The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis present annual spring performances

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The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis will present their annual spring performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the USF North Campus auditorium.

The Jesters is a performing arts group of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), ages 8 through senior citizens.

This year’s show, Here and Now, will be performed by a cast of 70+ people with I/DD. Performers will use music, dance, theatre, improvisation, visual art, storytelling and animation to celebrate the Jesters’ 40th anniversary year.

Tickets are $10 and are available by calling the USF School of Creative Arts (SOCA) at 260-399-7700, ext. 8001. The address is 2702 Spring Street.

The Greek folk tale of King Midas and the Golden Touch will create a framework to explore the importance of recognizing and appreciating our many blessings. Throughout the show, the cast of characters will be challenged to embrace the virtues of compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and mindfulness so they can fully embody the present moment, Here and Now. The show includes studies and references to the work of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

The Jesters program and this year’s performance is made possible by the support of the AWS Foundation, ME Raker Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe intellectual/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.

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