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Press Release for: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

I am so excited to be well into rehearsal for The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 with the Auburn Players directed by Bob Frame. This week the Auburn Players featured a press release ( by Ed Beck) featuring my dear friend Katie Bruno and yours truly. Below is an excerpt including some soundbites from myself. ( the full article can be found here)

"One of the joys of community theater is the varied ways that people find our way to us. In the very talented cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, we have two actresses with an uncommon connection. Katie Bruno and Clare Lopez are both professionals who are working with the Merry Go Round Playhouse with the Youth Tour. Since the Playhouse has multiple companies performing the same show, Katie and Clare are actually playing the same character in MGR’s production of The Paper Bag Princess in separate traveling companies.

Although they have their work in common, Katie and Clare come from opposite ends of the country. Clare Lopez was born in Chicago, but grew up in California. She went to college in Washington state, and California. Two years ago she moved to Auburn to work with Merry Go Round.


In our production of Musical Comedies Murders of 1940, Clare plays Bernice the librettist. “Bernice is equally fun and challenging… Throughout the entirety of the show, she is driven by her desire to write and improve the musical– even when people around her are dropping like flies. However, with her propensity to drink, and her relatively low tolerance for emotional strain and real life gore, she spends much of the show passed out, and intoxicated.”

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Tickets are $14 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets online are available at

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