Rehearsals have been underway since early September, and now the curtain is set to rise on the 2018-19 South Simcoe Theatre season.
The renowned Cookstown theatre group opens the season by staging a fun romp through the world of Opera with the Ken Ludwig production of Lend Me a Tenor. The play, already a success on Broadway and having spawned a successful sequel was a unique challenge for the play’s director Richard Varty, and that challenge was “How do we as a cast do the play justice?”
Varty explains “The natural instinct was to lean into the zaniness of the situation but there is a clear difference between comedy and farce which is best explained by the famous Looney Tunes animator, Chuck Jones: “Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations”. Keeping that in mind, and relying on our local cast’s comedic chops, we have crafted a blisteringly fast-paced farce that pits big personalities against life or death situations. With young lovers, sultry sopranos, mistaken identities, and a few screams along the way, Lend Me A Tenor has been a very satisfying challenge. ”
There’s lots of laughs in the season-opener as an Italian tenor agrees to perform for a small town opera company. The employees and patrons get thrown into a tizzy and plenty of hi-jinks ensue with a wife, mistress, mistaken identities, some beautiful music and plenty of slammed doors!
Lend Me a Tenor, runs Thursdays through Sundays November 8th to 25th!! You can get tickets or more info by clicking here.
Due to construction on the Old Town Hall in Cookstown, South Simcoe Theatre’s season opening production has been moved to Nov. 15th-25 with two additional matinee performances – Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 at 2pm.
For details check http://www.southsimcoetheatre.com/
PHOTOS: Mel Hinch