Sivers Returns To Players’ Stage For Single Performance

OSWEGO, NY – Rick Sivers is back. The 50-year member of the Oswego Players has returned to Oswego and will be giving a single staged version of his Brother Harmonious character in the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Arts Center on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.

Sivers, who has returned to live in Oswego following his retirement after 37 years as a United Methodist pastor serving churches around New York State, will be joined on stage by Paul McKinney for this special show.

Both men joined the Players in the 1960s and first performed together in “She Stoops To Conquer” in 1965.

The last time Sivers was on stage with the Players was in 1993 in “Aunte Mame” and for McKinney in 1994 in “The Odd Couple.”

Sivers served as president of the Players on three occasions, has directed five shows, three of which he also wrote.

As a United Methodist pastor, he has written numerous plays for churches and schools, has led youth recreation summer theater programs and has performed at various venues around New York State.

The character of Brother Harmonious was “born” as a skit for a Mardi Gras at the Minetto United Methodist Church more than 10 years ago.

At that time, McKinney developed the character of the voiceless nun, Sister Melody, for that show.

This will be only the second time the two have performed their characters together.

“Developing the characters for a fully staged version has not been easy,” said Sivers. “I’m more used to 20-minute skits. For this show, I’ve pulled everything together into one extended, in depth portrayal.”

Brother Harmonious will be seen in the dungeon of the monastery following his conviction of heresy.

Telling his story to a reporter, the scenes shift from the present to flashbacks, some of which will involve audience participation.

“The Imprisonment of Brother Harmonious, a comedy” will be staged only once.

Reservations can be made by calling the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

The Oswego Players is now in its 76th year.