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FSU’s Cultural Events Series to Present Puppet Show “ImaginOcean”

FSU’s Cultural Events Series to Present Puppet Show “ImaginOcean”
Family audiences will have the opportunity to see a popular off-Broadway production when the Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University presents John Tartaglia’s “ImaginOcean” on Thursday, March 8. The public performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the University’s Lane University Center.

“ImaginOcean” is a black-light puppet show created by Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia. During this undersea musical show, three fish friends, Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel, swim off on an exciting treasure hunt. Along the way, they sing and dance to styles of music ranging from big band to R&B. Ultimately, though, they discover that the best treasure of all is friendship.

Show creator Tartaglia is a master puppeteer who joined the Sesame Street team at the young age of 16 and has since worked on many high-profile Broadway productions, including the Tony-winning musical, “Avenue Q.” He played the role of Lumière in “Beauty and the Beast,” and the role of Pinocchio in “Shrek the Musical.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth under 17. Corporate and group discount rates are also available.

Several performances of “ImaginOcean” will also be held on March 8 and 9 as part of CES’ educational outreach program, Arts for the School Day. Over 1,000 school children from the area are expected to benefit from these performances.

For more information, contact the CES box office at 301-687-3137 or visit CES’ webpage at

This program is presented with funding support from the Kathleen Dailey Hill Private Foundation, the M&T Charitable Foundation and the FSU Foundation, Inc. CES is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council and is supported by a grant from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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