VP 2007 A Funny Thing Happened

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Book By: Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music By: Stephen Sondheim
Directed by: Brenda Sweeney
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Run of Show

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” ran May 4 – 19, 2007, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, first Sunday at 2:00pm

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumSynopsis

“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life’s troubles. “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. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.


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The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Prologus/Pseudolus (Actor/Slave To Hero) Don Weber
Senex (An Old Man) Rick Hagg
Domina (His Wife) Jean Mills
Hero (Son Of Senex And Domina; Loves Philia) Andy Striph
Hysterium (Slave To Senex And Domina) Brian Weisenburger
Erroneous (An Old Man) Tom Davis
Miles Gloriosus (A Warrior) Jim Latimer
Lycus (A Buyer And Seller Of Courtesans) Greg Thomas
Philia, A Virgin Sarah Braun
The Courtesans:
 Tintinabula Megan Ray
 Panacea Dena Person
 The Geminae Lisa Barry & Elizabeth Piel
 Vibrata Libby Edwards
 Gymnasia Sara Speelman
The Eunuchs/Proteans/Soldiers Daniel Aikens, Rich Chesko, & Brandon Ware

Program Staff

Director Brenda Sweeney
Assistant To Director Marcia Weisenburger
Producers Jean Mills & David Stives
Choreographer Wes Skinner
Choreographer Assistant Megan Ray
Musical Director/Piano Debbie Wlodarski
Musicians Michael Callis & Kim Padley
Set Design Wes Skinner
Stage Manager Pat Mahoney & Debbie Marinik
Lighting Designer Dan Finkel
Lighting Crew Jeff Mills
Costume Coordinator Kathie Weber
Costume Crew Susan Braun, Libby Edwards, Elizabeth Piel, Karen Ray, Loretta Skowronek, & Liz Speelman
Property Master Sue Dennis
Property Crew John Henry, Robert Ingram, & Ellison Weber
Set Construction Steve Mierzejewski, Bob Smith, John van der Meer & Don Weber
Scenic Art Wes Skinner, & John van der Meer
Publicity Laura Ahrens & Pam Kelso
Program Laura Ahrens, Jake Gordy & Frank Venda
Program Art & Cover Design H.O.T. Graphics
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberley Bruggemann, Sandy Fry, Darlene Hatfield, Barbara Heindel, Sue Holliger, Carol Hojnacki, Rita Konecki, Debbie Krieger, Diane Nowakowski, Jinny Patterson, & Judy Wiederhold
Program Printing The Copy Center
Marquee Signs Larry Janney & Norb Mills
Theatre Photographer Frank Venda
Special Thanks Nancy Davis, Maumee High School Art Department, Sandy Caffro, Bowling Green State University, The Children’s Theatre Workshop, Kevin Charles Hair Artistry

The Show!

Setting: The time is two hundred years before the Christian era, a day in spring. The place is a street in Rome in front of the houses of Erronius, Senex, and Lycus. The action is continuous with a single, 15 minute, intermission

Act I

1. Overture
2. Opening – Act I
3. Comedy Tonight – Company
4. Love I Hear – Hero
5. Free – Pseudolus, Hero
6. The House Of Marcus Lycus – Lycus, Courtesans
7. Lovely – Hero, Philia
8. Pretty Little Picture – Philia, Hero
9. Everybody Ought To Have A Maid – Pseudolus, Senex, Lycus
10. I’m Calm – Hysterium
11. Impossible – Senex, Hero
12. Fanfares No. 1 – Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, The Proteans
13. Bring Me My Bride – Miles Gloriosus, Pseudolus, The Proteans
14. Fanfares No. 2
Finale – Act I – Company

Act II

15. Entr’acte
16. Opening – Act 2
17. That Dirty Old Man – Domina
18. That’ll Show Him – Philia
19. ‘Lovely’ Reprise – Pseudolus, Hysterium
20. Funeral Sequence – Pseudolus, The Proteans
21. Incidental Chords
22. Finale Ultimo: Comedy Tonight Company
23. Curtain Calls
24. Exit Music