The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre
Collierville Arts Council
440 West Powell Road
Collierville, TN 38017
901-457-2780
WA Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

We have our auditions dates! They will be Saturday, March 11 from 9:45am-12:30pm and Sunday, March 12 at 6:30pm. PLEASE NOTE: Our audition location will be at New Day Children's Theatre which is located next to The Crepe Maker at Carriage Crossing in Collierville. The address is 4630 Merchants Park Circle, Suite 737. Roles are for 18 year olds and older. This show is rated PG.  Prepare 16 bars of music and bring your own music for accompaniment. We would love to hear songs from the show. We will also do cold readings from the show. 

Bring your resume and headshot. Our audition form is attached. 

Forum Audition Form 2017


Our director is Jason Spitzer and our Music Director is Jason Eschhofen.

Show dates are July 14-23, 2017 and rehearsals will start the beginning of June. Any questions please contact Terry Dean at colliervilleartscouncil@gmail.com. Rehearsals and shows will be at The Harrell Theatre, 440 W Powell Rd., Collierville, TN 38017.


Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laugh fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine – “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” This show is rated PG.

Cast of Characters:


Prologus

Introduces the audience to the comedy they are about to see. (Same actor who portrays Pseudolus in Act 1 and Senex in Act 2).

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 50

 

Senex

An old man and father to Hero and husband to Domina.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 70

 

Domina

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.

Gender: Female

Age: 40 to 50

 

Hero

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.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

 

Hysterium

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.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 55

 

Pseudolus

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.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 50

 

Erronius

An old man, searching for his lost children.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 70

 

Miles Gloriosus

The archetype of the braggart soldier. A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong.

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 35

 

Lycus

The owner of the house of Courtesans. Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good on what his business offers.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 50

 

Philia

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.

Gender: Female

Age: 18 to 21

 

Ensemble

Courtesans, Proteans, Soldiers




Ralphie: Carson Scott
Randy: Nathan Morton
Jean Shepherd: Chris Cotten
Old man: Paul Scott
Mom: Ashley Averwater
Schwartz: Ty Kirk
Flick/ tap soloist: Fred Garner
Scut Farkus: Oakley Weddle
Grover Dill: Rachel Adkins
Miss Shields: Emily Collins
Esther Jane/ ensemble: Lucy Nassif
MaryBeth/ ensemble: Annie Holley
Nancy/ Ensemble: Lily Grace Kirk
Santa/doctor/ ensemble :Chase Ring
Waitress/ensemble: Melanie Morton
Mrs. Schwartz/ Chief Elf: ensemble: Shelly Yeager
Nurse: Julie Scarpace
Flick's Mother:Lauren Hollenbeck
Fantasy Villain/ Delivery Man/ Policeman: Parker Hood
Delivery Man/fireman: Noah Bartley
Waiter/Chief Elf: Benjamin McIllvain
 
Dancing Ensemble (Elves, villains, Saloon Girls,Townspeople, etc ): 
Benjamin McIllvain,Parker Hood, Paige Hollenbeck, Emma Holley, Louisa Schroth, 
McKenna Amundson, Lauren Hollenbeck, Julie Scarpace
 
Kid Ensemble: 
Riley Smith, Kris Shaw, Hank Fleming, James Cotten, Lia Hollenbeck, 
Gabriella Scarpace, Caroline Pillow, Nicole Bartley
Ralphie: Carson Scott
Randy: Nathan Morton
Jean Shepherd: Chris Cotten
Old man: Paul Scott
Mom: Ashley Averwater
Schwartz: Ty Kirk
Flick/ tap soloist: Fred Garner
Scut Farkus: Oakley Weddle
Grover Dill: Rachel Adkins
Miss Shields: Emily Collins
Esther Jane/ ensemble: Lucy Nassif
MaryBeth/ ensemble: Annie Holley
Nancy/ Ensemble: Lily Grace Kirk
Santa/doctor/ ensemble :Chase Ring
Waitress/ensemble: Melanie Morton
Mrs. Schwartz/ Chief Elf: ensemble: Shelly Yeager
Nurse: Julie Scarpace
Flick's Mother:Lauren Hollenbeck
Fantasy Villain/ Delivery Man/ Policeman: Parker Hood
Delivery Man/fireman: Noah Bartley
Waiter/Chief Elf: Benjamin McIllvain
 
Dancing Ensemble (Elves, villains, Saloon Girls,Townspeople, etc ): 
Benjamin McIllvain,Parker Hood, Paige Hollenbeck, Emma Holley, Louisa Schroth, 
McKenna Amundson, Lauren Hollenbeck, Julie Scarpace
 
Kid Ensemble: 
Riley Smith, Kris Shaw, Hank Fleming, James Cotten, Lia Hollenbeck, 
Gabriella Scarpace, Caroline Pillow, Nicole Bartley