Last spring, Lawrence High School’s theater company packed the auditorium for their performance of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Now, cast members say they are confident that they can fill the room again when they perform their upcoming comedy, Lend Me a Tenor, which opens Thursday, Nov. 13.
Senior Amanda Peterson, who plays Maggie, said that the audience can expect big laughs.
“Every part of the show is hilarious,” she said. “From when the curtain opens to when it closes you’ll be laughing.”
Some students, like junior Aaron Katlin, who will be one of the two students playing the part of Tito, said that intimate number actually works to their advantage.
“This cast works great together. Everything we do together is one fluid motion,” he said.
Lend Me a Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig, takes place in a hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, where Henry Saunders (played by senior Chad Costa) hires a world-class opera singer, Tito Mirelli (played by Katlin and senior Kevin Quis) to play the lead role in his production of Otello. One love triangle and mistaken death later, Saunders’ nerdy assistant, Max (played by freshman Adam LeCompte) ends up trying to fill the supposed opera star’s shoes come performance time—until Tito wakes up!
“It is a hilarious play,” director Lorie Baldwin said. “It’s something everybody can enjoy.”
Baldwin, who has been directing the plays at LHS since 2006, said that the cast has been working hard and was off-book with the show as of mid-October. As of press time, the cast members were working on their fast-paced comedic timing, Baldwin said. This is a crucial element for the last scene before curtain call, when the whole show is shown in a one and a half minute “fast forward” version.
“It has a very physical comedy base,” Quis said.
Also, because of the amount of innuendos related to the love triangle between Max, his supposed-girlfriend Maggie, and Tito, some cast members believe that the show could be a hit with an older audience.
“It’s a bit more mature humor than we’re used to,” Costa said with a laugh.
While the cast has their lines memorized as of press time, they still had some work to do before their mid-November performance. Katlin said they still needed to work on their muscle memory for this show. The amount of fast-paced physical humor requires a lot of focus.
However, the cast members said that they do not mind the rehearsals every day after school, which progressively get later and later.
“You can tell that all of us are very passionate about theater,” senior Kyra Shargo said.
The show is scheduled to be performed at Lawrence High School from Nov. 13-15 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at 7 p.m. Tickets, which can only be purchased at the door, are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.