Health care can be funny? Experience the “medical musical!”

May 27, 2009 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu

Who knew health care could be funny? Too Live Nurse, a comedy dance troupe that has performed nationwide, will use music, humor and improvisation to entertain and educate on health care issues at Saint Joseph's College on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. Calling themselves the RNs of Rock, they like to say you'll bust a gut laughing, and then they'll have you in stitches.

"For anyone involved in the health care field, laughter is healing. It's one of the best ways to combat job stress, and these performers know just how therapeutic it can be," says Dr. Lois Hamel, director of the online nursing program at Saint Joseph's. Hamel's office is sponsoring the event, and she will present a follow-up workshop on the use of creativity in problem-solving.

Too Live Nurse consists of working nurses who are also talented actors and singers. As one reviewer has said, " they have turned familiar and common work scenarios into musical parodies and put them together into one polished, side-splitting stage production." The troupe members have known each other more than 20 years, in some cases, through their work in the theater. They are not only zany performers, but friends who have fun coming up with skits and songs.

In addition to a good time, anyone who attends both the Too Live Nurse performance and the optional follow-up workshop earns five continuing education credits. The workshop, "Out With the Humdrum, In With the Fun," will demonstrate how creativity increases problem-solving ability and critical thinking. It is open to all educators and disciplines, according to Hamel.

Ticket costs are $45 for the show, which is open to the general public (kids free), and $99 for the show and workshop. The events take place at Viola George Auditorium in Harold Alfond Hall on the Saint Joseph's campus in Standish, Maine. Register at www.sjcme.edu/summer or call 800-752-4723.