A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1987 – Iowa State University Theatre Production

book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

romans standing in front of a coliseum

“Comedy Tonight” runs rampant in Stephen Sondheim’s musical romp through a riotous, raucous, and racy Rome! Old-fashioned burlesque comedy at its best.

November 12, 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 8 p.m., November 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

The Cast

Prologus, an Actor – Gary Sullivan
Senex, an Old Man – Mike Simmons
Domina, His Wife – Liz Binger
Hero, His Son, in love with Philia – Andrew D. Artley
Hysterium, Slave to Senex and Domina – Mark Demarais
Pseudolous, Slave to Hero – Gary Sullivan
Erronius, a Very Old Man – Richard William Smith
Miles Gloriosus, a Warrior – Faron Kelley
Lycus, a Buyer and Seller of Courtesans – Dave Martin
Philia, a Virgin – Heather J. Boaz
Tintinabula, a Courtesan – Vicki Paplinski
Panacea, a Courtesan – Rebecca Mastrofski
The Geminae, Courtesans – Sara Stanislave, Kris Lucas
Vibrata, a Courtesan – Michelle Dix
Gymnasia, a Courtesan – Jodie Bruene
Reptilia, a Courtesan – Barb Pinneke
Aquaria, a Courtesan – Kristin Halsey
The Proteans – Tony Foley, Donald Glass, Mary Kiser


Clarinet – Karen Corbin
Saxophone and Flute – Steven Trei
Trumpet – Larry Prescott
Trombone – Mike Nagovan
Bass – F. Michael Miller
Percussion – Jon Hahn
Piano – Marilyn Trow
Conductor – Kathy Tibben

Production Team

Director/Choreographer – Linda Sabo
Musical Director – Kathy Tibben
Scenic Designer – Fritz Szabo
Costume Designer – Jane Cox
Lighting Designer – Matt Reinert
Stage Manager/Technical Director – George R. Dowker
Assistant Stage Manager – Tom Ford

Read about it in theĀ Iowa State Daily and Ames Tribune.