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Buffalo Seminary's 2012 Production of "Chamber Music" to Open on International Women's Day
Posted 02/22/2012 05:52PM

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 of Chamber Music, a one-act play written in 1962 by absurdist Arthur Kopit. According to Susan Drozd, Sem’s theatre instructor and the 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. The twist is just one of the many surprises in the play.

Chamber Music, the 2012 Marion McNulty Dillon ’22 Drama, is part of Sem's celebration of Women's History Month. A special preview performance for Sem families and invited guests will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. 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 be held on March 9 at 7 p.m., and on March 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All performances will take place in the Margaret L. Wendt Performing Arts Center at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo.

General admission is $10; senior and student tickets are $5. To reserve seats, call (716) 885-6780 or visit

The Cast of Chamber Music

Woman Who Plays Records – Jane Bertelsen ‘13

Woman in the Safari Outfit – Kathryn Sands ‘13

Girl in the Gossamer Dress – Katie Thomas ‘14

Woman in the Aviatrix’s Outfit – Eliza Hopkins ‘13

Woman in Queenly Spanish Garb – Callie Keavey ‘14

Woman with the Notebook – Bella Dixon ‘12

Woman in Armor – Jourdan Green ‘13

Woman with the Gavel – Mingus Daniels-Taylor ‘12

Nurse – Hannah Porter ‘15

To view a slideshow of the production, click here.

Artwork by Alex Holland '12

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 an affiliate charter member of the Online School for Girls (OSG). To learn more, visit

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