Auburn Players The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 recognized by the Theater Association of New York State with six awards

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The Auburn Players Community Theatre is pleased to announce that the Theater Association of New York (TANYS) has awarded our production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 with six TANYS awards. As part of TANYS’ services is adjudication. Adjudication provides an outside eye that allows our productions not only to bring applause, but also to grow.

Michael Antico received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his portrayal of Eddie McCuen.

Michael Antico received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his portrayal of Eddie McCuen.

TANYS awards are given in three categories, Meritorious Achievement, Excellence, and Outstanding Achievement. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 received four awards for Excellence, and two awards for Outstanding Achievement. We are proud of this cast and crew.

TANYS highest award is the Outstanding Achievement award for demonstrating quality rarely seen on stage. Two actors in our production received this highest award. The wonderful and fabulous Michael Antico and Katie Bruno wowed the audience and the adjudicator for their portrayal of Eddie McCuen and Helsa Wenzel. Adjudicator Paul Nelson was blown away by physicality of both performances, bringing us into the world of this comedy farce.

Katie Bruno as Helsa Wenzel in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Katie Bruno as Helsa Wenzel in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Receiving Excellence awards were Virginia Fennessy for the costumes and set design. Last week we highlighted the building of the set. The adjudicator noted the attention to detail, from the piano to the books and the functionality of the secret passages. We are thankful for the many volunteers who came out to bring Ginny’s vision to life. Bob Frame’s direction received praise and an award, and the overall production value that his staff was able to convey.

Adjudicator Nelson also complimented the wonderful cast of the show, that was able to work so well together in this ensemble piece. In a show where the entire company must be on stage practically the entire time, Nelson was impressed how the cast was able to interact so naturally and without weaknesses.

 

 

Excellence in Scenic and Costume Design and Execution to Virginia Fennessy 

Excellence in Direction to Bob Frame

Excellence in Overall Production Value to Bob Frame and the Production Staff

Excellence in Ensemble Acting to the Cast

Outstanding Acting to Katie Bruno for her portrayal of Helsa Wenzel

Outstanding Acting to Michael Antico for his portrayal of Eddie McCuen

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Tickets are $14 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets online are available at ShowTix4U.com.

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This hilarious comedy will be a must see! The action begins as Elsa Von Grossenknueten invites a broadway team to her lovely, old, kind of weird house, with secret passages, blood soaked carpets, and (of course) isolated by a snowstorm. The broadway team are just coming off a flop that was ruined by a string a murders by an unknown killer only known as the Stage Door Slasher. The police prove to be little help as the bodies begin to pile up. On April 17th, 18th, and 19th Auburn Players Community Theatre will present The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 directed by Bob Frame.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Tickets are $14 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets online are available at ShowTix4U.com.