Chenango River Theatre Opens 16th Season With 'Lend Me A Tenor'
Published: May 24th, 2023

GREENE — June 2 through 25, Chenango River Theatre (CRT) will present the one of the most hilarious contemporary farces ever written, "Lend Me a Tenor" by Ken Ludwig.

It’s 1934, and the world’s greatest tenor Tito Merelli has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Pagliacci. When he’s unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Hilarious chaos ensues – including a scheming soprano, a star-struck ingénue, a jealous wife, and more than a bit of mistaken identity.

The production opens the 16th season for the Chenango River Theatre, and their second full season under Producing Artistic Director Zach Curtis, who will also direct the show.

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Lend Me a Tenor features CRT regular Drew Kahl (Saunders), who has appeared in over 15 shows at CRT. Returning after last season’s "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" are favorites Andréa Gregori (Maria) and Brian Linden (Bellhop). Rounding out the cast, all making their CRT debuts are Ryan Canavan (Max), Bethany Kasper (Maggie), Pasqualino Beltempo (Tito), Melody Ladd (Diana), and Nancy Kane (Julia).

The show will feature costume, lighting, sound, and scenic design from Barbara Kahl, Grant E. Merges, Jeffrey Alan Smith, and Justin Hooper, respectively. Dori May Ganisin assistant directs, and Taylor Harvey is the Intimacy Coordinator. "Tenor" is stage managed by Paige K. Tripp.

On Friday, June 9, there will be a post-show talkback with the director and members of the cast.

"Lend Me a Tenor" is co-produced by Empire Toyota of Oneonta and Patocka’s Restaurant of Greene.

Running June 2 through 25, tickets are $27 for all performances. The recommended way to buy tickets is at Tickets can also be purchased by calling the 24-hour box office line, 607-656-8499. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Free tickets for high school and college students are available at all evening performances. Email tickets@chenangorivertheatre for reservations, which are required for the free ticket program.

Chenango River Theatre’s intimate, air-conditioned, 99-seat theatre is just 15 minutes north of Binghamton at 991 State Highway 12, Greene, NY. CRT operates under annual contract with Actors’ Equity Association, the national association for professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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CRT’s 2023 season is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

-Information provided by CRT