The Silver Stage program is an education/outreach partnership between The Wild Thyme Players and the John T. O'Connor Senior Center. Founding Artistic Director, Brandon Daughtry Slocum "went to the John T. O'Connor Senior Center two years ago to teach one acting class and found the most amazing group of people...energetic, dedicated, passionate, fun, and talented." She wrote a comedy dealing with post-retirement depression, Frank’s 75th Christmas, which played to a packed house at the center and The Silver Stage Players were born. Another original piece by Slocum and apprentice JP Schuffman, The Last Day at W.O.R.K., was followed by a collaboratively written show about losing a spouse, After You.
Silver Stage attended the Senior Theatre USA Performance Festival in Baltimore. The group studied acting, directing, playwriting, stage management, theatre history, Shakespeare, and stage combat while attending local theatre performances as a group. Members of Silver Stage joined The Wild Thyme Players in productions of Hamlet and The Curate Shakespeare’s As You Like It. On the group's first anniversary, they produced Finding Santa’s Replacement by playwriting apprentice, Jeanette Stevens.
Then, the two companies co-produced Sophocles' Antigone. Silver Stage also produced another original by Jeanette Stevens, a piece about age discrimination, Elderspeak. "We are committed to creating and producing works of substance, though our plays are very funny and entertaining while dealing with real issues," says Slocum.
Frank’s 75th Christmas, The Last Day at W.O.R.K. and ElderSpeak have been published and are available from ArtAge Publications.
Wild Thyme and Silver Stage are teaming up again for The Way the Story Goes, a collection of true stories written and performed by the artists. And, of course, they will be in Asheville at the Senior Theatre Festival in June "with bells on"!
Read their article from the Knoxville News Sentinel
Brandon Daughtry Slocum
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