For the youth

Maggie Sotos and Andrew Haaheim are members of LineUs Improv Comedy Troupe, the sponsor of Mirth Jam at Gustavus.

Dance Dance Revolution, now there’s a game that might help entice fourth- through eighth-graders to gather at the Third Floor Youth Center in St. Peter.

The video game with a pad for players to dance on could be one of the items purchased for the center from funds raised through Mirth Jam, a daylong comedy and music festival Sunday at Gustavus Adolphus College. Proceeds will go to the center, which for years has provided young people with a safe place to hang out, play pool or air hockey, and get help with homework from student volunteers.

Of course, Tane Danger didn’t spend weeks organizing the festival with the help of fellow Gustavus students just so the Third Floor kids could have DDR, as the die-hard refer to it. The overall purpose is to raise awareness of the youth center, in the community center, and give them a few hundred dollars for operating expenses, programs and whatever else they may want or need — Dance Dance Revolution, included.

Danger is a co-founder and performer in LineUs Improv Comedy Troupe, the sponsor of the event that often is involved in fundraisers for various causes. In the past the group has raised money for the Red Cross to go to tsunami relief, which some people thought was too large of a cause to truly make a difference with small donations.

“With the Third Floor, a couple of hundred dollars is a big deal for them,” he said. “You can really see the effects it’s going to have.”

Mirth Jam will be the largest event LineUs has taken on. The student group performs to crowds of more than 200 people on campus and has done gigs outside of campus. A full-fledged festival will be a first, but Danger has done a commendable job getting Minnesota performance groups to come to Gustavus for low fees.

“I was very lucky,” he said. “I started contacting just every comedy group and music group that I could find in the area that I thought was plausible.”

Comedians Shannan Paul, Wayne Burfien, Patrick Ryan and Chris Maddack will perform sets. LineUs, The Disease (middle school students from the Arts Center of St. Peter) and Fresh Concepts of Macalester College will do improv, as will 17-year veterans Stevie Ray’s Improv of Minneapolis.

Musical acts The Men Who Control the Weather, The Limit, Possibly Bailey, Ted Lavender and the Pretty Faces and The Doldrums also will perform sets.

Two stages will be set up in Alumni Hall, one for music and one for comedy. Booths also will be set up by student organizations offering services and activities. A silent auction will include items such as free tickets to Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis.

“This is a really good cause. You never feel guilty about raising money for it,” said Maggie Sotos, a performer with LineUs and a volunteer at the youth center.

LineUs is part of a Gustavus program called Intentional Learning and Service, which gives members of the group a campus-owned house to live in. Danger said events like this wouldn’t be possible without it.

React to this story:

React to this story:

0
0
0
0
0

Recommended for you