October 22, 2016

Seneca Community Players presents The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, written by one of America’s greatest and most renowned playwrights, Arthur Miller, opening later this month, will be Seneca Community Players fourth production of their 2016 season.

The story revolves around Lyman Felt played by Jack Sherman from Ithaca. As a dynamic and vigorous man who has it all – a thriving insurance business, fame as a poet, and children who adore him, Lyman’s desires have allowed him to believe that loving and marrying two separate women at the same time is the kind of love that is totally truthful. With two families, one in New York City and the other in Elmira, NY, he has been able to keep his two lives from intertwining. That is until the day he finds himself lying in a hospital bed, recovering from a terrible car crash and his two wives finally cross paths.

The restrained, conservative Theodora (wife #1) played by Carrie Massey from Waterloo, and the independent, opinionated Leah (wife #2) played by Sarah Anson from Syracuse, are shocked by Lyman’s bigamy and justification of his actions. A whirlwind of hard truths and painful memories is created into which Lyman’s daughter Bessie, played by Lisa Rood from Cayuga, his best friend Tom, played by Eric Jansen from Clifton Springs, and even his nurse played by Anna Post from Scipio Center are drawn.

Following the chain of events that lead up to this day, Lyman is seen for who he truly is, a selfish man willing to take, while others around him are willing to give and turn a blind’s eye to suspicions. In the end, Lyman is left by those who once loved him, and he must face the loneliness, he now knows is his real true self.

“Over the past three and a half weeks, I’ve been privileged to help a talented cast bring to life some of the strangest and richest text in American theater.” Said Jamie Bruno, the play’s director from Cayuga, “It is my devout hope that anyone seeing Mt Morgan will have something to ponder for weeks afterward.”

The show’s staff includes Producer – Jack Sherman, Stage Manager – Bobby-Jo Bly-Owens, Publicist – Susie Cornett, Set Designer – Navroz Dabu, Costumer – Deborah Bly, Technical Director – Eric Jansen, Master Carpenter – Bob Bruno, Graphic Artist – Tamaralee Shutt, Lighting Designer – Bryson Frederick, Sound Designer – Stephen Beals, Lighting Operator – Anita Grosso, and Lynn Patti as Head of House.

Theatre & Performing Arts
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
WHO:  By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jamie Bruno
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 28 & 29, Nov. 4 & 5 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6 – 2:00 pm
WHERE:  Delavan Theater on the campus of New York Chiropractic College, 2360 New York 89, Seneca Falls, NY. 

Recommended for mature audience.
$14 general admission / $12 when purchased in advance.
Tickets available at WomanMade Products – 91 Fall Street in Seneca Falls,  Area Records – 74 Castle Street in Geneva, or online at SenecaCommunityPlayers.org

Susie Cornett, Publicity
 (315) 967-3727

Our Cast

castoneFriday & Saturday shows – 8pm / Sunday matinees – 2pm


SCP Headquarter Clean-Up Morning is this Sunday, 9/18/16 from 9:00 AM until ? (the more people, the quicker we can be done).
Please join us in straightening things up!z


Contact: Becky Bly

Seneca Community Players

E-mail: wmp@rochester.rr.com

Phone: 315-568-9364

SCP seeks actors for Arthur Miller’s “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan”

SENECA FALLS, NY, September 6, 2016 ——- Seneca Community Players will be holding open auditions for their next production The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, by Arthur Miller, on Sunday, September 18th from 6-9 p.m. at 115 Fall Street, lower level, Seneca Falls, NY.

The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, which is scheduled for October 28-30 and November 4-6, 2016, at the Delavan Theater, NY Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls,
is one of Arthur Miller’s final plays.

The play’s setting is in an Elmira, New York hospital, following a serious car accident involving the central character, Lyman Felt. Lyman is a wealthy insurance agent who, for nine years, has maintained a double life; one in New York City, with his wife for 32 years, Theodora; the other in Elmira with his other wife, Leah, whom he secretly married nine years before the accident. Lyman has an adult daughter, Bessie, with Theodora, and an eight-year old son, Benny, with Leah. When Lyman is hospitalized following his car crash, both wives are somehow notified, show up at the hospital, and discover that their husband is a bigamist. The route to this crisis is shown through the use of flashbacks, alternating with Lyman’s eventually futile attempts to explain and justify his actions.

The roles for 3 men and 3 women are as follows:
Lyman Felt– early 60’s at the time of the play– a fit man for his age; a combination of passionate poet and savvy businessman who exudes charm, energy, and creativity; both emotional and intellectual, with a strong sexual instinct despite his age.

Theodora Felt– early 60’s– sophisticated, intellectual, reserved and conservative in contrast to Lyman’s exuberance.

Leah Felt– early to mid-30’s– earthy, passionate, sexy; business school education, but without the Ivy League education and sophistication that Lyman and Theo share.

Bessie– Lyman and Theo’s daughter, late 20’s to early 30’s– a pampered child of high society, emotional; varying between her intense love for both parents in the flashback scenes, to unforgiving hatred of Lyman when his duplicity is discovered.

