|Fire Hall Theatre kicks off season with "Lend Me a Tenor"|
The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre kicks off its season of a million laughs with Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce, "Lend Me a Tenor," directed by Chris Berg, through Oct. 24.
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 Othello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the general manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Morelli is late; when he finally sweeps in, it is too late to rehearse the company. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, Morelli 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? Max is an aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Morelli's Othello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Morelli. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now, two Othellos are running around in costume, and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo!
Join the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre in this hilarious farce, featuring Dylan Croeker (Morelli), Heath Stevenson (Max), Jesse Mullins (Maggie), Margaret McDonald (Saunders), Michelle McCulley (Maria Morelli), Paige Greenwood (Diana), with Amy Lyste as Opera Guild Chairwoman Julia and featuring Benjamin Klipfel as the Bellhop.
Production contains "lack of clothing" in some scenes and is recommended for mature audiences. Evening performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at the Chester Fritz Box office (777-4090). All productions are at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand Forks.
For more information, visit www.ggfct.org, or www.culturepulse.org.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, email@example.com, 701-746-0847