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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ set for opening day

April 1 is the opening performance of Mid Michigan Community College Theatre’s spring comedy, “Lend Me A tenorTenor.”

Directed by Yvette Keast, the cast includes an array of talented students, community members and an MMCC instructor. Performers include: Mackenzie Bacon (Mt. Pleasant), Michael Meakin (Mt. Pleasant), Sheridan Ervin (Mt. Pleasant), Kevin Allen (Rose City), Hilary Pisarski (Harrison), Summer Clark (Harrison), Malia Reger (Farwell), and Austin Schnepp (Beaverton).

The show, by Ken Ludwig, is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead.

In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.

“Lend Me a Tenor” was a sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Tickets are available for matinee performances on April 1, 3, 8 and 10 at 2 p.m. with an optional luncheon. Evening performances are 7 p.m. on April 11 and 12. The performance costs $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12; the luncheon/performance price is $20. Limited tickets will be available at the door for each performance.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Harrison Campus Bookstore, (989) 386-6640.


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