Drama Festival 2014


The 55th Annual Drama Festival, on May 2, 2014, promises to be a celebration of the power and potential of live theatre. It will include your students' work - often original and always filled with a sense of risk and creativity - a variety of workshops and our production of the madcap comedy musical Young Frankenstein with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.  The musical is of course a close adaptation of Mel Brooks' film of the same name.  Ben Brantley's review of the 2007 Broadway premiere characterized the production as having the qualities of "a burlesque revue, right down to its giggly smuttiness...Dr. Frankenstein introduces his show business trained creature by having him perform Irving Berlin's Puttin' on the Ritz."

Our tentative agenda for Drama Fest '14 is as follows:

8:00-9:00       Registration and Welcome Tyler Hall / Waterman Theatre

9:00-Noon      School Performances Waterman Theatre

12:00-1:00     Lunch - Ballroom, Hewitt Union

1:10-2:00       School Performances Waterman Theatre

2:15-5:15       Workshops   

5:15 -6:15      Dinner  - Ballroom, Hewitt Union 

6:15-7:00       Entertainment T.B.A.  Tyler, room 102

7:30               Young Frankenstein  Waterman Theatre

Workshops will again be offered in three sessions.  Performing schools will be assigned a workshop session with the respondent. A list of workshop choices will be posted on the Theatre Department's website in February and updated as plans are finalized.  Please visit the site regularly as some workshops may require students to prepare a monologue, song or bring supporting material with them.

WOULD YOUR GROUP LIKE TO PRESENT A ONE-ACT PLAY OR SCENE(S) FROM A FULL-LENGTH PLAY OR MUSICAL? We can accommodate seven to nine. The scene must be no longer than 20 minutes. The setting should be minimal, since set up and strike time for each scene is limited. Some basic furniture can be supplied, and our Technical Director will be in touch with you regarding what elements you might bring. A specific floor plan will be provided to schools performing.

If you submit a scene, the final date for submissions is Monday, March 31. You will be notified if your scene will be included by Friday, April 4. We will keep a list of alternates in case of a cancellation. The choice of scenes for the festival will be made by the coordinator (with a committee) if there are more than nine submissions. The choice will be based on balancing a program (musical, classic, contemporary, original) and giving a school that may not have performed before, a chance. Please adhere to the submission deadlines noted below.

We would like to know as soon as possible if you plan to attend. Since we have limited capacity in Waterman Theatre, we strongly urge you to send us a close estimate of numbers attending by Wednesday, April 16. Additional reservations will be accepted through Monday, April 28 space permitting.  Once your final count is submitted, you will be invoiced for that number of reservations. Our aim is to accommodate as many schools as possible. Groups will be accepted until we reach capacity.  

Registration fee is $30.00 per person and includes lunch, dinner, admission to all festival events and the evening performance of Young Frankenstein.

To reduce needless copying, we are placing the registration materials online only.  You may download the general registration form, application to perform a scene, scene selection guidelines and a copy of this introductory letter from the website:  www.oswego.edu/theatre

If you have questions, I can be reached at 315-312-4883 or email mark.cole@oswego.edu. Also send me your address for our email list for future Drama Festival announcements.  We hope to see you on Friday, May 2. 


Mark Cole

Drama Festival Coordinator

Theatre Department


Drama Festival 2014 Deadlines

Submitting a Scene:   Monday, March 31

Notification of Scene Acceptance: Friday, April 4

Deadline to bring a group:  Wednesday, April 16

Technical Needs form (performing schools):  Monday, April 14

Final count (space permitting):  Monday, April 18

Program Information (performing schools):  Monday, April 28