Before their 25th anniversary celebration, this weekend the North Riverside Players will stage the classic farce Lend Me a Tenor. The show features eight actors, four men and four women, and has only taken six weeks to produce. 

Written by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me a Tenor is a Tony-award winning show about a world-famous tenor named Tito Merelli “Il Stupendo,” who is set to perform in his greatest role as Otello at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s 10th anniversary gala. 

Henry Saunders, the company’s executive director, hopes that Merelli’s performance will give the opera local and national recognition. 

However, at the last dress rehearsal, Merelli goes missing, Saunders panics and he along with his personal assistant begin running around to find Merelli and keep the show going. 

“It is incredibly funny and it’s a high comedic show,” said Al Meyer, the North riverside Players’ board president. “You’re guaranteed to laugh your socks off.”

Lend Me a Tenor will be performed, Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 60 and over, and $13 for kids 12 and under. 

Tickets will be sold at the door, but can be purchased ahead of time by calling 708-512-7015 or online at