Theater company to put on musical comedy featuring Sondheim tunes | Local News

Spotlight Community Theater – Jeffco is getting ready to stage its first major production.

The theater company will perform the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14, at the Jefferson College Fine Arts Theater on the Hillsboro campus, 1 Viking Drive.

Show times will be 7 pm Aug. 12-13 and 2 pm Aug. 14.

Admission fee $10.

“It’s our first big production,” said director Courtney Wisely, the theater company’s founder. “Everybody is so nervous, but so excited.”

Wisely said the late Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics and music for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and the show offers lots of entertaining roles and humor.

“The songs are so catchy. It’s Sondheim,” she said. “It’s full of hysterics. It’s a fun night.”

The story, set in ancient Rome, revolves around a slave named Pseudolus who attempts to “win the hand” of Philia, a slow-witted courtesan, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his freedom.

Wisely warned that the production is not for young children.

“I would definitely say it has some adult humor,” she said. “I guess I would say it’s for 13 and older. If younger kids come, they probably wouldn’t understand the humor.”

Wisely said several dozen people are working on the production.

“We’ve got 19 actors in the show and, probably, 50 people total working on it,” she said. “That includes people working on the sets and working on costumes, people behind the scenes.”

Some of the lead actors include Hannah Lindsey of St. Louis, playing Pseudolus; Haylee Sitz of Festus, who portrays Philia; and Charlie Labitska of Festus as Hero.

Other cast members include Eric A. Haynes, Arnold; Renée Packard, Imperial; Nikki White, Hillsboro; and Samantha Roberson, Chaz Seitz, Lucky Perry, Dan Hewitt, Ben Pilger, Amanda Allen, Andrea Patterson, Chloe Schackmann, Carly Giger, Kailynne Martin, Annabelle Whitener, Zane Moore and Kane Seitz, all of Festus.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at or Facebook@spotlightjeffco. Email questions to

Wisely started Spotlight Community Theater – Jeffco, which is based in Festus, in March.

The group held its first public production in May, an Acting Troupe Showcase featuring three one-act plays.

She said Spotlight Community Theater continues to draw the public’s interest.

“We’ve got almost 300 people signed up to participate in one way or another,” she said.


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