Sunday, January 23, 2005

Lend Me a Tenor


OK, imagine you’re the folks of ACT - a community theatre.  You’ve just put on what was probably the most talked-about, most phenomenally successful production the Island has seen in a long time - - �Jesus Christ Superstar.�  Sold out the Confederation Centre three nights in a row ... rave reviews ... hundreds and hundreds of people urging you to do it again.  So what do you do now?

You do a complete switch - - from stirring musical drama to bedroom farce.  Give your audience tears-rolling-down-the-cheek laughter.  ACT’s early March production will be Ken Ludwig’s �Lend Me a Tenor.�  Definitely not a musical, but a dandy pick-me-up for the late-winter blahs.  Call it comic relief.

Variety has been an ACT trademark for a decade.  A decade?  That’s right: �Lend Me a Tenor� is a 10th birthday celebration.  In March 1995 eight or nine people each put $25 down on a coffee table to get some high-quality community theatre going.  They bought two step-ladders as a set for Thornton Wilder’s �Our Town�.  �Jesus Christ Superstar�, by comparison, was a $30,000 show.  �Lend Me a Tenor� will be ACT’s 26th production.

Here’s a twist: �Lend Me a Tenor� and �Jesus Christ Superstar� share a credential - - Andrew Lloyd Webber, would you believe?  He wrote the music of JCS … and he produced �Lend Me a Tenor� when it ran for more than a year in London’s West End.  It also had a year on Broadway, and productions in 16 languages in 30 countries.  This is one very popular show.

That’s because it’s so funny.  When you hear that the set has six doors, you know there’s going to be a lot of ‘just-missed-it’ comings and goings.  When there are two young women lusting after ‘Il Stupendo’, the world’s sexiest tenor, and his suitcase has two identical costumes, you can bet there’ll be a wonderfully silly mix-up.  It’s inspired lunacy.

Beyond the hilarious fun of the plot, there’s the art-deco flamboyancy of Garnett Gallant’s set and Pam Jewell’s costumes (right down to the mint-green knickers!).  A great array of cast, too � Barbara Rhodenhizer, Bryde MacLean, Corin McFadden, Danny Maloney, Jennifer Campbell, Nick Whelan, Paul Whelan, Rowena Stinson, Tony Welsh.

ACT (a community theatre) will present �Lend Me a Tenor� at the Carrefour in Charlottetown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3, 4 and 5.

Further information: Rob Thomson 892-3288 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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