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Arts scene Sun Sailor Newspapers welcomes news releases and story ideas from the community. Send to sun.sailor@ecm-inc.com; mail to: Sun Sailor, 33 Second St. N.E., Osseo, MN 55369. sailor.mnsun.com Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 • Page 10 ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ takes the stage Nov. 3 at the Old Log Theatre Screwball comedy plays through Feb. 16 By PAIGE KIEFFER paige.kieffer@ecm-inc.com The wild, screwball com- edy “Lend Me a Tenor” will take center stage at the Old Log Theatre Saturday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5185 Meadville St., Greenwood. Ken Ludwig created the play in 1986. The farce was the winner of three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and was nomi- nated for an Oliver for Best Comedy of the Year. “Lend Me a Tenor” fol- lows world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli (Luke David- son) who signs on to play the title role in “Othello” in the fall of 1934 at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. He arrives late and, through a set of crazy circumstances, passes out after mixing wine with a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that the diva is dead, the excitable opera manager taps his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max (David Beuke- ma), to suit up as the Moor and replace Merelli. Meanwhile, the tenor’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s young girlfriend and the fl irtatious head of the opera guild are on the scene fi ghting – sometimes literally – for the star’s attention. “The show is hilarious and fast-paced,” said Elena Glass, who plays Diana, an ambitious soprano singer. “It’s a madcap, perfect farce with lots of fun characters and it will transport you back to the 1930s.” “This play is just so much fun,” added Davidson. The cast of “Lend Me a If you go: What: “Lend Me a Tenor” When: Saturday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 16; 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Where: Old Log Theatre, 5185 Meadville St., Greenwood. Tickets: $30-$40 Info: 952-474-5951 or oldlog.com. Tenor” includes David Beu- kema (Max), McKinnley Aitchison (Maggie), James Detmar (Saunders), Luke Davidson (Tito), Jaclyn Juola (Maria), Steven Fran- kenfi eld (Bellhop), Elena Glass (Diana) and Melanie Wehrmacher (Julia). “The cast and crew of this production is amaz- ing,” Glass said. “It’s really a fun collaboration.” Director Eric Morris said that the wacky, slapstick comedy is inspired by the fi lms of Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and the Marx Brothers. He said it would harken back the romantic comedies like “It Happened One Night” and “Bringing Up Baby,” and clips from those fi lms will be shown during the play. “The core comedic de- vices used in ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ parallel what we love about our favorite classic screwball comedy fi lms from the 1930s,” Mor- ris said. “We’re embracing this specifi c cinematic style and era in both design and performance. This produc- tion combines your favor- ite romantic comedy with your favorite slapstick farce. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn meet the Marx Brothers.” See Tenor , Page 11 (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OLD LOG THEATRE) Left to right, Melanie Wehrmacher (Julia) and McKinnley Aitchison (Maggie) during a scene of “Lend Me a Tenor” at the Old Log Theatre in Greenwood. Thank You For Helping 12,000 Kids Stay Warm This Winter! Coats For Kids is also sponsored by... Due to generous donations, we were able to collect, clean & distribute 12,000 coats to local charities & schools this year. 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