The longtime member of DCT writes prescriptions for laughter on and off the stage.
As the first employee back in 1984 at the Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) and a current artist-in-residence, Karl Schaefer has spent more than three decades applying his unique talent, unyielding energy and impeccable comic timing to countless DCT productions.
His art will shine for the second straight season in the DCT production of BALLOONACY – running tonight through May 1.
As if juggling everything at DCT wasn’t enough, Karl threw one more ball into the mix. Last fall, he took on the role of a doctor. Or was it a clown? It actually was both. Karl is among the newest members of the Funnyatrics Clown Program at Children’s HealthSM – a nine-member clown troupe dedicated to making life better and a little funnier for children.
“When I first saw Funnyatrics at a clown workshop, I knew I had to be part of the fun,” says Karl. “I’ve been blessed with a career that allows me to interact with people, especially young people. But as a member of Funnyatrics, I get to connect with children in a way I never have before.”
As Dr. Fred Frivolous in the Funnyatrics clown troupe, Karl and his very big shoes walk the halls of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Plano, visiting patients and making a difference. He uses his many talents to bring some serious joy to kids who are going through some serious medical issues. Whether it’s a little juggling, a funny joke, some magic or an upbeat musical ditty, Karl plays an important role in the healing process by offering kids an outlet – to just be kids.
“Working with the team and the patients at Children’s Health is a reality check,” adds Karl. “I’ve never been more grateful for everything that I have. It feels good to know that Children’s Health is committed to brightening a child’s day with great programs like Funnyatrics, as well as art, music and pet therapy programs.”
And now Karl’s full-time and part-time gigs are coming full circle. Children’s Health is a proud supporter of the DCT and a sponsor of the 2016 production of BALLOONACY.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my role at DCT and my new role as Dr. Fred Frivolous, the clown who writes prescriptions for joy,” exclaims Karl.
After all, sometimes laughter is the best medicine.
By Barry Kornhauser
Back by Popular Demand
April 15 – May 1, 2016
Recommended for ages 2 and up