Tom Wilson– late 50’s to early 60’s– Lyman’s longtime friend and lawyer– Quaker– compassionate, but confused and horrified by the discovery of Lyman’s secret life– torn by his deep affection for both Theo and Lyman after that discovery; the moral conscience of the play.

Nurse Logan– black female, 30’s to 40’s– humorous, practical, calm and practical; mildly amused by the confusion surrounding Lyman, and the only character who does not condemn him outright.

Auditioners are invited to use the rear door on the canal side of the building. Actors will read from the script and should bring a list of any scheduling conflicts they may have.

For more information or a preview of the script, contact the director, Jamie Bruno: jamesrobertbruno@gmail.com; or call 315-406-7435.

Seneca Community Players is one of NY’s oldest continually running Community Theatre organizations. A member of TANYS, Theatre Association of New York State, you can visit them at www.senecacommunityplayers.org.



 Purchase your Willy Wonka tickets HERE!

Our Willy Wonka Crew!

Deb Bly. – Director
Deanne Balcer – Musical Director/pit Conductor
Susie Cornett – Choreographer
MaryAnn Saylor – Rehearsal Accompanist

Jared Pratt – Willy Wonka
Amy Babiarz – Charlie Bucket
Stephen Beals – Grandpa Joe
Karen Beals – Grandma Josephine
Eric Johnson – Grandpa George
Kathy Hadley – Mrs. Bucket
Michel Hawker – Mr. Bucket
Michelle Fancett – Grandma Georgina
Dan Papperman – Candy Man
Charlie Manaseri – Phineous Trout
Steve Mitchell – Augustus Gloop
Mildred Phillips-Espana – Mrs. Gloop
Bobby-Jo Bly-Owens- Violet Beauregarde
Lorne Fancett – Mr. Beauregard
Maria Coleman – Veruca Salt
Tim Hoster – Mr. Salt
Juan Espana – Mike Teavee
Kathy Kirkland – Ms. Teavee
Alexa Mitchell – Cook
Jazmyne Mitchell – Cook
Airi Mitchell – Cook
Camille Johnson – Town Folk/Cook
Madison Barrows – Town Folk
Brittany Barrows – Town Folk
LaurieAnne Hilton – Town Folk
Zac Hilton – Town Folk
McKenzie O’Donnell – Squirrel
Natasha Kolsin – Squirrel
Emily Hoster – Squirrel
Mya Wurster – Squirrel
Delaney Wilson – Oompa-Loompa
Ryan Herman – Oompa-Loompa
Julia Thomas – Oompa-Loompa
Anna Olsowske – Oompa-Loompa
Rachel Olsowske – Oompa-Loompa
Eden Prayne – Oompa-Loompa

Our Musicians

Vicki Porter – Oboe
Annie Bachman – Piano
Eric Koepke – Bass
Lorraine Jones – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Jeff Stempien – Trumpet
David Balcer – Horn
Kevin Goodman – Drum Set, Percussion

Join us for our biggest fundraising event of the year!
Seneca Community Players Auction Theatre!

Friday, May 13th
Seneca Falls Elks Lodge
Doors open 6:30 pm – Auction begins 7pm
Click here for more information.

What is SCP doing??? WNYR 98.5 radio interview



Seneca Falls, NY, April 28, 2016 ——On Friday, May 13th, 2016, Seneca Community Players will give away every role for their summer musical production Willy Wonka to the highest bidder during the “Willy Wonka Auction” at the Seneca Falls Elks Club on Bayard Street. Doors open at 6:30p and the auction will begin at 7p.

“This is an unique opportunity to build community interest in theater and involve those who have always wanted to be on stage without the fear of auditioning”, Susie Cornett, the Auction Chairperson said, “It also gives families and friends the opportunity to do something fun together!”

All roles will be bid on by silent auction with the highest bidder securing their role. If bids go beyond a certain point they will be moved to a live auction. Sponsor sheets are available to help boost opening bids and can be found at www.senecacommunityplayers.org or WomanMade Products, 91 Fall St. Seneca Falls.

In addition, up for auction will be many baskets, goods and services that have been donated by local businesses and individuals.

Willy Wonka is scheduled for July 15-17th at the Delavan Theater at the NYS Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. The show’s director is Deb Bly and the musical director is Deane Balcer. Adults of all ages and children currently enrolled in 5th grade and higher are encouraged to come out for this unique opportunity to perform in this much loved musical.

All money raised will support SCP’s mission to foster, arouse, and help broaden the interest, availability, and appreciation of the theatre arts in Seneca and the surrounding counties. The Elks Club will also be hosting a fish and steak dinner prior to the auction that same night for $10-$15 and dinner reservations are recommended. Doors for the dinner will open at 5:30p.

For more information on SCP and the auction, visit SCP’s Facebook page – “Seneca Community Players Auction Theatre” and www.senecacommunityplayers.org