Summer 2021

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum—Summerstock Production

College Performers, Ages 19–25
June 21–July 25

Since reopening last summer, we’ve received 100% parent satisfaction by requiring masks, social distancing, sanitizing and more at our AdventHealth School of the Arts.


Stephen Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest 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. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine–"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"


Ages: college performers 19-25

Audition Notice
Submit a video audition singing an upbeat 16/20 bar cut from a musical and professional headshot to auditions@drphillipscenter.org by April 30th. Subject should state “Funny Forum Audition: First Initial. Last Name” (A.Smith)

Callbacks: May 21st from 4–9 p.m.
All will receive a callback and/or a dance callback notice by May 7. You will receive character materials to prepare for the invited callback on May 21.

Rehearsals 5–9 p.m.:

  • June 21–24
  • July 5–8
  • July 12–15

Tech Week 5-9 p.m.:

  • July 19–22

Performances in Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater:

  • Friday, July 23 @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 24 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 25 @ 2pm



How We’re Keeping Students Safe


The safety of our students and colleagues is our top priority. To create the safest environment possible for your camper, we’re taking guidance from the governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” plan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local governments and AdventHealth.

Please review our safety protocol.

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