Funny Thing – Full Audition Information – Characters, Plot & Audition Pieces

Here is all the character and plot information for A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – which may assist your audition preparation. All resources (audition pieces) referred to in character descriptions are at the bottom of this page, beneath the plot.

Audition 1 Tuesday 2nd Jan 7:30

Audition 2 Thursday 4th Jan 7:30

Location; St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield St, Stone, Staffs

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All ages are apparent not actual.

You Tube link for investigation of characters and Songs: youtu.be/-NPy4M7QUug

Male Roles

Pseudolus – Baritone
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. His name means "Faker."
• By far the largest and most comic role.
• Comic timing is everything.
• Sings partial solos in 8 songs, delivery and enthusiasm and the ability to “sell” the songs are far more
important than a beautiful voice.
• Some choreography — likely to be more comic than technical and adapted to the actor.
Age: 30 to 50
AUDITION PIECES
READING PSEUDOLUS 1, 2 and 3 (1 is a monologue)
SINGING MUSIC 8 (PRETTY LITTLE PICTURE)

Hero – Tenor
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.
 Singing role. Some dance.
• Of all the characters he is the most traditional leading man type.
• However, as he is also a virgin, it is imperative that he impart a naivety.
Age: 20 to 35
AUDITION PIECES
READING Hero 1 and 2
SINGING MUSIC 11 (IMPOSSIBLE)

Senex: (Latin for "old man") A henpecked, sardonic Roman senator living in a less fashionable suburb of
Rome.
• Plausibly Hero’s father.

• Singing role.
• When his domineering wife is away, he enjoys believing the mistaken idea that he can be the object of
the young virgin’s affection.
Age: 45 to 70 (Age related to age of actors cast as Hero and Domina).
AUDITION PIECES
READING Senex 1 and 2
SINGING MUSIC 9 (Everybody ought to have a maid)

Hysterium – Baritone
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.
Latin for "Hysterical" or "Anxious," the suffix “-um” makes the name neuter, and the character's gender is
often mistaken throughout the piece)
• Although he is chief slave in the same house where Pseudolus is also a slave, Pseudolus bullies him and
treats him as an underling
• Much of his humor comes from the fact that he impersonates the young, female virgin, Philia
• Must be able to sing, speak in a falsetto voice
Age: 30 to 55
AUDITION PIECES
READING Hysterium 1 and 2
SINGING MUSIC 10 (I’m Calm)

Miles Gloriosus – Bass
(Latin for "boastful soldier," the archetype of the braggart soldier in Roman comedies) A captain in the
Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong.
• Must sing, speak and act in a booming, arrogant voice
• Although a costume may provide the muscles, the actor must be able to pull off “gladiator-ness.”
Age: 25 to 40
AUDITION PIECES
READING Miles Gloriosus
SINGING MUSIC 13 (Bring my Bride)

Marcus Lycus: – Baritone
A purveyor of courtesans, who operates from the house to the right of Senex. (Name based on Lycus, the
pimp in Plautus's Poenulus.) Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good on what his
business offers.
• Singing role (not major)
• Think of him as the “used car salesman” of the courtesans.
Age: 30 to 50 (but not critical)
AUDITION PIECES
READING Lycus
SINGING MUSIC 6 The House of Marcus Lycus

Erronius: – Baritone
(Latin for "wandering") Senex's elderly neighbor in the house to the left. He has spent the past twenty
years searching for his two children, kidnapped in infancy by pirates.
• The smallest of the principal roles
• Sings only as part of the chorus in 2 songs
• Must be able to sound and move like an old man
AUDITION PIECES
READING Erronius
SINGING MUSIC 3 Comedy Tonight

Female Roles

Philia – Soprano
(Greek for Love): 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.
Age: 18 to 25+
AUDITION PIECES
READING Philia 1 and 2
SINGING MUSIC 18 That’ll Show Him

Domina: – Mezzo-Soprano
(Latin for "mistress") The wife of Senex and mother to Hero. She is a shrewish woman who is loathed and
feared by even her husband. Senex’s wife. She 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.
• Singing role
• Must play the stereotypical overbearing wife and mother
Age 40 – 60 (Age related to age of actors cast as Hero and Domina).
AUDITION PIECES
READING Domia 1 and 2
SINGING MUSIC 17 Dirty Old Man

