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Atlantic Stage Theatre presents "Lend Me a Tenor"

March 19, 2013

Atlantic Stage, the only nonprofit professional theatre in Myrtle Beach, brings Ken Ludwig's uproariously hilarious farce "Lend Me a Tenor" to Coastal Carolina University's 79th Avenue Theatre from Thursday, March 21, to Sunday- April 7.

The play takes place in Ohio, 1934. The Cleveland Grand Opera Company is set for a one-night only command performance of 'Otello' with the world's greatest tenor, Tito Morelli. The star arrives desperately late, however, with his ego and jealous wife in tow. A double dose of tranquilizers, an over-sexed soprano and a mistaken suicide note add up to complete chaos.

Directed by company member Steve Earnest, "Lend Me a Tenor" stars Billy Sharpe as Max, Hunter Boyle as Tito, Kristin Shirilla as Maggie, Chuck Stokes as Saunders, Janine Cunningham as Maria, Taylor Wright as the bellhop, Anna Sheridan as Diana and Dianne DeVaughn Stokes as Julia. Set design is by Dawn Drake Toney, light design is by J. Stephen Toney, sound design is by Mindi Blackburn Penn, and costume design is by Charles Armstrong.

"Lend Me a Tenor" show dates and times are as follows:

Week 1: Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. (Preview Night)

Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. (opening night with wine and cheese reception following the show) Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m. (Sunday matinee is followed by a talk with the actors.)

Week 2: Thursday, March 28, to Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m. (Sunday matinee is followed by a talk with the actors.)

Week 3: Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Atlantic Stage box office at 1-877-287-8587 or at Single tickets range from $17.50 to $27.50 at the door. Discounts are available for students, seniors (55+), the military and groups.

Atlantic Stage will also be accepting donations during the show for Treasure Festival, a high-end yard sale and auction that takes place on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items of interest include: household decorative items, appliances, clothing, books, toys and more. Collection boxes will be located in the theater. If you have larger items to donate, they will be collected on Saturday, March 30, and Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the 799th Avenue Theatre.

Atlantic Stage's 79th Avenue Theatre is located at 900 79th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, in the Coastal Carolina University Myrtle Beach Education Center, on the corner of 79th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass.