USF planetarium show with star narrator debuts this weekend

Feb. 10, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—WinterFest 2014 at Schouweiler Planetarium at the University of Saint Francis will debut a show a year in the making, “The Planets,” narrated by “Star Trek: Voyager” TV show star Kate Mulgrew, this Saturday and Sunday, and repeat the show Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23. A new cartoon favorite, “Larry Cat in Space,” will also entertain young sky-viewers, their families and friends, as part of the planetarium’s two-weekend annual event.

“The Planets,” a show for fifth-graders through adults, tours the solar system’s eight planets and other objects, including Pluto. The visual tour features recent imagery and video from NASA and the European Space Agency. Actress Mulgrew, who played Captain Janeway in the seven-year TV series, narrates the astral journey. Music by John Serrie enhances the experience. The tour ends with visits to planets around other stars and an examination of the cosmic forces that bring solar systems into being.

“Larry Cat in Space,” for grades K-4 and their adult friends, is a playful, imaginative cartoon that tells the tale of an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon hoping to be reunited with his owner. Children of all ages, and their chaperones, will enjoy the jokes and plot.

All 90-minute Schouweiler Planetarium experiences include the pre-produced multimedia show and a live staff-led tour of the night sky. The WinterFest 2014 schedule follows:

Saturday, Feb. 15
Larry Cat in Space” family matinee, 3 p.m.
“The Planets,” 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16
Larry Cat in Space” family matinee, 3 p.m.
“The Planets,” 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21
“The Planets,” 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22
Larry Cat in Space” family matinee, 3 p.m.
“The Planets,” 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23
Larry Cat in Space” family matinee, 3 p.m.
“The Planets,” 5 p.m.

Guests should arrive approximately 15 minutes early to purchase tickets before the program begins. Young children must be able to sit quietly in the dark. No one is admitted after the program starts.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children under 18 and senior citizens, with a maximum charge of $14 per family (two adults and their dependent children). Fort Wayne Astronomical Society members and USF students, faculty and staff with ID receive a $1 discount.

To schedule a private group or receive more information, contact Jean Sorg at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8211 or by email at The planetarium is located in off Leesburg Road.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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