WHAT: City Theatre of Independence presents the classic Tony-winning musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (1962), directed by David Rogers and produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and April 12-14; 2 p.m. April 15. Dinner theater is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Sermon Center Powerhouse Theater, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $18. Dinner theater tickets are $32. Call 816-325-7370 or go to citytheatreofindependence.org or purchase at the door.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: “A Funny Thing Happened....” is a fast-paced farce that promises to have audiences rolling on the floor. Taking straight from the roots of comedy, the show combines the ancient comedies of Plautus (251-183 B.C.) with a vaudevillian delivery.

In exchange for his freedom, Pseudolus schemes to help his young master Hero win the heart of the beautiful virgin next door, Philia. However things are never as easy as they seem. Chaos ensues with puns, harebrained schemes, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), slamming doors and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater,” and it promises to have “Something for everyone: a comedy tonight!” (from CTI and stageagent.com)


Character: Actor

Pseudolus: Joe Caronia

Hero: Drew Jones

Senex: Bernard Norcott-Mathany

Miles Gloriosus: Emerson Rapp

Hysterium: Stephen Howard

Domina: Karen Troeh

Philia: Hannah Eppert

Marcus Lycus: Matt Runnells

Erroneous: Philip Bachus

Protean: Alan Hainkel

Protean: Jacob Blegen

Protean: Jacob Cochran

Gymnasia: Briana Marxen-McCollom

Vibrata: Jennifer Abate

Tintinabula: Wendy Buchheit

Panacea: Jessica Drake

Gemini: Anna Leigh Nissen

Gemini: Landis Merrill