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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:15

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

Production Team

Director: Michael Skelton ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer: Shelley Scott

Musical Director: Christine Leah

Choreographer: Stewart Matthews

Stage Manager: Andrew Lea, assisted by Kaitlyn Carlton

Costumes: Carly Quinn, assisted by Ainsley Raymer

Lighting: Joe Skelton

Sound: Jayden Sheridan

Make Up:  Lousie Austen and Beautiful Life Academy

  

Characters:

All characters require comic abilities. There is no ensemble. Normal "ensemble" roles are played by the three proteans.

PSEUDOLUS: Playful, comic ringmaster of the show and slave to Hero.  Always up to something, full of playful mischief, even if it gets him into trouble. Perfect role for an actor comfortable with breaking the fourth wall and ad libbing. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Free, Pretty Little Picture, Everybody Ought To Have A Maid, Lovely (Reprise), Funeral Sequence, Comedy Tonight Finale. A-High G Baritone

HERO: Senex's son, the handsome, innocent master, in love with Philia. A little awkward, easily played by Pseudolus.  Songs: Comedy Tonight, Love I Hear, Free, Lovely, Pretty Little Picture, Impossible, Comedy Tonight Finale. A2 - F#4 Tenor

HYSTERIUM: Pseudolus' hapless fellow slave and head slave to Senex & Domina. Will do anything to please his masters but finds himself willingly part of Pseudolus's plans, however embarrassing they are. Has a crippling fear of confrontation which breaks out into nerves. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Everybody Ought To Have A Maid, I'm Calm, Lovely (Reprise), Comedy Tonight Finale. A2 - G4 Tenor

PHILIA: The lovely-but-vacant courtesan. Bred for loveliness rather than smarts, Philia isn't a dumb blonde. She just hasn't had the chance to show off her smarts. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Lovely, Pretty Little Picture, That'll Show Him, Comedy Tonight Finale.A3 - G5 Soprano

SENEX: Hero's father and the aging master of the house. Henpecked by his wife, will do anything to get out of spending time with her. Through a series of mix ups, thinks Philia is his "maid" (with favours thrown in). Best described as a faded ladies man who is rediscovering his former talents. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Everybody Ought To Have A Maid, Impossible, Comedy Tonight Finale.B flat-G flat Baritone

LYCUS: A buyer and seller of courtesans. Slimy, scheming and always out for a quick profit, finds himself drawn into Pseudolus's schemes but does not think quick enough on his feet to escape further problems. Songs: Comedy Tonight, The House of Marcus Lycus, Everybody Ought To Have A Maid.A2 - F4 Baritone

DOMINA: Senex's overbearing wife. Mutton dressed as the whole herd of sheep. Has been worn down by Senex's contempt for her. Under her rough exterior, she just wants to be loved. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Dirty Old Man, Comedy Tonight Finale. A3 - F#5 Mezzo-Soprano

ERRONIUS: A doddering old man, who spends the show searching for his missing children. Slightly aloof, blind as a bat, easily lead. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Comedy Tonight Finale. A2 - F4 Baritone

MILES GLORIOSUS: The greatest Roman warrior, according to himself. Woman love him and men want to be him, or he'll crush their skulls. Has a contract with Lycus to buy Philia, but finds himself being tricked by Pseudolus, Lycus, Hysterium and Domina. Songs: Comedy Tonight, Bring Me My Bride, Funeral Sequence, Comedy Tonight Finale. A2 - F4 Bass Baritone

THE COURTESANS: Tintinabula, Panacea, The Geminae (two), Vibrata, Gymnasia. Primarily dance roles, each courtesan has their own special set of skills. Each role requires a dance solo and some singing in an ensemble. Songs: Comedy Tonight, The House Of Marcus Lycus, Everybody Ought To Have A  Maid,  Bring Me My Bride, Funeral Sequence, Comedy Tonight Finale. Low A - High F# (High Ab for some people) in their octave

THE PROTEANS: Three omnipresent "clowns". The Proteans play every ensemble part and sometimes parts of the set. While not expected to dance, these roles require physical timing, comic expression and lots of quick changes. Songs: Comedy Tonight, The House Of Marcus Lycus, Lovely, Pretty Little Picture, Bring Me My Bride, Funeral Sequence, Comedy Tonight Finale. B-High A

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Auditions: Sunday May 3  1-5pm 

 

Rehearsals commence Wednesday May 7

 

Rehearsals continue Sunday (1-6pm), Monday (7-10), Wednesday (7-10)

 

Performances:  all performances begin at 7:30pm

 

Season: Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Friday August 14, Saturday August 15, Friday August 21, Saturday August 22,  Friday August 28, Saturday August 29, Friday September 4, Saturday September 5.

 

 

To book an audition contact Michael at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 16:41
 

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