1975 - 1976

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The plot of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum concerns the efforts of a wily slave, Pseudolus, to win his freedom by procuring the beautiful but vapid courtesan Philia (a virgin) for his master, Hero (also a virgin). Only these two walking anachronisms could sing "Lovely" and actually mean it. Pseudolus' plans are hindered somewhat by Hero's father, Senex, who is himself smitten by Philia, but Senex has to admit that with love, at his age, sometimes it's just "Impossible". This sentiment is echoed by his wife Domina in the haunting lovesong "That Dirty Old Man".


As if that weren't enough, Philia is betrothed to Miles Gloriosus, a macho warrior, whose ode to love is "Bring Me My Bride". By the way, Philia was purchased sight unseen from the local dealer in courtesans, Marcus Lycus, who guarantees that she is untouched by human hands (and that includes the eunuchs). Infinitely more accessible are his other courtesans Panacea, Vibrata, Gymnasia, Tintinabula and the Geminae. These lovely ladies are real crowd pleasers and nobody is more pleased than Pseudolus, who dreams of buying one when he is finally "Free". Poor faithful Hero only wants Philia and so the plot continues.


To put Philia out of the running, Pseudolus concocts a plot that she is suffering from the plague, and blackmails Hysterium into aiding and abetting. Macho Miles arrives to claim his bride. Panic, chases and life-threatening situations ensue. The entire fiasco is finally saved by Erronius, a doddering old man who has just walked around the seven hills of Rome seven times, and the evening ends with "something for everyone - a comedy tonight".


Part of a free summer series presented at the Astrolabe amphitheater at Nepean Point.


Director: Geroge Wilson

Musical Director: Frank Burke

Choreographer: Roberta Sametz

Cast

Bob Lutes

Erronius, a citizen of Rome

Donna Savage

Gymnasia

Douglas Cooke

Prologus / Senex

Jack Wallace

Protean

Jeff Froggett

Hero, his son

Kathleen Willis

Panacea

Ken Vye

Protean

Lesley Hibberd

The Geminae

Linda Hunter

The Geminae

Margot Parmelee

Philia

Michael Gareau

Protean

Nina Alexandor

Tintinabula

Peter Cochrane

Prologus / Pseudolus

Peter Saunders

Hysterium, slave to Senex & Domina

Sheila Shields

Domina, his wife

Tony Keenleyside

Protean

Valerie Fournier

Vibrata

Vern Fraser

Lycus, a dealer in courtesans

York Davis

Miles Gloriosus

Production

Cher Daley

Hairstyling

Chris Terry

Stage Manager

Fran Smith

Assistant

Gisele Poirier

Costume Designer

Jack Wallace

Publicity

Jean Stewart

Scenic Artist

Leslie McHugh

Make-up

Linda Pratt

Properties

Lorna Rice

Accompanist

Marllyn Day

Prompter

Tom Shields

Scenic Artist

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum