It’s September 8, 1934 – the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The world-famous tenor, Tito Merelli, is set to perform his greatest role, Otello, at the ten-year anniversary gala season opener. The tickets are sold, the stage is set, and the orchestra is ready. But it’s about to become un disastro gigantesco, because it’s three minutes to curtain and the leading man is missing! Through a series of hilarious circumstances, Tito is believed to be dead and everyone is in a panic. In a frantic attempt to save the evening and fool the audience, Tito is replaced by Max, an assistant with little stage training. But when the real Tenor suddenly awakens and gets into costume, the chaos of mistaken identities, mixed signals and misunderstandings has everyone scrambling! A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, zany farce is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
By Ken Ludwig
Welcome to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and our first production of 2019. There is nothing like a farce to shake off the winter blahs and we are excited to share with you one of the great ones – Lend Me a Tenor! Critics worldwide claim it to be a masterpiece of the genre. A huge hit on Broadway and in London’s West End, it has gone on to become one of the most produced plays of its kind. Eight of the hardest working actors in show business being thrust into impossible situations, doors slamming, mistaken identities, and every other convention imaginable, all driven with the understanding that the “show must go on”. With this superb cast, Lend Me A Tenor is guaranteed to keep you laughing throughout! I hope you have a wonderful time at this performance and thank you for attending live theatre at the Mayfield.
Dave Horak is a director and actor who has worked throughout Canada and the United States and is Artistic Director of the award-winning Edmonton Actors Theatre that has produced such plays as Stupid F##king Bird, Fatboy, Burning Bluebeard and most recently Terry and the Dog. Other recent directing credits include The Comedy of Errors (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Going, Going, Gone and The Search for Signs… (Teatro La Quindicina), and Eurydice (U of A Studio Theatre). Some past Mayfield credits include performing in Boeing-Boeing, Godspell, Mile High Madness, The Full Monty, Shear Madness, and staging Back to the 80’s Pt. 2 and Two Good Knights. He has also taught acting, directing and movement at many Alberta universities and was honoured to be nominated for a 2018 MacEwan University Distinguished Teaching Award. Dave holds BFA (Acting) and MFA (Directing) degrees from the University of Alberta and was a participant in the 2015-16 Citadel/ Banff Professional Theatre Program. www.davehorak.com
Vance is thrilled to return to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre after appearing in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Recently, he appeared in the Broadway bound production of HADESTOWN at the Citadel Theatre and WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN with Plain Jane Theatre. His Broadway credits include being an original cast member of the Tony Award winning musical revival, CABARET. He later replaced Alan Cumming as Emcee and went on to perform the role in Japan and South Korea. Other NY credits include: SWEET CHARITY IN CONCERT at Lincoln Centre and A CONNECTICUT YANKEE at Encores/City Centre. In Canada/US: LES MISERABLES, CATS, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT w/ Donny Osmond, CHICAGO at Neptune Theatre, THE BLACK RIDER at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and member of Grammy nominated, BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES. Film/ Television: MY FAVOURITE BROADWAY: LOVE SONGS on PBS, NECESSARY EVIL and WAITING FOR WALDEMAR.
Mayfield Theatre credits: Forever Plaid, Comedy Tonight!, ‘Buddy Baker’ in Come Blow Your Horn, The Wizard of Oz, Shear Madness and Gypsy. Born and raised in Calgary, Steven is a stay-at-home dad, actor, music director and pianist. A Jessie and OVATION! Award-winning theatre artist, credits include: A Christmas Carol and Once (Citadel Theatre), The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre), Children of God (Citadel Theatre/WCT), Good Day and Good Night, ‘Schroeder’ in A Charlie Brown Christmas and Seussical (Carousel Theatre), ‘Jerry Lee Lewis’ in Million Dollar Quartet and Red Rock Diner (Arts Club), Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Zee Zee Theatre), ‘Cogsworth’ in Beauty and the Beast (TUTS) and The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre). A graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program, he has been an instructor at Studio 58, Capilano University and his alma mater. Thanks to Dave. Special thanks to family, friends, Jessie, Edgar and Gotham for their love and support.
Jeff is currently serving his final year as chair of the Edmonton Arts Council, and stays ridiculously busy as programming director at the Varscona Theatre and producer at the Varscona Theatre Ensemble and Teatro La Quindicina. He recently appeared in Stewart Lemoine’s The Finest of Strangers and The Exquisite Hour and directed Teatro’s hit summer production of The Importance of Being Earnest. He is a longtime company member of Die-Nasty, The Live Improvised Soap Opera Monday nights at the Varscona. Jeff is a five-time Sterling Award recipient for acting, most recently for Witness to a Conga. Jeff has appeared many times at The Mayfield, most recently in Cabaret and The Last Resort. Some other favourites include The Rocky Horror Show, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Dial M for Murder. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. In April he will return to the Varscona in Plain Jane Theatre’s production of Fun Home.
Madelaine is thrilled to be making her Mayfield debut in this production! She is an Edmonton based performer and singer and has toured extensively across our province and country. When she isn’t performing, she can be found teaching musical theatre and collective creation to Alberta’s young people through St. Albert Children’s Theatre, Evergreen Theatre, and Trickster Theatre. Selected credits include: Little Red Riding Hood (Capitol Theatre); Shakespeare’s Will (Thou Art Here); 2 Queens & A Joker (Guys in Disguise); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Apple Tree, Working: The Musical (Plain Janes); Bone Wars (Punctuate). Thank you for supporting theatre in Edmonton!
Melissa is just tickled to be back onstage here with the gang at the Mayfield. Some other past Mayfield shows include All Shook Up, Little Shop of Horrors, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Golden Age of Rock, Pop and Doo-Wop. Look for her this spring in The Invisibles: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare for Catalyst Theatre. Enjoy the show!
Mayfield debut! Nicholas is an actor and improviser from Vancouver, BC. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School and Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program. Select credits include: A Christmas Carol, Oh What a Beautiful Morning!, Canada: The Musical, Mavericks of the Mountains (Carter-Ryan Productions), Oh What a Beautiful Morning! (Citadel Theatre), Turandot (Edmonton Opera), Coriolanus, As You Like It (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Annie (RCMT), Shrek: The Musical (Align Entertainment), Changing Minds (ASP), and the Canadian premier of Bunked!: A Camp Musical for which he was an Ovation Award recipient. Film/TV: Wayward Pines (Fox), Haters Back Off (Netflix), The Tomorrow People (The CW). As always, love to his family, and a thousand thanks to everyone at the Mayfield Theatre.
Ms. Ryan relishes her return on the Mayfield Theatre stage to act in this glorious comedy with such a stellar company of artists. Past Mayfield productions include performances in The Last Romance, Maggie’s Getting Married, Shear Madness, Charley’ Aunt and Grease, and direction of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Other selected acting credits include The Humans, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet, The Christmas Carol (for 16 years), Aberhart Summer, Romeo and Juliet (Citadel Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatre Calgary); Homeward Bound (Grand Theatre/National Arts Centre); Masterclass (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Joy and Shop at Sly Corner (Shaw Festival); Crackpot (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Belfry Theatre); Thirteen Hands (Canadian Stage/National Arts Centre); Hamlet (Freewill Players); Choke (Theatre Network); Private Lives (Northern Light Theatre); Seed Savers (Workshop West); Rabbit Hole (Persephone Theatre); Terry and the Dog (Edmonton Actors Theatre). Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Ryan is an award winning actor with three Sterling Awards for performance, seven nominations, and in 2017, a Sterling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton. She was recently awarded the 2018 Broadway World Edmonton’s Best Actress in a Play for The Humans. As a theatre writer/director/instructor, she also works with talented youth and Seniors. “Opera in English is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” Enjoy, friends!
Stephanie is always thrilled to play at the Mayfield! You may remember her other Mayfield adventures, Boeing Boeing, Shear Madness, The Last Resort, or The Ladies Foursome among others. Recently Stephanie worked with Firelly Theatre and Circus in their new endeavor Inferno. Before that she was honoured to be a member of the last instalment of the Citadel’s A Christmas Carol. Some past favourites include The Silver Arrow, Angels in America Part 2 and How I Learned to Drive at the Citadel; Mad Forest and Sight Unseen for the Pheonix; Burning Bluebeard and The Search for Signs for Intelligent Life in the Universe for Edmonton’s Actors Theatre. This summer you can see her at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Stephanie is the recipient of both Ampia and Sterling Awards and is a founding member of the Canadian Comedy Award winning weekly improvised Soap Opera, Die- Nasty.