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June 13, 2013

Playing for laughs

'A Funny Thing' set to open Friday

Courtesans, a scheming slave, music, humor and more will take over the McHale Performing Arts Center stage beginning Friday.

Logansport’s Civic Players will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” directed by David Quigney.

The musical tells the story of Pseudolus, a slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master, Hero, win the girl next door.

Ben Colsten will be portraying Pseudolus. Colsten described his character as a conniving, but funny, slave trying to win his freedom.

Colsten said he is looking forward to the response.

“It’s gratifying when people respond well,” Colsten said. “I like to entertain.”

Colsten said people should come to the performance for a laugh. “Everyone needs a good laugh,” Colsten said.

Cody Kopka is portraying Hero. Hero has fallen in love with Philia, a beautiful virgin courtesan from the house of Marcus Lycus, portrayed by Jeremy Hall. Lycus is a buyer and seller of beautiful women next door. The courtesans found in his house include Gymnasia, Panacea, Tintinabula, Vibrata and Geminae.

Kopka described his character as a madly hormonal teenager. Kopka said he is also excited about the comedy.

“It’s going to be hysterical,” Kopka said. “People should come enjoy the humor.”

Kopka's father, Senex, will be portrayed by Peter Noakes. Senex is married to Domina, portrayed by Becki Harris.

Noakes described his character as a dirty old man who scams people. He said he is looking forward to singing two songs in the show.

Director Dave Quigney said the actors have been rehearsing since January. Quigney, who is used to be on the other side of the production as an actor, said it was an adjustment.

Although he directed his first play in the spring, "Quiet Man," this production will be his first time directing a musical.

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