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Open Auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Open Auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum




Carrollwood Players Theatre announces open auditions for

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the plays of Plautus

Directed by Brooke West

A CWP Mainstage Musical

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This nonstop laugh fest is full of plot twists and turns, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. “Something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”


Sunday, March 1st, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Monday, March 2nd, 2020 – 7 p.m.

Callbacks: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 – 7 p.m.

Auditions are at Carrollwood Players Theatre
4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL, 33618

May 29th – June 20th, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm

Most rehearsals will be weekday evenings from March, 2020 through tech week. More information about the rehearsal schedule will be available at the auditions.

May 24th – 28th, 2020

Must be available for all tech week rehearsals and all performances.

Please bring a complete list of all potential date conflicts with you to the audition.

No experience necessary. No appointment necessary. All roles are open. This is an unpaid opportunity.

Head shots and resumes are encouraged but not required.

Please prepare 16 measures of a song in the style of the show and plan to provide a backing track on your device with a standard headphone jack.

Please be prepared to learn a dance routine and dress accordingly.

There will be cold readings from the script at the callbacks.


Pseudolus/ Prologus- A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win his freedom by helping his young master win the heart of Philia. Quick-witted, scheming, childlike spirit. Gender: Male. Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: A2

Senex- An old man and father to Hero and husband to Domina.
Gender: Male. Age: 45 to 70. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: B2.

Domina- Senex’s wife. A shrewish woman who dominates to the point of answering herself the questions she asks of others. Loves her husband deep down, but is outwardly controlling, demanding, and manipulative. Gender: Female. Age: 40 to 50. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: B3

Hero- The young son of Senex and Domina. He falls in love with Philia and agrees to give Pseudolus his freedom if he can help Hero woo her. Practical, privileged, romantic. Gender: Male. Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: B2

Philia- A virgin in the House of Lycus whom we also find out is Erronius’ daughter. She is promised to Miles and vows to give him bodily what he has paid for, but loves Hero and promises he will always have her heart. Young, pretty, devoted. An archetypal ingénue. Beautiful and not too bright.Gender: Female. Age: 18 to 30 Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: B3

Hysterium- The chief slave in the House of Senex. Believes he is in control, but is actually Pseudolus’ puppet to carry out his schemes. Anxious, conservative, loyal. He desperately wants everything to be in order. Gender: Male. Age: 40 to 55. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: D4

Marcus Lycus- The owner of the house of Courtesans. Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good on what his business offers. Gender: Male. Age: 40 to 50. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: A3

Miles Gloriosus-The archetype of the braggart soldier. A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong. Gender: Male. Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: B3

Erronius- An old man, searching for his lost children. Gender: Male. Age: 45 to 70. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: B2

Courtesans: Must be comfortable with erotic dancing; each with their own dance style. No nudity required; only provocative dancing.

Tintinabula- A jingling, bell-wearing, Belly-dancing courtesan in the house of Lycus. Her name derives from the Latin for “bells”. Tintinabula has “the face of an idol, the arms of a willow tree, and the pelvis of a camel.”

Panacea- A jazzy,burlesque-style courtesan. Panacea has “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise.”

The Geminae- lyrical and gymnastic dancing twin courtesans, the Geminae are, according to Lycus: “A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of
mathematical possibilities.”

Vibrata- An aggressive, animal print wearing, Amazon of a woman, Vibrata is “exotic as a desert bloom, wondrous as a flamingo, lithe as a tigress – for the man whose interest is wildlife.” Must be comfortable with or willing to learn how to crack a small whip.

Gymnasia- The biggest courtesan, Gymnasia is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played.” A gorgeous, thick woman ready to flex her assets and crush men’s walnuts with her thighs.

The Proteans/Eunichs/Soldiers- Men ages 18 and up to perform as the ensemble chorus, knockabout clowns who serve Lycus and his courtesans, and comedic soldiers in Miles’ army.

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