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Congratulations are in order for the cast of Anne Frank! The cast and show has won three TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) awards. The awards are as follows:

Meritorious Achievement in Production Concept and Excecution to the Director, Cast, and Production Staff;

Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Emma DeGroff as Anne Frank, and;

Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Juan Espana as Peter VanDaan.

The adjudicator commented:

“What happened in World War II is still relevant today. Seneca Community Players made the Diary of Anne Frank up close and personal. The intimate setting allowed the audience to experience what being in hiding was like. From the time we walk through the bookcase until we see Otto Frank return, we feel some of the pain and suffering that took place within the annex. Thanks to Eric Jansen and the Community Players, the story was brought to life.”



SENECA FALLS, NY, August 31, 2017 ———— Seneca Community Players announced today that they have cast their upcoming production of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich’s The Diary of Anne Frank.

The Diary of Anne Frank won both the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play, in 1956. This touching, tender, heart wrenching yet at times funny story centers on the diary of a young Jewish girl (Anne Frank), her family, the van Daan family and dentist Dr. Albert Dussel who go into hiding in 1942 Amsterdam.  The play directed by TANYS – Theatre Association of NY award winning director Eric Jansen, chronicles their lives through the writings in Anne’s diary during their 25 months in hiding in order to avoid deportation to the extermination camps by the Nazis.

The part of Anne Frank will be portrayed by Union Springs High School sophomore Emma DeGroff of Auburn, seen previously at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Otto Frank (Anne’s father) will be played by SCP veteran and TANYS award winning actor Steve Mitchell of Geneva.  Susie Cornett previously from the Chicago area but now a resident of Seneca Falls is returning to the stage after a 10 year hiatus as Edith Frank, Anne’s mother.  Also new to SCP and completing the Frank Family is Mynderse Academy Junior, Madison Yearsley.  Previously from West Hartford CT but now living in Seneca Falls, she will be portraying Anne’s sister Margot.

Additional cast members include Geneva native and Geneva Theatre Guild veteran Dan Chacchia playing Hermann van Daan, who’s family joins the Franks in the annex.  TANYS award winner Wendy Varrichio-Fletcher of Seneca Falls will play Hermann’s wife Petronella van Daan and Juan Espana of Penn Yan completes the van Daan family as their son Peter van Daan.

Brittany Hammond, of Clifton Springs, will plays Miep Gies, Mr. Frank’s former secretary.  Zachary Cornett of Seneca Falls, who was recently seen in The Addams Family Musical where he won a TANYS award, will play Mr. Kraler, Frank’s former business partner.  SCP veteran and TANYS winning actor John King of Waterloo has been cast as Dr. Dussel, and Tim Hoster of Seneca Falls rounds out the cast as Nazi Officer Karl Silberbauer.

This iconic play will be presented on the lower level of the Partridge Building, 115 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, on October 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8pm and October 8 at 2pm.

To learn more about this production, please contact Eric Jansen, Director. (585) 202-9143


Auditions for Anne Frank Soon!

Seneca Community Players Announces Auditions for The Diary of
Anne Frank

Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for the upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett as adapted by Wendy Kesselman. This story of the life and trials of perhaps the most famous young woman in history will be presented at 115 Fall Street, lower level, Seneca Falls with performances on October 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14.

The diary is the story of Anne—a young Jewish girl and aspiring writer in hiding from the Nazis during their WWII occupation of Holland. Anne’s diary is a devastating and relatable coming-of- age story, kept safe by a family friend Miep Gies. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the sole survivor of the Holocaust hiding in the secret annex of the spice factory. The play follows the eight inhabitants of the Secret Annex from the time the Frank and VanDaan
families go into hiding on July 6, 1942 until their discovery, arrest and deportation in August and September of 1944. Told through the eyes of its teenage author this is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad and touching story. One that reaches us all, inspires us and implores
us to – as written in Anne’s diary “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

The cast includes roles for thirteen actors, seven men and six women including roles for 3 teenagers, 2 girls, 1 age 13-14 and 1 age 15-16 and 1 boy age 15-16. The other roles are for men aged 30-70 and women 25-50. Auditions will include selected readings from the script.

Auditions will be held at 115 Fall Street, lower level, Seneca Falls on August 14 and 15 at 7:00pm. To learn more about this production, please contact Eric Jansen, Director. (585) 202-9143

Cast List Announced for The Addams Family

The cast has been created and the stage is set! Help us support our devoted crew! The cast is as follows:

Chris Boulter Gomez
Katie Hockey Morticia
Abby Hauf Wednesday
Alexander Cook Pugsley
John Faylo Fester
Wendy Varricchio-Fletcher Grandma
Seth Kennedy Lurch
Stuart Sewell Mal
Carol Hauf Alice
Zachary Cornett Lucas
Emily Miracle Ancestor (Marilyn Monroe)
Caitlyn Wayee Ancestor (Cleopatra)
Kathy Kirkland Ancestor (Bride of Frankenstein)
Doralea Kettle Ancestor (Marie Antoinette)
Debbie Koch Ancestor (Amelia Earhart)
Samantha Hockey Ancestor (Susan B. Anthony)
Deb Bly Director
Eric Koepke Musical Director
Pam Bryan
Maryanne Saylor Accompanyist
Jake Yearsley Stage Manager
Stephanie Yearsley Costumer


Welcome, and break a leg!

