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Step Back In Time For ‘A Titanic Affair’

OSWEGO, NY – “A Titanic Affair” will be the H. Lee White Marine Museum’s signature event for 2012 as part of a year-long commemoration of the sinking of Titanic. It is being held at the American Foundry on April 14.

The venue will allow for ballroom dancing, a silent auction, the re-creation of the eight-course dinner served to first class passengers on the ship, displays and more.

Community and SUNY Oswego student performers pictured with Director and SUNY Oswego Professor of Theater & Education Jonel Langenfeld Rial, recently met with George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society and reviewed an old time newsreel about the infamous ship Titanic. They will be performing as part of the H. Lee White Marine Museum’s upcoming gala event “A Titanic Affair.”
Community and SUNY Oswego student performers pictured with Director and SUNY Oswego Professor of Theater & Education Jonel Langenfeld Rial, recently met with George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society and reviewed an old time newsreel about the infamous ship Titanic. They will be performing as part of the H. Lee White Marine Museum’s upcoming gala event “A Titanic Affair.”

The costumed actors will each portray a specific passenger and will immerse the audience in the history of the period. The performers will be under the direction of Jonel Langenfeld Rial, Professor of Theater and Education at the SUNY Oswego Theater Department.

“The story of the Titanic continues to bring people together and connect them in a way that few events in our history have. This experience offers an excellent opportunity for student performers to immerce themselves in the people and life styles of the time and to participate in an iconic, once-in-a lifetime event,” Langenfeld Rial said.

Music, offered throughout the evening, will feature harpist Marcella Slatter and the seven-piece Do Good Swing Band. A remembrance ceremony for the passengers will be presented by George DeMass, Titanic Historical Society chaplain and Town of Oswego Historian.

“This is another opportunity for the college students to interact with a community event. We are so excited to be able to add this new dimension to such a grand evening. It was a time of change and the performers will bring the historical perspective to life in the early 1900s,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Sponsors for the evening are: Alliance Bank, the Palladium-Times, Oswego Printing, Port of Oswego Authority, Fulton Savings Bank, WRVO and PathFinder Bank.

“An expanded exhibit “Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary” will open in July and a fall screening of the 1958 movie “A Night to Remember” will take place at a future date.

To learn more about upcoming events, contact the museum by phone at 315/342-0480, or online at www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or on Facebook.