What has been called one of the most popular farces of the past two decades on Broadway is coming to Butler Community College this weekend.
Butler's Theatre Department is presenting Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" beginning tonight and running through Saturday.
"Lend Me a Tenor" was originally produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Weber. In theatre, a farce is a comedy which aims at entertaining the audience by means of improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor and a fast-paced plot.
"Lend Me a Tenor" is set in a hotel suite in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1934.
Saunders is the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, which is welcoming the greatest tenor of his generation for one night only. The star arrives late and through a series of mishaps is given a double dose of tranquilizers, with matters only becoming more complicated as there ends up being two "stars" running around.
This “screwball comedy” is said to “leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.”
The production features Cameron Ward as Max, Grace Burks as Maggie, Alex Rosell as Saunders, Brandon Hespe as Tito Merelli, Kelsey Clark as Maria, TJ La Violette as the Bellhop, Stacy Farthing as Diana and Andrea Tate as Julia. The crew consists of Jordan Dusenbury, stage manager; Larry Berry, lights; Valerie Gray, sound; April Richardson, props; and Sara Chapham, costumes/make-up/props. It is directed by Gina Austin.