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 AUDITIONS FOR The Crucible

     Auditions for The Crucible  by Arthur Miller will take place Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at OTW. This will be a cold reading from the script and for adult parts. The part of the "possessed" girls have been cast from OTW students. This drama. written in 1953, is as timely today as it was in years prior, and is sure to be the "talk of the town!" The Crucible is directed by our very talented Jake Riggs, director extraordinaire! If one has never auditioned, and feels led to this play about the Salem Witch Trials, this writer encourages one to audition. There is nothing quite like being on stage, and it may become a passion to be repeated. 

   
 Patrick Mulryan and OHS Students
Take Olean by Storm


     The Music Boosters of OHS gave Olean a true gift a few weeks ago. A musical review, featuring Olean High School's students, and the wonderful Bel Canto choir, came together with alumni Patrick Mulryan to present a program filled with songs of love. No surprise, as it was to celebrate St. Valentine's Day, and was called "Love is in the Air."This event was organized by members of the Music Boosters and was held in the lovely venue of Ravyn & Robyn. It had originally been planned for The Bartlett Country Club, but the horrific cold had frozen their pipes and flooded parts of the venue. R&R offered their fine restaurant  and it was such an enjoyable evening. Our own Jan Rhody-Marvin accompanied the students and Patrick reminisced about doing high school muscials and Olean Theatre workshop productions. He treated us to several selections and ended with a tribute to his late brother, Tom. Patrick was performing in INTO THE WOODS when his older brother, Tom, passed. Patrick still went on to perform that evening, but whenever he sings "Giants in the Sky," he silently dedicates it to his brother. 

  As for the buffet, it was quite wonderful. From carved turkey to sushi to fruits to the best thing - Mashed Potato Bar- it was an enchanted evening enjoyed by all. Rumor has it that there will be more events such as these held by the Olean High School Music Boosters. Take a well-deserved bow please! 
Thirty-Five Years and Going Strong

                  Even before the summer of ANNIE  in 1983, the origins of Olean Theatre Workshop had commenced. We were involved in Olean High School musicals from 1981 on. Anything Goes, a continued favorite was staged in 1981, followed by HELLO, DOLLY! the next year. We have staged JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, THE MUSIC MAN, OKLAHOMA, KISS ME KATE, and BYE, BYE, BIRDIE, and many others. This writer hopes to write of them in more detail, but the OHS musicals are indeed a part of our history. OTW has very close connections with the high school, as the  founders were lifelong educators at the school, and continue to make an impact in education Many of the fine people who were instrumental in helping establish OTW were active in the education field. Drama, education, and music, what a mix! One of the things this writer is the proudest of in our musical productions is that we have never staged a musical that might be considered "not family-friendly." In today's troubled times, it is good to a part of a family that stresses family values. We thank the community for their ongoing support for the youth of Olean High School.
 
 "A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That"

                In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Olean High School's musical on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13th , in the song, "Anatevka," Golde sings the above line - "A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That" The Jewish people have to leave their village as the Russians are taking over. Here we will reflect on how the upcoming musical has some of the brightest and sweetest songs of any musical. Block,Harnick, and Stein left us a masterpiece in 1964. Not only will you hear this closing song, there will be "If I Were a Rich Man," and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," to name only a few. FIDDLER is considered to be an stunning masterpiece of so many lyrical songs, and the story is so moving, one must make a point of attending this production.

              Other events to anticipate is the upcoming production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, to be staged in May at the Workshop. This play was of course set during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, where going to see a "witch" put to death was considered a proper thing. Written during the McCarthy Era of the early 50s, Miller minces no words in making us see the worst in ourselves.This play with its provocative dialogue and historically accurate characters and events is something necessary for all to see. 

               On a brighter note, the OTW High School Class will be presenting in June ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. This an enchanting one act musical whose plot line is all about love. The power of love helps bring people together, and our students always have a great time giving the musical life.
       In next month's newsletter, we will delve into our OHS musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. See you at the show!!!



 
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