GRP Presents “Lend Me A Tenor”

 The third production for the 2007-2008 Great River Players season is the Tony winning comedy “Lend Me A Tenor”, by Ken Ludwig. “Lend Me A Tenor” takes place in 1934 where the Cleveland Opera Company awaits the arrival of guest singer Tito Morelli. Hailed as the greatest operatic tenor of his time, he is to perform the title role in their tenth anniversary season gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello”.

The drama unfolds in the hotel suite as the ill tempered general manager of the opera company, Mr. Saunders, and his assistant, Max await the arrival of Tito and his wife Maria. Max has been dating Saunder’s daughter Maggie for three years, but she is still wishing to have a fling and hear bells with that someone special. The cast is rounded out with Diana as the opera soprano who is making the rounds with the whole opera company, Julia, the Chairman of the opera guild and the scene stealing Bellhop.

Mistaken identity, slamming doors, and hurried entrances and exits will keep you on the edge of your seat as the evening unfolds.

The production of “Lend Me A Tenor”, is directed by Chris Wright and assistant directed by Tina Stott. The cast includes: Ed Bazow, Evan Bunnell, Cindy Heitman, Christal Lewiston, Bobbi Lutzen, Sue Scott, David Wendt and Zane Zirkel.

The show will be April 11 and 12 at 8pm, and April 13 at 2pm at the Grand Theatre in Keokuk. Tickets will be available to season ticket holders beginning April 5th and 6th from 1-3pm. Everyone may call and reserve tickets April 7th, 8th 9th and 10th from 5-7pm by calling the Grand Theatre at 319-524-1026.

The Fine Arts Council is planning a pre-show gathering at Mr. Lucky’s prior to the Saturday night production. It starts at 7pm with a cost of $5.00 at the door. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes or you have any questions, you can contact Chris Wright at 524-7312

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