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Another Opening, Another Show

Meredith Berry-Toon

After eleven weeks of rehearsals, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Canterbury's spring musical, opened May 12 for a two-night run.

The hard work of the cast of twenty-three and crew of twelve paid off well, evidenced by the audience's enthusiastic laughter and strong support for the efforts of the entire production team.

Twenty-seven-year English teacher Madeline Dreeke directed the show, and Robin, her husband, designed and built the set and supervised the tech crew. Six professional musicians accompanied the singers.

Students "ran the show," taking on roles from stage manager to sound technician to lights operator to prop manager.

"I was in the Shakespeare play in the fall," said Ryan Greguski '20, who played Hysterium. "I've been in plays since I was in first grade. Forum was the first musical I've been in. I completely enjoyed it. The cast was amazing. We were one big family."

"I like singing and acting so thought I would give this a try," said Tom Deng '19. "I had so much fun."

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened in May 1962 to great reviews. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1963. Inspired by two plays by Roman playwright, Plautus, Forum is free of serious moments.

"Everything about Forum is the essence of farce," said director Dreeke. "The show broke from musical comedy tradition by using only one stage set and no change of costumes."

Drama at Canterbury is made possible by The Halleran Endowment for the Dramatic Arts and The Kenneth C. Mard Jr. Endowment for the Dramatic Arts.

To view photos of the show, click here.