[NEohioPAL] Lend Me a Tenor Auditions!

Debbie Keppler debbiekeppler at gmail.com
Fri Jan 24 08:13:30 PST 2014

Auditions for

Lend Me a Tenor

          By: Ken Ludwig

Strongsville Community Theater

May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 (2014)

Directed By: Deborah Cluts

Where: Strongsville Senior Center

                18100 Royalton Road

Strongsville, Ohio 44136

When: Friday January 31st from 5-8p.m. and Saturday, February 1st from 4-7

What: Auditions will exist of cold readings of the script in hour time
slots. Please bring a headshot and resume. Gentlemen auditioning for the
roles of Tito and Max, please be prepared to sing a short song a cappella.
Email the director at deborahcluts at gmail.com for a time slot.

Lend Me a Tenor is a fast paced comedy set in a hotel suite in 1930’s
Cleveland. Tito Merelli, world-famous tenor, is brought to the Cleveland
Grand Opera Company by its manager, Saunders, for a one-night only
performance of Otello. After a brawl with his wife, however, Tito takes a
double dose of medication and passes out. Max, Saunders assistant, thinking
Tito is dead takes the place of Tito for the performance. What ensues:
mistaken identities, scantily clad women, and a happy ending for all!

Character Breakdown:

Max: (25-35) The nervous, eager-to-please assistant to Saunders and wanna
be fiancé of Maggie. Must be able to fake an Italian accent and carry a

Maggie: (18-30) The pretty and quirky daughter of Saunders. Obsessed with

Saunders: (35-60) General manager of The Cleveland Opera Company and
Maggie’s father. An authoritarian figure prone to fits of anger.

Tito Merelli: (30-40) World famous tenor. Must be able to do an Italian
accent and confidently carry a tune.

Maria: (25-35) Tito’s wife. Sensual but very fiery too. A Sofia Vergara
type. Must be able to do an Italian accent.

Bellhop: (15-35) Excitable and full of energy. Obsessed with Tito Merelli.
Must be willing to sing but doesn’t have to be well.

Diana: (25-35) The soprano of the opera. Beautiful and quite the

Julia: (40-65) The chairman of the Opera Guild. A quirky and persuasive

Deborah Cluts is an actress, director, and educator in the Cleveland area.
She taught as an Actor Teacher for Great Lakes Theater for four years and
has also taught classes and camps at community theaters including Geauga
Lyric Theater Guild and Brecksville Theater on the Square. Deborah has
performed at numerous venues including Cleveland Play House, Cleveland
Public Theater, and The Beck Center and is a member of the murder mystery
troupe: Motive for Murder. Deborah is currently teaching youth classes at
TrueNorth Theater and is directing And Then There Were None at Fuchs
Mizrachi School.
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