Cortesans in the house of Lycus (provide part of the female chorus. Notice there are 6 courtesans as the
Geminae are twins)
Please note that the courtesans can be played by actors across a range of ages and looks. Lycus caters to all
tastes.
At least some of the courtesans will however need to be prepared to wear revealing costumes and move
and dance in a sexy or sensuous way.
If this is likely to be of concern to you please mention your concerns at the audition.
Anyone age 16 or 17 (by the date of the first performance) intending to audition as a courtesan – Please
note we will need to get parental consent.
The courtesans will be expected to display their own personalities and characters largely through
movement and attitude
AUDITION PIECES
SINGING MUSIC 3 Comedy Tonight
(No Reading)
Please note
The named courtesans will not be selected at initial auditions. This will be done early in the rehearsal
process. This is to ensure the best match of skills and attitude with each role.
If there are more than 6 prospective courtesans, there will be a “dance audition” to determine who plays
courtesans and who plays proteans.
• Gymnasia: (Greek for "Athletic," with the connotation of nakedness) A courtesan from the house of Lycus
with whom Pseudolus falls in love.
Often played be a very statuesque or voluptuous woman; however, a female of any size and shape may be
cast as long as she portrays the voluptuous attitude
• Tintinabula: (Latin for "Bells") A jingling, bell-wearing courtesan in the house of Lycus.
Think of a belly dancer whose every motion makes the bells ring
• Vibrata: (Latin for "Vibrant") A wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Lycus.
In all likelihood her costume would be made of leopard skin – Needs to be able to growl sensuously and
move like a tigress
• Geminae: (Latin for "Twins") Twin courtesans in the house of Lycus.
The aim will be to get 2 actors of similar stature and colouring, however it is more important that the two
actors can work together and act (in fact move) in tune with each other.

• Panacea: (Greek for "Cure All") A courtesan in the house of Lycus. A face that can say a thousand words
and a body that can hold a thousand promises.

The Company
Proteans:
Choristers who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs). Wonderful parts as they are
almost always on stage, though very few lines
• On Broadway, three men played all of these roles, we may use more and may cast women in these roles
• These are singing and dancing roles
AUDITION PIECES
SINGING MUSIC 3 Comedy Tonight
(No Reading)

Plot

In ancient Rome, some neighbors live in three adjacent houses. In the center is the house of Senex, who
lives there with wife Domina, son Hero, and several slaves, including head slave Hysterium and the
musical's main character Pseudolus. A slave belonging to Hero, Pseudolus wishes to buy, win, or steal his
freedom. One of the neighboring houses is owned by Marcus Lycus, who is a buyer and seller of beautiful
women; the other belongs to the ancient Erronius, who is abroad searching for his long-lost children
(stolen in infancy by pirates).

One day, Senex and Domina go on a trip and leave Pseudolus in charge of Hero. Hero confides in Pseudolus
that he is in love with the lovely Philia, one of the courtesans in the House of Lycus (albeit still a virgin).
Pseudolus promises to help him win Philia's love in exchange for his own freedom. Unfortunately (as the
two find out when they pay a visit on Lycus), Philia has been sold to the renowned warrior Miles Gloriosus,
who is expected to claim her very soon. Pseudolus, an excellent liar, uses Philia’s cheery disposition to
convince Lycus that she has picked up a plague from Crete, which causes its victims to smile endlessly in its
terminal stages. By offering to isolate her in Senex’s house, he is able to give Philia and Hero some time
alone together, and the two fall in love. But Philia insists that, even though she is in love with Hero, she
must honor her contract with the Captain, for “that is the way of a courtesan”. To appease her, he tells her
to wait “that’s what virgins do best, isn’t it?”) inside, and that he will have the captain knock three times
when he arrives. Pseudolus comes up with a plan to slip Philia a sleeping potion that will render her
unconscious. He will then tell Lycus that she has died of the Cretan plague, and will offer to remove the
body. Hero will come along, and they will stow away on a ship headed for Greece. Satisfied with his plan,
Pseudolus steals Hysterium’s book of potions and has Hero read him the recipe for the sleeping potion; the
only ingredient he lacks is “mare’s sweat”, and Pseudolus goes off in search of some.

