April 25, 2006
'Forum' will close McLeod Theater's season
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale theater department will present the hilarious musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" as the closing production for McLeod Theater's 2005-2006 40th anniversary season.
This musical by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (M.A.S.H) combines plots from the plays of Plautus with music from Stephen Sondheim in a burlesque style romp through Rome. Under the direction of J. Thomas Kidd, the production, sprinkled liberally with the glitz of Las Vegas, will be a tour-de-force-de-farce.
The production tells the story of the efforts of a Roman slave to win his freedom by arranging the elopement of his young master with a beautiful and innocent courtesan from the neighboring "house of pleasure." Adding complications are the young master's parents, the owner of the "house of pleasure," the war hero for whom the courtesan is intended and everyone else in Rome.
Musical director is Tim Fink, with set designs by Ken Ellis, costumes by Kathryn Wagner and lighting by Craig Ogg. Mike Boyle conducts the orchestra for the performances.
The production is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. A lecture is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, prior to 2 p.m. curtain time that day.
It plays twice more at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students and are available by calling the box office at 618/453-3001.
Coordinating and expanding major cultural outreach programs is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.