San Jacinto College to present ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

02.16.2015 | By Rob Vanya

From left, cast members Dayan Perez, Alex Martinez, and Kimber Vanek rehearse a scene from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the award-winning musical comedy on tap at San Jacinto College. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

 

The San Jacinto College Central Campus theatre and film department will present the award-winning musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

The musical is unique in that there are showcase moments for each female dancer and comedic actor. “Forum” has been described by critics as a “bawdy, wild comedy” in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. Set in ancient Rome, the plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.  The show is rated PG-13.

The musical’s original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical), and was a vehicle written for comedy legend Zero Mostel.   The show enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film in 1966.

A 1972 Broadway revival of the show won two Tony Awards. The musical was revived again on Broadway in 1996 staring modern comedy legend Nathan Lang and had great success, winning another Tony Award, closing after 715 performances.

San Jacinto College’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is the first production celebrating Dr. Jerry Ivins, Central Campus chair of fine arts, 20th anniversary with San Jacinto College.  “Forum” was performed at the College in 1997, and is one of Dr. Ivins’ favorite productions. The musical will be performed in Slocomb Auditorium, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. Show dates are Feb. 25, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on March 1. General admission is $15 per person at the door, with a discount price of $13 per person for all who purchase and pick up tickets two days in advance of any performance. For ticket reservations, please call 281-476-1828.

San Jacinto College offers theatre degrees and classes at the South and Central campuses. The Central Campus also offers classes in film and video production. For more information about fine arts programs at San Jacinto College, please visit sanjac.edu.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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