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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Details

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Performance Dates: April 5, 6, 7, 12,13,14, and 15, 2018
$18

Venue

Roger T. Sermon Community Center,
201 N Dodgion St Independence , 64050 United States
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Description

Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

Directed by: David Rogers

SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

More Details

2017-2018 Season

Harvey Promo

Wait Until Dark

The Glass Menagerie

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

Upcoming Events

  • Date
  • Event
  • Description
    • Date
      March 1, 2018
      7:00 pm
    • Event
      Member Meeting
    • Description
      We hold open business meetings eight times per year in the evenings and encourage anyone interested to attend. All meetings are at 7 p.m. in the Sermon Center.
    • Date
      April 5, 2018
      7:30 pm
    • Event
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      $18
    • Description

      Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

      Directed by: David Rogers

      SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
      Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

    • Date
      April 6, 2018
      7:30 pm
    • Event
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      $18
    • Description

      Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

      Directed by: David Rogers

      SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
      Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

    • Date
      April 7, 2018
      6:30 pm
    • Event
      Dinner Theatre
      $32
    • Description

      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Dinner Theatre - One Night Only

      April 7, 2018
      Dinner 6:30 p.m.
      Curtain 7:30 p.m.
      Buy tickets online or by phone 816-325-7367
      Price includes dinner and show.
    • Date
      April 7, 2018
      7:30 pm
    • Event
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      $18
    • Description

      Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

      Directed by: David Rogers

      SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
      Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

    • Date
      April 9, 2018
      7:00 pm
    • Event
      Open Auditions
    • Description

      Audition for The Kitchen Witches

      Written by: Caroline Smith

      Directed by: Michael Masterson

    • Date
      April 10, 2018
      7:00 pm
    • Event
      Open Auditions
    • Description

      Audition for The Kitchen Witches

      Written by: Caroline Smith

      Directed by: Michael Masterson

    • Date
      April 12, 2018
      7:30 pm
    • Event
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      $18
    • Description

      Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

      Directed by: David Rogers

      SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
      Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

    • Date
      April 13, 2018
      7:30 pm
    • Event
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      $18
    • Description

      Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

      Directed by: David Rogers

      SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
      Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

    • Date
      April 14, 2018
      7:30 pm
    • Event
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
      $18
    • Description

      Written by:  Stephen Sondheim

      Directed by: David Rogers

      SYNOPSIS: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
      Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

Meet Our Directors

You can't have a great show without great directors. Learn more about the directors for the 2017-2018 season.

Nancy Eppert

Director
Harvey, September 2017

Nino Casisi

Director
Wait Until Dark, November 2017

Cece McFarland

Director
The Glass Menagerie, January 2018

Michael Masterson

Director
The Kitchen Witches, May/June 2018

David Rogers

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