Lend Me a Tenor fills Pence Center with laughter March 31-April 1

By Tom Di Camillo
Director, Media & Community Events

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Ken Ludwig's side-splitting comedy Lend Me a Tenor takes center stage at the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts starting March 31 through April 3 at the Signal Peak Campus.

The show makes its debut on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m., followed by shows on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, also at 7 p.m. A Sunday matinee will take place at 3 p.m. on April 3.

Tickets are now on sale for $5 and may be purchased by calling the CAC Cashier's Office at 520-494-5240. Cash sales also will be available for purchase one hour before each show. The show does have adult themes.

Lend Me a Tenor's recent run on Broadway featured Anthony LaPaglia from the CBS drama Without a Trace, and Tony Shalhoub, the Emmy Award winning star of the USA TV series Monk.

About Lend Me a Tenor

This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company because world famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the harried general manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the cultural map.

Morelli is nowhere to be found; when he finally arrives drunk, it is too late for any rehearsal.

Through a hilarious series of mishaps, Il Stupendo is given a double dose of tranquilizers which mix with the booze he has consumed and he passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he is dead. What to do?

Saunders coaxes Max into Morelli's costume, intending to fool the audience with this fake Il Stupendo, blackface and all. Nervous amateur Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli revives and dresses for his second act. With two Otellos now in costume and two women en dishabille, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo, the farce spins out of control on stage and off.

The CAC Community Cast

Kyle Doerges  

Kyle Doerges (Max) was born in Morenci, Ariz., and moved to Casa Grande in 1993. He has performed in productions during junior high school, and rejoined the theater in the past two years by performing in various community productions. He portrayed Big Jule in the CAC production of Guys and Dolls and is now taking theatre classes at CAC as a result of the experience.

Steve Petreshock

Steve Petreshock (Henry Saunders) is a native of San Diego but spent 15 years in Anchorage as a commercial real estate broker before moving to Phoenix in 1989. While living in Phoenix, he appeared in the movies Neon Empire with Martin Landau in 1989 and in Highway to Hell with Chad Lowe in 1990. He moved to Casa Grande in 1993 and in 2000 met his wife, Kim Osteen, while playing Tony Wendice in the theater production of Dial 'M' for Murder. Since then, he has appeared in several theater productions including the roles of Jack Barnstable in Shock of Recognition, George in Footsteps of Doves, Horace Prickley in Calamity Gulch and Andrew Ladd in Love Letters. Petreshock is a commercial investment counselor with Prudential here in Casa Grande.

Kim Osteen-Petreshock

Kim Osteen-Petreshock (Julia) is an Arizona native and has been involved in theater since elementary school. Some of her favorite roles include Margot in Dial M for Murder, Lisa in Beyond Karaoke, Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense, Godspell (ensemble), and Sarah in Guys and Dolls. She is an adjunct professor in the creative arts division at CAC and recently completed a doctor of musical arts degree at Arizona State University.


Rebecca Freader (Maria Merelli) was born in Oklahoma but spent most of her childhood in southern Oregon. She currently is living in Coolidge and is attending CAC for photography and business. She and her mother own Leigh Photography. Freader has been a part of more than 16 plays either acting, directing or in stage work. This will be her second appearance as Maria in Lend Me a Tenor after performing the role in 2002. She also has appeared as Mrs. Upton in Mame, Agatha in Guys and Dolls, Eunice in A Street Car Named Desire, Mrs. Boyle in The Mouse Trap, and acted and directed in two different versions of Alice in Wonderland along with several other productions.

Gilbert Andy Montano

Gilbert "Andy" Montaño (Tito Merelli) graduated from Casa Grande Union High School and has been involved with several productions including Flapper, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and the CAC productions of Godspell and Guys and Dolls.

Angelica Krueger

Angelica Kruger (Diana) is originally from Mililani Town, Hawaii, and is a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School. She is majoring in pharmacy and her minor is theater. Her theatrical credits include Cinderella's Story, Twinkle Toes and Flapper.

Tim Steele

Tim Steele (Bellhop) is originally from Omaha, Neb., and is presently a psychology major at CAC. His theatrical credits include Godspell, Seussical the Musical, You Can't Be Too Careful and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.


Ashley Jo Deaton (Maggie Saunders) is a Casa Grande native who graduated from Casa Grande High School and performed as a dancer and choreographer in multiple productions of The Nutcracker and as a member of the Blue Notes Show Choir at the high school. She completed an internship at Disney World in Orlando during the summer of 2010. Deaton performed in the role of Adelaide in the CAC production of Guys and Dolls and as an ensemble member in How to Eat Like a Child. She has appeared in community theatre productions that include I'll Be Home for Christmas, Cornfield of Dreams, Dickens of a Christmas and Flapper. She has been nominated as a candidate for Student of the Year in the Creative Arts Division at CAC.






The play is being directed by Dr. John Owens, CAC's professor of theater/drama. Owens received the George Fridell Award for Teaching Excellence at CAC this spring and completed his doctorate in education from Walden University in January of 2007.

Owens earned his master's degree in communications/theatre from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and has completed post-graduate work in theater at Central Washington University and Northern Illinois University.

He has studied acting with Kathryn Gately at the Gately/Poole conservatory and Mala Powers through the University of Southern Maine.

Owens' theatrical credits include producer, and director of the American premiere of Anton Karlov's Adrift, as well as directorial credits for Home on the Mornin Train, A Thousand Cranes, The Miracle Worker, Calabasas Street, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, and Aladdin - to name a few.

A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, Lend Me a Tenor is guaranteed to leave audiences teary eyed with laughter.

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy.

He won the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in at least 30 countries in over 20 languages. His musical Crazy For You ran for over four years on Broadway and in London.

Lend Me a Tenor, originally produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and recently revived on Broadway, was called "one of the two great farces by a living writer" by the New York Times.

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