ANNA MARIA — The Island Players are set to open the fourth play of their 73rd season with a production of Ken Ludwig’s “A Comedy of Tenors.” Directed by Preston Boyd, who has been involved in the area’s theater since the early 1980s, this sequel to Ludwig’s highly successful “Lend Me a Tenor” promises plenty of laughs.
“It’s a typical prank, a lot of open doors that shouldn’t be opened and people see things they shouldn’t be seeing,” Boyd said. “Sometimes doors slam in people’s faces and the wrong people wear the wrong clothes. If we don’t get any laughs on this one, something is wrong.
The description of the play reads: “What could go wrong in a hotel suite with two wives, three girlfriends and four tenors about to perform the gig of the century with a packed football stadium. fans? Just romance, mistaken identities and comedic mayhem.
The cast was chosen by Boyd and includes James Thaggard as Saunders, Mikey Lynch as Max, Valerie Lipscomb as Maria, John Andruzzi as Tito/Beppo, Katie Zanders as Mimi, Colin Brady as Carlo, and Sharon Bartley as Racon. Boyd’s wife, Priscilla, is the stage manager for this play.
“A Comedy of Tenors” will run March 3-15 at the Island Playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Tickets are on sale now for $25 at the box office, located at the main entrance of the theatre. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number is 941-778-5755 and the website is www.theislandplayers.org.
For everyone’s protection, masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer will be available. Additional parking is available at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive. The free AMI tram stops in front of the church and runs approximately every 20 minutes north towards the theatre.