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'Lend Me a Tenor' debuts this weekend

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

"Lend Me a Tenor" is set to go on stage this weekend at the James Dean Memorial Theatre.

The comedy takes place in 1934 at the Cleveland Opera, when the greatest tenor in the world is scheduled to give his star performance, but ends up tranquilized through a number of mishaps. When another person dresses up like the star tenor to take his place at the opera, more mishaps and hilarity ensue as the two are mistaken for each other over and over again.

"Lend Me a Tenor," directed by Lane Vermilion, is the second in Marion Civic Theatre's studio series, new to this year. Performances are Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m.

Amber K. Roth, a theatre education student at Ball State, is playing Maggie Saunders in the show, in addition to being in charge of costumes, hair, makeup and much of the set building. This is her first show with Marion Civic Theatre, although she has been performing on stage since the age of six.

“If you're in the mood for a constant laugh for about two hours, it's a good show,” she said of the production.

Roth warned that the show's material may not be appropriate for kids.

“It's a good mommy and daddy date,” she said.

Shaun Berkey, who plays the bellhop in the production, hopes people will come out to the show in support for the new studio series, which has allowed the theatre to put on less conventional shows.

“Support the studio series if you can,” he said.

Both Roth and Berkey said that the show is full of laughs and crazy shenanigans.

“If you're into anything chaotic and hectic, this is your cup of tea,” Roth said.

The last show in the current Marion Civic Theatre season will be "Antigone," directed by Marsha Vermilion, which will run the weekends of June 1-3 and 8-10.

The 2018-19 season kicks off with a production of "The Wizard of Oz" in August. Auditions for the first children's theatre show of next season, "Peter Pan," will be held on May 26. Students entering grades one through 12 are eligible to audition.

Tickets for "Lend Me a Tenor" are $10 and can be purchased online at Marion Civic Theatre's website.