USF Jesters preparing spring performance


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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Jesters Preparing Spring Performance
Special group of performers to use music, dance, theatre and puppets to present a meaningful story about making choices.

(February 26, 2015) — The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis will present their annual spring performance on March 7 at 6 p.m. and March 8 at 3 p.m. at the USF North Campus auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.

The theme of this year’s show, “Right as Rain,” is about setting goals and making choices, and the Jester performers will tell the story through music, dance, theatre, visual art and puppets. The story is about a girl named Mary who is excited about spending time with her friends at a baseball game. When the game is rained out, Mary is very upset. She makes a series of bad choices about how to handle the situation and ultimately decides to create a machine to make the clouds go away so she won’t have to deal with bad weather anymore. Of course, the machine doesn’t work and ultimately Mary realizes she doesn’t need to control the weather after all.

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental disabilities. The purpose of the Jesters is to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The vision is to develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large. In 2013, the program expanded to include the Junior Jesters group, which includes younger performers age 6-14 with developmental/physical disabilities. More information about the USF Jesters, including a special video about the group, can be found at

The Jesters program and this year’s performance is provided with support from the AWS Foundation and from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Tickets are $10 and are available now. Call the USF School of Creative Arts at 260-399-7700 ext. 8001 for more information.


About the University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point on online. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.


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