AUDITIONS FOR LEND ME A TENOR
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Sean Anderson
At the Pumphouse Theatre September 27 to October 5, 2019
It’s September 8, 1934 – the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The world-famous Tenor, Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, is set to appear for one night only as the star of the opera, at the ten-year anniversary gala season opener. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. Tito is believed to be dead and everyone is in a panic. In a frantic attempt to save the evening and fool the audience, Tito is replaced by Max, an assistant with little stage training. But when the real Tenor suddenly awakens and gets into costume, the chaos of mistaken identities, mixed signals and misunderstandings has everyone scrambling! A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, zany farce is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
*All roles require very strong comic timing.
MAX (Male, 20’s-30’s)
Hard-working assistant to the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera. An aspiring opera singer. His worst enemy is his own lack of self-confidence. In love with Maggie.
NOTE: This role requires the actor to sing with a basic good voice and, at times, speak in an Italian accent.
MAGGIE (Female, 20’s-30’s)
An innocent, beautiful ingenue, in love with the idea of love. Max’s girlfriend and the rebellious daughter of the head of the opera company. Must be comfortable with appearing in underwear (1930s underwear) and having a torrid (comedic) love scene with fellow actors.
SAUNDERS (Male, 40s-50s)
The harried manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera, whose career depends on him getting the great tenor on the stage, on time; dignified, distinguished, and all business. Maggie’s father and Max’s boss. Explosive personality and comfortable with physical comedy.
TITO MERELLI (Male, 30’s-50’s)
The 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 with a basic good voice and speak in an Italian accent.
MARIA MERELLI (Female, 30’s-40’s)
Maria is a fiery tempered Italian wife who loves Tito, hates travel, really hates other women flirting with her man, and is ready to say “arrivederci* if Tito messes up one more time.
NOTE: This role requires the actor to speak in an Italian accent.
BELLHOP (Male, 20’s-30’s)
Working at the hotel is his “day job,” until he is discovered as the great opera singer he aspires to be…and he never misses an opportunity, however inappropriate, to perform for the guests. Must be comfortable with physical comedy and totally ridiculous behavior.
NOTE: This role requires the actor to sing and speak some Italian.
DIANA (Female, 30’s-40’s)
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.” Must be comfortable wearing a skimpy nighty and participating in comedic passionate love scenes.
JULIA (Female, 40’s-60’s)
Chair of the Opera Guild. A well-to-do and cultured matronly woman, who is very invested in the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s performance. Considers herself a “grand dame”.
- A prepared monologue to highlight your abilities (no more than two minutes in length).
- If auditioning for Max, Tito or the Bellhop please prepare 32 bars of a song – either classical or musical theatre
- A cold read may be requested
- Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition
Not a traditional actor? That is okay, get in touch with us and we will find a way for you to showcase what you have to offer.