By Adah Mallery.
McNary’s Theater brings life to the comedy Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig. The play runs on February 23rd and 24th, and also March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7 p.m., with an additional show on March 3rd.
Lend Me A Tenor is about the events that occur in a hotel when a famous Italian opera singer, Tito Merelli, comes to town. Something happens before Tito performs, so they have to find someone else to perform instead. Max, played by Jon Taylor, the hotel managers assistant, is that someone.
Every cast member has said that this play is super fun and really funny. “It’s so funny; I still laugh every time,” Bella Fox said.
Tito’s wife, Maria, is played by Sydnie Gould. According to Gould, “Maria is a flaming Italian lady.” Tito is constantly cheating on her and she knows it. Early into the play they get into a fight. Maria writes Tito a letter that says she is leaving him for good. “She comes back and they run away together at the end,” Gould said, “I love playing Maria, she’s great.”
Steven Cummings plays the great opera singer, Tito. “Tito is a player. He plays all around; everywhere around the world.” According to Cummings, Tito’s wife only comes with him to Cleveland so he doesn’t cheat on her. Tito sleeps through most of the second part of Act 1. When he wakes up, he tries to get into the theater he runs into some trouble. For Act 2, Tito is really all over the place.
Cummings has enjoyed playing Tito. “It was difficult at first putting on the accent. Now I’m working on making myself seem bigger. Tito is a big Italian character.” Cummings said that this play with be a fun experience for people.
Fox plays Diana. Diana is Tito’s co-star in the opera. Her main goal in the play is to meet Tito to better her career. “She would do anything to better her career,” Fox said. “She gets really confused because she sleeps with someone that looks like Tito, but turns out not to be Tito.”
Fox loves her character. “She is completely different from anything I’ve played. It is such a drastic change and is fun to play with.”