Photo courtesy of Tim Bessette
Campbell County and Thunder Basin high school students take center stage together Thursday through Saturday for three performances of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
“The show is an absolute riot, full of comedy, misdirection, and physical comedy,” said student Blake Carlson, who plays the Roman slave, Pseudolus, in the production.
The show’s plot revolves around things not going as planned when a Roman slave tries to play matchmaker for his master’s son. Blackmail, comedic disguises, and long-lost children take the cast on a journey as the Roman slave attempts to keep his promise as described on the group’s Facebook event page.
According to Tim Bessette, Campbell County High School teacher and director of the play, the audience will “get an experience that will never happen again because of the unique circumstances of any given night that can affect the performance.”
When asked why shows like these are important for student performers, Bessette said that “they get a chance to get outside of their comfort zone and play as intensely as they were when they were little.”
Aspiring actor and student Caleb Cundy, who plays Hysterium in the production, likes that he gets to be the “eye candy in the show” and enjoys being involved in drama because he aims “to grow as an artist and become a better actor.”
Likewise, Carlson credits drama to helping him in all areas of life and hopes to also continue to be involved in the performing arts down the road.
Bessette hopes the community will come out to see the students perform.
“Theatre is one of the most human and magical experiences available,” he said.
Performances are at Campbell County High School Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and can be purchased at the door.
Questions can be directed to Sarah Bessette at email@example.com.