Directed by Tom Littlefield.
World famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company.
But Merelli is nowhere to be found; when he finally arrives drunk, it is too late for any rehearsal. Drunk and sedated, “Il Stupendo” passes out. What to do? General manager Saunders coaxes his assistant Max into Merelli’s costume, intending to fool the audience with this fake “Il Stupendo.” Nervous amateur Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli 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 onstage and off.
|Max, assistant to Saunders||Shane Miclon|
|Maggie, Max's girlfriend||Alyssa Wyman|
|Saunders, Maggie's father, general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company||Vin Brown|
|Tito Merelli, a world-famous tenor, known to his fans as Il Stupendo||Tom Ferent|
|Maria, Tito's wife||Rachael Leighton|
|Bellhop, a bellhop||Brandon Sukeforth|
|Diana, a soprano||Leah Haney|
|Julia, chairman of the Opera Guild||Alison Whitney|
|Producers||Connie Allen and Kathy Davis|
|Stage manager||Shelly Shibles|
|Assistant stage manager||Aaron Louque|
|Set construction and decoration||Tom Littlefield and Claire Sessions|
|Lighting design||Norman Hutchins, Jr.|
|Lights||Jared Jacobs and Norman Hutchins, Jr.|
|House manager||Terry Cole|
|Poster, program, tickets||Jenny Adams|