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A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum

Campbell County High School Drama

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Auditions For A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum

About Auditions

Wear shoes that you can dance in. Auditionees will work with Music directer on specific songs and then audition with that song. Auditionees will be ask to do a cold reading. For tech auditions please be prepared to talk about past experience and area of interest for the show.

List of Characters

Senex: An older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song, Senex is the perennially henpecked husband. His wife, Domina, doesn’t trust him, but ultimately they do love each other.

Domina: The battle-ax wife of Senex, Domina is not only domineering, but proud. It is she that tells a slave who is carrying a sculpture of her to “carry my bust with pride”—and she doesn’t even know it’s a funny line!

Hero: The handsome son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick juvenile who schemes with Pseudolus how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia.

Hysterium: A slave of Senex and Domina, Hysterium is the frantic and frenetic straw boss of all the slaves in the household. Pseudolus cons him into helping him in his plots, including dressing Hysterium up as the corpse of Philia.

Pseudolus: A slave of Hero, Pseudolus is sly, conniving, and willing to do anything for his freedom, leading to a deal with Hero that if the slave can win Philia for his master, his master will, in turn, grant his freedom. It is this desire that fuels the action of the play and many of the sight gags.

Lycus: The owner of the brothel, Lycus is the snaky, slimy, lecherous procurer of courtesans. He takes a businesslike care of his concubines; for instance, he won’t let them be fanned while wet, afraid they might catch cold.

Erronius: A befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused, Erronius spends most of the play bemoaning his two children who were kidnapped by pirates years ago.

Philia: Still a virginal girl, the beautiful and young, yet dumb, Philia none the less belongs to Lycus and is a courtesan-in-training, already contracted to be sold to Miles Gloriosus. She and Hero, however, are in love; and Hero has enlisted Pseudolus to get her for him.

Miles Gloriosus: A roman general, Miles Gloriosus is handsome, strong—and pompous, so much so that he proudly declares: “I am a parade.”

Tintinabula: One of Lycus’s courtesans, Tintinabula has, the face of an idol.

Panacea: Another of Lycus’s courtesans, Panacea has a face that holds a thousand promises.

The Geminae: Twin courtesans, the Geminae are, according to Lycus: “A matched pair.”

Vibrata: Another of Lycus’s courtesans, Vibrata is “exotic as a desert bloom . . . wondrous as a flamingo.”

Gymnasia: Another of Lycus’s courtesans, Gymnasia is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played.”

Chorus: Done in a similar manner as Greek Theatre chorus. These members play multiple characters throughout the show.

Audition Form

Cast List For A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum

Important Cast Information

Thank you to everyone who came out and auditioned. It is always a tremendously difficult decision to assign roles when so many talented performers turn out.

The cast list is posted. Your name will be highlighted if you've been assigned a role. If you were not cast in this production, please don't let it deter you from auditioning again in the future!