TNCC Holds Open Auditions for Upcoming Musical

Published: August 24, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Players and TNCC’s Department of Performing Arts announce open auditions for the fall production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Auditions will take place August 30-31 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall on the College’s Hampton campus.

During the audition, actors will perform 16 bars of music and may be asked to do an additional 16 bars in a contrasting style. Participants must bring sheet music in the appropriate key as an accompanist will be provided. Auditions will also include cold readings from the script. Those auditioning should dress comfortably and expect to participate in stage movement or dance exercises. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, September 1.

For more information, please call 825-2779 or email

The musical production will run Nov. 12 -14 and Nov. 19-21 at  TNCC’s Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

About the show
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.


  • Pseudolus/Prologus (Baritone, A – high G, 30-60): A sneaky slave and playful prankster who desperately wants his freedom. Zero Mostel or Gene Wilder type.
  • Miles Gloriosus (Legit/Operatic Baritone, B – G#, 30 – 45): An arrogant but strong warrior.
  • Domina (Mezzo, B – high F#, 40-55): Dominating wife of Senex and ruler of the house.
  • Erronius (Baritone, 65-85): A feeble old man searching for his son and daughter who were stolen by pirates.
  • Senex (Baritone, Bb – Gb, 60 – 75): Hero’s father. A lusty old man.
  • Marcus Lycus (Baritone, A – High E, 30-65) : The gullible buyer and seller of courtesans.
  • Philia (Soprano, B – high G#, 16 – 24): A lovely but air-headed courtesan from Crete who belongs to the house of Lycus.Hero (Tenor, B – G#, 17 – 25):
  • Pseudolus’s handsome, innocent, kind master who is in love with Philia, a courtesan from the house of Lycus.
  • Hysterium (Baritone, C – High G, 35 – 65): The fervent leader of the slaves.
  • Tintinabula, Vibrata, Panacea, The Geminae, Gymnasia (Mezzo, 16 – 25, dance): Courtesans from the house of Lycus.
  • Courtesans and Proteans (Chorus, 16 – 65)

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