FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center announces the debut of Adam Schmidtmann as stage director with the upcoming production of Oliver!
The classic Broadway musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist will run November 6 through 15 at The Arts Center located at 11 River Glen Drive on the Cayuga Community College campus.
Becoming a theater stage director is and should be an important distinction.
The director supplies the vision for the overall stage production and ultimately guides every decision from actor interpretation to design, lights, costumes, sound and more. It is a daunting challenge to be responsible for every aspect. Productions thrive or fail on the talent and leadership of the director at the helm.
The musical Oliver is no exception with a cast of more than 30, calling for period costumes and ethnic accents among other challenges.
The emotional story of love in spite of abuse and loss demands thorough character development and each song must carry the emotional message as well.
Guiding actors to understand the language, meaning and manners of 18th century England while being truthful to the classic Broadway musical that also carries audience preconceived expectations is a challenge for even experienced directors.
“We felt Adam was ready for this next step in his theatre career with his experience and contribution to the organization over the past three years,” said Nancy Fox, producer. “Oliver is a huge production with a large cast, a well-loved vocal score, and many technical demands. He has brought together a stellar cast with Amy Price as choreographer and Ben Borenstein as musical director. The cast has been working since August to embrace all the challenges of a classic Broadway musical. With all these elements in place, his debut is sure to be a personal and professional triumph. We celebrate this milestone in his career.”
Schmidtmann is a familiar face at CNY Arts Center with both stage management and co-directing credits on several productions.
These include Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka Jr, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Yes Virginia the Musical, along with co-teaching the junior high drama club and two ARTY Camps for CNY Arts Center.
Adam also has extensive acting credits having been seen onstage at CNY Arts Center in Helen Keller and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. His onstage experience extends around the CNY region having worked with numerous local theatre companies including Oswego Players, Fulton Community Theater, Encore Presentations, Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, CNY Playhouse and others.
Among other roles he has been seen in Foretold Tales, The Return of the Carol Burnett Show, The Pajama Game, The Music Man, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon), Anything Goes (Sir Evelyn), Once Upon a Mattress – twice (Sir Studley/ Prince Dauntless), several cabarets, War of the Worlds, Dracula, Curtain Up On Murder, Les Miserables (Coufeyrac), The Wild Party (Max), The Last Five Years and recently Songs for a New World with Jason Bean who recently appeared at CNY Arts Center’s Dessert Theatre.
Drawing on his vast experience and network of fellow actors, Schmidtmann has cast a number of professional performing artists to carry principal roles in Oliver including among others Rita Worlock, Derek Potocki, Robert Kovak, Jessie Dobrzynski and Stephanie Long with whom he has appeared onstage or worked with professionally.
With this directing debut accomplished, Schmidtmann joins the roster of directors presenting the 2016 season at CNY Arts Center.
He will also direct the first production of 2016, Seussical, Jr., a Kids Onstage production with an all youth cast playing favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
Jesse Dobrzynski will choreograph the production which auditions in December.
For Oliver tickets, reservations or more information on the Arts Center, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).
The production runs November 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and November 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.