Mt. Vernon Community Theater presents ‘Lend Me A Tenor’

Friday, October 18, 2019

Romantic comedy slated at the MARC Oct. 25-27

Mt. Vernon Community Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s comic play “Lend Me a Tenor” with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. in Mt. Vernon.

“As far as comedy goes, this play has everything,” said director David Kloppenborg. “It has mistaken identities, physical comedy, plays on words, seduction scenes, and characters that you are absolutely going to love—or love to hate!”

The play centers around Max, played by Andrew Hoxworth of Miller, assistant to the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Max is browbeaten by his blustering boss, and is in love with the boss’s daughter, Maggie, played by Veronikka Kew of Monett. Max has dreams of marrying Maggie and becoming an opera singer. Initially Maggie isn’t interested, and nobody wants to hear him sing.

World-famous tenor Tito Merelli, played by Andrew Jones of Mt. Vernon, arrives on the scene. Successful, charming, and very confident, Tito wows Maggie and strikes up a friendship with Max, urging him to pursue his dreams.

Tragedy strikes, circumstances change and suddenly matters spin out of control, with comic effect.

Other cast members include audience favorites Matt Teel of Mt. Vernon as Max’s boss, Melanie Kloppenborg of Miller as the sultry soprano, Barbara Burgio of Springfield as the absurdly aristocratic head of the Opera Guild, Sheri Browne of Carthage as Tito’s jealous wife, and Dallin Nield of Miller as the singing bellhop.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling 417-366-1995.