Unexpectedly, Senex returns home early from his trip, and knocks three times on his own door. Philia
comes out of the house, and, thinking that Senex is the Captain, offers herself up to him. Surprised but
game, Senex instructs Philia to wait in the house for him, and she does. Hysterium arrives to this confusion,
and tells Senex that Philia is the new maid that he has hired. Pseudolus returns, having procured the
necessary mare’s sweat; seeing that Senex has returned unexpectedly and grasping the need to keep him
out of the way, Pseudolus discreetly sprinkles some of the horse-sweat onto him, then suggests that the
road trip has left Senex in dire need of a bath. Taking the bait, Senex instructs Hysterium to draw him a
bath in the long-abandoned house of Erronius. But while this is happening, Erronius returns home, finally
having given up the search for his long-lost children. Hysterium, desperate to keep him out of the house
where his master is bathing, tells the old man that his house has become haunted – a story seemingly
confirmed by the sound of Senex singing in his bath. Erronius immediately determines to have a
soothsayer come and banish the spirit from his house, and Pseudolus obligingly poses as one, telling
Erronius that, in order to banish the spirit, he must travel seven times around the seven hills of Rome (thus
keeping the old man occupied and out of the way for quite a while).

When Miles Gloriosus arrives to claim his courtesan-bride, Pseudolus hides Philia on the roof of Senex's
house; told that she has "escaped," Lycus is terrified to face the Captain's wrath. Pseudolus offers to
impersonate Lycus and talk his way out of the mess but, his ingenuity flagging, he ends up merely telling
the Captain that Philia has disappeared, and that he, “Lycus”, will search for her. Displeased and suspicious,

Miles insists that his soldiers accompany Pseudolus, but the wily slave loses them in Rome’s winding streets.

Complicating matters further, Domina returns from her trip early, suspicious that her husband Senex is “up
to something low.” She disguises herself in virginal white robes and a veil (much like Philia’s) to try to catch
Senex being unfaithful. Pseudolus convinces Hysterium to help him by dressing in drag and pretending to
be Philia, “dead” from the plague. Unfortunately, it turns out that Miles Gloriosus has just returned from
Crete, where there is of course no actual plague. With the ruse thus revealed, the main characters run for
their lives, resulting in a madcap chase across the stage with both Miles and Senex pursuing all three
“Philia”s (Domina, Hysterium, and the actual Philia – all wearing identical white robes and veils).
Meanwhile, the courtesans from the house of Marcus Lycus – who had been recruited as mourners at
“Philia”‘s ersatz funeral – have escaped, and Lycus sends his eunuchs out to bring them all back, adding to
the general pandemonium.

Finally, the Captain’s troops are able to round everyone up. His plot thoroughly unraveled, Pseudolus
appears to be in deep trouble – but Erronius, completing his third circuit of the Roman hills, shows up
fortuitously to discover that Miles Gloriosus and Philia are wearing matching rings which mark them as his
long-lost children. Philia’s betrothal to the Captain is obviously nullified by the unexpected revelation that
he’s her brother. Philia weds Hero; Pseudolus gets his freedom and the lovely courtesan Gymnasia;
Gloriosus receives twin courtesans to replace Philia; and Erronius is reunited with his children. A happy
ending prevails for all – except for poor Senex, stuck with his shrewish wife Domina.

RESOURCES (PDFs):

Librettos:

Domina 2

Erronius & Hysterium 2 & Pseudolus 3

Hero 1 & Pseudolus 2

Lycus Miles Gloriosus

Philia 1 & Hero 2

Pseudolus 1 _ Prologus

Senex 1 & Domina 1 & Hysterium 1

Senex 2 & Philia 2

Songs:

M7_Hero _ Philia

M8_Pseudolus 2

M9_Senex

M10_Hysterium

M11_Hero _ Senex

M13_Miles Glorious

M17_Domina

M18_Philia

M3_Chorus and Erronius

M5_Pseudolus M6_Lycus

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This intriguing, witty and funny play tells the story of the first women to go to Cambridge University, but in 1898 only the men are permitted to graduate.

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REVIEW: ‘The Real Thing’ was real good.

In September we performed ‘The Real Thing’ by Tom Stoppard, and the production has received a couple of excellent reviews which seem to echo the positive feedback we had from audiences each night.

Tom Stoppard plays are often regarded as ‘wordy’ and demand a lot of concentration from the audience, and this play was no exception.  Overall there were two types of response, people either loved the production inside out OR they didn’t love the play itself but did admire our production – and that’s fine by us, variety is the spice of life!  Next up is fun for all the family with Jack and the Beanstalk! Tickets available online or from Home and Colour on the High St.

Below is the full Sentinel Review from Gina Brian…

The Real Thing– a play written by Tom Stoppard

Venue St Michael’s Hall Stone 7.30  9th-13th Sept.

The venue is tiny but The Revellers Theatre Company always manage to organise themselves and the audience to use the space to its full advantage. For this play, we, the audience sit very close to the players on 3 sides of their playing space- a real treat. The set is minimal but sufficient, it is changed efficiently and quickly by the cast and back stage crew on many occasions for there are 11 scenes.

