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‘Dial M’ actors to stage preview reading

Kyle Walton and Liz Ladd rehearse a tense scene from the Oswego Players first show of their 75th season: “Dial M for Murder.” Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
Kyle Walton and Liz Ladd rehearse a tense scene from the Oswego Players first show of their 75th season: “Dial M for Murder.” Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

The Oswego Players organization will kick-off its 75th season with the play that spawned the classic Hitchcock film, “Dial M for Murder,” penned by English Playwright, Frederick Knot.

It caught the interest of Alfred Hitchcock, who set about adapting the play to film with stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings.

Knot’s work often focused on women who innocently became the potential victims of sinister plots and “Dial M” is no exception.

Cary Grant had created the role of Tony on stage and was interested in doing the film, but was ultimately convinced that audiences would not accept him as a villain.

Director Troy Pepper’s cast includes Liz Ladd as the intended victim, Margot; Aaron Callahan as the plotting Tony; Kyle Cumby Walton as Max Holliday; Nathan Wescott as Captain Lesgate; and Michael Paul Callahan as the intrepid Inspector Hubbard.

Additionally, veteran actor Zane Leo portrays two characters (Thompson and O’Brien) with Julia Preston-Fulton a reporter.

There will be a preview reading and talk-back with the actors at River’s End Bookstore Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. The actors will be in costume and will perform scenes from the show.

Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

Kevin Caraccioli and his son, Matthew, will both play the role of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Matthew will portray George Bailey as a youngster.

Father and son to play George Bailey in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

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Kevin Caraccioli and his son, Matthew, will both play the role of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Matthew will portray George Bailey as a youngster.

The Oswego Players and Director Troy Pepper are welcoming Kevin C. Caraccioli back to the Frances Marion Brown stage in the upcoming holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Caraccioli will play the lead role of George Bailey, made famous by the film’s star, James Stewart. It has been 25 years since he last “trod the boards,” and he said he is thrilled to be playing this particular part.

Apparently, acting talent runs in the Caraccioli family. His son, Matthew, will portray George Bailey as a youngster. Matthew has a leg-up on his dad as a seasoned performer in school and community productions.

At the age of five, he appeared in his first theatrical role in the Minetto School’s kindergarten production of “Little Red Riding Hood.” His other acting credits include the blanket-toting “Linus” in Fulton Community Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man Charley Brown” and a summer Children’s Theatre production of “High School Musical, Jr.”

The Caraccioli family is one of five family groups in this family-oriented holiday presentation.

Performances will take place on the Frances Marion Brown theatre stage in the Oswego Civic Arts Center, Fort Ontario Complex. Production dates are Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. Amatinee will be performed Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office number at 343-5138.

Oswego Players cast ‘A Wonderful Life’

The Oswego Players and director Troy Pepper announced that the Christmas show, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” has a cast and is now in rehearsal.

Performances will take place on the Frances Marion Brown theatre stage in the Oswego Civic Arts Center, Fort Ontario Complex.

A play requiring a cast of 25 people is not an easy task, but Pepper has managed to fill all but a couple of small parts.

Heading up the production as George Bailey is Kevin Caraccioli, filling the shoes of the great Jimmy Stewart, star of the 1940s movie version.

The rest of the line-up includes Stephanie Johnson, Tammy Wilkinson, Peter, Kelly and Stephen Mahan, Lynn Phillips, Zane Leo, Michael Callahan, Karen Tepfenhart and Bill Debiase.

Also, Jimmy Mehs, Carmella Smith, Sandee Brown, Jennifer Butler, Beverly Murtha, Sabrina Woodward, Marsha Preston, Chad Summer, Matt Caraccioli, Alex Smith, Emma Smith, Mariah Pepper and Casey Woods.

Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.

A matinee will be performed Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

Oswego Players to hold 75th anniversary fund-raiser

In anticipation of the Oswego Players’ 75th year of continuous operation beginning January 2013, the Players are looking for support in upgrading the Oswego Civic Arts Center building.

