Auditions

Little Theatre of Norfolk announces auditions for Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor”

September 8­ & 9, 7 PM (callbacks on September 10 if necessary)

801 Claremont Avenue

Norfolk VA 23507

(757) 627­8551

Performance dates: October 31­ to November 23 (Fri. & Sat. eves. @ 8; Sun. matinees @ 2:30)

Synopsis : It’s September 8th, 1934, and Cleveland’s premiere opera producer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The tickets are sold, the stage is set, and the thirty­ piece orchestra is ready. But, it’s about to become “un disastro gigantesco,” because it’s three minutes to curtain, and the leading man ­ the greatest tenor in the world ­ has gone missing!

This is a madcap, Marx Brothers­ type comedy, a speedy farce that is a send­up of official culture & enflamed egos. Note: NO operatic skills are required.

Characters (4 M, 4W):

Saunders (40s ­50s)—The impresario of the Cleveland Opera. A nervous, somewhat arrogant manager whose plans for artistic immortality go awry. He thinks that he is in control, but he isn’t.

­­Max (20s)—Saunders’ young assistant. Aspires to sing opera; in love with Maggie.

Maggie (20s)—Saunders’ daughter. Attractive ingénue. Tolerant of Max, but has a schoolgirl crush on Tito Morelli.

­­Tito Morelli (30s ­40s—Known as “Il Stupendo,” the world renowned opera singer. He is full of nervous energy and bluster, and arrives in America wound up like a coiled spring. Something of a womanizer.

­­Maria Morelli (30s­ 40s)—Tito’s wife. Shrewish and equally blustering.

­­Julia (50s)—Chairperson of the Opera Board. Mink coat, diamonds, and “blue hair.”

­­Diana (20s ­30s)—An aspiring opera singer. Voluptuous and sultry. Aims to use her charms on Max to get to Tito.

­­The Bellhop (20s ­30s): An annoying presence who sings operatic riffs to get Tito's attention. He disrupts everything.

Note: Although this is a “family friendly” comedy, Maggie and Diana will be in lingerie in one scene.

Auditioners will give cold readings from the script. Headshots and resumes preferred. Note any conflicts between September 11 and October 30. Rehearsals will be Mon.­Thurs. and a few weekend “brush ups.”

For more information, contact the Director Steve Suskin at 513.604.8055 or ssuskin50@gmail.com.