Lake-effect snow inspires scene in original show

dance rehearsalWhile lake-effect snow has provided its share of challenges in Oswego County this year, it also inspired SUNY Oswego students writing the upcoming production “Lost in a Viral Paradise.”

“Lost in a Viral Paradise” is a satirical comedy that takes an imaginative multimedia look at many zany aspects of modern life. In a scene titled “White Out,” the ensemble cast interprets lake-effect snow through dance, costumes and mixed media.

“Ironically, we were scheduled to work on the ‘White Out’ scene during the week of the storm,” said Mickennon Wilson, a member of the show’s student ensemble, referencing the several feet of snow that blanketed Oswego during a six-day lake-effect storm in early February.

“We imitate snowflakes in different formations during the scene,” added Dan Williams, another ensemble performer. The “White Out” scene treats audiences to an aerial view of the dancers projected for the audience, creating a kaleidoscope effect of swirling and falling snow.

Students in Oswego’s art, music and theatre departments have been writing the show collaboratively since the fall semester.

A preview of “Lost in a Viral Paradise” will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, with all tickets $5. The run will include 8 p.m. performances March 2, 3, 9 and 10, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 11.

Tickets for the regular run cost $12 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). Tickets are available through Tyler box office by calling 312-2141 or e-mailing

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(Posted: Feb 21, 2007)