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Oct. 4, 2000
OSWEGO -- The Oswego State theatre department production of Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" will feature original music composed by music department faculty member Julie Pretzat.
The show will open in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre with a preview performance on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The production will run at 8 p.m. through Oct. 14, with a closing performance Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.
The adaptation presents many opportunities to set atmosphere and convey the passage of time through music. Julie has composed and arranged music inspired by the works of the French composer Gabriel Faure to provide harmonic patterns to build upon.
Church modes also provide both positive and negative contrasts to convey the battle between good and evil in the story as well as a musical pun: Music concerning the title character is written in the Dorian mode.
The use of canons, or rounds, emphasizes Dorian's mental doubts, inquiries and guilts that leave no trace upon his youth or beauty. In contrast to the more somber aspects of the music, one number is composed in the style of a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song.
The choreographer for the production is senior theatre major Samantha DeLuke. Drawing on 12 years of dance experience, DeLuke has created interlude dances incorporating lyrical, swing, tango and waltz styles.
Produced by Blackfriars and the Student Association, the novel is adapted for the stage and directed by Mark Cole, chair of the Oswego State theatre department.
The story centers on an artist's obsession with the young and handsome Dorian Gray. The obsession results in a portrait of Gray. When Gray wishes that he might always remain as young as the image in the portrait, he gets his wish.
Wilde built his witty novel around the three main characters: the artist Basil, his cynical friend Lord Henry and Dorian Gray, who all mirror some part of Wilde himself.
"The production aims to draw the comedy not only from the manners and words, but also from genuine human foibles, which can eventually lead to the tragedies of the novel," dramaturge Brian Pringle explains.
Cole adds, "'The Picture of Dorian Gray' created a sensation when it was first published in 1891 and is guaranteed to do so again on the Oswego State campus. The play is both sinister and delightful. 'Dorian Gray' is filled with wit and perception. Wilde summed up the anxieties and obsessions of the late Victorian age and has much to tell us about our own."
For information and ticket reservations, call the Tyler box office at 312-2141 or e-mail
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CONTACT: Mark Cole, director, 341-2140 or 312-2140

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