Anniversary of ‘John, His Story’ brings veteran actors to stage

Beth DeRousie confuses Kristin Cook with bizarre behavior in this scene from “John, His Story,” set to encore April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

CNY Arts Center is staging a reunion of veteran actors Krissy Cook, Beth DeRousie, Bobby Fontana and Dan Williams for a fifth anniversary performance of “John, His Story” at State St. United Methodist Church in Fulton.

The 90 -minute performance will take place Sunday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The play has been performed in area churches around Oswego County since 2007 when it first debuted under the direction of Nancy Fox and Port City Theatre.

“It has proved to be an unexpected delight with audiences every time it is performed,” said Fox, now president of CNY Arts Center. “When they hear the familiar stories of the miracles of Christ brought to life through 25 characters portrayed by only four actors the comments always include pleasant surprise.  Performances of the popular play are requested often and it’s wonderful to realize audiences are still asking for the play five years after its debut.

“It’s also quite a feat to finally bring the actors together again in spite of other commitments,” Fox continued. “Bobby Fontana continues his directing career in Oswego while Dan Williams performs and serves as music director for numerous theatres around CNY. Beth DeRousie is often seen on stage with local theatre companies and Kristin Cook as been working in other capacities for CNY Arts Center since its beginning. We’re honored to have such wonderfully talented individuals devoted to the production. Their busy schedules required a real miracle for calendars to finally merge in one agreeable date and time.”

CNY Arts Center is a new nonprofit arts organization committed to opening an arts center in Fulton for the central New York region to include performing arts, visual/fine arts and literary arts.

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