Tipp Players present “Lend Me a Tenor”


By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com



Cecilia Fox | Troy Daily News Maggie, played by Carly Risenhoover-Peterson, hides from her father, played by Jim Hooper, and opera star Tito Mirelli, played by Tyler Smith. The show opens Friday at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City.

Cecilia Fox | Troy Daily News Maggie, played by Carly Risenhoover-Peterson, hides from her father, played by Jim Hooper, and opera star Tito Mirelli, played by Tyler Smith. The show opens Friday at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City.


TIPP CITY — Opening Friday night, the Tipp City Players will be hosting dessert theater performances of “Lend Me A Tenor,” an award-winning comedy.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. March 24-25, and at 2 p.m. on March 26 at the Tipp City Lutheran Church in Tipp City.

Featuring the award-winning script by Ken Ludwig, a cast of local actors, and the desserts of Mary Nilsen, this madcap farce tells the story of one complicated night at the opera.

“There are a lot of mistaken identities,” cast member Abbey Thomas said.

On a very important night for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, world-famous Italian tenor Tito Mirelli (Tyler Smith) — and notorious womanizing drunk — is set to perform the starring role in “Pagliacci.”

Henry Saunders (Jim Hooper) — general manager of the company — anxious that everything goes according to plan, insists that his assistant, Max (Ben McMillin) — a nervous, young fellow and secret tenor extraordinaire — watch over Tito’s every move.

Everything goes sideways when Tito is presumed dead, leaving Max and Saunders to figure out how to save the performance.

Things get even more complicated when Diana (Andrea Hansgen), an ambitious, female co-star; Maggie (Carly Risenhoover-Peterson), Max’s starstruck girlfriend; Julia (Jeanette McDonald), the flirty head of the opera guild; and a meddling bellhop (Alexa Rojas) all start fighting for Tito’s attention.

Max navigates the company through one catastrophe after the next — an angry wife, a presumed death, crazy costumes, mistaken identities, and loads and loads of slamming doors — and, together, Max and Saunders find a way to save the Opera Company’s big night in farcical fashion.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting www.tippcityplayers.org or calling 937-667-SHOW.

Cecilia Fox | Troy Daily News Maggie, played by Carly Risenhoover-Peterson, hides from her father, played by Jim Hooper, and opera star Tito Mirelli, played by Tyler Smith. The show opens Friday at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/03/web1_DSC_0192_cmyk.jpgCecilia Fox | Troy Daily News Maggie, played by Carly Risenhoover-Peterson, hides from her father, played by Jim Hooper, and opera star Tito Mirelli, played by Tyler Smith. The show opens Friday at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City.

By Cecilia Fox

cfox@civitasmedia.com

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