Lend Me A Tenor

A Comedy by
Ken Ludwig

June 8-11, and June 14-18, 2005
The Boal Barn Playhouse

Production Staff

DirectorSusanna Ritti
Scenic DesignerElaine Meder-Wilgus
Lighting DesignerDonald Ishler III
Costume DesignerStephanie Gates
Technical DirectorAlfred Gehn
Stage ManagerDonald Ishler III

About the Show

Program Cover
Lend Me a Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor is a quintessential farce. That means everything in the plot gets out of the character’s control, although not the playwright’s. It means that timing is of the essence. It means that the characters will be pulled almost by fate into what might be a catastrophe, but since this is a farce, isn’t.

Although the initial situation in any farce is credible enough, believability soon turns into improbability, even, some would say, fantasy. Could anyone other than Tito Merelli sing Otello? In Cleveland in 1934 – probably not. The Metropolitan Opera did not perform Verdi’s opera between 1913 and 1937. Few, in any, tenors would tackle this killer-role without years of study. But farce takes place in a never-never land where anything can happen and probably will.

In farce, the original situation soon gives way to complications, coincidences, arrivals of new characters, and departures of old ones. In a good farce – and Lend Me A Tenor is a very good one – the audience can never predict what will happen next; who will suddenly appear and disappear, and how everything will be resolved by the final curtain.
Welcome to the world of Lend Me A Tenor”

Richard Gidez
This first appeared in the July 1994 Boal Barn program.

The Cast

(in order of appearance)
Max – Assistant to SaundersShaun McMurtrie
Maggie – Max’s GirlfriendLaura Yoder
Saunders – Maggie’s father, General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera CompanyMercer Bristow
Tito Merelli – A world-famous tenor, known also to his fans as II StupendoBarry Hutzell
Maria – Tito’s wifeMartha Traverse
Bellhop – a bellhopJohn Austin
Diana – a sopranoJackie Magness
Julia – Chairman of the Opera GuildStephanie Gates
Produced by Special Arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010.