Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor

by Ken Ludwig

AUDITIONS: Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Auditions will be held at the Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, Dearborn, Michigan 48124.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Registration closes at 7:30 p.m.

You must be registered to audition.

It is highly recommended to complete the audition form and conflict calendar, found by clicking the links below, before arriving. Please list all actual and all possible conflicts.

Audition Form Conflict Calendar

PRODUCTION DATES: January 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27, 2019

Produced in Cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.

The Play

Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Othello. 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 Othello costume and makeup 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 Othellos are running around in identical costumes and makeup and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. This is a madcap, screwball comedy, complete with mistaken identities and slamming doors, guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

The Crew

Director: Karen Pritchard
Assistant Director: Karen Prusiewicz

The Cast

FROM THE DIRECTOR:

Lend Me a Tenor is a classic example of theatrical farce, which means it is a fast-pace romp as stereotypical characters are set in improbable situations, portraying their emotions with extravagant exaggeration. Complete with chase scenes, screen scenes, mistaken identity, and a little romance, you’ll have all you need for a great time!

Ken Ludwig’s farce has won three Tony Awards, as well as four Drama Desk Awards. The play is set in Cleveland, Ohio in an elegant suite of a first-rate hotel, on a Saturday in September 1934, and takes place all in one day. The cast consists of 8 characters (4 women and 4 men). The actors playing Max, the Bellhop and Tito will have to sing at auditions. An audition workshop is being planned for any male auditioning for these roles.

THE GENTLEMEN

TITO: A world famous tenor, known to his fans as Il Stupendo. Described as “imposing,” Tito fills up a room with his presence, though need not be a large man … just “larger than life.” He and his wife speak with an Italian accent. No exact age given in script, but imagine he is middle aged or slightly older. He sings a duet with Max.

SAUNDERS: Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, he is the father of Maggie. He is demanding, and authoritarian, in his mid-50s.

MAX: Assistant to Saunders. Rather nervous type. In his mid-30s. He has been to all the rehearsals and has learned the lead role. He offers to step in the part when Tito seems to be missing in action. He is in love with Maggie. He sings a duet with Tito.

THE BELLHOP: While a minor character in the play, the Bellhop could steal the scene, with his nonchalant reactions to the various situations, but additionally, he fancies himself an opera singer, and bursts into song at various times.

THE LADIES

MAGGIE: Girlfriend to Max, mid-30s,looking for “something wonderful and romantic – she wants to hear bells” She is described as pretty and “quirky.” She is very excited to meet Tito.

DIANA: Lead Soprano actress for the Cleveland Opera Company. Age mid-30’s. Described as beautiful, she comes off as very sexy in dress and mannerisms, which she uses to try to woo Max into letting her spend time with Tito … and tries to climb the ladder of success on Tito’s coattails by seducing him.

MARIA: Tito’s wife. Described as the Sophia Loren type — busty, proud, excitable. Speaks loudly, in an Italian accent. Fights with Tito but loves him.

JULIA: Chairperson of the Opera Board. Around age 60. She is very attracted to Tito.

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