2018 Season

And Then There Were None” - Agatha Christie


03/09/18 - 03/25/18
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the trouble begins and one by one they are murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. One of Christie’s darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction, its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.


Joel Murphy - Director


Joel first became interested in directing while taking a high school film class, and he went on to enjoy directing through animation in college. It wasn't until after college when Joel was getting back into theater that he realized this could be a platform for his creative visions. While in the production of Grease, directed by David Hall, Joel was inspired by some of David’s choices such as: his use of an abstract background including stacked records which created different leveled platforms, and a catwalk masked with a scrim. Joel found David’s choices to be quite strategic to staging a great visual, in addition to creating a mood for the show. A lesson Joel had the privilege of realizing early in life is that if you ever have the opportunity to learn from someone who's passionate about what they do, don't let that opportunity escape. Joel went on to Assistant Direct with David Hall in Lancaster Regional Player's "Boys Next Door,". Joel then directed Lancaster Regional Player's "The Foreigner," assistant directed Aurora Player's "Little Shop of Horrors," and co-directed Lancaster Regional Player's "Dracula".



“Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” - Oscar Wilde

06/01/18 - 06/17/18
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is based on an 1890's story by Oscar Wilde about Lord Arthur Savile who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her mother’s pet chiromantist, Podgers, has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder one day. Desiring a blissful marriage, Lord Arthur feels duty bound to commit the murder before his wedding. Unfortunately, he has neither a victim or a method. Despite help from his butler and the cheerful anarchist Winkelkopf, attempt after attempt fails, usually at Lord Arthur’s expense. After news comes that Podgers is a charlatan, Lord Arthur is free, but the carriage that awaits to take him to the wedding rehearsal contains Winkelkopf's newest bomb, and Lord Arthur’s marriage is once more in question.



Mark David Skura - Director


Mark David is delighted to return to Aurora Players to direct this production of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. A teacher at St. Francis High School since 1982, Mark is also the Director of Fine Arts and the Director of Drama at the school, having produced 62 plays and musicals. Over the years, he has also directed six plays for Aurora Players and performed in several musicals including 110 in the Shade (File), The Music Man (Harold Hill) and The Fantasticks (El Gallo) among others. Mark has also performed with Alleyway Theatre, Springville Players, Playhouse Theatricals and TnT Productions.



“She Loves Me” - book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock

10/05/18 - 10/27/18
An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), She Loves Me was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964. The 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most recently, Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski starred in the 2016 revival, which was critically acclaimed.


Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and of all the twists and turns along the way!


Patricia Hoefler - Director

Patricia is no stranger to Aurora Players, returning after directing “Barefoot in the Park” two years ago. Prior to that, she appeared here in the musical “The Robber Bridegroom” and, prior to that, as Alias in “The Lion in Winter.” After moving to Rhode Island in the 1980’s, she began performing in various community theater productions, including “Mame”(Sally Cato), “Romantic Comedy” (Allison), “Cabaret” (Fraulein Schneider), as well as college productions of “The Art of Dining” (Hannah Galt) and “Twelve Angry Women” (Juror 10), at Rhode Island College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in theater and MFA in Performance and Society.
She has additionally directed a number of plays, such as a modernized version of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” (Shakespeare), “Greater Tuna” (Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears), “Fools” (Neil Simon) and an abridged version of “ Death and the Maiden” (Ariel Dorfman). She also served as assistant director for “The Foreigner” (Larry Shue) and “A Lie of the Mind” (Sam Shepard). As part of her degree, she has written and workshopped several plays, including “Living War” and her final project, “Do UCare” which dealt with the health care crisis.


When not involved in theater, Patricia in an online humanities instructor. She has also sung in a number of choirs and currently sings in the choir at Saint John Vianney choir. She lives in Hamburg, where she shares her abode with her cat, Max, and small rescue mutt, Gideon.


Paul Waara – Music Director

Paul has performed in and has music directed numerous productions throughout the area. Paul worked extensively with Opera-Lytes, serving exclusively as their Music Director for five seasons. In this role, he music directed successful productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, The Sorcerer, and Princess Ida, along with additional productions of She Loves Me and The Music Man. In his tenure with Opera-Lytes, he also conducted the groups' annual Christmas and Valentine Concerts, and played an integral role in the collaboration and development of “An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan” and “Opera on Broadway,” their specialty themed concert programs. Paul also conducted the Opera-Lytes first CD recording, "A Celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan."


As a performer, Paul has sung 8 of the 13 tenor roles in the famed "Savoy Operas" by Gilbert and Sullivan, including The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and The Mikado. Other favorite stage credits include leading roles in The Student Prince and Hello, Dolly!


Presently, Paul is a member of the voice faculty at Community Music School of Buffalo, where he teaches individual voice lessons, classes in opera and theatre, and directs various choral ensembles. He has sung as a cantor at St. John Vianney Church in Orchard Park for 19 years, where he also serves as co-director of the Adult Choir. He maintains active membership in the Chromatic Club of Buffalo, and also serves as the Vice-President of the organization.


Suzie Hibbard — Choreographer

Suzie began dancing at a young age at David De Marie Dance Studios and went on to receive her B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from Niagara University. Soon after graduating, she toured the country as a dancer with Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music. Recent credits include Choreographer for Little Shop of Horrors with Aurora Players and Movement Coordinator for Dracula with Lancaster Regional Players. Stage/Acting credits include Moon Over Buffalo, Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Grease, and Run For Your Wife. She is currently an Administrative Assistant for the Theatre and Fine Arts Department at Niagara University.