Auburn Players announce auditions for The Last Five Years

AA358CDE-FB1B-713D-817146B16038CF8CThe Auburn Players are happy to announce auditions for Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years.” Auditions will be held Tuesday May 19th & Wednesday May 20th.

Auditions are encouraged to schedule an appoint by contacting Director Matthew Limerick. Auditions by appointment will be held between 6:00PM to 7:30PM with open auditions held from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 112 South Street, Auburn, New York.

Roles for 1 Female, 1 Male available, ages 18 to 40. Please prepare 16 to 32 measures of a contemporary musical theatre song, preferably by Jason Robert Brown. “Rent” or “Wicked” songs are not preferred.

To schedule an audition for this production only, email Director Matthew Limerick directly at matthewryanlimerick@gmail.com

The Last Five Years will be performed July 17th, 18th, and 19th at the Irene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College.

For additional information contact Lindsay Day at president@auburnplayers.org

ROLES
Cathy Hiatt- character arcs from an ambitious, fresh-faced girl in a new relationship to a woman stunned by a betrayal and divorce that she is only beginning to understand. Female. Vocal Range: F3-D#5.

Jamie Wellerstein- character arcs from an ambitious guy on a promising first date with a dazzling career to someone who is blinded by success and ego. He is lovable, yet makes unintentional choices that sabotages his own happiness. Male. Range A2-Bb4.

Additional Information- The Last Five Years is a contemporary song cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the 5 year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up or break-up to meeting depending on how you look at it. The show is an intensely personal look at relationship between a writer and actress told from both points of view. His going forward and hers going backwards.

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.

Photos from The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

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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.

Building the Set for The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

The character Marjorie says it best, “A secret passage Elsa? Where does it lead? My goodness, Nancy Drew would be in seventh heaven here, wouldn’t she?”

Designer Virginia Fennessy had the same thoughts in mind as she designed this set. The show has a set of Nancy Drew but with the comedy of Scooby Doo. It was a lot of fun building this set with secret doors and sliding compartments. This time lapse video was taken over the course of tech build weekend. Enjoy.

The Auburn Players would like to thank the hard working volunteers who built our set.

Alicia Frame, Angie Bringley, Ann Frame, Ashley Bobbett, Bob Frame, Chris Yeckel, Clare Lopez, Dale Fennessy, Ed Beck, Eden Gadsby, Heather McNeil, Jenn Derbyshire, Jim Gadsby, Katie Bruno, Kristen Beck, Kristin Bridges, Lilith Panek, Lindsay R. Day, Melissa Panek, Mike Panek, Molly Sharples, Rob Fragoman, Rob Saurini, Rose Fennessy, Seth Kennedy, Stephen Dougherty, Terri Gadsby, Tess Kennedy, Tony Saurini, Virginia Fennessy, and Zach Saurini

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: Meet the Cast- Alicia Frame and Michael Antico

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Michael Antico and Alicia Frame in Auburn Player's The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Michael Antico and Alicia Frame in Auburn Player’s The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Today our Actors Spotlight highlights two very talented members of the cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Alicia Frame plays the role of Nikki Crandall, a chorus girl auditioning for a role in a backers audition. Likewise, Michael Antico’s character Eddie McCuen is a comedian at the  audition.

Their characters have a lot in common. Both are arriving at the Von Grossenknueten estate on a snowy day and are trapped at the mansion by the snow. While the production team of Roger Hopewell, Bernice Roth, Marjorie Baverstock, and Ken De La Maize have history and have known each other for years, Eddie and Nikki are newcomers to the group, oblivious of the danger of the Stage Door Slasher.

Alicia Frame plays Nikki Crandall, the chorus girl

Alicia Frame plays Nikki Crandall, the chorus girl

According to Antico, “Eddie is a very quirky character and full of energy. However, in between his bad jokes and gags are moments of genuine sincerity which make him lovable and very real.” In a lot of ways Eddie and Nikki are the characters that audiences can relate most to.

“Nikki is a contrast to the other farcical characters of the show. (Nikki) is not exaggerated but instead is the character that audiences follow, easily relating to her levelheadness and grounding in reality,” agrees Frame.

Alicia Frame has been performing with the Auburn Players for the past two decades, while this is Michael Antico’s second production with us. Alicia was born in Central New York and attended Skaneateles High School. The Merry Go Round Youth Tour has given her the opportunity to stay local and use her theatre degree. The challenge of performing for the elementary school youth is in contrast to the more adult choices she can make in this show.

Michael Antico plays Eddie McCuen a fast talking struggling comedian

Michael Antico plays Eddie McCuen a fast talking struggling comedian

Michael Antico was also brought into this community by Merry Go Round. Unlike many of the Playhouse’s employees that are seasonal, Antico has made Auburn his home and become a wonderful asset to our community. Whether he is teaching acting classes at Auburn Public Theatre, or preparing for his next project with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival he is part of the growing performing arts community of Auburn.

The Auburn Players and our community both benefit from the creative energy that these two bring with them. We hope to see you at our production this weekend on April 17th, 18th and 19th.

 

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be Friday the April 17th at 8 PM, Saturday the 18th at 8PM, and Sunday the 19th. Tickets are $14 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at ShowTix4U.com.