Formerly the Quartermaster building for Fort Ontario, the center, turning 100 in 2013, is in need of repair and upgrades.

It is shared by the Players and the Art Association of Oswego.  Both groups are contributing volunteer support to this fund-raising effort.

A fund-raising campaign is in progress to add to the building renovation fund.

Aug. 25, a fund-raising dinner will be held at the Foundry in Oswego. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, a cash bar and a buffet meal.

The “piece de resistance” will be the British farce by Ray Cooney, “Caught in the Net,” a sequel to his farcical romp, “Run for your Wife.” Cooney is well-known for his outrageously funny situations and characterizations.

Directing the farce will be Oswego Players veteran director Sherri Baker. The cast will include Michael Callahan, Beverly Murtha, Adele and Eric Cronk, Aaron Callahan, Elizabeth Ladd and Dr. Michael Nupuf.

Crewing will be Nelson Metz, stage manager; Christopher Metz, sound; Julia Preston-Fulton, props, and Elizabeth Ladd, makeup.

The Players and Art Association members are also selling raffle tickets for a trip for two to Las Vegas, including air fare, a week’s lodging and $500 spending money. There will a maximum of 1,000 tickets sold.

They will be available from any Player or Art Association member and also sold at the Oswego Farmer’s Marketon Thursday evenings and at Harborfest in the Art Association’s booth.

Those seeking more information may visit the Oswego Players web site at www.oswegoplayers.org, or call the Box Office at  343-5138, or e-mail to oswegoplayers@yahoo.com.

Preston and Fontana have royal roles in ‘Mattress’

Julia Preston-Fulton (Minstrel), Bobby Fontana (King) and Erin Chetney (Jester) rehearse a scene from “Once Upon a Mattress.” “Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.

Oswego Players director Inez Manor Parker has cast the royal leads in her upcoming “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Bobby Fontana is reprising the role of King Sextimus the Silent.

He played the same role several years ago in a children’s theatre presentation of the show.

Fontana has been a member of the organization since his debut in “Lend Me a Tenor” in 1995.

His contributions to the group are many and varied. As a director, he has successfully taken on such classics as, “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Marsha Preston will play the nasty Queen Aggravain – thwarting her son’s (Prince Dauntless the Drab) every attempt at matrimony.

Preston is a Penn State Theatre Arts graduate and also holds a master’s degree in education.  She is a long time Players member, first performing in “Dear World” in 1988, and most recently in “Life with Father” in April.

Preston has been active with other groups such as the Red Creek Players, Fulton Broadway Theatre and Festival Chorus.

Multi-talented, she has written and produced children’s theatre with Hands on Theatre.

Talent appears to run in the family as her daughter, Julia Preston-Fulton, is also in the cast.

Fulton is a graduate of SUNY Oswego in zoology and just recently returned from tour-guiding in Yellowstone National Park.

With the Players, she assumed the role of Catherine Johnson in “Silent Night, Lonely Night” and recreated the Marlene Deitrich role from “Witness for the Prosecution.”

“Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.

Tickets are available by calling the Players’ Box Office at 343-5138.

Oswego Players to stage ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Oswego Players Director Inez Manor Parker has announced completion of casting for the Players’ summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” based on the fairy tale story of, “The Princess and the Pea.”

Cast members are Marsha Preston (Queen Aggravain), Richard Mosher (Wizard), Julia Preston Fulton (Minstrel), Molly Brown (Winnifred the Woebegone), Adam Schmidtmann (Prince Dauntless the Drab), and Erin Chetney (Jester).

Also, Shane Gabriele (Sir Henry), Beth DeRosie (Lady Larkin), Erin Delaney (Princess #12), Norman Berlin, III, (Sir Luce), Brie McIntosh (Lady Luce), Taylor Hamer (Lady Beatrice and Pantomime), and Jennifer Butler (Lady Merrill).

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