June 12, 2012
The new White Rock Players production starts tomorrow
Ken Ludwig’s celebrated farce Lend Me A Tenor opens tomorrow, June 13th at Coast Capital Playhouse (1532 Johnston Road, White Rock).
Directed by Ryan Mooney (who helmed last year’s Nunsense) the show promises a fast, funny farrago set in Cleveland’s opera house in 1934.
Chaos ensues when renowned Italian tenor Tito Merelli (Michael Kalmuk), also known as ‘Il Stupendo,’ receives an accidental double-dose of tranquilizers, just before he is to make his Cleveland debut in a gala fundraising performance of Verdi’s Otello.
Scheming opera company general manager Saunders (Fred Partridge) is determined the show must go on at all costs, which includes having his own assistant, Max (Aaron Reno) don the blackface required for the role. The ruse works – until Merelli, also in blackface, wakes up and heads for the stage, determined to fulfill the contract.
Complicating matters: Merelli’s jealous wife Maria (Launi Bowie); Saunders’ daughter Maggie (Nicole Smashnuk), who has designs on Merelli; society woman Julia (Susanne de Pencier), ambitious soprano Diana (Jackie Block) and a bellhop who wants to be an opera singer (Sean Donnelly).
The show runs until June 30th, with 8 pm performances and a 2.30 pm Sunday matinee.
For tickets and show time information, visit White Rock Players or call 604-536-7535.
Source: Peace Arch News