Elmira Little Theatre presents: Lend Me A Tenor

Auditions: December 6 & 7 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and December 8 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Performances: February 1-17, and 22-24

Lend Me a Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous Tito Morelli, known as 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. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

(Due to the historical make-up and portrayals of the Othello character in the original production, ELT has decided to use a different opera to remain sensitive to our supporters but maintain the illusion of this comical farce.)

Those planning to audition do not need to prepare anything in advance.

The director strongly recommends pre-reading the show.

Dress is casual. Some improve work may be done as part of the audition. 

Scripts will be available at Steele Memorial Library starting on November 9th.

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