Harlequin Productions Receives Four TANYS Awards and Invitation to Perform at Festival

Cayuga Community College is pleased to announce its theater company, Harlequin Productions, has earned four awards from the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) for its recent production of Carmilla. These awards, which bring the TANYS total to more than 94 since the company’s founding, reflect Harlequin’s sustained commitment to excellence in performance arts.

The TANYS awards for Carmilla include:

  • Meritorious Achievement in Direction to Robert Frame
  • Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Edward Gould for his portrayal of Fontaine
  • Meritorious Achievement in Lighting Design to Rob Fragoman
  • Excellence in Scenic Design to Virginia Fennessy

The performance of Carmilla was critiqued by noted adjudicator, Frances Ruoff, a theater veteran of 30 plus years who is presently directing for the Rockaway Theatre Co. and teaching at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY. Ruoff offered, “Harlequin Productions has once again offered the community an unusual evening of theatre that is eerily perfect for this season. Beautiful women, vampires and an original play that will satisfy young and old. Not to be missed.”

In addition to the four awards, TANYS has invited Carmilla to its annual theater festival on November 23, 2014. It will be one of nine shows performing.

Harlequin Productions is a multi-award winning performance group that produces live theatre on Cayuga’s Auburn campus. The cast is comprised of student actors, with tech staff and professional designers and directors brought in to guide them. The company, which is open to all students with or without experience, specializes in new works, providing students the opportunity to create pieces of theatre that have never been seen before. Many playwrights travel to campus to see their plays performed. Typically, Harlequin puts on one play per semester.

“It has been my pleasure to be involved with Harlequin Productions for more than 30 years,” says Robert Frame, producer of Harlequin Productions. “Carmilla has a great storyline and strong characters to which I knew my young actors could relate. The script also presented challenges that I knew our design team would embrace to create an environment in which students could learn and grow.”

Carmilla, by David MacDowell Blue, is a vampire story based on the novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The performance was directed by Robert Frame, and the cast of student thespians included Meg Owren, Donovan Stanfield, Ed Gould, Megan Schwartzwalder, Sydney Dudley, Nikki Baker-Lanning, Ryan Baldwin, Will Mosier and KeNajah Mathis.

The awards for Harlequin’s production of Carmilla will be presented this month at the TANYS festival banquet in Auburn, N.Y. The event will honor all award recipients from across the state of New York.