The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will present the Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
Described in Time magazine as “a good, clean, dirty show,” “Forum” premiered in 1962 with a script inspired by the farces of ancient Roman playwright Plautus.
Alton Geno returns to the Opera Workshop as guest stage director. A longtime performer, choreographer and director in New Orleans and around the country, Geno directed Opera Workshop’s performances of “Sweeney Todd” last fall, as well as productions of “The Light in the Piazza,” “South Pacific,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Music Man.”
The cast includes Nicholas Smith, of Ponchatoula, as Hysterium; Brennan Simmons, of Walker, as Senex; Dustin Forsberg, of Hammond, as Marcus Lycus; Lauren Gibson, of Walker, as one of the Geminae Twins; and recent music student graduate Allison Joiner, of Ponchatoula, as Gymnasia.
Charles Effler is musical director and conductor, with costumes by Mignon Charvet and lighting by Amanda Klipsch. New Orleans-based designer Dave Raphel will design the sets and SLU alumna Jane Rownd will serve as stage manager.
Advance tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for seniors, SLU faculty/staff and non-SLU students. SLU students are admitted free of charge with their ID.
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