The Cast of Into the Woods Jr made a video to tell you about their show

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Auburn Players will perform Into the Woods Jr at Cayuga Community College’s Irene Bisgrove Theatre on August 7th, 8th and 9th.

The cast of the show made this ad today for fun after they read to the children at Seymour Library. Great kids that know how to have fun!

To download the flyer with the coloring contest and the ticket discounts, click here!

Tickets may be obtained online through showtix4u.com or at the door. Ticket prices are $14 General Admission, $12 Senior/Student, $10 ages 12 and younger. Discounted tickets are only available at the door.

Enter coloring contest to get $2 off entrance price to Into the Woods Jr

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Auburn Players will perform Into the Woods Jr at Cayuga Community College’s Irene Bisgrove Theatre on August 7th, 8th and 9th.

On opening night, Friday August 7th, young artists have an opportunity to display their own fairy tale inspired art in the lobby. Color in our sheet or use your own and draw us a scene from your favorite fairy tale. When Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine wrote the story for Into the Woods he mashed up the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and many more. Be as creative as you can!

Click here to download a PDF of the coloring sheet.

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Tickets may be obtained online through showtix4u.com or at the door. Ticket prices are $14 General Admission, $12 Senior/Student, $10 ages 12 and younger. Discounted tickets are only available at the door.

Auburn Players prepare for next show, Into the Woods Jr

Into The Woods Jr Poster

Auburn Players will perform Into the Woods Jr at Cayuga Community College’s Irene Bisgrove Theatre on August 7th, 8th and 9th.

There are many special promotions and discounts for this show. There will be a coloring competition open to all students for the Friday, August 7th performance that includes a $2 ticket discount for participation. On Saturday, August 8th, children are invited to come see the show wearing their favorite fairy tale character’s costume. Anyone wearing a costume will receive a $2 ticket discount and will be able to have their picture taken with cast members after the performance. For the show Sunday, August 9th, a family may purchase 4 tickets for $40. Discounted prices are only available at the door.

Tickets may be obtained online through showtix4u.com or at the door. Ticket prices are $14 General Admission, $12 Senior/Student, $10 ages 12 and younger.

Director Matthew Limerick talks about The Last Five Years

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Matthew Limerick is the director of The Last Five Years

Matthew Limerick is the director of The Last Five Years

The Auburn Players Community Theatre will be presenting The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown on July 17th, 18th, and 19th. The production will star Laura Kelly as Cathy and Jeff Kringer as Jamie.

Today AuburnPlayers.org caught up with Matt Limerick, director of The Last Five Years.

Can you tell me a little about your theater background?

Well growing up, my church did very creative productions that were Broadway style musicals, as well as choirs and the like so it was always part of my life. My parents were always incredibly supportive when it came to my involvement with anything artistic and creative. It wasn’t until I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina that I realized theatre was something I could do for a career. There I had the pleasure of working with the amazing people at Raleigh Little Theatre, Meredith College Theatre Department, and Wake Drama. Like many people this love led me to New York City where I auditioned and starting discovering my love for all aspects of theatre production, this led to work on stage, television, film, and administrative theatre. My time in theatre has taught me how important it is to be knowledgeable and have experience in all aspects of a show (performance and non). A lot of what I bring to the table while directing is because of my performance background. I’m currently a rising senior in the amazing theatre Department at SUNY New Paltz, where I’m studying costuming design and directing/casting.

What drew you to this musical?

The Last 5 Years has always been one of my favorite musicals because of its unconventional style. And at its core it’s real, and difficult to watch because we have all experienced the emotions and struggle featured in the show.

You have a little bit of interesting history with the show don’t you?

It’s really interesting working on The Last 5 Years, because it’s a semi autobiographical piece. In 2008 I had the immense pleasure of working at 13 the Musical on Broadway, which was also written by Jason Robert Brown. It was really interesting to watch him work with that cast and crew, and remember that the Character of Jamie is based on Jason. So while I’m not trying to put the two together on stage, it has been and interesting resource to have that experience to bring to this production.

What’s the best part of working with this cast?

