“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
Book by Bert Shevelove & Larry Gelbert
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Director: Gary M. Hoffmann
Music Director: Emily Rose
Choreographer: Eleah Jayne Peal
Producer: Joanne Dame Peal
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast-paced farce that promises to have audiences rolling on the floor. Taking straight from the roots of comedy, Forum combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. Pseudolus, a slave, schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero. In exchange, Hero
will grant Pseudolus his freedom once and for all. However, things are never as easy as they seem. Chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, mistaken identities, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists. One of the funniest musicals ever written, Forum promises: Something for everyone: a comedy tonight!
Audition Dates and Times:
Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd
Sign in will begin at 6:30PM. Auditions will start promptly at 7PM
Call Back (if needed and by invitation only) Wednesday, December 4th at 7PM
Schenectady Light Opera Company Education Building
418 Liberty Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Free parking is available in the city owned parking lots on Franklin Street and Liberty Street
Performance Dates and Times:
March 13-22, 2020 (March 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 8PM, March 15, 21, and 22 at 2PM)
Rehearsals will generally be Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons starting December 8th (There will be a break for the holidays).
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal will be Sunday, March 8th, and tech week rehearsals will be TBA.
Prepare 32 measures of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is encouraged, but not required. Consider the range of the role you wish to be considered for. Please keep it strictly 32 measures or less.
Bring your own sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.
Actors and Actresses of ALL ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Please bring a resume and headshot, if you have one.
Please be prepared to provide all potential conflicts from December through March.
Actors should be prepared to read from the script, readings will be given at auditions.
Please bring appropriate clothing/shoes for a dance call.
Ages are suggestions, we encourage anyone 18 years of age or older to audition!
Pseudolus: A Roman slave, owned by Hero. Quick-witted and scheming. Male, age 30 to 50. Vocal range: A2-A4.
Senex: An old man and father to Hero and hen-pecked husband to Domina. Male, age 45-60. Vocal range: B2-G4.
Domina: Senex’s wife. A shrewish woman: controlling, demanding, and manipulative. Female, age 40 -60. Vocal range: B3-F5.
Hero: The young son of Senex and Domina. Practical, privileged, romantic. Male, age 20-30. Vocal range: B2-G4.
Hysterium: The chief slave in the House of Senex. Anxious and loyal; the order he so desperately wants for everything eludes him. Male, age 40 to 55. Vocal range: D4-G5.
Erronius: An old man, searching for his lost children. Male, age 45-70. Vocal range: B2-G4.
Miles Gloriosus: A captain in the Roman army. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong. Male, age 25-35. Vocal range: B3-F5.
Lycus: The buyer and seller of the flesh of beautiful women. Male, age 40 to 50. Vocal range: A3-F5.
Philia: One of Lycus courtesans, still a virgin. Young, pretty, devoted ingnue. Female, age 18 to 25. Vocal range: B3-G5
Courtesans (6): Female ensemble from the house of Lycus.
Proteans (3): Plays multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs).