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Cayuga CC’s Harlequin Production earns four TANYS awards for its rendition of 'Club Hell'

DATE: 04-03-2012

The Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) recognized Cayuga Community College Harlequin Production’s Spring 2012 Club Hell with four awards.

Based on the March 22 performance at the College’s Bisgrove Community Theatre, a TANYS adjudicator reviewed the world premiere of Kerry A. Forrestal and John R. Fracchia’s Club Hell based a list of 10 criteria, including believability of acting and effective timing, character interpretation, and overall impact. The adjudicator awarded the following recognitions:

  • Meritorious Achievement in Lighting Design to Brad McLean
  • Excellence in Scenic Design to Robert John Andrusko
  • Meritorious Achievement in Costuming to Mathew Ryan Limerick
  • Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Work to the Director Bob Frame and Cast

“Harlequin Productions proved that hell can be a fun place,” said adjudicator Joan Luther of Naples in the review. “The original works production performed at Cayuga Community College showed a side to heaven and hell that we mortals didn’t realize. The production came alive with its set, lights, and costumes.”

Andrusko won the TANYS 2011 Best Overall Design for his work on Harlequin Production’s 2011 When I Come To My Senses, I'm Alive! McLean traveled from Boston to do the lighting design, and costume designer Mathew Ryan Limerick drew on his educational experience at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City.

“From the moment in January that I found the script for Club Hell buried on an Internet web site, it has been a fast-track adventure,” said Director Bob Frame. “The playwrights were a joy to work with, even having them Skype in on rehearsals to see how their words flowed. The student cast worked extremely hard to create fun, believable characters. I am in awe of the visual talent exhibited by the designers and what we were able to create in only three days!”

The cast included LaRae Brooks (Fire) of Syracuse, Joshua Stedge (Brimstone) of Waterloo, John Murphy (The Devil) of Cato, Steven Hodge (God) of Auburn, and Caryl Frame (Eve) and Colin Wentworth (Imp) of Skaneateles. Alex Springer, who attends Auburn Jr. High School, played Ashley.

Club Hell also featured the ensemble talents of Rachel Bodner, Katy Lubaszewski, Zech Nelson, and Rhiannon Khoury, Auburn; Maria Coleman, Port Byron; Dylan Thompson, Waterloo; Thomas Costantino, Seneca Falls; and Lizzy Fennessy, Jordan-Elbridge.

Production crew included stage manager David Thieringer of Hannibal; assistant stage manager Michael Crowe of Waterloo; prop mistress Kat Jordan of Tully; sound Jed Daniels of Jordan-Elbridge and Joe Prue of Auburn; assistant costume designers Nancy Hunt of Weedsport and Erika Green of Port Byron; and assistant director Robin Fragoman of Jordan-Elbridge.