Famed Movie Star Shirley Jones Visits Pittsburgh Playhouse for Oklahoma!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Broadway star Patrick Cassidy and his mother Shirley Jones at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Check out more photos.
Pittsburgh Playhouse alumna and Hollywood veteran Shirley Jones attended the Conservatory Theatre Company's opening performance of Oklahoma!, directed by her son Patrick Cassidy, a Broadway star, on Oct. 18.
Video: Shirley Jones at Oklahoma!
"You all are just remarkable. This is the most professional production of Oklahoma! I have seen in years. Every character was so right on — the lighting, the props, the sets — I'm so proud of my son and Point Park University," said Jones, who played the role of Laurey in the movie production of Oklahoma! in 1955.
Born and raised in Smithton, Pa., Jones credits her success on stage to the training she received at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
"The Playhouse was my learning ground. I went to the Pittsburgh Playhouse every summer when I was in high school to study acting and singing," she said. "I love Point Park and I'm so very proud of these incredible actors and singers."
Cassidy echoed his mother's remarks as he thanked the entire cast and crew who worked to transform the Pittsburgh Playhouse into Oklahoma!
"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity for 35 years to work in theatre, and equally as blessed to have been able to direct and teach. I want to thank Point Park University for allowing me to do both," said Cassidy. "I want to thank this cast for their dedication, willingness and their raw talent — this is the next batch of Broadway performers."
Located in Oakland, the Pittsburgh Playhouse is the performing arts center of Point Park and the Conservatory of Performing Arts. At the Playhouse, Conservatory students have the unique opportunity to work in a professional setting while learning their craft.