Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 

General Auditions

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Spring 2019), music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, will be directed by resident director, Lauren Rawitz, with musical direction by Kailey Rockwell, and choreography by Bryan Wlas. Seeking strong non-Equity adult actors/singers/dancers. Gymnastics and special skills a plus. Particularly seeking actors of diversity, who are strongly encouraged to audition. Gender-fluid casting available.

Audition Dates:
Sunday, November 4, 12:00pm-10:00pm
Monday, November 5, 7:30pm-10:30pm
Audition slots will be individually assigned based on the closest available requested date(s)/time(s).

Callback Dates:
Monday, November 12
Wednesday, November 14

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Accessible from the Metra UPNW Line; located a few blocks from the Arlington Heights stop.

Rehearsals – Flat fee
Show(s) – Per show pay
**Good pay

Materials to Prepare:
Please prepare 32 bars of a comedic musical theatre song.  You are welcome to choose a song from the
show.   Please prepare a comedic monologue no longer than 1 minute in length. Please bring with a second
song just in case we need to hear more. An accompanist will be provided. You must audition and bring an
updated headshot and resume even if you have been seen at Metropolis for past shows. Dance/movement
calls will occur during designated callback days.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Description:
Ancient Roman slave Pseudolus schemes to win his freedom by helping his young master Hero win the
beautiful courtesan Philia, who is betrothed to the egotistical soldier Miles Gloriosus, in this musical farce
based on the plays of Plautus.

Character Descriptions:

Please note that all parts will be approached with an eye on gender-fluid casting.
Pseudolus: A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win freedom by helping Hero win the heart of Philia. The name Pseudolus means "Faker".
Hero: Young son of Senex who falls in love with the virgin, Philia.
Philia: (Greek for "love") A young virgin in the house of Marcus Lycus and Hero's love interest. Her name is also a homophone of the Latin word "Filia," which means daughter.
Hysterium: (Latin for "Hysterical&" or "Anxious" the "-um" suffix makes the name neuter, and the character's gender is often mistaken.) The chief slave in the house of Senex.
• Senex: (Latin for "old man") A henpecked, sardonic Roman senator living in a less fashionable suburb of Rome.
Domina: (Latin for "mistress") The wife of Senex. A manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband.
Marcus Lycus: A slimy and snaky purveyor of courtesans, who operates from the brothel in his house. (Name based on Lycus, the prostitute in Plautus's Poenulus.)
Miles Gloriosus: (Latin for "boastful soldier", the archetype of the braggart soldier in Roman comedies.) A strong and pompous captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia.
Erronius: (Latin for "wandering") Senex's befuddled elderly neighbor who is partially blind. He has spent the past twenty years searching for his two children, kidnapped in infancy by pirates.
Gymnasia: (Greek for "Athletic", with the connotation of nakedness) A courtesan from the house of Lycus with whom Pseudolus falls in love.
Tintinabula: (Latin for "Bells") A jingling, bell-wearing courtesan in the house of Lycus.
Vibrata: (Latin for "Vibrant") A wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Lycus.
Geminae: (Latin for "Twins") Twin courtesans in the house of Lycus.
Panacea: (Greek for "Cure All") A courtesan in the house of Lycus.
Proteans: Three Choristers who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs). They
accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight"

Production Dates:
Rehearsals – Monday, March 25, 2019 – Monday, May 6, 2019: Weekly rehearsals include Mondays-
Thursdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm; Saturdays, 1:00pm-5:00pm; and Sundays, 6:00pm-10:00pm. Fridays are the
designated evening off.
Tech Week – Tuesday, May 7, 2019– Saturday, May 18, 2019: Actors with multiple tech week conflicts will
not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Tuesday 5/7-Thursday 5/9, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sunday 5/12, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 5/13-Wednesday 5/15, 6:00pm-11:00pm. There are no rehearsals on Friday 5/10 - Saturday 5/11.
Previews & Performances – Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Saturday, June 29, 2019: Standard performance
schedule includes Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm. There is
no show on Saturday, June 29.

How to submit:
Please email your current headshot, resume and questions with FORUM AUDITIONS in the header to Metropolis Casting at with your audition request. Along with your h/r, please include your full name, phone number, and desired audition date(s) and time(s). Audition slots will be
individually assigned based on the availability of the requested dates/times. Casting questions and requests for coaching can be directed to the same email as well. Casting Authority – Robin Hughes, Resident Casting Director, Metropolis Casting.

Metropolis PAC contracts prohibit discrimination. Metropolis PAC is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Metropolis PAC encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers of all abilities, to attend every audition.



Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights, 60005
Metropolis is just 2 blocks from the Arlington Heights Metra stop.
There is free parking available on the street and in the garage behind the theatre.

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