Auburn Players Announce Auditions for Psycho Beach Party

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Auburn Players Community Theatre announce auditions for their production of the 1960’s comedy thriller “Psycho Beach Party” by Charles Busch.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 25th & 26th from 7-9 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, 112 South St., Auburn.
Those auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading from the script, and demonstrate their dancing skills to 1960’s surfer music. Roles to be filled are for 5 male, and 6 female, ages 16 to adult. Directed by Virginia Fennessy, performances are scheduled for October 15-18, 2015.
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“Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics, and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind.
“Gidget Goes Berserk!” – The New York Times 
“Catch the wave of laughter.” – Gannett Westchester Newspapers
“Hilarious” – Gannett Newspapers

Watching Kids Grow Up On Stage Part 2: AuburnPlayers.org catches up with Conor Driscoll and Antonina Tortorello

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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.

For the past 12 years the Auburn Players have presented a Summer Youth Theater for kids to learn about and create theater.

Youth Theater Director, Elisa Carabajal Hunt, believes that theater can teach children artistic and interpersonal, as well as help them development self confidence and the ability to work as an ensemble or team. In addition, a UCLA study concluded that students involved in the arts tend to have higher academic performance and better standardized test scores — nearly 100 points better on the SAT, according to a separate study by The College Board. Hunt points out that a play requires students to follow a time line, to use self-discipline, and to accept feedback. Studying theater can be a great starting point for careers such as teaching, law, and politics, not to mention broadcasting and performing. And the ability to speak confidently in front of a group is a boon for any career.

We asked a few of our theater kids, what the Auburn Players Summer Youth Theater has meant to them over the years. Here’s what they had to say…

Name: Antonina Tortorello

Age: 12

Last Grade and School: 7th Grade – Weedsport Jr. & Sr. High School

My first Auburn Players show: Willy Wonka, Jr. in 2008. I was  only 5 1/2 years old and I played a squirrel

Role in Into the Woods, Jr.:  Lucinda, Cinderella’s Step Sister

What I have gained:  I have met new friends and learned how to work together with them to put on a performance. I look forward every summer to be a part of the play.  My favorite thing to do is to sing, dance and act.  I hope in the future I can pursue a career in performing.

Name: Conor Driscoll

Age: 16

Last Grade and School: Sophomore at Skaneateles High School

First show with the Auburn Players: Seussical, Jr. 2007

Role in Into the Woods, Jr.:  Cinderella’s Prince

What I have gained: Through the years I have learned how to become a better actor and gain confidence, and I have made a lot of friends through doing the shows and meeting new people.

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.

Watching Kids Grow Up On Stage: AuburnPlayers.org catches up with Lillian Boberg and Zach Driscoll

Into The Woods Poster

Buy tickets online now at ShowTix4U

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

For the past 12 years the Auburn Players have presented a Summer Youth Theater for kids to learn about and create theater.

Youth Theater Director, Elisa Carabajal Hunt, believes that theater can teach children artistic and interpersonal, as well as help them development self confidence and the ability to work as an ensemble or team. In addition, a UCLA study concluded that students involved in the arts tend to have higher academic performance and better standardized test scores — nearly 100 points better on the SAT, according to a separate study by The College Board. Hunt points out that a play requires students to follow a time line, to use self-discipline, and to accept feedback. Studying theater can be a great starting point for careers such as teaching, law, and politics, not to mention broadcasting and performing. And the ability to speak confidently in front of a group is a boon for any career.

We asked a few of our theater kids, what the Auburn Players Summer Youth Theater has meant to them over the years. Here’s what they had to say…

Name: Zach Driscoll
Age: 18
Last Grade and School: 12th Skaneateles High School
My First Auburn Players Show: Oz! in 2005 where I was a Munchkin and a Flying Monkey!
Role in Into the Woods, Jr.: The Baker
What have you gained from your theater experience?
I have made many friends through the many shows that I have participated in. I also have gained a high level of confidence. This has helped me with things such as public speaking as well as with meeting new people. I have gained knowledge from each show that I have done. I believe that musical theatre has helped make me the person I am today

Name: Lillian Boberg
Age: 17
Last Grade and School: 11, Homeschooled
My First Auburn Players Show: Willy Wonka, Jr, 2009 where I played an Oompa Loompa
Role in Into the Woods, Jr: Baker’s Wife
What have you gained from your theater experience?
Auditioning for my first youth theatre show was the best decision of my life. I have gained amazing friendships and self-confidence. I have also gained knowledge and experience that I hope to someday use professionally.

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.

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

Into The Woods Poster

Buy tickets online now at ShowTix4U

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

Into The Woods Poster

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.