Theatre season to open in 'Big' way

The SUNY Oswego theatre department has “big” plans for the spring semester—notably with their next production, “Big: The Musical,” which opens Feb. 25 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre on campus.

Taken from the 1988 hit movie staring Tom Hanks, “Big: The Musical” follows 13-year-old Josh Baskin when his carnival wish comes true. Frustrated with being a kid, Josh makes a wish with a carnival fortuneteller to be “big.” To his surprise, Josh wakes the next day in the body of a 30-year-old. With the help his friend Billy, Josh moves to New York City to pursue a fun-filled and heartwarming adventure. 

Jonel Langenfeld-Rial directs the production, with musical direction by Todd Graber and choreography by Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell.  The design team for “Big: The Musical” includes Kitty Macey, costume design; Joe Rial, scene design; Johan Godwaldt, lighting design; and Michael DeAlmeida, sound design.

Community members and SUNY Oswego students fill the cast for the musical. Lead cast members include Billy Darvill as young Josh, Ryan Powers as adult Josh, Brian Heyman as Josh’s pal Billy and Megan McGarvey as Susan.

Other cast members include Jodi Castello as Mrs. Baskin; Brian Gallogly as Mr. Baskin and Lipton; Katie Burnett as Cynthia Benson; Ryan Sprague as Derek; Jessica Bauer as Miss Watson; Lawrence Nadel as Birnbaum; Steve Mazzoccone as Paul; Kris Vicencio as Barrett; Carolyn Bonanni as a daughter; Jeremy Gosek as Mr. Barrrett’s son; Greg Salmon as Nick; Dan Williams as Tom; Kathryn Schwartz as Diane; and Allison Vanouse as Abigal.

A preview performance of “Big: The Musical” will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, with all seats available for $6.

The show will continue with 8 p.m. curtain times Feb. 25 and 26 and March 4 and 5. A Sunday matinee March 6 will begin at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students.

A school performance will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 10 a.m.  Tickets are $7 for students with complimentary chaperone tickets.

For information and reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141.

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(Posted: Jan 26, 2005)