Buffalo Seminary’s Production of “Chamber Music” to Open on International Women’s Day | Schools
It’s the late 1930s. Eight women staying in an insane asylum are convinced that they are important figures from history – writer Gertrude Stein; martyr Joan of Arc; suffragist Susan B. Anthony; Queen Isabella I; Constanze Mozart, the composer’s wife; silent-film actress Pearl White; safari adventurer Osa Johnson; and aviator Amelia Earhart.
These are the characters who create the emotional power for Chamber Music, a one-act play written by Arthur Kopit in 1962. The absurdist script sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind production from students at Buffalo Seminary. According to Susan Drozd, Sem’s theatre instructor and director of Chamber Music, the production “runs the gamut of emotions – from sincere to shocking, funny to treacherous.” Throughout the play, the audience is led to wonder whether one of these women – “Amelia Earhart” – really is the famed aviator, given the timeframe.
Chamber Music, the 2012 Marion McNulty Dillon ’22 Drama, is part of Sem's celebration of Women's History Month. The show opens to the general public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, which is also International Women’s Day. Additional performances will take place on March 9 at 7 p.m., and March 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All performances will be held in the Margaret L. Wendt Performing Arts Center at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo.
General admission is $10; discounted tickets for students and seniors are $5. For more information, call (716) 885-6780. To purchase tickets online, visit www.BuffaloSeminary.org/ChamberMusic.
The Cast of Chamber Music:
Woman Who Plays Records – Jane Bertelsen
Woman in Safari Outfit – Kathryn Sands
Girl in Gossamer Dress – Katie Thomas
Woman in Aviatrix’s Outfit – Eliza Hopkins
Woman in Queenly Spanish Garb – Callie Keavey
Woman with Notebook – Bella Dixon
Woman in Armor – Jourdan Green
Woman with Gavel – Mingus Daniels-Taylor
Nurse – Hannah Porter
Buffalo Seminary, or Sem, is located at 205 Bidwell Parkway in the historic Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y. Founded in 1851, Sem is Western New York’s only independent high school for girls, and the only all-girls school in the area with a residential program. We offer an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory curriculum and are a member of The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). Sem is also a charter affiliate member of The Online School for Girls (OSG). To learn more, visit www.BuffaloSeminary.org.
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