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Oct. 2, 2002
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STUDENT LIGHTING DESIGNER GIVEN CHANCE TO SHINE IN PRODUCTION
OSWEGO -- Those attending the SUNY Oswego theatre department's upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" won't see senior theatre major Sara Lyon appear on stage. But they may notice her illuminating presence in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
The adaptation of the William Shakespeare comedy marks Lyon's first opportunity as lighting designer on a main stage production, but she's not new to the task. She served in this capacity in the college's two previous student honors shows, "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" and "The House of Yes."
During the student-run shows, she said, she learned how much impact lighting has on a production. "The color of light and the intensity of light can change the entire mood and atmosphere of the play," Lyon said. "For instance, is it day or is it night? It helps to tell the story as much as anything else."
Through the student productions, Lyon said she learned that communication and compromise can be as important as creativity when it comes to staging a production.
"You're not in it for yourself. You're in it for the whole of the show," she said. "Because we were all students, that was interesting in and of itself since we were all going through the same process. Part of it was learning how to get ideas across."
Working with professionals on her first main stage show has meant more experienced insights from team members and meetings that "run a lot faster," she said. "It has been a lot of fun, but it has also has been a really big learning experience."
Working behind the scenes has interested her since she started crew work in high school at Penn Yan Academy. "I tried to act in a play there, but I had stage fright," she admitted.
Moving backstage, she discovered she had both interest and ability, she said. "I figured, if I'm spending that much time doing something as a volunteer, then maybe I should go to college for a career where I can get paid for it."
As her plotting with light continues, Lyon said she can't wait for the emotional payoff of opening night. "It will be neat to see if it all comes out like it has been in my head," she said. "I'm really excited to see how this will all come together. It's going to be really fun."
Directed by Professor Mark Cole, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. General seating for this performance is available for $5.
The production will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and continue with 8 p.m. shows Oct. 19, 25 and 26. There are 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Oct. 20 and 27. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students and children; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. Family packages for two adults and two children are available for $34.
For reservations or more information, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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