Squonk utilizes puppetry, music, special lighting effects in shows

Squonk Opera will present "Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center.

The 11-member group uses light and shadows, hypnotic music, inventive puppetry, humor, dance and stirring visual effects to weave its surreal experience.

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Squonk Opera, a multimedia performance group, will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center.

Squonk, a mix of avant-garde and populist performance art, has gone from junkyard to Broadway. Eight years ago, artistic director Steve O'Hearn and musical director Jackie Dempsey created an initial show in a gritty Pittsburgh junkyard with roaring choreographed cranes and earthmovers. Their fifth and most recent project made the leap from Off-Off-Broadway to Broadway.

The company's musicians have a four-CD contract with the avant-classical label Angel. WNET/PBS and an independent filmmaker are developing documentary footage detailing the group's adventures in New York City.

The show runs one hour, 15 minutes; there is no intermission.

In addition to the performance, Squonk will participate in an open rehearsal and backstage tour for students in the Lawrence public schools' 21st Century Afterschool Program at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center.

Admission ranges from $17 to $40. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477; Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330 or (785) 234-4545; and online at www.

tickets.com.

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