This cast is a directors dream. They did their homework before the first day of rehearsal. This has been a short rehearsal process as far as this kind of theatre goes. They challenge me every rehearsal to be on my toes because of how prepared they are and how they have really worked to embody these characters as their own. It’s really been a pleasure to work with Laura and Jeff to build these versions of Jamie and Cathy. As a director this is my third show, and with each production my casts have been absolutely perfect for what I need.

What’s next for you?

What’s next for me? In August I will be relocating full time to New Paltz, NY while I finish my education at SUNY New Paltz. This year I was the pleasure of Asst. Costume Designing a really fabulous play called ‘Panic’ based on the life of Alfred Hitchcock; where I will be working under 2015 Drama Desk Nominated costume designer Andrea Varga and helmed by Connie Rotunda. I also will be designing Hair and makeup for our production of Julius Caesar directed by Laura Noble, and I will be Asst. Directing the Jason Robert Brown musical Parade which will be directed by Catherine Doherty. At New Paltz I also have the pleasure of working with this wonderful theatre company called Paper Rain Laboratory, which produces found space theatre. Post New Paltz I will be pursuing a career in Casting.

The Last Five Years will be presented Friday July 17th at 8PM, Saturday July 18th at 8 PM, and Sunday July 19th at 2PM at the Irene Bisgrove Theatre at Cayuga Community College. Tickets are $16 General Admission and $14 for Students/Seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by clicking here. For group rates please call 315-702-7832.

A Q&A With Tony-winner Jason Robert Brown: Auburn Players Presents The Last Five Years

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The Auburn Players Community Theatre will be presenting The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown on July 17th, 18th, and 19th. The production will star Laura Kelly as Cathy and Jeff Kringer as Jamie.

Jason Robert Brown, Author and Composer of “The Last Five Years”

Jason Robert Brown is best known as a composer and lyricist. His most recognized musicals are Songs For a New World, Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, and The Last Five Years. Brown won the Tony Award for Best Music for Parade, and the awards for Best Score and Orchestration for The Bridges of Madison County.

The Last Five Years premiered Off-Broadway in 2002 at the Minetta Lane Theatre, and was most recently turned into a movie starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in 2015.

Alec Harvey of Al.com chatted with Jason Robert Brown back in February about the movie, the show, and his future as a broadway composer.

Q. First of all, can we talk about the movie? How involved were you, and what do you think about it?

A. I’m thrilled about the movie. It’s very exciting. The fact that it exists is very exciting but also the fact that it’s good adds to that. … I was very much involved with it … It’s a very strange little movie and very unexpected. I had heard from a couple of people who said they wanted to do it, and I always said no, because their ideas didn’t sound very strong. I met with Rich and his ideas were exactly right for the characters and for the situation.

Q. Is it hard to believe the show is 15 years old?

A. I’ve been living with this for a long time. Right before the movie I had been directing the show so I was deep in it. It’s covered a large swath of my life.

Q. How autobiographical is it?

A. I like to say it’s inspired by a lot of events in my life. It’s not autobiographical because I was never a novelist and there’s a lot of stuff that didn’t happen to me. But I would be coy if I didn’t say it was inspired by some real events in my life and my first marriage. … I delved into something that would be very personal and very emotional. That still is what I want to write, where I’m the only person who is going to know how to say it like this because it’s coming from me.

Q. What have the last five years been like for you, with “13,” “Bridges of Madison County,” “The Last Five Years” and “Honeymoon in Vegas”?

A. It’s been pretty crazy. Luckily I have an extraordinary wife (composer Georgia Stitt), and I have an amazing family that keeps it all in check. I just try to ride through it. Anytime I can make music and theater I like it.

Q. Any clues as to what the next five years will bring?

A. I’m not ready to retire just yet. There are still shows to be written.

The Last Five Years will be presented Friday July 17th at 8PM, Saturday July 18th at 8 PM, and Sunday July 19th at 2PM at the Irene Bisgrove Theatre at Cayuga Community College. Tickets are $16 General Admission and $14 for Students/Seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by clicking here. For group rates please call 315-702-7832


The Q&A Section of this article was reprinted with permission from al.com. The interviewer of the Q&A is Alec Harvey, and the original article may be read by clicking here.