Lend Me a Tenor opens season
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 7, 2015
Comedy kicked off the 16th season of the Highlands Summer Festival with the debut performance of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor.
The opening show was held at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton on June 29.
"It's a farce in the grand tradition of farces," said festival president Jack Brezina. "Doors being slammed, women running around in their underwear and people digging themselves into a hole, ever deeper and deeper until it finally collapses on them."
Set in the 1930s, the play takes place in a hotel suite with characters going back and forth between two rooms. In it, world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli (Carl Dixon) accepts a gig with the Cleveland opera company, but arrives late and accidentally consumes a large quantity of legal drugs and ends up passing out. Opera manager Saunders (Brian Kipping) assumes Merelli is dead and asks his assistant, Max (Adrian Zeyl), to fill in for the tenor.
In addition to the hilarious antics throughout, some singing is featured in the play.
"It's a good romp," said Brezina.
The play is directed by Scot Denton, who is the artistic producer for the festival.
Lend Me a Tenor runs until July 9 with performances at 8 p.m.
To purchase tickets call the box office at 705-457-9933 or visit highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.