Auditions for The Addams Family

Contact: Deb Bly

Seneca Community Players


Phone: 516-330- 8916

Seneca Falls, NY – May 16, 2017 – Auditions for The Addams Family Musical


Seneca Community Players announce auditions for The Addams Family Musical to be held on June 12th & 13th (Monday and Tuesday), at the Partridge Building, 115 Fall Street, lower level, Seneca Falls, NY, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Production dates of The Addams Family, are Thursday, August 10 through Sunday August 13 with both a matinee and evening show on Saturday. The Addams Family direction team includes Director Deb Bly, Musical Director Eric Koepke and Choreographer Pam Bryan.

The Addams Family, with music and lyrics by Adam Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is based on The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Numerous film and television adaptations of Addams cartoons exist, but the musical, which is the first stage show based on the characters, is based upon the cartoons rather than the television and film characters. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2010. The original cast featured Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.


Roles sought for The Addams Family are:

Gomez Addams (Lead): Male Actor to play 45-55 years old, strong baritone base vocals, good comedic timing, should be able to move well.

A man of Spanish descent, who adores his wife, takes great pride in his children, and is immensely proud to be an Addams. He finds himself caught between his daughter and his wife he feels completely trapped and unable to make either happy, which is his greatest joy.

Morticia Addams (Lead): Female Actress to play 40-50 years old, strong mezzo-soprano alto vocals, strong dancer or moves very well, easy comedic actress.

Attractive, sexy and leggy, the real head of the family and the moving force behind it. She feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out.

Wednesday Addams (Lead): Female Actress to play 18-20 years old, strong soprano mezzo-soprano pop belt vocals, should be able to move well.

Wednesday is an attractive girl, gothic in a sexy way, witty with a terrifically dry sense of humor. She just wants her family to be “normal” for one night to meet the parents of the boy she’s fallen in love with.

Puglsey Addams (Supporting): Male Actor to play 13-15 years old, strong unchanged voice tenor vocals, height requirement under 5’5”.

A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands.

Uncle Fester (Supporting): Male Actor to play 40-60 old, tenor baritone vocals, vaudeville style comedian.

The androgynous family member who serves as the musical’s narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence and totally incorrigible.

Grandma (Supporting): Female Actress to play 102 years old, soprano alto vocals, character actress.

She is ancient, good-natured, easily led, fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma.

Lurch (Supporting): Male Actor to play undetermined age, low bass vocals, VERY TALL (could wear lifts).

The Addams’ butler who knows all. He speaks in half speed and only in moans and groans, he moves very slowly. He sings solo in an ensemble song.

Lucas Beineke (Supporting): Male Actor who can play 19-21 years old, tenor baritone contemporary pop vocals.

Attractive, in shape young man. In love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love.

Mal Beineke (Supporting): Male Actor to play 45-55 years old, baritone tenor vocals.

Lucas’ straight laced father from Ohio, “normal” and set in his ways, he wants nothing to do with the Addams Family.

Alice Beineki (Supporting): Female Actress to play 40-50 years old, strong high soprano vocals, strong comedic actress.

Lucas’ mother, sweet and innocent with a friendly, though nervous demeanor, she is trying to make the best of the situation.

The Addams Ancestors (Ensemble): 6-8 total, Male and female Strong contemporary dancers or can move very well who also sing, able to hold tight harmonies.

Very important to the cast, the ancestors are seen often, have lines and some vocal solo lines. They have a fun, quirky sensibility. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus.


For Auditions:

Be prepared to sing a song of your choosing (an accompanist will be available).

You will also be asked to perform, in a group, a simple dance step which you will learn at auditions. You will also read from the script.

A commitment of eight weeks is asked by those cast in the show. Prior commitments will be asked for at the time of auditions. Directors will try to accommodate prior commitments to the best of their ability.

If you are unable to make either day of the auditions, contact Deb Bly to make other arrangements.


Cast Announced for The Good Doctor

Seneca Falls, NY: Seneca Community Players is proud to announce casting for The Good Doctor, directed by Seneca Community Player’s Director, Eric J, Jansen. The cast features Chris Boulter (Seneca Falls), John King (Waterloo), Joanne Saracino (Phelps), Maria Coleman (Auburn), Dawn Jansen (Clifton Springs), Pam Bryan (Waterloo), Peter Saracino (Phelps) and Jim Porto (Seneca Falls). The Good Doctor begins performances on Saturday, June 3, 2017, and runs at the 115 Fall Street “Partridge Building” (Lower level), Seneca Falls theater through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

“The Good Doctor” is Neil Simon’s heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into laugh-out- loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun. The show is set in Russia and Simon transformed the short stories into comedies. He wrote this show after his first wife, Joan died suddenly. One of the scenes in the show is very touching and is called, “Too Late for Happiness,” with Joanne Saracino and Chris Boulter capturing the pathos Simon felt at this point in his life. The title of the play refers to Chekhov who was a doctor in real life. The cast of characters includes a writer, a blustering general, a lady of the night, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a man who earns money by “drowning,” a novice dentist, and an overeager actress. “The Good Doctor” opened on Broadway’s Eugene O’Neil Theatre in November 1973 with Christopher Plummer heading the cast and ran for 208 performances. The show has 12 scenes and 8 performers.

Performed as a “Staged Reading” the play relies on the voices of the cast to tell the various stories and create the pictures in the minds of the audience. Director Eric Jansen has assembled a talented cast of veteran actors to take on this, perhaps most challenging form of theatre. Rooted in ancient times, oral storytelling is an intimate tradition between the storyteller and their audience. So, it is that the cast with only the power and skill of their voices takes the humor and wit of 19 th Century Author Anton Chekhov and sprinkles it with Neil Simon’s laughter and sarcasm in order to serve up a wonderful night of theatre.