Oak Ridge Playhouse auditions are open to everyone. No experience is required, although it is helpful. Please carefully check audition requirements, as they may differ from production to production.
LEND ME A TENOR - Mainstage Comedy
July 17 and 18 (attend only one day)
Seven actors with very strong comedic skills to play the following.
MAX - late 20's/early 30's. Assistant to the General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera. Secretly wants to be an opera singer, but his awkwardness and lack of confidence stand in his way. A bit spineless and put-upon by his boss. he is in love with Maggie. NOTE: This role requires the actor to convincingly sing (tenor) Italian opera and speak in an Italian accent.
MR. SAUNDERS - 50's. General Manager of Cleveland Grand Opera. High strung and long-suffering, he is demanding and temperamental with explosive fits of anger. He treats Max like a lackey, often strong-armings him into doing his bidding.
MAGGIE SAUNDERS - late 20's/early 30s. Pretty and smart, she is Saunders' daughter and Max's fiance. Spirited and strong-willed, she longs for an adventurous "fling." Her only weakness is the voice and charm of opera star Tito Mirelli.
TITO MERELLI - 40's. Considered the world's greatest opera tenor, he is difficult and a bit of a baby. An imposing, womanizing Italian who loves his wife, but has an insatiable appetite for wine and women. NOTE: This role requires the actor to convincingly sing (tenor) Italian opera and speak in an Italian accent.
MARIA MERELLI - late 30's/40s. Tito’s wife - proud and excitable; a passionate and temperamental Italian woman who is growing weary of her husband’s wandering eye and philandering. NOTE: This role requires the actor to speak in an Italian accent.
DIANA - late 20s/30s. A beautiful and sexy member of the opera company, Diana has been "flinging her way through the whole cast." Playing opposite Tito, she thinks that he might be her ticket out of Cleveland into the big time and uses every advantage to that end.
JULIA - 50's/60's. Chairman of the Opera Guild. A society matron, and ex-diva, for whom the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is the center of her small, pretentious world. Julia is desperate to hobnob with Tito.
BELLHOP - A hotel bellhop and highly energetic fan of Tito’s, who uses his occupation to get close to the international star. A bit of an "opera queen." NOTE: This role requires the actor to sing very briefly.
It’s 1934 and the Cleveland Grand Opera is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, AKA Il 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, the company’s general manager, Saunders, and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, a string of misguided decisions leads to a comedy of errors with two Otellos running around in costume and two women running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.
|PRODUCTION RUN||September 1 - 10|
|REHEARSALS BEGIN||July 24|
Cold reading from scripts. Those auditioning for Max and/or Tito please bring sheet music for a prepared art song or classical piece to be sung in "opera style." Please bring a recent headshot and be prepared to provide conflicts during the rehearsal period.
Script available here.
*PLEASE USE GREEN ROOM ENTRANCE AT REAR OF BUILDING AT 27 E. TENNESSEE AVE.
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