Students to preview production at Warm Up Oswego

imageStilt walkers, jugglers and grocery-cart ballet dancers involved in the upcoming production “Lost in a Viral Paradise” plan to entertain visitors at the second annual Warm Up Oswego festival Saturday, Feb. 3, appearing at the Oswego Armory.

Students from SUNY Oswego’s music and theatre departments will perform a preview of scenes at 11:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. at the armory, corner of West First and Utica streets in downtown Oswego.

Original music composed for “Lost in a Viral Paradise” will be played during the preview performances. The original score is coming together under the leadership of Eric Schmitz of Oswego’s music department.

“Lost in a Viral Paradise” is a collaborative world-premiere piece written and conceived by students and faculty from the college’s theatre, music and graphic design departments. Inspiration and guidance for the project were drawn from the internationally known Squonk Opera troupe. Squonk’s creative team of Steve O’Hearn and Jackie Dempsey specialize in this interdisciplinary form of performance art, delivering this brand of entertainment since 1994.

“The cast and design team are excited to be able to bring our show downtown and participate in Warm Up Oswego,” said the show’s director, Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the SUNY Oswego theatre department.

“I think the public will be interested to see the non-traditional theatre scenes we’ve been working on, and it will help our cast to build excitement in the community for this special project,” she added.

“Lost in a Viral Paradise” will open in Waterman Theatre on March 1, with shows through March 11.

For information on “Lost in a Viral Paradise” or reservations for the Waterman Theatre performance, contact the Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

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PHOTO CAPTION: Offbeat ballet—SUNY Oswego students Caitlin Hankinson and Dan Williams rehearse the grocery-cart ballet that is part of the upcoming college production “Lost in a Viral Paradise.” Students will offer previews of scenes from the collaborative show at the Oswego Armory during the second annual Warm Up Oswego festival Saturday, Feb. 3. The “Ballet of the Grocery Carts” scene is performed to original music titled “Smooth Grocery.”

(Posted: Jan 17, 2007)