January 27, 28, February 3, 4
Juneau-Douglas High School Theatre Department is proud to bring to the community of Juneau, their version of Broadway's greatest farce: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! The delightful musical by Stephen Sondheim is a light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent masterpiece that is also known as one of the funniest musicals ever written. In this musical, Sondheim, along with book writers Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of classical Roman theatre with the infectious energy and hijinks of classic vaudeville. In the JDHS version (which is the production the award winning theatre students are performing at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this August) the idea is a play within a play (much like the concept of Man of LaMancha). JDHS’s version takes place at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh on Grassmarket Street at night where some street performers begin to tell the passersby an ancient, Roman story. Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. As in the tradition of the Fringe, the street crowd gets caught up in the exciting tale and become the characters acting out the story. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and many vaudevillian shenanigans. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine – something for everyone... desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets galore. Art is for everyone! Art brings us together! Art is eternal!