South Simcoe Theatre (SST) opens the 2018-19 season with Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor. The madcap romp through the world of opera features a predominately Barrie cast with a mix of familiar faces and newcomers.

The playwright also wrote SST’s 2014  production, Fox on the Fairway, which was very well received. The Cookstown theatre company is staging another blisteringly fast-paced farce, known for the opening and closing of plenty of doors, mistaken identities and high jinks. Watch what happens a famous Italian tenor agrees to perform for a small city opera company. The employees and patrons are all in a tizzy. The story includes a wife, a mistress, young love and beautiful music.

Richard Varty is at the helm of all the antics. This is his third SST production in the director’s chair. He directed Little Shop of Horrors with musical director Mel Hinch, who returns to produce the 2018-19 season.

Some well-known faces from previous SST shows include Tom Mercer, Nancy Smokler, Cathy McCauley and Stephen Dobby. New to the Old Town Hall stage are Marissa Caldwell, Eduardo Guevara and Laken Vanderee.

South Simcoe Theatre has been delivering community theatre in Cookstown, including award-winning shows, since 1966. Since 1983, the theatre company has operated out of the picturesque Cookstown Town Hall.

Lend Me A Tenor runs from Nov. 15-25 with performances Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered from the box office at 705-458-4432. Visit for more information.

Photo: Nancy Smokler, Marissa Caldwell and Laken Vanderee join a predominately Barrie cast in South Simcoe Theatre’s season opener, Lend Me A Tenor, Nov. 15-25 in Cookstown.

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