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"Lend Me a Tenor" Last Modified: Tuesday, September 09, 2008
"Lend Me a Tenor"
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Andrea Pierkowski
July 2008
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 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 with the company. 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? Max is an aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Morelli's Otello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now two Otellos are running around in 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, Lend Me a Tenor is guaranteed to leave your audiences teary eyed with laughter.

"A jolly play." N.Y. Times.

"Non stop laughter." Variety.

"Uproarious! Hysterical!" USA Today.

"A rib tickling comedy." N.Y. Post.

"Screamingly funny!" CBS Radio.

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Tom Cooper as Max Cast
Max: Tom Cooper
Maggie: Brigitte Bridoux
Saunders: John Citron
Tito Morelli: John Crawford
Maria: Janice Van Arsdall
Diana: Jackie Gullahorn
the bellhop: Jerry Longinotti
Julia: T. Gullahorn
Director: Andrea Pierkowski
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Robert L. Simpson
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Backstage: Haley Holmes
Props: Cast
Set Design: Andrea Pierkowski
Set Construction: Mark Britton, Walter Dodson, Dave & Libby Jacques, Bob Stout
Office: Margaret Forsyth, Peggy Socias
Lights/Sound: Walter Dodson, Tim Cooper
Costumes: Andrea Pierkowski
Publicity: Gene Forsyth, Jackie Stuelke
Programs: Bill & Barbara White
Newsletter: Ann Wilson, Margaret Forsyth
Concessions: Tom & Dee Farr
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Webmaster: John Lukas
Artwork: Tom Clark
Photo Credits: Renee Burns & John Citron
Brigitte Bridoux as Maggie

John Citron as Saunders

John Crawford as Tito Morelli

Janice Van Arsdall as Maria
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The Hot Springs Village Players
Hot Springs Village Players
Jerry Jones
Linda Rickel
Jackie Gullahorn as Diana
Jerry Longinotti as The Bellhop
T. Gullahorn as Julia
House Manager Walter Dodson
Stage Manager Robert L. Simpson
Director Andrea Pierkowski