OSWEGO — When the Oswego Players’ “Annie Get Your Gun” opens in the Frances Marion Brown Theater on July 26, producers are confident audiences will be awed by the beauty and authenticity of the costumes on the 30 actors on stage. Each will be expertly dressed by costumer Marie Cuyler Sterphone.
Sterphone has costumed Oswego Players productions for the past eight years, bringing 50 years of experience theater. With 25 shows under her belt with the Oswego Players, patrons have delighted in Sterphone’s dramatic and jaw dropping garb.
Sterphone thanks Sonia Lough-Berlin for bringing her into the Players family and now the two often work in concert. Sterphone says Lough-Berlin is her “right hand lady.” When Sterphone visits family out of state during the winter months, Lough-Berlin steps up and takes over in her place until she returns.
Few folks are aware of the endless hours spent researching, planning, sewing and crafting for each production. Her specialty is remaking/reusing all kinds of everyday items. Sterphone will tell anyone, “Give me duck tape and cardboard and I can build almost anything.”
Sterphone says her favorite costumed show was “The Nutcracker” with its many challenging costumes. The entire show was “great fun,” she said.
“Annie Get Your Gun” also brings great opportunities and challenges, Sterphone said. 30 actors need to be costumed with multiple scene changes and multiple outfits. Sterphone said she is excited about being able to use the many discarded old clothes in her costume room and creating the colorful western wear for this production.
Sterphone is one of the many members of the Oswego Players that work behind the scenes.. Community theater is more than just a show, she said, it’s a community of people, who volunteer their time and talents year after year to bring community theater alive.
Sterphone’s work as well as the work of the entire cast and crew will be on display when “Annie Get Your Gun” runs from July 26 through Aug. 4.
Reservations can be made online at oswegoplayers.org or by calling the box office at 315-343-5138.