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Nov. 1, 2000
OSWEGO -- Oswego State senior Kerry Volkland will direct a cast of fellow theatre majors in the contemporary comedy "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by "American Beauty" screenwriter Alan Ball, as the annual student honors production playing Tuesday to Sunday, Nov. 14 to 19.
Because of construction in Tyler Hall on campus, the production will be presented at the Frances Marion Brown Theatre at Fort Ontario.
Volkland has been seen on stage in "Brigadoon," "Fragments" and "The Crucible." Her work as stage manager for "Oliver" and assistant
director for last season's "Dracula" helped prepare her for the role of director, for which she was chosen by the theatre department faculty.
"This is the next step for me," Volkland said of her directing debut.
"It can be really hard. Every little detail goes through you. The casting was the hardest part for me so far."
The women she chose will play five bridesmaids, all wearing the same dress, who gather in an upstairs bedroom while the wedding is going on to escape the festivities and share their thoughts. The result is a rollicking, raunchy comedy.
Several young women auditioned for Volkland with a monologue and then a cold reading. Fifteen were called back to interact with each other.
Volkland paid close attention to how their personalities reflected each other and how the women's individual looks complemented each other.
The five women chosen were senior Courtney Radez, seen in "Brigadoon" and "Oliver"; junior Anastasia Meehan, of last season's "Oedipus en Havana"; sophomore Jennifer McNiven, of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," "Oedipus en Havana" and "Comedy of Errors"; senior Samantha DeLuke, of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and multiple theatre productions in the last three years; and senior Jamie Hutt, of "Fragments," "The Crucible" and "Comedy of Errors."
Five men auditioned for the single male role. Volkland said she was looking for someone with a lot of confidence and sex appeal who could generate a lot of chemistry with his female co-stars. Junior Mark Northrup, who recently portrayed the role of Dorian Gray in the department's last production, won the role.
"Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" will preview Tuesday, Nov. 14, and run each night at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 18. A Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 will close the run.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $6 for Oswego State students. Seats are limited in the small 120-seat theatre, and early ticket purchase is recommended. Major credit cards are accepted.
For tickets contact, Tyler Box Office at 312-2141 or e-mail at .
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