A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Director/Choreographer: Kristi Ondo
Music Director: Jim Hoffmann
Stage Manager: Scott Miller
Audition Dates and Times: Open Call Saturday, August 26th 9am-2pm; Callbacks Sunday, August 27th 12noon-3pm
Performances: November 3-19 (Friday-Sunday first two weekends, Thursday-Sunday final weekend)
Rehearsals: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday evenings. No Fridays or Saturdays if we can help it until tech week and performance weekends. This is based on cast agreeing to work / study on their own time to be prepared for the rehearsal process of working together to bring about Forum! The Director is willing to work with cast on reoccurring conflicts: work related, local choral group related, etc. with the understanding that come the week of (and possibly before) tech week, those conflicts would be equally understanding.
For Auditions: Please prepare 16 bars of any song you wish, except those from Forum. An accompanist will be provided. All levels and abilities are welcome. If you do not have music, you are invited to sing Happy Birthday to the production team member of your choice. No monologue preparation is necessary, you will be given a piece to read at auditions. A character breakdown is show below.
Callbacks will happen on Sunday, calls to those invited will happen by early evening on Saturday.
Pseudolus – Baritone
A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win his freedom by helping his young master win the heart of Philia. Quick-witted, scheming, childlike spirit.
Age: 30 to 50
Senex – Baritone
An old man and father to Hero and husband to Domina.
Age: 45 to 70
Domina – Mezzo-Soprano
Senex’s wife. A shrewish woman who dominates to the point of answering herself the questions she asks of others. Loves her husband deep down, but is outwardly controlling, demanding, and manipulative.
Age: 40 to 50
Hero – Tenor
The young son of Senex and Domina. He falls in love with Philia and agrees to give Pseudolus his freedom if he can help Hero woo her. Practical, privileged, romantic.
Age: 20 to 30
Hysterium – Baritone
The chief slave in the House of Senex. Believes he is in control, but is actually Pseudolus’ puppet to carry out his schemes. Anxious, conservative, loyal. He desperately wants everything to be in order.
Age: 40 to 55
Erronius – Baritone
An old man, searching for his lost children.
Age: 45 to 70
Miles Gloriosus – Bass
The archetype of the braggart soldier. A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong.
Age: 25 to 35
Lycus – Baritone
The owner of the house of Courtesans. Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good on what his business offers.
Age: 40 to 50
Philia – Soprano
A virgin in the House of Lycus whom we also find out is Erronius’ daughter. She is promised to Miles and vows to give him bodily what he has paid for, but loves Hero and promises he will always have her heart. Young, pretty, devoted. An archetypal ingénue.
Age: 18 to 21
Courtesans – 6 women
Proteans, Soldiers – 3-4 men, looking for flexible character actors