Theatre Department Year End Recap

May 1st, 2014 Posted in College News & Events

History 101-WomenHarlequin Productions has had a busy academic year. In addition to their two shows, we have also hosted two festivals and will be sending a show to compete in a third!

Fall began with auditions for History 101 by James C. Ferguson, a selection of 15 short comic vignettes of different scenes throughout history. Thirteen student actors and six backstage crew brought to life satirical looks from the Oracle of Delphi to the Wright Brothers. This show brought recognition, as it received meritorious awards from the Theatre Association of NY State for the Ensemble acting to the Cast of Women of History and to Mathew Ryan Limerick for Costume and Make-up Design and Execution. Women of History also received an invitation to perform at the annual TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) festival. They were chosen from among a field of over 50 productions under consideration.

History 101- Lewis and ClarkSpeaking of the TANYS festival, Harlequin was honored to be one of the co-hosts of the festival, as it moved back to Auburn for a two-year stay. This yearly competitive celebration of non-professional theatre was last at CCC in 2005. Almost 200 theatre aficionados got to see 9 different companies perform and listen to responses from 3 nationally known adjudicators. The Saturday night of the festival also witnessed the first major snowstorm of the season, so there was much slipping and sliding as the attendees made their way to Hilton Garden Inn for the Saturday banquet. To make the evening even more memorable, there was a fire in the bar so it was closed all night! Theatre people, being as resourceful as we are, pooled together what was in the rooms and brought the after party to the lobby! Harlequin also was honored by receiving “Best Overall Design” from the BMI Supply Design Exhibition for their Production Design entry of the spring 2013 production of Love in the Insecurity Zone.

Spring of 2014 brought auditions for the world premiere production of Fengar Gael’s The Draper’s Eye. A cast of eight supported by seven backstage crew worked hard to bring this new show to life. The playwright, upon watching the show on DVD wrote:

Draper's Eye  - 3I just finished viewing the DVD and was delighted by your inspired direction and the charm of your marvelous actors, especially the lovely Kat Jordan as Penelope and Becky White as Portia, and Ashley Cornelius definitely had the right spirit for Georgette…. How brave you were to tackle a play that has never been produced and I hope the actors had fun despite the snowstorm.  I’m so grateful to have this DVD and my Draper’s Eye tee shirt (a perfect fit) and post card and articles. If the play is ever actually produced by a professional theatre, I will have this wonderful show at hand to share with the director if he wishes to see how you and your students brought the words to vivid life!

With gratitude, admiration, and best wishes,

Fengar

A TANYS adjudicator also saw great merit in the show and rewarded the company’s hard work with five merit awards: Excellence in Production Concept and Direction to Robert Frame, Excellence in Scenic Design to Robert John Andrusko, Meritorious Achievement in Lighting Design to Brad McLean, Meritorious Achievement in Sound Design to Stephen D.M. Hodge, and Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Performance to the Cast!

Students at the Harms FestHe commented:  Harlequin Productions of CCC has produced another success with the world premiere of Fengar Gael’s The Draper’s Eye.  The cast, crew, and production team brought this romantic mystery to life with aplomb. Congratulations!

Not to rest on their laurels, two weeks later saw Harlequin again playing host to the Michael Harms Theatre festival. This festival brought seven high school theatre groups to the CCC campus to perform in the Bisgrove Theatre and attend multiple workshops taught by working professionals. Over 100 HS students participated in this fun-filled day as they shared their work and their energy with their peers.

Draper's Eye - 1As the academic year comes to a close, there is one more performance planned. The Eastern States Theatre Association has a bi-yearly festival of original works. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland each send up to four shows to compete in this two-fold celebration of the best from each state as well as original works. Harlequin submitted and was chosen to perform Lewis & Clark by James C. Ferguson; one of the vignettes from fall’s History 101. Mathew Ryan Limerick and Stephen D.M. Hodge will be representing Harlequin Productions as well as New York State when they perform on Saturday, May 3. Matthew will have just come from his being awarded the inaugural Thommie Walsh Memorial Scholarship at Michele Lee’s Friday, May 2 performance. This scholarship is given to a Cayuga student pursuing a career in theatre.

Finally, Harlequin Productions would like to say farewell to the students leaving CCC who have contributed their talents to Cayuga theatre. Best of luck in your future endeavors to: Matthew Ryan Limerick, Gillian Frame, Kat Jordan, Ian Moore, Amanda Bauso, Zachariah Phillips, Hailey Thompson, Taylor Sanchez and Ashley White. Keep in touch!

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