John Tartaglia's 'ImaginOcean' Swims into Potsdam on Jan. 8


“ImaginOcean” is a family-friendly puppet musical chock-full of special effects including black light, bubbles and more.
“ImaginOcean” is a family-friendly puppet musical chock-full of special effects including black light, bubbles and more.

Community Performance Series in Potsdam is excited to bring John Tartaglia’s “ImaginOcean” to the Sara M. Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus for an upcoming Meet the Arts Series event.

CPS will host a public performance on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at 3 p.m., in addition to two sold-out education outreach performances on Monday, Jan. 9. Prior to the Sunday public performance, CPS will offer a puppet-making workshop with Hilary Oak of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

“ImaginOcean” is a family-friendly puppet musical chock-full of special effects, including black lights, bubbles and more. The show follows fish friends Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel on their adventure while they sing and dance to original music in R&B, big band and swing styles. They use their treasure map to search for clues before discovering the greatest treasure of all—friendship.

“The audience members were literally buzzing with enthusiasm and their response during the show was one of ongoing delight!” said Bev Ford of the Marion Palace Theatre in Marion, Ohio, which recently presented the show. “Several of the audience members declared ‘ImaginOcean’ to be “their favorite show of all time.”

Conceptualized by Tony-Award nominee John Tartaglia, “ImaginOcean” closed its 18-month off-Broadway run in September 2011 to begin a national tour this past October. Tartaglia is best known as the executive producer, creator and star of Disney Channel’s eight-time Emmy-nominated “Johnny and the Sprites.”

Tickets for “ImaginOcean” are $5 for youth and $10 for adults. Tickets for the Jan. 8 public performance can be purchased online at, by phone at (315) 267-2277, or in person at the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Snell Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam.

Tickets for the puppet-making workshop are $5 for youth and can be purchased by calling the CPS Box Office at (315) 267-2277.

The CPS performance of “ImaginOcean” is made possible through generous underwriting from the Edward John Noble Foundation, with additional support from the Maresca Family Endowment, the Stearns-Cottrell Endowment, Stewart's Shops, the Sweetgrass Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts Local Capacity Building Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

Established in 1989, Community Performance Series at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom, and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

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