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A funny thing is happening at the theatre

Cast members, from left, Dick Van Buskirk, Mark Helton and Krista Jenkins rehearse for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
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WHAT: CVCT’S “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays beginning March 10-25.

WHERE: The CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Avenue, Minden.

COST:$18 for adults and $16 for children in advance. $20 at the door.

INFO: 382-2828 or visit carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org

On a balmy spring day approximately 200 years before the birth of Christ, a Roman slave named Pseudolus attempted to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl of his dreams.

This is the plot of the Carson Valley Community Theatre’s new production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” showing at the CVIC Hall March 10-26.

Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested 2000-year-old comedies by the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

“It’s funny with a lot of mistaken identity,” said Lucille Rao, director of the production. “It’s highly entertaining and it’s one the audience will love.”

“It is filled with quick quips and high jinks,” added Mark Helton, who plays the musicals’ protagonist. “I love performing and watching comedies, and boy, is this a funny one.”

Helton said he has acted for more than 20 years and been involved in more than 45 productions, including television and films. He said there is nothing like the rush of a live theater.

“I’ve done movies and T.V., but it’s just not the same,” he said, “You can always try again if you make a mistake on screen, but on stage you only have one chance.”

The show is described as zany, with something for everyone including pirates, courtesans, love and revenge.

Helton said his favorite scene is one where a military general is told his future wife is dead and a man is used to trick him.

“This musical is a true farce in every sense of the word,” he said. “If anyone is in need of a good laugh, this will truly be a great night out for anyone who attends.”

Helton said there will be a “Talk-Back” after the show on March 12 with the cast, crew and production staff.

“This will give you (the audience) the opportunity to ask any questions you might have,” he said. “We like to take these opportunities to help those interested in live theater have a better understanding of what really goes in to putting it all together. Anyone is welcome to attend and either observe or ask questions.”

The “Talk-Back” will begin around 4 p.m. and last about 30-45 minutes, Helton said.

For more information email Mark Helton at mhelton33@yahoo.com.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays March 10-26 at the CVIC Hall. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for children in advance and $20 at the door. For more information and to buy tickets, call 382-2828 or visit carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org