Players by the Sea announces cast of upcoming musical farce

“A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum” will take the stage January 24


Players by the Sea is already planning its first musical of the year. A show that has been called Broadway’s greatest musical comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” is set to run on the Main Stage at the Jacksonville Beach community theater from Jan. 24 through Feb. 15. 

The cast has been in rehearsals for more a month. Directed by Michael Lipp, the actors must use great skill to portray the farce that Forum requires, Lipp said. “As the saying goes, ‘Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.’ Forum is one of the only musical farces - breakneck-paced and hilarious. Farce is an exciting challenge for both the director and actor, and it requires painstaking specificity and a strong sense of comic split-second timing.”

The cast includes:

 PSEUDOLUS – Al Emerick

HERO – Billy Speed

PHILIA – Julie Harrington

HYSTERIUM – Paepaeala Pimienta

SENEX – Allen LaMontagne

DOMINA – Amy Allen Farmer

MARCUS LYCUS – Christopher Humphries

MILES GLORIOSUS – Jimmy Alexander

ERRONIUS – Jim Warren

GYMNASIA – Chelsea Black

THE GEMINAE – Shauna Clark and Anna Fleece

VIBRATA – Kimberly Cooper York

TINTINABULA – Amanda Jackson

PANACEA – Charity Zappone

THE PROTEANS – Jake McGraw, Chinua Richardson, and Kris Stam


The story takes place in ancient Rome, where Pseudolus, a devious slave, makes a deal to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his lovesick master, Hero. Other characters include pompous generals, domineering parents and wily courtesans.

General Admission tickets are $28 and Student/Senior/Military tickets are $25. Group rates are available for parties larger than 15 people.

Visit or call the Box Office at (904) 249.0289 for more information.