January 29, 2014 : Ohio University Lancaster Theatre to Perform “Lend Me a Tenor” this spring
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Theatre program plans to make you laugh until it hurts this April. “Lend Me a Tenor” is the OUL Theatre’s spring production.
“It’s so much fun. It takes place in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1930’s,” said OUL Theatre Director Victor Jones. “It’s a two-act play with a lot of physical comedy involved.”
“Lend Me a Tenor” is a story about the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company and his attempt to bring a world famous tenor to appear for one night only. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.
‘The actors in the production have actually started a training regimen,” said Jones. “They are all walking on the treadmill three days a week, 20 to 30 minutes a day, because there is so much physical comedy involved in it.”
The show will be performed the first two weekends in April. Rehearsals started in mid-January. Jones said he believes the actors in the OUL Theatre are going to rise to the occasion of this comedy.
“The stamina needed to keep this going can be exhausting. Physical comedy is not easy to pull off for two hours. It’s a marathon,” said Jones. “But, I know our students can do it.”