|Limestone Theatre Presents "Lend Me a Tenor" April 12-14|
Written by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me a Tenor has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, and translated into 16 languages and produced in 25 countries. Limestone's production is directed by Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson, Professor of English and Theatre at Limestone and Chair of the College's Theatre Department, and features a cast of theatre students from throughout the local area.
Tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for seniors. Limestone students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with college identification. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door or can be reserved online .
Lend Me a Tenor is set in 1934 as the renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as "Il Stupendo," is scheduled to sing the lead in Otello. The opera is being produced as a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company. Unfortunately, even before the star leaves his hotel room, everything begins to unravel. Chaos ensues when Merelli's wife, who has mistaken an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, leaves him a "Dear John" letter. The distraught Merelli accidentally is given a double-dose of tranquilizers to calm him and passes out. Saunders, the company's general manager, is determined that the show will go on (for his own financial sake), so he asks his assistant Max to impersonate the opera star. Max puts on the makeup required for the role of Otello, and his disguise succeeds admirably - until Merelli, also in makeup, wakes up and heads for the stage. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double entendres, innuendoes, and constant entrances and exits through many doors.
The cast for Lend Me a Tenor is as follows: