American High School Theatre Festival Show!
Juneau-Douglas High School Theatre Department is proud to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe, our version of Broadway's classical musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!
With a musical score written by Into the Wood's Stephen Sondheim, this musical is a smorgasbord of comedy "wit and bit" that never ceases to bring belly laughter to audiences worldwide.
Sondheim, along with book writers Burt Shevelove and Larry Gilbert, 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) 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 his long awaited freedom.
As in the tradition of the Edinburgh Fringe, the street crowd is swept up in the exciting tale and even transforms into characters helping to tell the story along with the street performers.
Fringe Festival magic happens on Grassmarket Street as the plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, continuous slapstick, and many vaudevillian shenanigans.
The exact setting for our play is on Edinburgh's famous Grassmarket Street at the executions monument. Not only is this the site of present day world famous shops and historical monuments, but it is also the place where countless executions had taken place in Edinburgh.
One of the most famous local stories about the setting of our play takes place in the early 1700s. Maggie Dickson, a fish hawker, who was not married at the time, was convicted of concealing a pregnancy and delivery of a premature "still birth" child. They hanged her at the site of the execution monument on Grassmarket Street on September 2, 1724; however, much to Maggie's horror and later joy, she revived from her hanging in her coffin.
What has become the most popular pub in Edinburgh was named in her memory. The legend has grown to say that dear old Maggie had seduced the rope maker of the prison to make sure she survived her ordeal, but how likely is that really? Either way, it is a great old legend that makes our setting unique and lends itself to the antics of vaudevillian humor.
We hope our production is unforgettable, hysterical and uplifting.
We hope that our terrific, award winning, ensemble of comedic actors shine and enlighten you.
After all...Art is for everyone!
Art brings us together!
Art is eternal!