SUNY Oswego drama festival brings enjoyment to high school actors

OSWEGO, NY– Students from six local high schools gathered at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Hall for the annual Drama Fest. It’s a tradition that’s been going on for 58 years, but it hasn’t suffered any losses in enthusiasm or enjoyment from participants over the years.

Auburn High School participant Pat Mahunik says it’s a great opportunity for everyone who attends.

“You get to learn things, see some great shows from other schools, and just get to hang out with some friends you never see or make some new friends,” he said.

The festival includes workshops for students interested in different parts of the the theatre, guest speakers and a performance of SUNY Oswego’s production of “Pride and Prejudice.” 

Auburn High School participant Jenna Nila says the event exposed her to new elements of theatre.

“You learn something you didn’t know before, and it’s just a lot of fun,” she said. 

Red Creek High School chaperone Suzanne Lasalle Fralick says Drama Fest is an amazing opportunity for students to learn from each other.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said. “I’m just so glad that our school has been participating. They get a lot out of it.” 

Ilyssa Weiner contributed to this story.