Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre brings in Marquette students for 'Lend Me a Tenor'

Monday, April 07, 2014

by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For several years now, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has collaborated with local university theater talents to stage some of its shows. It's pulling that trick again for a new production of Ken Ludwig's farce "Lend Me a Tenor."

MCT artistic poobah C. Michael Wright directs this comedy of romantic turbulence, one too many Othellos and a note misunderstood by everyone. Steven M. Koehler (as Tito the tenor), Rána Roman (Tito's jealous wife) and Rick Pendzich (Max, the put-upon opera-house assistant) are among the pro actors in the cast.

Marquette theater students Hannah Klapperich-Mueller and Peter Sisto will make their big stage debut in this production, with Marquette theater professor Debra Krajec designing the costumes.

In a reflection of how well MCT's collaborations have worked, Alexandra Bonesho, who acted in the MCT's "The Lion in Winter" while still a Marquette student, is performing in this production as a pro.

After a 7:30 p.m. preview Thursday, "Lend Me a Tenor" opens with an 8 p.m. show Friday and runs through April 27 at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway. Tickets are $15 to $40 at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre website and (414) 291-7800.

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