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January 26, 2005
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Senior Night Out Offerings at Kean University
Schedule for February and March

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University proudly announces the second year of its popular Senior Night Out program. In an initiative led by University President Dawood Farahi, free tickets to several of the stellar performing-arts events held at the University’s theatres are available to seniors through local senior-citizens centers.

“Senior citizens are very important to our communities,” said Farahi. “As a leader in education, it is imperative that Kean University uses its resources to include them in the wonderful cultural offerings on this campus.” He added that, while planning this new program, Kean polled seniors living locally to find out what kinds of outings they would enjoy. The overwhelming response was for performing arts. “We have great programming that we can share with our seniors. I know this plan will be especially beneficial for those living on a fixed income, who might otherwise not be able to see events of this caliber as much as they would like,” said Farahi.

To request Senior Night Out tickets, please contact your local senior-citizens center. For more information, call Marge Devanney of Kean University at (908) 737-6019.

Upcoming Senior Night Out shows include:

Sunday, February 6, 3 p.m.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Wilkins Theatre

Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, this live-theatre presentation of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance that hearkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.

Sunday, February 20 and 27, 2 p.m.
Friday, February 25, 10 a.m.
Once Upon a Mattress
Wilkins Theatre

The Department of Theatre presents this rollicking spin on the familiar classic tale, The Princess and the Pea, taking you through a story of royal courtship and comeuppance while providing side-
splitting shenanigans and wonderful songs. Chances are, you’ll never look at a fairy tale quite the same way again.

Thursday, March 3, 8 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre

Kean’s affiliate artists present art songs and the magnificent Great C Major Quintet in a special arrangement for string quartet as well as double bass works – all by Franz Schubert, the master of melody.

Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Parsons Dance Company
Wilkins Theatre

Hailed for his exuberant, athletic, exciting and provocative dances, David Parsons is among the most beloved and inspiring choreographers in the world. He recently won a Dance Magazine 2000 Award for satisfying “a public hungry for not just entertainment, but for imagination, beauty, innovation and enlightenment.”

Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Wilkins Theatre

Five African-American women join their powerful voices in the sacred music of the black church – spirituals, hymns and Gospel – as well as jazz and blues, to create a blend of lyrics, movement and narrative as they relate history, point the finger at injustice, encourage activism, and sing the praises of love.

Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m.
Greg Popovich’s Comedy and Pet Theatre
Wilkins Theatre

Voted “best family attraction” in Las Vegas, with appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman, the Comedy Pet Theatre stars 15 house cats and eight amazing dogs, all rescued from the pound.