Ticket sales have opened for the Garden City Community College Players’ spring comedy, "Lend Me a Tenor." Show times for the fast-paced, hilarious comedy are 7:30 p.m. April 24, 25 and 26, and 2:30 p.m. April 27, in the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building auditorium.
Written by Ken Ludwig, the production is directed by GCCC’s theater instructor Phil Hoke with a southwest Kansas cast of students and community members. Cast members include Krisha Baker, Jordan George, Aaron Rojas, Garden City; Tori Fairbank and Linzie Schneider, Holcomb; Gage Stielau, Syracuse; Robert Reuther, Atwood; and Justin Godwin, Liberal. The set is designed by Jose Ramos, Syracuse; Miguel Alvarez, Holcomb; and Linzie Schneider, Holcomb; and costumes are designed by Jordan George and Alexander Wilken, Garden City.
Set in the 1930s, the play is a zany comedy loosely based on the antics of Abbot and Costello involving misidentification, slapstick humor and misdirected love.
"This is a silly, fun comedy, slightly risqué, with an overall theme that people should believe in themselves and that love conquers all," Hoke said. "It’s basically a love story that gets out of hand."
"Lend Me a Tenor," originally titled Opera Buffa, was produced at the American Stage Festival, a summer theater in Milford, N.H. The English director, David Gilmore, read it and asked to direct. Andrew Lloyd Webber was the producer. Subsequently, the play was produced on both the West End (1986) and Broadway (1989). It received nine Tony Award nominations and won for Best Actor (Philip Bosco) and Best Director (Jerry Zaks). A Broadway revival opened in 2010 (Wikipedia.org)
Admission is $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and children 17 and younger. Tickets are on sale 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays in the box office, as well as one hour before each show. The number to call for reservations is 620-275-3244 during box office hours.. The play employs adult humor and is rated a strong pg-13, according to Hoke.