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Lights, Doors, Action!

Sneak peak of the set, brilliantly designed by Timothy Mann

When watching a play, an audience member might not ordinarily think that inanimate objects could be as vital as the characters themselves. However, the doors in Lend Me a Tenor have proven just as essential as the eight characters in Ken Ludwig’s farce. Upon moving into the Newhart Family Theatre and rehearsing with the doors for the first time, the actors learned how much of a challenge it was to work with these additional “characters.” After one run of the show, director Jonathan Wilson reminded the actors, “The sound[s] of the doors are a character unto themselves.” Indeed, it’s all about perfecting the comedic bits, which often include operating the doors with very specific timing. One door closes, another door opens. This is a common trope in Ludwig’s farce.

It is not only the doors that are central to the play’s comedy; it is also how the characters use these doors. After one of the designers stated, “Every knock sounds the same,” Wilson urged the actors to think about that statement in relation to their character objectives. This direction inspired the actors to become more creative in their use of the doors. Hard knocks, lyrical knocks, many knocks, few knocks–there is truly an endless amount of ways the actors can convey their emotions before even entering the room.

“When am I frantic? When am I not? The knock should communicate what you are thinking and feeling at that moment in time,” Wilson told the actors.

As Assistant Director/Dramaturg for Wilson’s production this semester, it has astonished me how much you can learn from a show throughout the rehearsal process. Everything from the delivery of lines, motivation of characters, and interpretations of scenes can change from week to week as we discover more about the show, its characters, and the intent of the playwright.

Max (junior Teddy Larsen) and Tito (Kyle McCloskey) sing a duet

After one weekend of shows, the Lend Me a Tenor cast and crew is ready to do it all again. Farce aims to entertain the audience, and we hope that our Lend Me a Tenor audiences are indeed entertained.

Check out the Lend Me a Tenor Loyola Phoenix review from last Saturday night’s performance, and don’t miss out on the final performances this weekend. Book your tickets soon!


Aimee Gaspari


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Lend Me A Tenor Cast Interview

Lend Me a Tenor, playing this weekend at the Newhart Family Theatre, has its share of awkward romantic encounters. When Max’s love interest mistakes him for the object of her affection, he must find a way to win her over as his real self, while disguised as another. Needless to say, it’s a little complicated. To gear up for the final weekend of the production, we got in touch with three of the cast members to hear about some of their own less-than-romantic experiences.

James Mann

How are you involved with Lend Me A Tenor?

I play the bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor.

What year are you?

I am a sophmore.

How did you get involved with Loyola’s theatre program?

I got involved with Loyola’s theatre program largely through taking some theatre classes for the major and by crewing fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life last season. Lend Me a Tenor is my first performance with the theatre department.

What’s the most awkward pick up line you’ve ever received?

The most awkward pick up line I’ve ever gotten is “Are you Re? Because I want you to be under Me.”


Max Gustafson

How are you involved with Lend Me A Tenor?

Saunders (Cast)

What year are you?


How did you get involved with Loyola’s theatre program?

I came in as a theatre major and just loved it! I first did 24 Hour Theatre Project and was hooked with everyone in the department. It was an amazing experience.

What is the most awkward pick up line you’ve ever gotten?

“Is Liam Neeson your dad?”

“Ha! I wish!”

“Cause, I’m taken with you.”

“But like what if he was my dad? That would be cool.


Dana Macel

How are you involved with Lend Me A Tenor?

I play Maria Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor.

What year are you?

I am a Junior this year.

How did you get involved with Loyola’s theatre program?

I came to Loyola with my heart set on being a theatre major, and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since.

What is the most awkward pick up line you’ve ever gotten?

I just got the most awkward pick up line about an hour ago when I was walking home.  A 17-year old guy on a bike asked where the nearest McDonald’s was, then proceeded to walk/follow me home, and ultimately asked me out. I declined.

Don’t miss the final weekend of Loyola’s production of Lend Me A Tenor! Tickets can be purchased here or on the day of the show at the ticket counter. The Newhart Family Theatre is located on the second floor of Mundelein Auditorium.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder


Broadway in Chicago’s latest offering — headed to Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre on September 29 — is the smash-hit Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. This long-awaited tour is the winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Following the death of his mother, Monty Navarro discovers that he is a distant heir to the earldom of Highhurst — and an immense fortune. Unfortunately, he also discovers that it would take eight family deaths for him to see a penny of it. When his estranged family refuses to accept the son of a disgraced daughter back into their good graces, Monty is forced to act. Now, taking matters into his own hands, Mr. Navarro is out to turn his luck by shortening the line of succession in this farcical comedy of love and murder. But will Monty succeed in his dark endeavor to claim his family’s fortune? Head downtown to the Bank of America Theatre to find out!

For tickets, visit Ticketmaster. For more information on the show, visit Broadway in Chicago’s website. The Bank of America Theatre is located at 18 W. Monroe Street, just off of the Monroe Red Line stop.

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