GILFORD — The classic musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will be delivering some "comedy tonight" onstage at Gilford High School this November. The show will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings, November 15-16 and 22-23 at 7 p.m. in the GHS auditorium.
The performance marks Gilford's return to the music of Stephen Sondheim who wrote the score for Forum as well as Into the Woods, presented at GHS last fall. After hosting heavily attended auditions in early September, Director Matt Demko, Vocal Director Denise Sanborn and Choreographer Amelia Hamilton-Miller selected a cast of 20 talented students and quickly began rehearsals.
Vocal Director Denise Sanborn has been working with the cast on their singing and Choreographer Amelia Hamilton-Miller will be providing choreography for many of the shows well-known songs including "Comedy Tonight", "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid," and "The House of Marcus Lycus."
Heading up the technical side of things will be longtime Technical Director Scott Piddington, who leads a skilled crew of GHS students. Judy Cook and Tammy Denver will work with several dedicated parents to provide costumes, GHS Band Director Lyvie Beyrent will direct an orchestra of high school students and community members, and Sarah Cook will serve as the assistant director.
"Sarah has a great knowledge of musical theatre and the process of putting on a musical. She has proved to be a wonderful asset so far," said director Demko.
The talented cast will feature Junior Heather Hunt as Pseudolus, Senior Sarah Cook as Domina, Junior Ryan Hall as Sennex, Freshman Jack Harding as Hero, Freshman Dawson Ellis as Hysterium, Junior Jake Adams as Erronius, Senior Cory Chapman as Miles Gloriosus, Junior De Clarke as Lycus, and Freshman Kaylee Lemire as Philia.
The ensemble is comprised of Anna Malek, Christian Ayer, Delaney Andrews, Brooke Poll and Kylieh Farley as the Proteans and Kayla Zarella, Cordelia Penney, Savannah Plummer, Victoria Brasil, Alexa Dembec, and Allie Nault as the Courtesans.
Tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and will be available at The Gilford Village Store and Greenlaw's Music starting in November