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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Last Modified: Monday, November 03, 2008
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jerry Davis
July 2003
Synopsis

From Music Theatre International website:

"Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!" Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life's troubles. 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. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.

With its unforgettable zany characters, a hysterical, perfectly constructed book by Larry Gelbart (of “MASH” and “City Of Angels” fame) and Burt Shevelove, and witty Stephen Sondheim songs which are modest in their vocal demands, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” allows a brilliant ensemble of comedic actors to shine. (The lead role of Pseudolus is one of the theatre's greatest roles – a tour de force for a clown par excellence.) And as if that weren't enough, its simple unit set makes “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” one of the easiest Broadway musicals to mount.

Published by Music Theatre International.


2003's "Season of Laughter" was dedicated to the memory of Elva Hansen. She will be greatly missed!

Bill Schuler as Pseudolus Mark Britton as Senex Mary Hill as Domina

Keith Green as Hero John Crawford as Hysterium Ray Johnson as Erronius Ted Ross as Miles Gloriosus Cast of Characters
Pseudolus: Bill Schuler
Senex: Mark Britton
Domina: Mary Hill
Hero: Keith Green
Hysterium: John Crawford
Erronius: Ray Johnson
Miles Gloriosus: Ted Ross
Lycus: Richard Silwedel
Philia: Leigh Anne Brewer & Millie Newell1
Protean, Soldiers, Sailors, Slaves, Eunuchs, & Towns People: Thomas Clark
Jan McKillip
Jerry Davis2
~The Courtesans~
Tintinabula: Betsy Buys
Panacea: Sheilah Thrash
Vibrata: Millie Newell &
Kip Waldo
Gymnasia: Courtney Regen
Andromeda: Kip Waldo3

1 - Due to an illness Millie Newell filled in for Leigh-Anne Brewer as Philia and Kip Waldo filled in for Millie Newell as Vibrata July 17-20.
2 - Due to an accident opening night, our director, Jerry Davis, had to fill in for Thomas Clark July 18-20.
3 - The part of Andromeda was added for the performances July 24-27 and August 1-3.
Our Crew
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Director: Jerry Davis
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Robert L. Simpson
Set Design: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton, Jim Cunningham, Ray Johnson, Dave Campbell, John deLuanay, Nyle Cearlock, Jim Stout, Bill Tanzyus, Chris Biagini
Lighting: Walter Dodson
Sound: Dave McKillip
Props: Clarice Joplin, Jackie Stuelke, Toni Williams, Ray Johnson
Wardrobe: Bevery Buys
Choreography: Suzie Wing
Vocal Coach: Leigh Anne Brewer
Makeup: Rebecca Pianalto
Costumes: Gayla's Costumes, Benton
Publicity: Gene & Margaret Forsyth, Liz Heitzman, Ray Johnson, Tom Clark
Box Office: Diane Hayes and her Volunteers
Program Printing: Five Star Printing
Concessions: Tom & Dee Farr
Program Design: Dave McKillip
Graphic Design: Tom Clark
Digital Photography: Thomas & Kristi Clark
Webmaster: Tom Clark & John Lukas
Richard Silwedel as Lycus Leigh Anne Brewer as Philia Betsy Buys as Tintinabula Sheilah Thrash as Panacea
Millie Newell as Vibrata Courtney Regen as Gymnasia Kip Waldo as Andromeda OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Arts Central
The Springs Magazine, Hot Springs
The Sentinel-Record
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Malvern Daily Record
The Daily Siftings Herald (Arkadelphia)
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission
KQUS 97.5 FM Hot Springs Country Radio
KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
KLAZ 105.9 FM Hot Springs Pop Contempory Hit Radio
KZNG 1340 AM Hot Springs News/Talk Radio
KALR 91.5 FM Hot Springs Religious Radio
Channel 5
Jerry Jones
Susan Austin - Hot Springs Mall
Chuck Hanna & Oaklawn Rotary
Dave Campbell
Suzie Wing
Katherine & David Lundberg
Cara Bolding & The Butterfly, Inc.
Tom Clark as A Soldier
Jan McKillip as A Protean
Jerry Davis as A Slave