Lend Me a Tenor
Written by Ken Ludwig
Performed by MAS Community Theatre
Directed by Gabe Flores
ABOUT THE SHOW
Lend Me a Tenor is a comedic farce set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome the world-famous Tito Morelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant, Max, believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume, ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter.
(LEND ME A TENOR is being produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.)
- Tuesday, June 11 / 7-9 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 12 / 7-9 p.m.
- Possible callbacks on Thursday, June 13
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The director will be casting for the following roles:
Henry Saunders: The Cleveland Grand Opera’s General Manager. Father to Maggie, Easy to lose his temper.
Max: Saunders’ long-suffering younger assistant, who is forced to take Tito’s place in the role of Othello.
Maggie Saunders: Saunders’ daughter and Max’s girlfriend. She has great admiration for Tito.
Tito Merelli: The World’s most renowned Opera Tenor, and a notorious ladies man.
Maria: Tito’s suffering wife with an “Italian Temper”, loves him despite his philandering.
Diana: Opera’s ingenue Soprano, who flirts her way to the top. Seductive and knows it.
Julia: Chairwoman of the Cleveland Opera Guild. She considers herself the Grande Dame.
Bellhop: Comic relief character who finds they are involved in some kind of mishap.
- Friday, September 13 / 8 p.m.
- Saturday, September 14 / 8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 15 / 2 p.m.
- Friday, September 20 / 8 p.m.
- Saturday, September 21 / 8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 22 / 2 p.m.