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Auburn Players prepare for Bernstein’s “Candide”

The Auburn Players have announced the cast for their upcoming production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. The comical story of a young man’s adventures as he travels the world in search of his one true love will be performed at Cayuga Community College on June 10th and 11th at 8 PM.Starring in the title role is acclaimed actor Stephen Gamba. Gamba has performed with OnStage Atlanta, Galaxy Productions, and has directed for the Holly Theatre. Local audiences will remember him as Harold Hill in Skaneateles Summer Theatre’s production of Music Man, and the Cornelius Hackl in the Auburn Player’s season finale of Hello Dolly.Playing his love Conegonde is Karen Barlett-Morse, who has performed locally with Masterworks Chorale, and Syracuse Vocal Ensemble. She has worked with Skaneateles Summer Theater and Salt City Performing Arts Center in Syracuse, and has also performed as a featured soloist with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra and Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse. Playing the dual roles of Voltaire and Candide’s overly optimistic mentor Dr. Pangloss is Robert Kovak, who has been active in theater and opera in Syracuse, NC, HI, CA and even in Turkey. Popular Geneva pianist Meg Heaton, last seen in the Geneva Theatre Guild’s production of Gypsy appears as the Old Woman. Other Auburn Players’ favorites in the cast include: Ed Beck (Maximilian), Lesley C. Kennedy (Paquette), and Vera Carabajal (The Baroness of Thunder). Playing the denizens of two continents are: Alan Clugston, Emily Short, Dia Carabajal, Michaela Nicpon, Angela Reed, Brenda Kayn, Michaela Oney, Mathew Crawford, Matt Nilsen, Joe Townsend, Simon Moody, and Tony Saurini.Candide is inspired by Voltaire’s wickedly satirical novel. This musical masterpiece includes some of the greatest music ever written, with brilliantly witty lyrics by Richard Wilbur and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John LaTouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, and Leonard Bernstein himself.This production is being performed “In Concert,” and is the Season Finale for the Auburn Players 50th Anniversary Season. The Auburn Players Community Theatre is one of the oldest and most prestigious community theatres in New York State. It has won numerous awards from The Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS), and the Eastern States Theatre Association (ESTA). To learn more about The Auburn Players’ or our upcoming productions, please visit auburnplayers.net or call the Box Office at (315) 258-8275. Tickets for Candide are $14 General Admission and $12 Senior/Student. Group rates and reservations are available.

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