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Cast and team announced for 66th annual musical, 'Forum,' running April 23-26

02.24.2020 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
2020 Season Forum

Theatre Wesleyan is excited to continue the annual spring musical tradition with the hilarious Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The production will be directed by Jeanne Everton with musical direction by Michael Plantz and choreography by Stephanie Locker-Hall.

Performances will be held at the Thad Smotherman Theatre at Texas Wesleyan University (1205 Binkley Street, 76105) and will be held for one weekend only, April 23-26.

Tickets are now available at the Theatre Wesleyan website (txwes.edu/theatretickets). For more information regarding group ticket sales at a discounted rate, please contact the Box Office at 817-531-4211 or via email at theatre@txwes.edu. Ticket prices range from $10-15.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night
Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Alumni Night and Afterglow Reception
Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. – Closing Matinee Performance

About Forum

“Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone: A comedy tonight!”

Those are the first lyrics in Theatre Wesleyan’s 66th annual spring musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the hilarious six-time Tony Award® winner including Best Musical, by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and the legendary Stephen Sondheim. This joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. Join Theatre Wesleyan for their production of Broadway's greatest farce that is not only light, fast-paced, witty, and irreverent, but one of the funniest musicals ever written. Seriously… the word “funny” is in the title.

Cast and crew announcement

The cast includes Texas Wesleyan University students, many with previous onstage and backstage theatre experience in the DFW area, all pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. The cast includes Bethany Bordelon (Ensemble), Tristen Brown (Pseudolus), Jonathan Burt (Proteans), Elena Cruce (Proteans), Douglas Fournier (Erronius), Reagan Fraze (Ensemble), Brian Johnson (Senex), Landra Lee (Ensemble), Alexis Lopez (Philia), Darin Martin (Hero), Jasmine Mesre (Ensemble), Julissa Norment (Domina), Malik Offor (Proteans), Deja Rainey (Ensemble), Hugo Morales Saldaña (Lycus), Xaxala Tagusic Sanchez (Ensemble), Ryan Simón (Hysterium), and Kristian Thomas (Miles Gloriosus).

The creative team, also consisting of Texas Wesleyan University students and faculty, includes Jeanne Everton (director), Michael Plantz (music director), Stephanie Locker-Hall (choreographer), Delaney Pricer (assistant director), Lauren Garza (stage manager), Cameron Hatcher (assistant stage manager), Bryan Stevenson (scenic and lighting design), Karen Potter (costume design), Taylor Allen (sound design and engineering), Abigail Garraty (props design), and Darin Martin (graphic design).

Free student ticket fund

The Texas Wesleyan Student Theatrical Experience Fund (STEF), a partnership with Texas Wesleyan University’s Student Government Association and Theatre Wesleyan since 2016, allows TXWES students to be able to see Theatre Wesleyan productions at no cost. Service organizations for the performing arts, including the Theatre Development Fund (since 1968), which inspired STEF, have allowed and enabled attendance of unique theatrical experiences for everyone, including students, at discounted rates.

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