baritone; genius comedic actor.

Hero: Male, 16-40, the handsome young son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick yet clumsy young man who schemes with Pseudolus how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia; tenor.

Philia: Female, 16-40, still a virginal Cretan girl, the beautiful and young, yet dumb, Philia (Greek for "love") none the less belongs to the house of Marcus Lycus and is a courtesan-in-training, already contracted to be sold to Miles Gloriosus for 500 minae; she and Hero, however, are in love, and Hero has enlisted Pseudolus to get her for him; soprano.

Hysterium: Male, 18-60, the chief slave of Senex and Domina, Hysterium is the frantic and frenetic straw boss of all the slaves in the household; Pseudolus cons him into helping him in his plots, including dressing Hysterium up as the corpse of Philia; extremely strong comedic actor; tenor.

Senex: Male, 35-75, an older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song, Senex (Latin for "old man") is the perennially henpecked husband; a sardonic Roman senator, Senex has earned the distrust of his wife, Domina, but ultimately they do love each other; extremely strong comedic actor; baritone.

Domina: Female, 25-55, the battle-ax wife of Senex, Domina (Latin for "mistress") is not only domineering, but proud; it is she that tells a slave who is carrying a sculpture of her to “carry my bust with pride”— and she doesn’t even know it’s a funny line; a manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband; extremely strong character actress; mezzo.

Marcus Lycus: Male, 25-60, a purveyor of courtesans and the owner of the brothel to the left of Senex, Lycus is the snaky, slimy, lecherous procurer of courtesans; he takes a businesslike care of his concubines; for instance, he won’t let them be fanned while wet, afraid they might catch cold; and he warns one fanner: “If you’re not careful you’ll be a eunuch all your life"; strong comedic character actor; baritone.

Miles Gloriosus: Male, 18-50, a great warrior and captain in the Roman army, Miles Gloriosus (Latin for "boastful soldier," the archetype of the braggart soldier in Roman comedies) is a slaughterer of thousands, oppressor of the meek, and sacker of shrines; Gloriosus is handsome, strong — and pompous; strong comedic actor; operatic baritenor.

Erronius: Male, 40+, living in the house to the right of Senex, Erronius (Latin for "wandering"), a befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused, spends most of the play in search of his two children who were seized in infancy by pirates some 20 years ago; strong comedic actor.

Gymnasia: Female, 18-45, one of Lycus’s courtesans, with whom Pseudolus falls in love. Gymnasia (Greek for "athletic") is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played"; strong dancer who sings well.

Panacea: Female, 18-45, another of Lycus’s courtesans, Panacea (Greek for "cure all") has “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise"; any vocal range; strong dancer who sings well.

Vibrata: Female, 18-45, a wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Marcus Lycus, Vibrata (Latin for "vibrant") is “exotic as a desert bloom, wondrous as a flamingo, lithe as a tigress, for the man whose interest is wildlife"; strong dancer who sings well.

Tintinabula: Female, 18-35, a jingling, bell-wearing courtesan from the house of Marcus Lycus, Tintinabula (Latin for "bells") has “the face of an idol, the arms of a willow tree, and the pelvis of a camel"; strong dancer who sings well.

The Geminae: Female, 18-45, twin courtesans in the house of Lycus, the Geminae (Latin for "]twins") are, according to Lycus: “A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of mathematical possibilities.” Strong dancers who sing well.

Proteans: Males & Females, 18+, an enterprising group who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs), as required; they accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight"; on Broadway, three people played all of these roles; baritones or tenors; strong movers/dancers who are wonderful comedic actors.