March 2, 2015

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College will present Ken Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor,” about the comical misadventures that ensue when a passionate, world-famous Italian opera singer arrives in Cleveland, Ohio, to perform in a local production.

Two evening performances are set for Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in JALC’s O’Neil Auditorium.  A matinee, also in O’Neil Auditorium, will be held on Friday at 10 a.m.

Veteran director Pam Kimball, a part-time theater and speech instructor at Logan, who recently retired from teaching at Benton High School, is directing the production.    

“‘Lend Me a Tenor’ is a hilarious comedy that takes place in the hotel suite of the famous Italian tenor, Tito Merelli, who has come to town to perform,” Kimball said.  “It’s a funny, fast-paced show filled with miscommunications and mistaken identities that lead to confusion, chaos, and lots of laughs.  It has a lot of energy and physical humor.”  

Kimball has high praise for the cast.

“There are eight characters in the play and the actors are doing an amazing job.  They are all really funny,” Kimball said.  “I’ve worked with some of them before in plays I did at Benton High School or in productions at Pyramid Players, a community theater company in Benton, where my husband and are directors.  It’s nice working with some familiar faces.”

Kayla Krapf of Benton, who is studying music education at JALC, is one of the actors who has worked with Kimball before.

“Mrs. Kimball is a wonderful director and I’m glad to be working with her again,” Krapf said.  “I play the role of Maggie, who is the daughter of the Henry Saunders, the man who owns the hotel where Tito Merellii is staying.  Maggie adores the singer and keeps trying to figure out ways to meet him.  She’s a fun character to play with some great lines and funny moments of her own.

“I’ve been in several other plays, but this will be my first time to perform on the Logan stage,” Krapf continued.  “This has been a great experience, and I’m enjoying working with the other actors.  They are all so talented and funny.  With so few characters in the show, we are on stage together most of the time and have a lot interaction.  It’s a real ensemble cast.”

Tickets for the evening shows are $12 for general admission and $7 for JALC students. Tickets for the matinee are $2 for the general public and free to Logan students and staff.

Kimball is hoping for a large audience.

“It’s been many years since I’ve done a play at Logan, and it’s good to be back directing such an entertaining, high-quality show.  I think people will enjoy it very much,” Kimball said.  “We are having so much fun at rehearsals, and we laugh all the time.  We’re really looking forward to having an audience see it.”

For more information about “Lend Me a Tenor” or to obtain advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at JALC at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.