Auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor

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The ’22-23 season will continue with Pontiac Theater IV presenting the hilarious Ken Ludwig comedy!
Lend Me A Tenor is a hilarious farce that takes place in the finest hotel suite in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936.
The Cleveland Opera Company is thrilled and stressed beyond belief for the season’s grand opening featuring world-famous Italian tenor, Tito Mirelli. Of course, crushes, fans, marital discord, and an accidental double dose of tranquilizers later; hilarity ensues with the mix of physical comedy, mistaken identity, and slamming doors that make farces such great fun.
Directed & Produced by AmandaJane Schade-Rhodes
Assistant Directed, Produced & Stage Managed by Tim Wheeling
Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 171 W Pike St, Pontiac, MI 48341
Auditions will be: Sunday 12/18 at 4:00 pm, Monday 12/19 at 7:00 pm, and Tuesday 12/20 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals will begin the first week of January. Rehearsals will generally be two evenings a week (7:00-9:00) until moving into dress and tech. Exact rehearsal dates will be finalized based on cast availability.

This is not a musical, but features some music. Tito Mirelli and Max both must sing well, karaoke-style along with a recording of “Dio, che nell’alma infondere” from Verdi’s Don Carlos.

Also, those familiar with this show may remember that previous versions of this play featured blackface for disguise/mistaken identity purposes. That element of the script has already been changed by the publisher. We absolutely would not have considered doing blackface.

Available Roles for Auditions:

Tito Mirelli – 30s and up. Famous Italian opera singer. Italian accent. Larger than life presence. Must be able to sing well enough to pass for an opera singer.

Henry Saunders –  50s and up. The stressed out general manager of the Cleveland Opera Company. Father to Maggie and boss to Max.

Max – Late 20s-mid 30s. Saunder’s long suffering assistant. Boyfriend to Maggie. Must be able to sing well enough to pass for an aspiring opera singer.

Bellhop – Any age. Overly energetic super-fan of Tito Mirelli and opera in general. He also sings, but with far more enthusiasm than skill required.

Maggie Saunders – 20s to 30s, Idealistic and fun daughter of Henry, girlfriend of Max, and adoring fan of Tito Mirelli.

Julia –  40s and up. Chairperson of the Cleveland Opera Company. A “grande dame” with the gown to prove it.

Maria – 30s and up. Wife of Tito Mirelli. Glamorous and Italian. Matches him in personality.

Diana –  20s to 30s. Ambitious, alluring, diva soprano (no singing required).