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Oct. 31, 2002
 
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STUDENT DIRECTOR PREPARES TO TAKE 'LITTLE FOOTSTEPS' ONTO STAGE
OSWEGO -- For SUNY Oswego senior Sondra Tackett, directing the November theatre production of "Little Footsteps" is an experience that transcends classroom lessons.
"You can talk about directing all you want, but the only way to learn is by doing," said Tackett, a dual major in theatre and communications. "The whole experience is taking me places I didn't know I could go, mentally and educationally."
In May, Tackett received word that she would direct the college's annual student honors production, which will open in late November. The months since have seen her assemble ideas, cast members and crew.
"There is a lot more work in it than people realize before the rehearsals even start," Tackett said. "I feel like I've read the script a million times to figure out why every word is there and how it connects with the next line. There are also business aspects we don't learn about in our directing classes."
"Little Footsteps," an offbeat comedy written by Ted Tally, deals with a couple trying to grow up before their first child is born. The script appealed to her because it was well-written and "and something real," Tackett said. While the play depicts a pair of thirtysomethings preparing for a life-changing event, Tackett said college students can understand having to make important, life-altering decisions.
For Tackett, the world of theatre is something she decided to pursue many years ago. A Corning resident with a musical background, she had a lifelong interest in theatre before becoming active on the stage when she reached middle school.
At SUNY Oswego, she has been in such productions as "Macbeth," "The Picture of Dorian Gray," "The Apple Tree" and "Brigadoon." Directing classes and the annual New Voices one-act play showcase have provided other experiences preparing her to lead this show.
"Primarily, I want to act before I direct, but this opens new options for me," Tackett said. "By directing, I can see things from the actors' viewpoint, like moods, tempos and rhythms."
Working with her fellow students to bring the story to life has been an enjoyable experience, she said. Student production leaders include set designer Paul Wilson, lighting designer Brian Faye and costume designer Reid Beadle. The cast of five and the crew are all "a part of the creative process," Tackett said. "This isn't my production, it's everyone's production."
"Little Footsteps," in Tyler Hall's lab theatre, will have an 8 p.m. preview Tuesday, Nov. 19, with all seats available for $5. The show's run will continue with 8 p.m. shows Nov. 20, 21, 22 and 23, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 24. Tickets cost $10 for the general public; $9 for seniors, students and children; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students.
For information of reservations, call Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
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