FREEPORT, ILLINOIS – Tickets are now on sale for Freeport High School’s spring play, Lend Me a Tenor, with performances May 9, 10, and 11, in the Jeannette Lloyd Theatre. Tickets are $7 each. Come to the FHS business office or call 815-232-0428 during the school day to purchase tickets.
It’s an important night for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company: Tito Mirelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Pagliacci. Henry Saunders, general manager of the company, insists that his assistant, Max, watch over Tito’s every move to ensure smooth sailing. After a huge fight with his fiery wife Maria, Tito accidentally receives a double dose of tranquilizers, so how can he star in the opera that night? Mix in Diana (an ambitious co-star), Maggie (Max’s giddy girlfriend), Julia (a flirty head of the opera guild), and a meddling bellhop fighting for Tito’s attention, and you have the perfect recipe for comic disaster. How will Saunders and Max save the day for the opera company?
This farce has been delighting audiences since it first opened in London in 1986 and Broadway in 1989. It received nine Tony Award nominations and won two. A Broadway revival opened in 2010, and Lend Me a Tenor has been produced in twenty-five countries.
The cast features seniors Henry Connors (as Henry Saunders), Michael Watson (as the young assistant Max), and Mallory Donaldson (as Julia); Juniors Veronica Homan (as Diana), Deja Pickett (as Maria), and Colton Thies (as Tito); Sophomore Brooke Parkinson (as Maggie); and Freshman Noah Redmore (as the bellhop).
Director Tim Connors loves directing farces at Freeport High School, and this is the second time that he has directed Lend Me a Tenor. He remarks, “Audiences enjoy all the mistaken identities, doors slamming, and craziness in this play. And students love performing hilarious comedies like this one.” Technical director Robert Winter has designed a gorgeous set, complete with two separate rooms and a center stage wall, which accommodates all of the farcical antics. Costumer Katie Enright embraces the challenge of creating costumes that enhance the mistaken identities and operatic roles.
Three performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 9, 10, and 11. Reserved tickets may be purchased ahead of time or at the box office right before the performance.