A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince
Directed & Choreographed by Chris Mangels
October 16 - 24, 2009

About

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, it tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

Cast/Crew

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

In order of appearance

 

Prologus, An actor……………….…………………...................………………...………………. James P. McDonnell

The Proteans……………………….………...……...................……...…………………………… Christopher Borden

                                                                                                                        Colin Helpio

                                                                                                                         Levi Padilla

                                                                                                                          Jacob Rico

 

Senex, An old man……..…...……………...................................………………………........… Richard Morrill

Domina, His wife.……………………...……………………...................….…………………............   Bianca Avalos

Hero, his son, in love with Philia.…………...……………..........………...………….…... Shawn Richard Pereira

Hysterium, slave to Senex and Domina………………...............………………….…………………   J.J. Pestano

Pseudolus, slave to Hero. ………………………………………….....................……………….   James McDonnell

 

Marcus Lycus, a buyer and seller of courtesans…………........………..……………...…………   Tucker Silas

Tintinabula, A courtesan ..................................………….....……………………………….... Jamie Luchessi

Panacea, A courtesan ..................................……….……….......………………...………………. Jennifer Liles

The Geminae, Courtesans……....................................…………...………………………….... Lauren Celata

                                                                                                                      Anand Purewal

Vibrata, A courtesan ...................................……………………….......……………………...   Sarah Gallegos

Gymnasia, A courtesan......................................…………………......…………………………... Cassidy Kipp

Philia, A virgin ...................................……………………………….........…………….……. Genevieve Becker

 

Erronius, An old man……………...………………………………......................………………………...   Garrett Daly

 

Miles Gloriosus, A warrior……………………………………….......................…………………………..   Terry Lewis

 

 

PRODUCTION CREW

Director & Choreographer - Chris Mangels

Assistant to the Director – Andrew Maldonado

Rehearsal Accompanist / Vocal Coach – Terry Lewis

Dance Captain – Cassidy Kipp

Music - Gary Dafoe & Big Mick Productions

 

Scenic Design - Chris Mangels

                Master Carpenters – Nick Terry, Steve LaMar, & Chris Mangels

                Scenic Construction / Artistry - The students of Drama 13/14, Cast, & Crew

                Properties Design - Kourtnie Boeve

Caryatid Design & Construction - Brittony Rafatti

Domina Bust Design & Construction - Richard Morrill

 

Costume Design - James McDonnell

                Assistant Costume Design - Jolene Ringhofer, Barbara Smith

                Assistant Costume Supervisor – Anand Purewal

Costume Construction - James McDonnell, Laurie Badger, Anand Purewal, Eric Costa, Heidi Harger, Cassidy Kipp, Barbara Smith, Jolene Ringhofer, The students of Drama/Fashion 12/13

Accessories – Karen Kirkpatrick

Wardrobe Supervisors - Jolene Ringhofer, Barbara Smith

                Wardrobe Crew –The students of Drama/Fashion 12/13

 

Wig/Make-up Design - James McDonnell

                Wig Crew – Gloriann Boni, Brandon Peters

                Make-up Crew – The students of Drama/Fashion 16/17

 

Lighting Design - Steve LaMar

                Master Electrician - Charles Cochran

                Electricians - The Students of Drama 15/16

Light Board Engineer – Charles Cochran

Spotlight Operator – Paul Shouse

 

Sound Design – Steve LaMar

Sound Board Engineers – Steve LaMar & Sean McMichael

 

Technical Director – Steve LaMar

Assistant Technical Director – Nick Terry

Production Stage Manager – Kourtnie Boeve

Stage Manager – Nathan Williams

Stage Crew Chief – Brian Harmse

                Stage Crew – Ashley Boone, Terry Cochran, Noemi Garcia, Angelica Hoyos, Andrew Maldonado, Aaron McGee

 

Gallery

Gallery of production images from Forum.