Ring­gold Playhouse hold­ing au­di­tions for “Lend Me a Tenor” May 1-2

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY -

The Ring­gold Playhouse (TRP) will hold its next round of open au­di­tions May 1-2 for the clas­sic farce “Lend Me a Tenor,” which will run for seven per­for­mances in late July.

The show, a hi­lar­i­ous Amer­i­can farce by Ken Lud­wig, will be di­rected by Kim­berly Tyner Jones and has roles avail­able for four men and four women ages 20-80.

“This show is such an amaz­ing piece of theatre,” Tyner Jones said. “There is one slap­stick mo­ment af­ter an­other, and the chal­lenge for me will be the pre­cise tim­ing of each mo­ment, in­tri­cate block­ing, sight gags, and fre­quent en­trances and exits uti­liz­ing six doors. For the au­di­ence, it is a non­stop hi­lar­i­ous ride of mis­taken iden­tity and dou­ble en­ten­dre lead­ing to rash as­sump­tions that have out­ra­geous re­sults.”

Play syn­op­sis

“Lend Me A Tenor” by Ken Lud­wig is a door-slam­ming, dress-drop­ping farce with mis­taken iden­ti­ties, mis­chievous mis­un­der­stand­ings and com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tions. This Lud­wig farce is set in Septem­ber 1934. Saun­ders, the gen­eral man­ager of the Cleve­land Grand Opera Com­pany, is primed to wel­come the world fa­mous Tito Morelli, II 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 II 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 II Stu­pendo. A sen­sa­tion on Broad­way and in Lon­don’s West End, this mad­cap, screw­ball com­edy is guar­an­teed to leave au­di­ences teary-eyed with laugh­ter.

Per­for­mance dates for the pro­duc­tion are July 20-22 and 27-29.

Char­ac­ter de­scrip­tions

MAX: (20s - mid 30s) As­sis­tant to Saun­ders - An as­pir­ing singer. His worst en­emy is his own lack of self­con­fi­dence. He spends his time as a door­mat to his fu­ture fa­ther-in-law and try­ing to con­vince Mag­gie that he is mar­riage ma­te­rial. NOTE: This role re­quires the ac­tor to sing Ital­ian Arias and, at times, speak in an Ital­ian ac­cent.

MAG­GIE: (20s - 30s) Max’s Girl­friend - pretty, quirky; a young woman who doesn’t want to set­tle for the seem­ingly mun­dane life she has with Max. She longs for an ad­ven­tur­ous fling, one which will al­low her to “hear bells.”

SAUN­DERS: (mid 50s) Mag­gie’s fa­ther and the gen­eral Man­ager of the Cleve­land Grand Opera Com­pany - au­thor­i­tar­ian; an up­tight man with a short fuse, most of which he takes out on Max. He owns the pres­sure of the Opera Com­pany.

TITO: (30s - 40s) A World Fa­mous Tenor known also to his fans as Il Stu­pendo - im­pos­ing; a wom­an­iz­ing Ital­ian who loves Maria, but finds dif­fi­culty re­sist­ing the ad­vances of the op­po­site sex, who seem to ad­vance fre­quently and with con­sid­er­able mo­men­tum. NOTE: This role re­quires the ac­tor to sing Ital­ian Arias and speak in an Ital­ian ac­cent.

MARIA: (30s) Tito’s wife - Sophia Loren-type: busty, proud, and ex­citable; a pas­sion­ate and tem­per­a­men­tal Ital­ian woman who is grow­ing weary of her hus­band’s wan­der­ing eye (and body) for the op­po­site sex. NOTE: This role re­quires the ac­tor to speak in an Ital­ian ac­cent.

BELLHOP: (18 and over) A bellhop - a highly en­er­getic fan of Tito’s, who uses his oc­cu­pa­tion to get close to the in­ter­na­tional star. NOTE: This role re­quires the ac­tor to sing.

DIANA: (mid 30s) a so­prano with the Cleve­land Grand Opera Com­pany - beau­ti­ful, sexy; a mem­ber of the opera com­pany who has been “fling­ing her way through the whole cast.” Play­ing Des­de­mona op­po­site Tito, she thinks that he might be her ticket out of Cleve­land into the big time.

JU­LIA: (60s) Chair­man of the Opera Guild - over the hill, ex-diva, for whom the Cleve­land Grand Opera Com­pany is the cen­ter of her small pre­ten­tious world.

“For the ac­tors, this show will be a chal­lenge of phys­i­cal com­edy and tim­ing,” Tyner Jones said. “Though there is some singing for Max, Tito and the Bellhop, the play­wright him­self says what is most im­por­tant is the act­ing. As long as the ac­tors can carry a tune, they should give this au­di­tion a shot. As for the re­main­der of the cast, there’s no singing, but lots of phys­i­cal­ity. The char­ac­ters are very over the top.”

Au­di­tions will take place at the his­toric Ring­gold De­pot at 7 p.m. each evening and will con­sist of cold reads from the script, with some ac­tors to sing a short, in­for­mal song for cer­tain roles. If call­backs are needed, they will be held on Wed­nes­day evening, May 3, like­wise at 7 p.m.

Any­one seek­ing ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the di­rec­tor at 423-800-2552.

The show’s cast has been the talk of the lo­cal theatre com­mu­nity due to their out­stand­ing per­for­mances. From left: Levi Witt as “Ja­son,” Ti­mothy Shields as “Howie,” Lau­rie Shaw as “Becca,” Whit­ney Stande­fer-Smith as “Izzy,” and Kim­berly Tyner Jones as...

Kim­berly Tyner Jones

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