Press release from the University of Saint Francis:
University of Saint Francis Jesters to perform original work
(December 16, 2010) – The University of Saint Francis (USF) Jesters will perform “Takin’ Time,” an original stage play, on Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at the university’s North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.
Jesters is comprised of 36 special-needs people ages 12 to 47. The Jesters program was founded at USF in 1978, with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities by engaging them in recreational opportunities to promote creative expression and positive social interaction.
“Takin’ Time” is a coming-of-age story revolving around the Renegades, as they venture forth from their village and travel through time to explore independence. This multi-media, family-oriented performance follows these characters as they are assisted by the Timekeepers (who maintain routine and order) and challenged by the Gremlins (who throw in chaos). The story is told through music, dance, theatre and visual art.
This year’s performance includes a range of percussion instruments and two stage-size chimes that were custom-designed and built for the Jesters. The script includes opportunities for individual Jesters to tell stories of their own lives and use improvisational structures and theater games learned through guest artist residencies hosted during the fall of 2010. The Jesters program and this year’s performance are supported by a grant from the AWS Foundation.
Tickets are $10. For tickets or information, call the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-7700, ext. 8001.
Founded in 1890, the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offering undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,100 students from a broad geographic region. The School of Creative Arts (SOCA) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).