AUDITIONS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Aug 31 or Sep 1 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Ford Theater, Bliss Hall
You only need to come to one audition day. Call backs will be Friday, Sept. 2, if needed. Please prepare 32 bars of a comedy song from the Golden Age. Movement/Dance will be part of the audition, so come dressed to move. Please be prepared to show any "tricks" you may have such as juggling, flips, hand stands, etc. Auditions are open to all students at YSU.
Performance Dates: November 18-20, December 2-4 Rehearsals: Begin September 26. Monday-Friday, 7:00-10:00 PM
Cast Break Down
Prologus / Pseudolus: An actor who introduces the play and then assumes the role of Pseudolus, a slave of Hero. He is conniving and willing to do anything in order to gain his freedom. This leads 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. Lead of the show. Bari-tenor/tenor
Senex: A somewhat lecherous older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song, Senex is the perennially henpecked husband.
Domina: The battle-ax wife of Senex, Domina runs the household with an iron fist. Belter, comedic role.
Hero: The handsome son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick juvenile who schemes with Pseudolus how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia. Tenor.
Hysterium: A slave of Senex and Domina, Hysterium is the frantic and frenetic 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.
Lycus: The owner of the brothel, Lycus is the snaky, slimy, lecherous procurer of courtesans.
Tintinabula: One of Lycus’ courtesans, Tintinabula has “the face of an idol . . . the arms of a willow tree . . . and the pelvis of a camel.” Featured dance role.
Panacea: Another of Lycus’ courtesans, Panacea has “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise.” Featured dance role.
The Geminae: Twin courtesans, the Geminae are, according to Lycus: “A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of mathematical possibilities.”
Vibrata: Another of Lycus’ courtesans, Vibrata is “exotic as a desert bloom . . . wondrous as a flamingo . . . lithe as a tigress . . . for the man whose interest is wildlife.” Featured dance role.
Gymnasia: Another of Lycus’ courtesans, Gymnasia is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played.”
Philia: Still a virginal girl, the beautiful, yet dumb, Philia none the less belongs to Lycus and is a courtesan-in-training, already sold to Miles Gloriosus. She and Hero, however, are in love; and Hero has enlisted Pseudolus to get her for him. Legit soprano.
Erronius: A befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused, Erronius spends most of the play bemoaning his two children who were kidnapped by pirates years ago.
Miles Gloriosus: A Roman soldier, Miles Gloriosus is handsome, strong, and pompous. He has purchased Phillia to be his bride and comes to collect her.
Proteans (3): Choristers who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, eunuchs). I consider this group to be the second leads in the show. Physical clowning and athletic abilities will be tested. Although traditionally male, females will be considered for these roles as well.