*Streaming link will be sent to ticket holders on Friday, November 27
A SUNY Oswego storytelling class will bring the tales of local historical figures to life during the 5th Annual Oswego Town Rural Cemetery: Ghost and History Storytelling Tour.
Under the direction of Professor Jonel Langenfeld of the Oswego theatre faculty, costumed performers will recount the stories of college founder Edward Austin Sheldon; Dr. Mary Walker, the local women’s rights pioneer and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman; Queen Lili’uokalni Kamaka'eha, (and her Oswego connection to Dr. Walker), Saint Marianne Cope, Chief Pontiac, Lyda Penfield; and many more.
This year with the challenge of COVID19 and pandemic conditions, the Theatre Department has teamed up with the Cinema and Film Studies Department to create a film of the stories, still being set in the Oswego Town Rural Cemetery. This film will be a streaming event accompanied by a documentary of the process, depicting the journey of the storytelling creation which is taking place under unprecedented conditions.
“We are very proud of the students in the storytelling class and their passion for sharing the stories of famous and not-so-famous historical figures residing in this and other cemeteries”, said Langenfeld, who teaches the interdisciplinary course. “The students have had a great time researching this area where they are going to school…they have learned a great deal about Oswego, the college, the people, the area and its history. The students have also been quite resilient and excited to learn, grow and create within a new medium such as film. We are very grateful to Professor Josh Adams of the Cinema and Film Studies Department and the students in his location filmmaking and documentary film making courses. Under the current conditions, without their expertise and commitment, we would not have been able to bring our cemetery stories to life this year… (no pun intended).”
We thank you for your continued patronage and we hope to see you back at the cemetery for a live tour next year!
Until then, please keep well and continue to support your local and university Theatre and Arts programming!