announces auditions for Lend Me A Tenor, a comical farce by Ken Ludwig
directed by Todd Martin
Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m.; Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
Gaslight Baker Theatre, 216 South Main Street, Lockhart Texas (click for map)
Performance dates: January 27 - February 18 (four weekends, Friday-Saturday and two matinees)
Cast required: 4 men, 4 women, various ages -- For more information go to www.mygbt.org or leave a message at (512) 376-5653
This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the harried General Manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the cultural map. Morelli is nowhere to be found; when he finally arrives drunk, it is too late for any rehearsal. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, 'Il Stupendo' is given a double dose of tranquilizers which mix with the booze he has consumed and he passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he is dead. What to do?
Saunders coaxes Max into Morelli's costume, intending to fool the audience with this fake 'Il Stupendo', blackface and all. Nervous amateur Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli revives and dresses for his second act. We now have two Otellos in costume and two women (in questionable stages of dress), each thinking she is with the real 'Il Stupendo'.
What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double entendres, innuendos, and constant entrances and exits through many doors as the farce spins out of control onstage and off.