Most people, when they claim to be theater lovers, mean that they like to attend and participate in live theater productions.
However for Chris and Dale Bixler, featured actors in the Oswego PlayerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s up coming production of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTen Little IndiansÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, the phrase takes on a additional, more personal meaning. For, they in fact first met each other during rehearsals for a community theater production of the musical ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Canterbury TalesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, in Fairfield California.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe started out as dance partners in the showÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Chris, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œand from there the relationship blossomed into a full fledged romanceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
The couple maintained a long term relationship for five years while Chris served as an Air Force Pilot, stationed in the San Francisco area and Dale served as a single mother stationed in Texas. Now with their children all grown and Chris retired from the service, they have settled in DaleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s hometown of Oswego operating The Serendipity Bed and Breakfast. Dale had appeared with the Oswego Players in a previous production, and had an enjoyable time, so the couple decided to tread the boards together once again.
In addition to the Bixlers, the cast of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTen Little IndiansÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â includes: Mark Mirabito, Nelson Metz, Sherri Baker, Jim McGann, Freda Kocher, Bobby Fontana, Troy Pepper, Matt Lamphere and Ken Snow.
The production is under the direction of Inez Manor Parker assisted by Shanna White as Stage Manager, Richard Mosher, as Light Designer, Ken Snow and Norman Berlin Jr as set designers, Amanda Mosher, as special effects make-up designer, Kelly Mosher, as Costume designer, and by Larry Rose on sound.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTen Little IndiansÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â will be presented on July 11, 12, 18, 19, at 8 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Frances Marion Brown Theater, located in the Civic Arts Center Building, in Fort Ontario Park, in Oswego. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors and $7 for Students.
Reservations can be made by calling the Oswego Players box office at 343-5138, or tickets can be purchased in person at the Downtown Box Office located in the Discover Oswego Shop in the Canal Commons in Downtown Oswego. Credit cards are accepted at this location only. This production is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.