1988 - 1989

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".


Artistic Director: Barry Bielby

Musical Director: Rod Holmes

Choreographer: Nancy Egan

Cast

Alan Mainguy

a Protean

Barbara Seabright-Moore

Philia, a virgin

Barry Caiger

Prologus, (an actor), slave to Hero

Brad Burgess

a Protean

Bridget Blais

Gymnasia, a courtesan

Carole Billingham

Vibrata, a courtesan

Cindy Harrison

Tintinabula, a courtesan

David Farant

Hero, Senex's son

Debbie Jones

Panacea, a courtesan

Jack Wallace

Lycus, a buyer and seller of courtesans

Jim Morrison

a Protean

Jim Robertson

Hysterium, slave to Senex

Julie Barber

one of The Geminae, a courtesan

Lynda Jackson

one of The Geminae, a courtesan

Moe Romanow

Erronius, an old man

Sam Smith

a Protean

Sharron J. McGuirl

Domina, Senex's wife

Tim O'Ray

Miles Gloriosus, a warrior

Vern Fraser

Senex, an old man

Production

Art Whitehead

House Manager (Orpheus)

Bill Butterworth

Sound Technician

Bill Moore

Pinrail

Billi Langtry

Production Coordinator

Carole Billingham

Dance Captain

Jeanie Stewart

Scenic Artist

Jill Thompson

Assistant to the Costume Designer

Lorna Rice

Accompanist

Malvary J. Cole

Set Designer

Margaret Coderre-Williams

Lighting Designer

Marylin Day

Stage Manager

Melva Scott

Make-up Designer

Michael Gareau

Costume Designer

Pam Reynolds

Production Photographer

Patti Mordasewicz

Properties Mistress

Sid Jelly

Master Carpenter

Susan Fowler

Properties Mistress

Tom Shields

Workshop Chairman

Walt Conrad

House Manager (Commerce)

Walter Young

Hair Designer

Wayne Nolan

Assistant to the Director

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