Auditions

Lend Me a Tenor

By KEN LUDWIG
Directed by Priscilla Gonzalez

AUDITION INFORMATION:
Please be prepared to cold-read from the script.
Please bring Head-shots, Resume & any Rehearsal conflicts.
Please be familiar with the play. 
All ethnicities encouraged to audition.
AUDITION DATES:
Monday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

CALL BACKS:
Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm
at Director's invitation
Location:
Westminster Community Playhouse
7272 Maple Street, Westminster CA  92683 
 
REHEARSALS BEGIN:
Monday, July 22, 2019
 
PERFORMANCE DATES: 
September 13 - 29, 2019
(Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm;
Sundays at 2 pm)

SYNOPSIS

Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, 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 singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he 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 - and in a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds and lives up to his idol, but Merelli regains consciousness and gets into the identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

Casting:

  • Henry Saunders – The Cleveland Grand Opera's general manager. Father to Maggie. A blowhard who often loses his temper at the slightest mishap.

  • Max – Saunders' long-suffering assistant, who is forced to take Tito's place in the role of Othello.

  • Maggie Saunders – Saunders' daughter, and Max's girlfriend. She has a great admiration for Tito.

  • Tito Merelli – The world's most renowned opera tenor, and notorious ladies man.

  • Maria – Tito's long-suffering wife, with an "Italian temper". Leaves Tito early in the play, but ultimately returns to him. Loves Tito, despite his philandering.

  • Diana- The opera's ingenue soprano, who is "flinging her way" to the top. A seductive woman (and she knows it).

  • Julia – Chairwoman of the Cleveland Opera Guild, who considers herself a "grande dame." She wears a silver dress which, Saunders says, makes her look "like the Chrysler Building."

  • The Bellhop- A comic relief character who has an ongoing feud with Saunders. An obnoxious opera fan, the Bellhop keeps showing up at the hotel suite at the wrong moment, trying to get an autograph and a photo of Tito Merelli. Saunders ends up chasing the Bellhop around the hotel suite, and trying to strangle him.

For audition information
please contact:
Priscilla Gonzalez: pmgonzalez@live.com