Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Imagination Theater Announces Cast for Lend Me a Tenor

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the cast for its first production of 2016, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor. The cast of this hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy will feature a talented newcomer to IT! along with a lineup of local favorites including: Otto Coelho (Tito), Lori Whittle (Maria), Darcy Hall (Maggie), Wayne Campbell (Max), Jeff Lathrop (Saunders), Marc Bonham (Bellhop), Michelle Harwell (Diana) and Connie Voelker (Julia). Lend Me a Tenor is directed by Jody Klemens and will run at the award-winning theater, inside the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, from February 12 through March 6, 2016.

Winner of three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year, Lend Me a Tenor is a wildly entertaining farce. Set in 1934, Saunders, general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome renowned tenor Tito Merelli, who is scheduled to sing the lead in the opera ‘Otello,’ for one night only. The star arrives late, he’s not feeling well, and through a set of crazy circumstances, passes out after mixing wine with a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that ‘Il Stupendo’ is dead, the excitable opera manager convinces his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max, to suit up as the Moor and replace Merelli. What follows is a laugh-out-loud chain reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double entendres, and musical mayhem. The New York Times calls Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor “one of the two great farces by a living writer.”

Lend Me a Tenor will be performed February 12 through March 6, 2016, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are now available at $17, and $13 for groups of 10+ and Thursday performances. Admission price on Valentine’s Day is 2 for 1. Tickets may be purchased at www.imaginationtheater.net or by calling 1-800-838-3006 or 530-642-0404.