Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LEND ME A TENOR, Desert Foothills Theater, September 5-14, 2014

By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Mark-Alan C. Clemente

Desert Foothills Theater has a reputation for knowing how to produce a good farce and Lend Me a Tenor is one of the best!
This wild romp of mistaken identity, slamming doors and non-stop double entendre combine for an evening of side-splitting hilarity. It is 1934 and the Cleveland Grand Opera Company anxiously awaits the arrival of the world-famous Italian tenor, Signor Tito Merelli, known to legions of fans as Il Stupendo. This benefit performance of "Othello" is the most important fundraiser of the season, so of course Merelli arrives too late to rehearse, has a huge fight with his wife and is mistaken for dead (the result of an accidental double dose of tranquilizers). What is this opera company to do with a sold-out crowd and the clock ticking toward show time? Like all good farce, through a series of desperate measures and compromising positions, everything falls apart and miraculously comes back together in the end.

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Directed by Mark Clemente
Vocal Couching: Daniel Kurek
Scenic Design: Martin Treinen
Properties Design: Kate Horner
Costume Design: Aurelie Wisdom
Lighting Design: Daniel Kersh
Hair & Makeup Design: Jacob Hamilton
Sound Design: Alex Cozza
Stage Manager: Jennifer Blom

Cast (in order of appearance):
Max: Matt Newhard
Maggie: Melissa Powers
Saunders: Harold LeBoyer
Tito: Roy Hunt
Maria: Janis Webb
Bellhop: Jonathon Perry Brown
Diana: Lindsay Newhard
Julia: Cynthia Elek
Voice Over: Alex Cozza

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