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April 10, 2002
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'APPLE TREE' LOCAL DIRECTORIAL DEBUT FOR THEATRE TEACHER
OSWEGO -- When "The Apple Tree" opens on April 26 in SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre, it will be the local debut for seasoned theatre professional Jonel Langenfeld-Rial.
Langenfeld-Rial, who joined Oswego's theatre department as an assistant professor of acting last fall, will direct and choreograph the three-story production. "I'm excited to put forth this fun, musical comedy on men and women and the dynamics of relationships," Langenfeld-Rial said. "It's been rewarding to work with the talents at Oswego and to bring a new perspective to Oswego theatre."
Langenfeld-Rial hails from Minnesota, which she left to spend 12 years in Hawaii teaching, performing and directing theatre. While in Hawaii, Langenfeld-Rial focused on Asian theatre and movement. She studied and performed Beijing Opera and served as artistic director for the Kauai Performing Arts Center and for Puppet Masters.
From Hawaii, Langenfeld-Rial went to Illinois State University, where she taught developmental drama to theatre education and elementary education majors. She earned the 1999-2000 Faculty
Mentor Award of Excellence for her work in implementing theatre as an instructional tool in the classroom.
"I'm always looking for the opportunity to introduce people to theatre and to how the lessons of theatre can strengthen our everyday lives," she said.
Langenfeld-Rial said she is surrounded by a familiar and talented group on stage and behind the scenes with musical direction by Julie Pretzat, costume design by Kitty Macey, scenic and lighting design by Joe Rial, sound design by Jon Vermilye and technical direction by Johan Godwalt.
"In researching and watching this show, I can't help but to laugh and think of John Gray's book 'Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,'" Langenfeld-Rial said. "I think people will laugh and certainly identify with the characters. This show is vibrant in song, story lines and set -- a great way to celebrate spring!"
"The Apple Tree," which debuted on Broadway in 1966 from the team that created "Fiddler on the Roof," is based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Pfeiffer.
A preview of "The Apple Tree," with all tickets $6, will raise the curtain at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. April 26 and 27 and May 4, with a 2 p.m. matinee May 5.
Tickets for the regular shows are $11 for the general public, $9 for seniors and students, and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. For information or reservations, contact the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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