Tenor nears opening night
11 months, 4 weeks ago
El Stupendo, Italian’s opera Tenor Tito Merelli, is coming to the Cleveland Grand Opera Company by way of YMCA Brown County Community Theatre’s “Lend Me A Tenor”
El Stupendo, Italian’s opera Tenor Tito Merelli, is coming to the Cleveland Grand Opera Company by way of YMCA Brown County Community Theatre’s "Lend Me A Tenor".
The lights go down, and the voice of Tito Merelli fills the theatre as he appears in Othello, his magnificent voice running chills down many a spine.
The manager of the Grand Cleveland Opera Company has a secret! Tito Merelli is dead back at the hotel.
What’s going on in 1934 Cleveland? Come to the Brown County High School auditorium for the first production of the Brown County Community Theatre June 8-10.
Shows are June 8 and 9, 7 p.m., and June 10, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for anyone under 18, and are available in advance at the Mt. Sterling YMCA, and at the door for each performance.
Terry Armstrong is directing at stellar cast, including Austin Eddington as Max; Sara Layne, Maggie; Tyler Bowen, Tito Merelli; Merri Heberlein, Maria Merelli; Christian Kennedy, Saunders; Alicia Chapman, Diana; Carol Jones, Julia; and Jake Seckman, Bellhop.
Bowen, Heberlein, Kennedy, Chapman, Jones and Seckman are from Brown County. Eddington and Layne are from Rushville.
Biz Richardson of Brown County has been finding props from various community members for six weeks, tracking down purses, bottles, bed linens, fruit, phones, a fork, and a camera, all appropriate for 1934.
Three talented seamstresses have volunteered their services to make four vintage costumes.
Rosie Barnett is making a traveling suit from a 1933 pattern for the character of Maria Merelli, played by Heberlein.
Dorothy Keylor is working to make Aunt Julia’s show-stopping evening gown, to be worn by Jones.
Connie Langan is creating two matching Othello costumes for Bowen and Eddington to wear as Tito and Max.
The trio is helping with alterations, and ideas for other costumes, such as converting an existing uniform into a bellhop’s suit. Others are looking for hats, gloves, jewelry and more to create 1934 for the audience.
Armstrong, Bowen and other volunteers are working on the set in Versailles. When the auditorium becomes available, the set will be transported to Mt. Sterling.
"Community theatre is about building communities, and strengthening bonds that already exist," Dan Long, board member, said. "The performance the audience sees is the culmination of weeks of hard work on the parts of everyone involved, and everyone’s insights during that time are valuable. Lots of inspiration springs from collaboration.
"Brown County and the surrounding area will get to see what’s formed from all of that June 8-10."