July 14 is the opening date for the Harrell’s last production of the 2016-2017 season, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The popular musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 1962. One of the creators and writers of the show was Larry Gelbart, who was most famous for creating the tv comedy M*A*S*H. Forum won several Tony Awards and has been called one of the funniest plays ever written. It’s been a staple in theatres across the country ever since its debut.
With music by Stephen Sondheim, Forum tells the story of the romantic shenanigans of three families in ancient Rome.
The Collierville Arts Council’s production of Forum will run through July 23 and is being directed by Jason Spitzer. John Hemphill and Jacquelyn Skoog Hayner star in the lead roles of Pseudolus and Philia.
The cast started rehearsals on May 30. Six weeks of work follow the initial meeting of the play’s company, and full three hour sessions are devoted to rehearsing each element of the production: music, choreography, blocking, run-throughs, and individual scene work.
Besides being the opening date for Forum, July 14 is also the last day to purchase season pass for the Harrell’s 2017-2018 season at a reduced price. That’s 10 tickets for $100, and you can use the pass to see Forum. After July 14, the season pass price goes up to $120.
Show times for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are 7:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances, and 2:30 pm for the Sunday performances.