Well, it’s official… the Squonk Opera is coming to Houghton.
What is the Squonk Opera you ask? I don’t know.
Wikipedia to the rescue…
Squonk Opera is a group of interdisciplinary performing artists from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Led by artistic directors Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn, Squonk Opera formed in 1992 and has created nine distinct shows and performed in over 200 venues in the United States (as of 2006). In the 2003/2004 season, they also began performing outside their home country, doing shows in Scotland, Belgium, and South Korea.
Squonk Opera’s shows consist of music, visual art, and acting elements in an attempt to make a form of opera accessible to all people. The group “like to think of ourselves as a wacky, provincial opera company,” says Dempsey, who named the group “Squonk” after a description of a jazz saxophonist’s playing as a “squonk-fest”, rather than the legendary creature of the same name.
If you need to know more you should visit their site: Squonk Opera.
So, about now you are probably wondering what the connection is between this group and myself. Really… Greg and Opera?
Well, it just so happens that they contacted me and might be interested in using some of my photography and a couple of time-lapse videos that I’ve done in the past. Also, they would like to set up an interview so they can more easily make fun of me on stage… actually, I’m not really sure what it is for, but it can’t be good.
Anyway, it really does sound pretty interesting and as I learn more about it I will keep you up to date. In the meantime, open up your calendar and goto December 11th. Now pencil in Squonk Opera at 7:30pm… you probably don’t want to miss it.