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March 20, 2003
'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK' SEASON FINALE FOR THEATRE DEPARTMENT
OSWEGO -- The SUNY Oswego theatre department will wrap its 2002-2003 season with Wendy Kessleman's newly adapted version of "The Diary of Anne Frank," running April 25 to May 4 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
The production will be the directorial debut for Paul Savas, a visiting assistant professor of theatre at SUNY Oswego. Savas hails from Texas and has spent the past several years working in New York City and teaching in New Jersey, Virginia and California. He is also a certified member of the Society of American Fight Directors.
"I am very excited to present 'The Diary of Anne Frank' as my SUNY Oswego and upstate New York debut," Savas said. "The cast and production crew have rallied around this project with a passion unique to university theatre. As this story has touched so many people in history, most everyone has a personal attachment to Anne Frank."
The production will feature the artistry of Kathleen Macey as costume designer and Joe Rial as scenic and lighting designer.
Cast as Anne Frank is Erin Naughton, with Steve White playing Otto Frank, Adele Basile as Edith Frank and Meaghan Thaney as Margot Frank.
In addition, Sarah Tarquinio has been cast as Miep Gies, Ryan Powers as Peter Van Daan, James Vincent as Harry Kraler, Katie Keville as Petronella Van Daan, Ethan Van Auken as Hans Van Daan, Michael Climek as Albert Dussel and Aaron Kicak as Karl Silberbaurer. A team of Nazis will be portrayed by Tom Minot, Brian Heyman and Ryan Sprague.
"The very talented cast that I am working with has a great understanding of this story. Each actor is bringing their own research into the lives of these real people and the time period to rehearsal in a way that is creating fully realized and realistic characters," Savas said.
"It is also important for an audience to know that there is a lot of humor in this play, and the cast unites the humor and tragedy in a way that makes the humor more funny and the tragedy more tragic," he added. "We know you will be moved."
A preview performance will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, with all seats at $5.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" will open at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.
Additional 8 p.m. performances are scheduled for consecutive Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 4.
For reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141.
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