Auburn Players prepare for next show, 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.

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.

 

Laura Kelly stars as Cathy in the Auburn Players’ Production of The Last Five Years

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Laura Kelly will be portraying the part of Cathy in Auburn Players Production 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.

This will be Kelly’s first time performing with the Auburn Players and her first show after a six year hiatus from the stage. Her stage credits include productions with Wit End Players, Rarely Done Productions, and SUNY Oswego, where she currently works as Alumni Director. We are so happy she came out for this show.

Kelly did a quick Q&A with us so we can all get to know her a little better before opening night. Thanks Laura! Also, if you missed it check out Jeff’s answers.

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

Name: Laura Kelly

Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Syracuse, raised in Liverpool/Syracuse.

What your parents did/do for a living: My dad was a General Manager at several car dealerships – currently serving that role at BMW. My mom was a stay-at-home mom.

Siblings: I have one sister who is 10 years older than me.

Who were you major mentors/inspirations when first starting out? I loved Julie Andrews and Barbara Streisand.

Special skills: I have some tumbling abilities (10 years in gymnastics), I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt in karate and I have dance training.

Something you’re REALLY bad at: Throwing a Frisbee. … The worst person you’ll ever see. (Theatre-wise? I’m NOT good with improv!!)

First Broadway show you ever saw: Truly can’t remember what my first show was that I saw on Broadway, but Wicked was pretty early on for me.

If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The Broadway premiere of Parade by JRB.

Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: I was recently recommending Merry Go Round’s production of West Side Story.

Favorite showtune of all time: TOO HARD! Too, too hard.

Some favorite modern musicals: The Last Five Years has been at the top of my list for more than 10 years … also Edges: A Song Cycle.

Some favorite classic musicals: West Side Story (sorry, Matt! Haha), Into the Woods, Chicago, Brigadoon … and about a zillion more.

MAC or PC? Mac for personal – but a PC user at work!

Most played song on your iPod: Of all-time? Probably Grey Street by Dave Matthews Band.

Most-visited websites: Facebook and Gmail

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: I loved playing Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor, at Liverpool High School.

Worst costume ever: An original musical production called Lost in a Viral Paradise at SUNY Oswego – I had to wear a skimpy showgirl outfit, with a large feather head dress … and dance on STILTS.

First stage kiss: Zaneeta Shinn kissing Tommy Djilas in The Music Man in high school.

Last book you read: Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler … AWESOME.

Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad, FRIENDS, The Office and Seinfeld.

Last good movie you saw: American Sniper

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Mumford and Sons

Pop culture guilty pleasure: I love reading “celebrity smut” magazines.

Three favorite cities: Cape Hatteras, NC, Key West, FL, and Chicago, IL. (I do love my Syracuse, though, too!)

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Ace of Base … yup, I saw the sign – and it opened up my eyes.

Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Pre: tea, tea and more tea. Post: pizza and beer!

Favorite liquid refreshment: Fierce Grape Gatorade.

Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Stretches and lip trills. Also – dance parties.

Most challenging role you have ever played: Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods.

Were you familiar with The Last 5 Years previously? Had you seen a production? YES! I have been SO obsessed with this show since I first heard the recording back in 2003, and I was finally able to see the 2013 revival production of it in NYC with Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor – directed by JRB. Phenomenal.

How have you been handling the hectic Last 5 Years schedule? It’s been working well – since I don’t have much time outside of work, anyway, for things like this!

What has been the most fun or fulfilling part of this project so far? Just the sheer fact that I’m performing again after a six year hiatus. It feels great to be back at it!

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: During Into the Woods, I had a scene with the Prince’s Steward – where he runs out on stage and comes to a halt when he sees me. One night, he slipped as he went to stop and ended up hanging off the stage into the pit, and also SMASHED his glass lantern on the floor on the way down. We had to spend five minutes improvising lines while we tried to clean up the shattered glass. OY.

Craziest audition story: Not really crazy, but … A friend and I drove down to NYC while in early college years just to see what an audition for a “real New York” production would be like. We waited hours in line for Hairspray and found the real truth about how much time you have to impress someone – NOT A LOT! It opened my eyes to what NYC actors truly go through daily!

Leading lady role you’ve been dying to play: Not a lie … Cathy Hiatt.

Something you’re embarrassed to admit: I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life.

Career you would want if not a performer: Since I’m not a performer for work, I already have the career I love – Alumni Relations/Event Planning.

Three things you can’t live without: Since my husband is a person, and not a thing (haha) … My phone, cereal and pasta.

“I’ll never understand why…”: There are cabinets over the fridge … who can reach stuff in there?

Words of advice for aspiring performers: Have FUN – and you should be nervous. If you’re not nervous, it probably means you don’t care enough … and is something you don’t care about worth doing?

Jeff Kringer Stars as Jamie in Auburn Players’ Production of 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 Jeff Kringer as Jamie and Laura Kelly as Cathy.

Kringer is currently studying Musical Theatre at Fredonia State University’s College of Fine Arts. He graciously agreed to do a rapid fire Q&A.

Thanks Jeff!

Where you were born/where you were raised: Skaneateles NY
What your parents did/do for a living: Teachers
Siblings: Younger and older brother
Who were you major mentors/inspirations when first starting out? Father/High school drama students
Special skills: Breaking valuble things by accident
Something you’re REALLY bad at: Printers and women
First Broadway show you ever saw: Lion King
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Little brother’s middle school production of State Fair. He played Pat Gilbert while i was at college.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s Romeo & Juliet
Favorite showtune of all time: No One is Alone
Some favorite modern musicals: HAIR, Edges, Next to Normal
Some favorite classic musicals: Guys and Dolls, Music Man, Into the Woods
MAC or PC? Mac
Most played song on your iPod: Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me
Most-visited websites: Musicnotes, Youtube, Gmail
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Nathan Detroit-Guys and Dolls
Worst costume ever: Literal worst wig ever-HAIR
First stage kiss: Mordern Millie Jr., 2009, kissed Natalie Krause on the cheek
Last book you read: The Great Gatsby (2nd time)
Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad
Last good movie you saw: Jurasic World, very satisfied
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Daniel Kringer
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Planking
Three favorite cities: St. Louis, Austin, Boston
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Probably a musical
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Homemade Ziti/Ice Cream
Favorite liquid refreshment: H2O
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: a little prayer
Most challenging role you have ever played: lol this one
Were you familiar with The Last 5 Years previously? Had you seen a production? Yes, No
How have you been handling the hectic Last 5 Years schedule? Time management and an abundance of perserverence
What has been the most fun or fulfilling part of this project so far? We did a JRB!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Skirt fell of as Mrs. Luce in Little Shop of Horrors during enterance
Craziest audition story: Chipped a tooth on a water bottle 60 seconds before the first dance call at a reperatory theater in upstate NY
Leading lady/man role you’ve been dying to play: Gotta look for a new one after this show!
Something you’re embarrassed to admit: When I’m wrong
Career you would want if not a performer: Retired Performer
Three things you can’t live without: Family, Spontaneity, Essential Organs
“I’ll never understand why…” People think potatoes taste good
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Earn it