About Us

 

Letter from the President

2022 marks Seneca Community Players Golden Anniversary and 50 years of award winning theater right here in Seneca County. It also marks the beginning of exciting changes to begin our next 50 years. We are planning a celebration of our history and our future this fall and would like to connect with anyone who was worked the SCP over the last 50 years, especially those founding members who have meant so much to our success, but may have lost contact with. If you have worked with SCP over the last 50 years or know someone who has please send us a message with contact information so we can re-connect. Thanks SCP Board of Directors

Please, come play with us!

Eric Jansen  ~ President

 

Mission Statement

To foster, arouse, and help broaden the interest, availability,and appreciation of the theatre arts in Seneca and the surrounding counties.

Board of Directors


Eric Jansen

President- Leland Dewey Chair

    • Hometown: Clifton Springs, NY
    • Craziest thing you have ever done:  Community Theater
    • Favorite theatre moments:
      Gramps – “On Borrowed Time” (Gown Theatre~Stillwater, OK)
      Donald Waldman  “Hearts” (SCP~Seneca Falls, NY)
      Director  “Driving Miss Daisy” (SCP~Seneca Falls, NY)
    • Favorite quote:
      “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t-you’re right”~Henry Ford

Chris  Boulter
Executive Vice President & Season Planning

  • Born: Watertown, NY  
  • Resides: Waterloo, NY
  • Craziest thing you’ve ever done:
    Got my motorcycle license on Friday and drove from Watertown to Zenia Ohio on Monday
  • Favorite production seen on stage:

    First professional summer I played Billis in south pacific and the reaction of the opening night audience
    when I came on in the coconut bra was awesome. I was so nervous and not sure of the whole thing,
    but the audience made all the difference.
  • Favorite quote:
    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

 


Stephanie Yearsley

Treasurer

  • Born: Des Moines, IA  
  • Resides:  Seneca Falls, NY
  • Favorite stage production you’ve ever seen:
    The Children’s Hour
  • Favorite theatre moments:
    Act 2 curtain opening for “Enchanted April” was enjoyable in that the set and lighting got applause. (SCP-Seneca Falls, NY)
  • Favorite quote:  “Comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable”

 


LLynn Patti 2ynn Patti

Secretary
Business & Communications

  • Born: Buffalo, NY
  • Resides: Seneca Falls, NY
  • Craziest thing you’ve ever done:
    Climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Favorite quote:
    “Be kind, always be kind”
  • Favorite Actress/Actor:
    Diane Lane and Nathan Lane

Becky Bly

 

  • Born: Des Moines, IA  
  • Resides:  Seneca Falls, NY
  • Favorite stage production you’ve ever seen:
    The Children’s Hour
  • Favorite theatre moments:
    Act 2 curtain opening for “Enchanted April” was enjoyable in that the set and lighting got applause. (SCP-Seneca Falls, NY)
  • Favorite quote:  “Comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable”

 


Deborah Bly 

  • Born: Des Moines, IA

  • Hometown: Seneca Falls, NY
  • Craziest thing you ever 
    I do nothing crazyFavorite theatre moments:
    Sweeney Todd on Broadway 
  • Favorite Quote:“The definition of acting is reacting to others on stage, their words and actions” Ted Kehoe 

 

 


 

Michael Jansen 

Buildings and Grounds Chair

  • Born: Cushing, OK 
  • Raised: Clifton Springs, NY   
  • Resides: Clifton Springs, NY 
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  • Favorite stage production you have ever seen:

  • Favorite Actress/Actor:

Katie Hockey

Fundraising Chair

  • Hometown: Watertown, NY 
  • Lives in:  Seneca Falls, NY
  • Craziest thing you have ever done: We don’t talk about my college days at Plattsburgh
  • Favorite Theater moments: Playing Mona in Chicago, Anita in West Side Story, and Morticia in The Addams Family with SCP
  • Favorite Quote:  “Though she but little, she is fierce!” Midsummer Shakespeare

         

 


Dawn Jansen

  • Hometown: Phelps, NY
  • Resides: Clifton Springs, NY
  • Craziest thing you’ve ever done:
    Being on stage rather than backstage.
  • Favorite theatre moments:  Watching the three men in my life on stage (Eric, Josh, Mike)
  • Favorite Actress/Actor:
    Bette Midler, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

 

 


Seth  Kennedy

    • Hometown:  Fredonia, NY
    • Lives in: Seneca Falls, NY
    • Craziest thing you have ever done:
      Built and performed a 20 ft long puppet for Shrek  the musical
    • Favorite theatre moments:
      Performing in Avenue Q
    • Favorite Actress/Actor:
      “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

 

 


 Wendy Varricchio-Fletcher

  • Hometown:
    Seneca Falls, NY
  • Lives in:  Seneca Falls
  • Craziest thing you’ve ever done:
    Ha! I served in the Navy, and let’s just say this, I’m glad that part of my life occured before cell phones and social media! 
  • Favorite theatre moments:

    Playing alongside and earning a TANYS award with the person I  most admired watching in our HS musicals when I was in Junior HS (Sheri Bleiler Del Favero).
    When a grade school girl asked to come to the theatre to meet me after she watched my portrayal of Grandma Addams in The Addams Family.
  • Favorite Quote:
    “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” Eleanor Roosevelt 

 


Tim Hoster

  • Hometown: Clifton Springs, NY
  • Craziest thing you have ever done:  Community Theater
  • Favorite theatre moments:
    Gramps – “On Borrowed Time” (Gown Theatre~Stillwater, OK)
    Donald Waldman  “Hearts” (SCP~Seneca Falls, NY)
    Director  “Driving Miss Daisy” (SCP~Seneca Falls, NY)
  • Favorite quote:
    “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t-you’re right”~Henry Ford


Maria Coleman

 Hometown: Auburn, NY

Lives in:  Auburn,NY

Favorite theatre moments:

I always love the end of the “Merry Christmas George Bailey” radio play – when George says his last line as the rest of the cast softly sings Auld Lang Syne, and then the music crescendos as the show ends…

Favorite quote:
 “There is a certain immortality involved in theatre, not created by monuments and books, but through the knowledge the actor keeps to his dying day that on a certain afternoon, in an empty and dusty theater, he cast a shadow of a being that was not himself but the distillation of all he had ever observed; all the unsingable heartsong the ordinary man may feel but never utter, he gave voice to, and by that he somehow joins the ages.” -Arthur Miller

 

 


Pam Behm

Properties and Historian

  • Hometown: Port Byron, NY
  • Lives in: Seneca Falls, NY
  • Craziest thing you have ever done: I honestly can’t think of anything. I’ve never been a wild person.
  • Favorite theatre moments:
    watching The Secret Garden as a child in a crowded theater, performing in Are You Being Served?
  • Favorite quote:
    “It is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Pete Saracino 

Play reading Committee Chair

  • Hometown: Seneca Falls, NY
  • Lives in: Oaks Corners, NY
  • Craziest thing you have ever done: attending Woodstock (the real one)
  • Favorite theatre moments:
    playing Jim in “Pumpboys and Dinettes”; playing Man In Chair in “Drowsy Chaperone”; playing Morrie in “Tuesdays With Morrie”; playing Clarence in “MCGB”
  • Favorite quote:

    “Cry out as if you had a million voices.  It is silence that kills the world”.
    St. Catherine of Sienna