'Brodie' part of college's annual drama festival

rehearsal imageIn addition to entertaining audiences from the campus and the community, SUNY Oswego’s upcoming production of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” will be part of the college’s 48th annual high school drama festival.

Based on the novel by Muriel Spark and adapted by Jay Presson Allen, the Oswego production is directed by Jerry Bradley and will open in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre on April 25.

“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” debuted in London in 1964, on Broadway in 1968 and as a Hollywood film in 1969. Written at a time when few plays or films had predominantly female leading characters, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” garnered much acclaim in all its guises, earning Tony, Olivier and Academy Awards for key actresses.

The Friday, April 27, performance is reserved for those attending the college theatre department’s Dramafest.

Nine Central New York high schools will bring a scene to perform and be adjudicated by Aoise Stratford, an international actor, playwright and instructor at the Hangar Theatre’s Project Four. 

High school students will attend afternoon workshops presented by theatre department faculty and conclude their day by attending the evening performance of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

“The festival celebrates high school theatre and offers visiting students the opportunity to see the vibrant artistic life that SUNY Oswego offers,” said Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre.

“For many of our theatre majors, the day was a deciding factor in their decision to come to Oswego,” Cole added. “With over 430 students attending this year, from five counties, the festival is a significant educational outreach activity for the theatre department.”

A preview performance of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, with all seats priced at $5. Additional 8 p.m. public performances will take place April 25, 26 and 28, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 29. Tickets cost $12 ($10 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).

For information and reservations for the public performances, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Class consciousness—Teacher Jean Brodie (Lucaya Luckey-Bethany) runs a tight ship for private-school students including (from left) Sandy (Megan McGarvey), Monica (Sara Weiler), Jenny (Allison Kleber) and Mary McGregor (Nicole Arbes) in the upcoming SUNY Oswego theatre production “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” The acclaimed dark comedy will open April 25 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Apr 18, 2007)