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April 3, 2002
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OSWEGO -- The temptation of men and women and a complex, satirical look at relationships are at the root of "The Apple Tree," an upcoming SUNY Oswego production. The light-hearted trio of musical stories will open on April 26 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by theatre department newcomer Jonel Langenfeld-Rial, the show offers a comic look at the trials, joys and underlying similarities of relationships through the ages. "The show is energetic and lighthearted," Langenfeld-Rial said. "Our approach and choreography are geared to truly entertain the audience." Musical direction is by SUNY Oswego music Professor Julie Pretzat.
The production opens with "Garden of Eden" as Adam and Eve explore the first bite of temptation. In the play, Adam (Erik Norris) and Eve (Jennifer McNiven) unlock the first feelings of love and the realization of how different men and women really are. Both Norris and McNiven had roles in "The Beat and the City" and "Macbeth," while McNiven was also seen as Tuptim in the Waterman Summer Theatre's production of "The King and I."
The medieval second story of "The Lady and the Tiger" finds Barbara (Anastasia Meehan) ordered by her father the king to marry for lineage rather than love. However, underneath flows a river of jealousy where Barbara asks the question: If she can't have Sanjar (John Smiley), then should anyone else? Meehan was last seen by audiences as Anna in "The King and I," while Smiley is a veteran of SUNY Oswego theatre department shows and the Oswego Players.
The final act visits modern times as Ella (Brooke Stone), a chimney sweep by day, is transformed into the title character of "Passionella," a glamorous movie star by night. Her dream of fame and fortune may be fulfilled, but the story asks whether it is worth losing her true love, Flip (Lucas Rose).
"This third story is truly a take on today's generation who dreams of being movie and music stars," Langenfeld-Rial said. "It's Cinderella meets Britney Spears."
A preview performance of "The Apple Tree," with all tickets $6, will start at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The show will open at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, with the same curtain time on consecutive Saturdays, April 27 and May 4. It will conclude with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 5. Tickets for the regular shows are $11 ($9 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).
For information or reservations, contact the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail
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