Stephan Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will open the theatre season for William Woods University. According to Music Theatre International, it is known as “Broadway’s greatest farce” and “the perfect escape from life’s troubles.”
The musical features Ryan H. Paul of Olatne, Kan., as Pseudolus; Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as Philia; and Joshua Potter of Fulton, Mo., as Hero. Other student cast members are Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo.; Carissa Biele of Fulton, Mo.; Taylor Davidson of Kansas City, Mo.; Ellen Gilmer of Des Moines, Iowa; Jared Krichevsky of Culver City, Calif.; Sharee Lamere of Moberly, Mo.; Daniel Saults of Rolla, Mo.; Alarie Sims of Blue Springs, Mo.; Buddy Staats of Hermann, Mo., and Danielle Wheeler of Brandon, Miss.
Cast members from the community are Suzy Johnston, Jody Paschal, George Spratt and Mike Wilson.
“It takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville,” Music Theatre International said. “The result is a non-stop laugh-fest 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 his freedom.”
Guest artist Kathy Potter will direct the musical. Adrienne Branson, adjunct dance instructor and WWU alumna, will be the choreographer. Joe Potter will design the set and lights, while Jane Friedman will design the costumes. Musical direction will be by guest artist Hilary Myers, choral director of Fulton Middle School.
Performances are scheduled for Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. A matinee performance is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are $12 for adults and $6 for children 5-12. The production is for mature adults. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.