Doug Knoop & Brad Cerenzia in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor: picture by Gary Wigle

Theatre Alive in the Puget Sound

Auburn Regional Theatre proudly presents Ken Ludwig’s: Lend Me a Tenor.

Directed by Martin Mackenzie
To perform April 11-13th, 18-20, 25-27, 2008.

Tickets are

$15.00 for Adults
$12.00 for seniors (adults 55 +) and
Students (over 16)

Purchase tickets online now @ or call 253-929-6680

Receive $2.00 off each ticket for advance purchases for groups of 12 or more. Please call.

We will perform this production at The Auburn Ave Theater building, which is now under the management of the City of Auburn.
Show information:
This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company world famous tenor Tito Merelli (Doug Knoop) is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders (Darrell Shephard), the General Manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Merelli is late; when he finally sweeps in it is too late to rehearse with the company.
Through a hilarious series of mishaps, Il Stupendo is given a double dose of tranquilizers which mix with the booze he has consumed and he passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he is dead.
What to do?
Max (Brad Cerenzia) is an aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Merelli's Otello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo! Maggie is played by Tacoma’s –Addriene Grieco, Diana played by Tacoma’s Julie Wenzel.
While Merelli’s wife, played by Diana Martin thinks she is being betrayed by Tito, the Bellhop (Auburn’s Robert Keene) & Julia-(Tacoma’s Molly Callender) run amok trying to get a glimpse of the opera star. The entire fiasco is sure to give audiences a side –splitting good time.
A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, Lend Me a Tenor is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed with laughter.
"A jolly play." N.Y. Times.
"Non stop laughter." Variety.
"Uproarious! Hysterical!" USA Today.
"A rib tickling comedy." N.Y. Post.
"Screamingly funny!" CBS Radio.
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The Auburn Regional Theatre was founded in April of 2007 by theatre professionals with a vision to keep Auburn, South King County and North East Pierce County regions alive with the wonderful experience of live performance. This event is sponsored in part by King County, Columbia Bank and the Boeing Gift matching program.
For immediate release:
Contacts : Jackie Edwards 253-929-6680

Who: Auburn Regional Theatre

What: Ken Ludwig’s, Lend Me a Tenor.

When: April 11-13th, 18-20, 25-27, 2008, Sunday’s at 2 pm & Fri-Sat @ 8:00 pm

Where: Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Auburn WA 98001.

Please call us directly for tickets at 253-929-6680 for tickets. See our website at Email: for more information.

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