WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2012-13 season with the musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (of M*A*S*H* fame). Drawing inspiration from ancient Roman playwrights, Forum follows the exploits of Pseudolus, a Roman slave seeking his freedom; he does so by helping his master romance the girl next door. Full of slamming doors, mistaken identities, and zany antics, this side-splitting evening of “comedy tonight” complements the season theme of Any Time and Any Place.
Cast member Lindsay Fiegle explains that even though Forum “takes place in Ancient Rome with togas, there’s a fun 1960s spin to our production.” Cast member Josh Brown describes Forum as “the screwball comedy that all screwball comedies aspire to.” Crew member Cat Cannestrelli shares that “there’s sophisticated comedy, farce comedy and irony all in one evening. There are lots of laughs for everyone.” Crew member Gaby Hernandez is “excited that rehearsals are going well and that there has been such good teamwork among all the cast members.”
The company includes from Carol Stream: Braeden Austgen, Natalie Farrell, Kyle Foehner, Luke Jaconis, Antonia Lobocki, Aaron Morden, Ben Nelson, Elizabeth Panicali, Liz Ramos, Daniel Stompor, and Sydney Weiss; from West Chicago: Ashley Anderson, Dayna Bantz, Raynne Belingon, Heather Belingon, Robert Bradley, Jeana Brown, Cassie Ciardullo, Ethan Cuka, Maegan Daniels, Elyssa DiRaddo, Jackie Fabiszak, Abram Fernandez, Charles Fortner, Daniela Garcia, Gabriela Garcia, Isabel Garcia, Marco Garcia, Mae Elizabeth Gimre, Jessie Hansen, Gaby Hernandez, Anica Hosticka, Jasmine Juarez, Joshua Keilhack, Hanna Keller, Marianne Kiel, Mikaela Kiel, Jackie Letzer, Farrell Lewis, Stephen Lewis, Rosemarie Luther, Tara Lyne, Caitlin Manspeaker, Melissa Metzger, Josué Muñoz, Rachel Pekel, Alora Pradel, Raven Ringe, Kristin Rysell, Natalie Sehweil, Ben Skipor, Zandra Starks, Andrew Steininger, Katie Steininger, Kiara Walker, Brenden Walsh, Gilary Valenzuela, and Noah Watkins; and from Winfield: Josh Brown, Jon Butler, Cat Cannestrelli, Sarah Dalla Costa, Melinda Elmazi, Lindsay Fiegle, Serafina Guizzetti, Matthew Loftus, Whitney Marin, Pierce McGlynn, Olivia Powrozek, Lauren Russo, Sasha Slivinski, Sarah Szremski, Allison Wagner, and Natalie Wagner. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is directed by Mark Begovich with assistance by Maggie Haas. Music Direction is by Brandon Fantozzi and Conducted by Alexandra Wojciechowski. Scenic Design and Technical Direction is by Chris Jensen, and Lights and Sound by Jim Anderson.
Performances are Thursday, May 9, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults; tickets can be purchased on-line at www.wegotheatre.com or at the door. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is presented by arrangement with Music Theater International, New York. For more information, contact Mark Begovich at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wegotheatre.com.
- Mark Begovich
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