The play is set in the early 1980s, it is about marriage, writing, emotional fidelity and intellectual integrity. Stoppard uses the play within a play structure to mess around with ideas of reality, honesty, fidelity and love. Characters include a playwright (Henry), two actresses (Charlotte and Annie), two actors (Max and Billy)  a daughter (Debbie) and an aspiring writer(Brodie). He combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature and the mystery of love, creating a play which challenges the mind while searching out the secrets of the heart.

This cast each display well developed and different characters. Stoppard uses a lot of words which have to be delivered clearly and with understanding and they all do this very successfully- they are to be congratulated. I particularly enjoyed Alec Voss’s performance as Henry, he handles a whole range of emotions with real insight and understanding and also that of Harri Bailey, who played Henry’s second wife Annie. The closeness of the audience left them no room for relaxation and they worked hard throughout the evening, each complementing the other.

Many congratulations to all members of the cast and to the Director Mark Doran.

‘The Real Thing’

Tickets now available for our next production!  This funny, touching and intelligent play looks at our old friend ‘love’ and asks…how do we know when it’s ‘The Real Thing’…like really really the real thing.

The brilliant writing of Tom Stoppard at his best, a great cast and once again we will be doing something a little bit different inside St Michael’s Hall.

“Taking inspiration from some incredible plays seen at the New Vic recently, we have decided to stage this show as close to ‘in the round’ as we can achieve, it’s not quite 360, but we hope to give our audience an immersive experience perhaps like they are peering through an open window in to the lives and living rooms of our characters” (Mark Doran – Director).

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Our bags are packed….

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With our first production of a Gilbert & Sullivan musical only weeks away, director Leo Capernaros gives us a progress report on The Mikado…

“This is the first musical I have directed, and frankly I’m right out of my comfort zone.  Give me some good old-fashioned dialogue and I find my natural place in the rehearsal room, however as soon as the keyboard kicks in for yet another ‘big number’ my head starts to spin. It’s technical, time consuming and there has to be dancing…HELP!

Thankfully I do have plenty of help in the form of a wonderful Musical Director (Susie Dickson), a creative Choreographer (Harri Bailey) and a G&S obsessed Assistant Director (Ian Bowen, also playing Pooh-Bah!).  Between us and the hard-working (and talented) cast – we are putting all the pieces together, bit by bit.  We often have differing  ideas in our minds, but happily the whole group seems to have the same overriding objective, to tell the story.  We want our audience to enjoy what they see and hear, but also understand the story being told, and the story of The Mikado is no simple tale, it twists and turns, it’s wacky and at times flat-out absurd.  For this reason we know telling the story will be a challenge, but one we are enjoying.

I have never worked with a G&S script before, and being honest I never thought I would, but like much of the cast I have been surprised at how inventive and wonderfully funny it is – it’s going to be great fun.  We have a huge few weeks left that will require hard-work and focus – thankfully we have a production team and cast that are up for the challenge.

We are also knee-deep in suitcases – come along to find out why.”

 

Tickets available from The Home and Colour Centre on Stone High St, Tel 01785 817307.

Wed 6th – Sat 9th April 19:30 (14:30 Sat Mat) £12/£10

 

OPEN AUDITIONS: The Mikado

In April next year Stone Revellers will perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic musical ‘The Mikado’ and as ever our audition process will be entirely open to anyone keen to get involved.

WORKSHOP DATE: Tues 8th Dec, 19:30

AUDITION DATES: 10th Dec 19:30 & 13th Dec 14:30

SHOW DATES: 6th – 9th April (Inc Sat Mat) 2016

LOCATION: St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield St, Stone, ST15 8AA

There will be an optional workshop before the auditions that will give you a chance to sing some of the songs in a group, meet the production team and hear  about our exciting approach to staging this great piece of musical theatre.

The audition pack includes some suggested songs in both a vocal score and libretto version. There is also a section of dialogue for each character. You are welcome to choose a different audition song if you prefer but it must be from The Mikado.

Details about all the roles are below. Each character description has some notes for the actor and a description of the character’s involvement. The way in which this performance will be staged enables any actor regardless of age or sex to assume various roles throughout, therefore we are very open minded when it comes to the ages of the principle parts, in other words – if you fancy it, go for it! 

For audition packs and/or you have any questions then just get in touch with the Director Leo Capernaros: 07917 192988 or email info@stonerevellers.org.uk