Auditions

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by David Ringwood

Auditions: January 19th & 20th at 7pm

Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a story of shenanigans, hijinks, and tomfoolery as a lowly servant endeavors to scheme his way to freedom in this antic romp through Rome with desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and scandalous secrets behind every toga. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This big Roman musical will have you dancing in the aisles with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville!

Sponsored by Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow, & Mayle, LLP

Casting the Musical Comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Seeking talent ages 18 and up.

Directed by David J. Ringwood, Musical Direction by Joel Flowers, Choreography by Denise Wornell.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the plays by Plautus. Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince.

A fast-paced, musical comedy takes situations from 2000-year-old stories, adds the energy of vaudeville, and the plot twists and mistaken identity of farce to create one classic show.  The clever slave, Pseudolus, plots to earn his freedom by winning the hand of a lovely courtesan for his young master and ends up in quite a few tangled schemes in the process.

Performance Dates and Times: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm, Sunday May 10 & 17 matinees at 2pm.

Rehearsals are expected to be Sunday, Monday, & Wednesday starting January 26th depending upon availability. Mandatory: Dress Rehearsal Thursday, April 30, and Tech Week Sunday-Wednesday, April 26-29.

Audition Requirements: 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 January through May. Actors should be prepared to read from the script, readings will be given at auditions. Please bring appropriate clothing/shoes for a dance/movement audition. Ages are suggestions, we encourage anyone 18 years of age or older to audition!

ROLES:

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 ingenue. Female, age 18 to 25. Vocal range: B3-G5

ENSEMBLE:

Courtesans (6): Female ensemble from the house of Lycus.

Gymnasia: (Greek for “Athletic”)

Tintinabula: (Latin for “Bells”)

Vibrata: (Latin for “Vibrant”)

Geminae (2): (Latin for “Twins”)

Panacea: (Greek for “Cure All”)

Proteans (3):  Plays multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs).

Any questions please contact director David Ringwood at david.ringwood@countyplayers.org