Fine Arts Season 2017 / 2018

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Book by: Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Originally Produced on Broadway by: Harold S. Prince

Sex and Status on the Way to the Forum: An exploration of gender and class in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".  Are classic works of art and literature still relevant in a modern society?  Join us at 6:40pm on Friday before the show for a special conversation. Saint John's faculty members Diane Mulligan and Charles Abdella will explore this topic moderated by Headmaster Alex Zequeira.

Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 18th at 2:00pm
General Admission $15
Students and Seniors $10
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street
Shrewsbury MA 01545
Saint John’s High School is thrilled to announce its upcoming production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The production featuring students from Saint John’s and the surrounding communities will perform November 16th and 17th at 7pm and November 18th at 2pm. All performances will take place in the Robert R. Jay performing arts center at Saint John’s High School.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the story of a Roman slave willing to stop at nothing to win his freedom. What ensues is a face paced farce filled with mistaken identities, chase sequences and many classic influences from vaudeville past. The cast features many over the top characters such as the egotistical Roman Soldier, a befuddled old man, and a hen-pecked husband. This musical is a laugh filled, toe tapping good time for all!
Based on traditional Roman and Greek theatre the scene opens on three houses in Rome. Center is the house of a domineering woman, browbeaten husband, and young man desperate for affection. Next door lives this young man’s immediate love interest and he soon promises his slave freedom in exchange for helping to win the hand of the young beauty. Unfortunately, as is often true in life, love must overcome many obstacles. The young woman has already been promised to a larger than life Roman Soldier who is bound and determined to marry his promised bride. Through threat of physical violence, death and new love, somehow all is made right and everyone is able to enjoy the life they always wanted!
Prologus / Pseudolus: Edmund Burke
Senex: Ben Coderre
Domina: Aly Uy
Hero: Patrick Bartosiewicz
Hysterium: Ben Sagerian
Erronius: Mitchell Hurley
Miles Gloriosus: Zack Blair
Lycus: Caleb Rocha
Philia: Madelyn Rich
Courtesans: Grace Crowley, Megan German, Lisa Liubovich, 
Belle McNamara, Thalia Vlahos, Katie Wall
Proteans: Nolan Davis, George Fosberry,
Thomas Lane, Tom Morrison, Spencer Murphy
Ensemble: Delaney DeNorscia, Kaci Kneeland, Madelyn Kostiw, Lila Marshall, Anna Sophia Rollins, Molly Zarriello
Stage Manager: Nolan Rolli
Assistant Stage Managers: Francis Delamerced, Brandon Phan
Prop Master: Adam Jones
Flyman: Walker Dauphin
Audio Technician: Charles Poku-Mensah
Light Board Op: Brian Sweeney
Assistant Light and Sound Tech: Jake Ryan
Follow Spot Operators: William Brewster, Dominic Malo
Run Crew : Michael Franzosa, Kyle Pierson, David Wickstrom

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All sales are final.  No refunds or exchanges will be honored.  The house will typically open one half hour before the curtain.  This may vary slightly with certain productions.  All seating is general admission.  It is suggested that you arrive to the theatre at least fifteen minutes prior to the curtain.   Any arrivals after the performance has started will be seated at the usher’s discretion.