When drama students at Hyde School performed Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum recently, audiences walked away with their stamps of approval beaming from ear to ear.
“The performance was a hit,” says Assistant Head of School John Rigney. “The actors had me laughing through the entire show, as their energy on stage was tremendous.”
In the production, Pseudolus, a Roman slave played by Lincoln Sherman ’11, used his wit, guile, and the innocent love of his master, Hero, played by Christopher Wells ’11, to launch him toward earning his freedom. The only problem standing in the way of his liberty are the mishaps of his charmingly befuddled cast-mates made up of ego-laden Roman warriors, smooth-talking, yet gullible, merchants of lust, witless slaves, and potential adulterating Roman aristocrats.
The show incited ruckus laughter as the audience followed the insuring craziness of Hero falling in love with the purest courtesan, Alex Smart ’12, who has already been sold to Captain Miles Gloriosus, played by Charlie Kehler ’13. Not willing to give up on his dream of no longer being enslaved, Pseudolus sets in motion a series of events that don’t cease until all the cross dressing and mistaken identity follies are resolved. Tragedy tomorrow; comedy tonight!
Directed by Will Cutrer, Meara Palmer-Young, and Amy Sherman, the play will feature the following Hyde School students: seniors Lincoln Sherman, Christopher Wells, and Adam Ben-Hanania; juniors Alex Smart and Alex Trager; and sophomores Charlie Kehler and Julian Goldenberg.
“I’m very happy with the end results of what have been months of very hard and driven work,” states Hyde School teacher and drama coach Will Cutrer. “All of the students have put their full effort into the show and were excited to share it with an audience.”
Teacher and co-director Meara Palmer-Young enthusiastically referred to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as a “delightful show full of humor and wit.”
“The whole cast has been working as an ensemble, mastering their musical numbers and learning their characters,” remarks Palmer-Young. “Their dynamic as a group definitely added to the humor of the show.”
Check out these photos from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”