June 27, 2008

Community Playhouse to Hold Auditions for ‘Funny Thing’

By Rachel Johnson, Aiken Standard, S.C.

Jun. 27--Scheduled to open on Sept. 12, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," directed by Nathan Greer, is currently holding open auditions to anyone interested in becoming a part of the excitement on the stage at the Aiken Community Playhouse.

There is no experience necessary to participate in the production, and everyone is welcome to audition.

Auditions begin Sunday at 3 p.m. and will continue Monday at 7 p.m. All interested actors are asked to prepare an upbeat Broadway musical song less than two minutes in length; those auditioning may use an audition CD without main vocals.

Additionally the auditions will include script readings and the learning of a dance routine. Everyone is advised to dress for movement.

There are opportunities available for anyone interested in the technical aspects of theater.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the behind the scenes roles should attend the auditions to express their interest.

There are plenty of roles available for both men and women. The play has been described as "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, 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a nonstop laughfest 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.

Greer will be casting for various roles including: Pseudolus, a Roman slave owned by Hero, who seeks to win his/her freedom by helping his/her young master win the heart of Philia (while originally written as a male role, it has been performed by female cast as well); Hero, young son of Senex who falls in love with the virgin Philia; Philia, virgin in the house of Marcus Lycus and Hero's love interest; Senex, a Roman senator living in a less fashionable suburb of Rome; Marcus Lycus, purveyor of courtesans who operates from the house to the left of Senex; Domina, the wife of Senex and a manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband; Miles Gloriosus, a captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia; Hysterium, the chief slave in the house of Senex; Erronius, Senex's elderly neighbor who has spent the past 20 years searching for his two children who were kidnapped in infancy by pirates; Gymnasia, a courtesan from the house of Lycus with whom Pseudolus falls in love; Tintinabula, a jingling, bell-wearing courtesan in the house of Lycus; Vibrata, a wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Lycus; Geminae, twin courtesans in the house of Lycus; Panacea, a courtesan in the house of Lycus; and Proteans, the chorus -- they play multiple roles in the play (slaves, citizens, soldiers and eunuchs) and accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight."

All auditions will be held at the Playhouse.

To fill out a preaudition form or for more information, visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com or call 648-1438.



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