Newtown Arts Company
Newtown Arts Company is pleased to announce auditions for
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD:
Thursday December 13 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and
Sunday December 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Callbacks will be held Monday, December 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM by invitation
Location: Community Crossing Church
80 Lower Silver Lake Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 Room #4
Performances are Thursday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 17 2019
(no performance Monday, April 15)
Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons (not every Sunday.) If you foresee having multiple schedule conflicts, we kindly ask that you reconsider auditioning for this production.
Please note: all roles are nonpaid, non-equity.
Sign up for a 30 minute time slot. Appointments preferred, but we may be able to accommodate walk-ups. (If you are interested in auditioning but can’t make these times please contact us at [email protected], as other accommodations may be made)
Complete the audition form from our website in advance and bring it with you. (Make sure to include schedule conflicts!)
Bring a head shot or recent photo, and a resume (if you have one)
Prepare to sing 16-32 measures of a Broadway song that demonstrates vocal ability.
Please bring your own sheet music. We will have an accompanist.
Relax and enjoy the experience! We welcome veteran actors, as well as those who are new or have not been onstage in a while. We are looking forward to having you, and may be able to cast family members together in our productions! We have watched many of our child actors grow up in the company. All parts are open.
For questions, please contact us at: [email protected] or 215-860-7058.
All roles are open, and some actors may be cast in multiple roles:
Director: James McCrane
Music Director: Susan den Outer
Producers: Natalie Taptykoff & Eileen Bronkovic
Pseudolus: Male, 25-65
a Roman slave, owned by Hero, Pseudolus (his name means “Faker”) is sly, conniving, and willing to do anything to win his freedom, leading to a deal with Hero: that if the slave can win the heart of 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; baritone; genius comedic actor.
Hero: Male, 16-40
the handsome young son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick yet clumsy young man who schemes with Pseudolus how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia; tenor.
Philia: Female, 16-40
still a virginal Cretan girl, the beautiful and young, yet dumb, Philia (Greek for "love") none the less belongs to the house of Marcus Lycus and is a courtesan-in-training, already contracted to be sold to Miles Gloriosus for 500 minae; she and Hero, however, are in love, and Hero has enlisted Pseudolus to get her for him; soprano.
Hysterium: Male, 18-60
the chief 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; extremely strong comedic actor; tenor.
Senex: Male, 35-75
an older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song, Senex (Latin for "old man") is the perennially henpecked husband; a sardonic Roman senator, Senex has earned the distrust of his wife, Domina, but ultimately they do love each other; extremely strong comedic actor; baritone.
Domina: Female, 25-55
the battle-ax wife of Senex, Domina (Latin for "mistress") 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; a manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband; extremely strong character actress; mezzo.
Marcus Lycus: Male, 25-60
a purveyor of courtesans and the owner of the brothel to the left of Senex, 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; and he warns one fanner: “If you’re not careful you’ll be a eunuch all your life"; strong comedic character actor; baritone.
Miles Gloriosus: Male, 18-50
a great warrior and captain in the Roman army, Miles Gloriosus (Latin for "boastful soldier," the archetype of the braggart soldier in Roman comedies) is a slaughterer of thousands, oppressor of the meek, and sacker of shrines; Gloriosus is handsome, strong—and pompous; strong comedic actor; operatic baritenor.
Erronius: Male, 40+
living in the house to the right of Senex, Erronius (Latin for "wandering"), a befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused, spends most of the play in search of his two children who were seized in infancy by pirates some 20 years ago; strong comedic actor.
Gymnasia: Female, 18-45
one of Lycus’s courtesans, with whom Pseudolus falls in love. Gymnasia (Greek for "athletic") is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played"; strong dancer who sings well.
Panacea: Female, 18-45
another of Lycus’s courtesans, Panacea (Greek for "cure all") has “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise"; any vocal range; strong dancer who sings well.
Vibrata: Female, 18-45
a wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Marcus Lycus, Vibrata (Latin for "vibrant") is “exotic as a desert bloom, wondrous as a flamingo, lithe as a tigress, for the man whose interest is wildlife"; strong dancer who sings well.
Tintinabula: Female, 18-35
a jingling, bell-wearing courtesan from the house of Marcus Lycus, Tintinabula (Latin for "bells") has “the face of an idol, the arms of a willow tree, and the pelvis of a camel"; strong dancer who sings well.
The Geminae: Female, 18-45
twin courtesans in the house of Lycus, the Geminae (Latin for "]twins") are, according to Lycus: “A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of mathematical possibilities.” Strong dancers who sing well.
Proteans: Males & Females, 18+
an enterprising group who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs), as required; they accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight"; on Broadway, three people played all of these roles; baritones or tenors; strong movers/dancers who are wonderful comedic actors.
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