A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!
This show has a large cast of characters (see below for descriptions), with roles for everyone. Come audition to be a part of this exceptional theater event.
Auditions Thursday through Sunday, October 26 to 29; Thurs & Fri 7-9 pm; Sat 3 -6 pm & Sun 12 – 2 pm
KCP will be opening its 2018 season with this Broadway classic, one of the funniest musicals ever written. The master director Arnold Meister, a true “Sondhead”, will be at the helm. See below for more information about the play.
Auditions will be held at WIT’s new home, the former Verizon space in Kukui Grove Shopping Center, located between Kauai Bakery and Jeans Warehouse.
The show opens January 12 and runs for 4 weekends through February 4 with performances Fri, Sat and Sun opening weekend, and Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends. NO HOLDOVER.
All auditioners will be asked to read from script. All auditioners should prepare a short song; it need not be from the show. Protean auditioners will be asked to pantomime character movement as listed in the protean description below. Courtesan auditioners will be asked present a short exotic dance of her own making; may bring a recording.
Prologus: An actor who introduces the play, Prologus then changes into the character he plays throughout: Pseudolus.
Pseudolus: A slave of Hero, Pseudolus is sly, conniving, and willing to do anything for his freedom, leading to a deal with Hero that if the slave can win Philia for his master, his master will, in turn, grant his freedom. It is this desire that fuels the action of the play and many of the sight gags. 8 songs
The Proteans: 3 comic relief who are present throughout the play; they play many roles: soldiers, slaves, Romans, Eunuchs, helpers of Pseudolus, a sort of Roman version of the three stooges. They don’t have much dialogue and when they do it’s as one of their many characters. These are principally physical comedy roles. 4 chorus songs
Senex: An older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song, Senex is the perennially henpecked husband. 2 songs, 2 choruses
Domina: The battle-ax wife of Senex, Domina is not only domineering, but proud, and convinced that she is still alluring. 1 song, 2 choruses
Hero: The naive handsome son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick juvenile who schemes with Pseudolus about how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia. 4 songs, 2 choruses
Hysterium: A slave of Senex and Domina, Hysterium is the frantic and frenetic straw boss of all the slaves in the household. Pseudolus cons him into helping him in his plots, including dressing Hysterium up as the corpse of Philia. 2 songs, 2 choruses
Lycus: The owner of the House of Marcus Lycus is the snaky, slimy, lecherous procurer of courtesans whom he trains in the art of dance and seduction then sells them. 2 songs, 2 choruses
The Courtesans of the House of Locus: The six actresses don’t have dialogue; they are in the ensemble numbers and each has a solo dance that is both exotic and humorous; they are parodies of the beautiful fantasy goddesses who are all there waiting to be sold. (1) Tintinabula has “the face of an idol . . . the arms of a willow tree . . . and the pelvis of a camel.” (2) Panacea has “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise.” (3 & 4) The Geminae are twin courtesans, “a matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of mathematical possibilities.” (5) Vibrata: is “exotic as a desert bloom . . . wondrous as a flamingo . . . lithe as a tigress . . . for the man whose interest is wildlife.” (6) Gymnasia: is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played.” 3 choruses
Philia: A virgin girl, beautiful, young and dumb, who belongs to Lycus and is a courtesan-in-training, already contracted to be sold to Miles Gloriosus. She and Hero, however, are in love; and Hero has enlisted Pseudolus to get her for him. 3 songs, 2 choruses
Erronius: A befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused, Erronius spends most of the play searching the seven hills of Rome for his two children who were kidnapped by pirates years ago. 2 choruses
Miles Gloriosus: A Roman soldier, Miles Gloriosus is handsome, young, strong – also pompous and pretentious with a strong ego, so much so that he proudly declares: “I am a parade.” 2 songs, 2 choruses
About The Play
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim (his first show where he was both composer and lyricist) and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical 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 musical’s original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical). A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original Broadway lead, Zero Mostel. It also won four Outer Critics Circle Awards. In subsequent Broadway revivals, it won 3 more Tonys, a Drama Desk Award, and two more Outer Critics Circle awards.
The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater”. It takes place in Rome 200 years before the Christian era one day in spring, and is set on a street in front of the houses of Erronious, Senex, and Lycus.