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‘Lend Me A Tenor’ opens Feb. 12 at Black Box Theater

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By Amber Kispert-Smithakispert@woodburybulletin.com Audiences should be prepared to laugh next week. Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “Lend Me A Tenor” will open Feb. 12 at the Black Box Theater. “It is the funniest show I have ever seen or read ever,” director Lenore Weir said. “I’ve been looking at this script for 3-1/2 weeks and I’m still laughing out loud because it’s just so hysterically funny.” “Lend Me A Tenor,” written in 1989 by Ken Ludwig, is a comedic farce set in 1934 in New York City. Saunders, the manager of the Cleveland Opera Co., is set to welcome Tito Merelli, the great Italian tenor for a one night show. He arrives late and with many mishaps, including a double dose of tranquilizers, he passes out and is presumed dead. To save the evening, Saunders’ assistant Max agrees to pose as Merelli. “It’s just madcap mayhem,” Weir said. “It’s almost hard to explain it, you just have to see it.” “Lend Me A Tenor” is geared towards adults, Weir said, and is considered to be rated PG-13. Weir said she settled on “Lend Me A Tenor” for WCT’s winter play because she had seen it previously and enjoyed it. “It’s a perfect show for the Black Box Theater,” she said. An added bonus for Weir, who typically directs WCT’s large musicals, is that it’s a fairly easy show to direct. “This is so well written that it just leads you in the right direction,” she said. “I don’t have to do as much work because it’s all there – I’m in heaven.” Weir said she hopes audiences come to see “Lend Me A Tenor” because there will be surprises, wordplay and a lot of laughs. “They can expect the unexpected,” she said. One thing that audiences shouldn’t expect though is singing. “It’s kind of ironic because it sounds like it might be with ‘tenor’ in the title,” Weir said. Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “Lend Me A Tenor” will run for three weekends starting Feb. 12. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 12-13, Feb.19-20 and Feb. 26-27, at 3 p.m. Feb. 21, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students and children. Visit merrillartscenter.org to purchase tickets or for more informtion.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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