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June 25, 2018

Original Musical Adaptation of the life of Audrey Munson to be produced in Mexico


Stage and screen actress and Mexico High School Class of 1983 graduate Cara D’Emanuele consistently searches for inspiration.

Like other artists who make a living working in a myriad of facets of the performing arts business, she combines her talents as actress, arts educator, casting director, voice coach, writer, composer, pianist, costumer and producer.

Descending Night Statue, circa 1914 by American sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman, provides inspiration for the title of the original musical production about the life of artists model/actress Audrey Munson (1891-1996).

Descending Night Statue, circa 1914 by American sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman, provides inspiration for the title of the original musical production about the life of artists model/actress Audrey Munson (1891-1996).

Everyone she knows who makes a living in the arts is forced to create full-time employment by calling upon a wide range of expertise, many years of experience, resourcefulness and the ability to “self-promote.”

In addition to the arts, she is a lover of all things antique and vintage and for a short time even owned a vintage clothing store.

Her home is filled with vintage photos, hats, umbrellas, gloves, shoes, glasses and suitcases.

She even teaches voice and piano on a turn-of-the-century upright Ellington grand.

Her love of history and research has aided her in creating a tremendously successful career as an artist.

It’s no wonder that when very recently, upon first learning of the life of Audrey Munson, she immediately thought of a stage production.

She first heard of Audrey last week on a facebook posting on the page “You Know You Are From Mexico, New York when …”

“I was ecstatic to learn about this woman and her life and career. I’m not sure how it’s possible that someone with my interests and background who was raised in Mexico would never before have learned of Audrey Munson but I’m thrilled that I know now. I immediately felt drawn to her and am sincerely passionate about her story. I feel a true kinship towards Audrey after having only briefly read introductory research. Audrey was born in Rochester, which I have called my home for the past 14 years. I have been fortunate enough to have experienced a professional career in the arts and in New York City and for 18 years did call Mexico my home. I am also very candid and open about the fact that I struggle with mental illness, as Audrey obviously did during her life. I am very well-educated about my condition and with the assistance of medication and a team of medical professionals, I am able to manage. Audrey was not so fortunate. I am greatly saddened to learn of the way in which she spent the end of her life. Should she have lived today, I am certain she would have received the help she needed. So you see, Audrey and I are kindred spirits in many ways. She was more beautiful, of course.”

The first leg of the journey Cara will take towards a musical production to be staged here in Mexico in the fall of 2014, will be an informational meeting she will conduct at The Mexico Public Library on April 1 at 7 p.m.

She encourages and welcomes all area residents who have any interest in Audrey Munson’s story or the musical production to attend.

Cara is looking for assistance from historians, actors, set builders, grant writers, and beyond.

She asks that you RSVP to [email protected] or phone her at 585-802-8683 should you like to attend the meeting or become involved in any way.

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