Saturday , 19 August 2017

McKinney Repertory Theatre’s `Lend Me a Tenor’ Opens Friday

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Lend Me a Tenor, a hilarious play about mistaken identities with plenty of plot twists, is being presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre this Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 and May 10-12 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center as part of its 2012-2013 season.

Directed by Paul Mackenzie, the play follows Tito Merelli, aka the world famous tenor, Il Stupendo, who is appearing for one night only as Otello at the Cleveland Grand Opera.  Before Il Stupendo even leaves his hotel room, things start to go dreadfully wrong. What follows is a zany chain-reaction of mistaken identity, double entendres and innuendos. As the evening unravels, well, you’ll just have to see Lend Me a Tenor to find out what happens for yourself.

Lend Me a Tenor has been produced on Broadway and the West End.  Written by Ken Ludwig, the play has been translated into 16 languages and produced in 25 countries.

Cast Members are:  Eddy Herring (Max), Jordan Sanchez (Maggie), Dan Slay (Saunders), Richard A. Tomeo (Tito Merelli), Sheila Rose (Maria), Steve Martin (Bellhop), Laura Merchant (Diana) and Karen Jordan (Julia).  The producer is Jake Correll and Catie Blencowe is the Stage Manager.

Performances are at 8 p.m. May 3-4 and May 10-11 with a 2 p.m. performance on May 12.  McKinney Performing Arts Center is located at 111 N. Tennessee Street on the square in McKinney.  Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for Seniors/Students and $12 for Children under 12.  Visit www.mckinneyrep.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

McKinney Repertory Theatre was incorporated with the State of Texas in January 2003 by a group of local amateur actors that have worked together for several years. Since then, it has presented plays at Chestnut Square, the Heard-Craig Hall and the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  It received its non-profit status in February 2004.

McKinney Rep is proud to have founded the first educational Theatrical Guild in the area dedicated solely to youth ages 8-18, the Young Actors Guild (YAG).  The YAG mission is to provide education in all aspects of drama and theatre management creating leaders not only in theatre but in the community as well.  For more information, visit www.yagmckinney.com.

The McKinney Repertory Theatre is a member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Community Theatre.  Its productions are funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Photo captions: At top, Dan Slay (Saunders), Steve Martin (Bellhop) & Eddy Herring (Max); Above right, Laura Merchant (Diana), Richard A. Tomeo (Tito Merelli) & Jordan Sanchez (Maggie).

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