Alexander, King of Jesters will Delight Families at Firehouse

It’s easy to imagine a court jester – the colorful trickster with bells jingling from his floppy hat. But have you ever seen one perform live? Goodwill Theatre will offer families a chance!

"Alexander, King of Jesters" will include unusual routines and arresting visual gags inspired by the tradition of Renaissance comedy, and is part of the Goodwill Theatre’s 2010-2011 “Just 4 Fun!” Series, sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union.

“We wanted to offer the community some unique entertainment, and we found that with Alex,” said Goodwill Theatre CEO Naima Kradjian. “This show is the kind of performance that children, pre-teens, and teenagers can all enjoy – and parents will have a great time, too.”

Alexander has thrilled audiences at theatres throughout the United States, and been featured at the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal, as well as festivals in Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, France, Japan, Singapore, and New Zealand.

“There is a wacky brilliance to Alex the Jester,” Linda Lombraso wrote in Westchester County’s Journal News. “Anything can happen when he takes the stage.”

Alex the Jester’s humor has many levels so three generations can laugh together, often for different reasons. He involves the audience in the comedy – not only in egging him on and cheering, but in assisting him with his pranks, if they choose.

Court jesters grew and flourished in the Middle Ages as well-paid attendants of Europe’s Royal Courts. Power was highly consolidated, and social mobility was difficult. In contrast, jesters came from a wide range of backgrounds, from peasant farms and monasteries to universities, and could climb the social ladder. When Shakespeare’s King Lear was brooding alone in the woods, the only company he wanted was his amusing Fool.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for children and students. Reservations, and information on all shows, are available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time. The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, visit:

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