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April 15, 2005
DH 05 PH078
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

CSUDH Theatre Arts presents “Lend Me a Tenor”
Tenor to hit high notes of laughter at CSUDH!

Playwright Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” is a farcical romp through one night backstage at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Complete with fainting ladies, larger than life Italians, and an assistant in tights trying to hold it all together, the play promises to deliver laughs, laughs, and well, laughs.

Playing the part of Max, the obedient assistant who steps in for the Italian opera star, is Chris Poiry, a CSUDH senior in his final show. In the part of Saunders, the theatre owner and resident schemer, is Raymond Lynch who holds an M.A .and M.F.A. in Theatre and is a local teacher and actor accomplished in Shakespeare and languages. Antoinette Estupinan will be playing the sweet but slightly emotional Maggie, desperately infatuated with Tito Merelli, the grand Italian opera star who eats too much and has a fascination with bosoms, a part played by Alfred Pompey Jr., a local teacher and student in the CSUDH teacher credentialing program. Three other CSUDH students play the roles of Maria Merelli, Tito’s fiery wife (Elizabeth Hernandez), Diana, the sexy siren of the show (Shonni Johnson), and Julia, the Opera Guild President and devoted Merelli fan (Tamarah Searchwell).

Naomi Buckley, a California State University Alumna, local instructor and playwright, directs the hilarious cast in her second production for Dominguez Hills.

“Lend Me a Tenor” opens April 22, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. and runs April 23, 29, 30 at 8:00 p.m. and May 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the University Theatre on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. The campus is located at 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson.

For more information call (310) 243-3588.

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