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Senior Theatre Online June 2013
Table of Contents
Bonnie's Column: The Power of Active Participation
New Play Collections--Hot off the press!
Learn about Senior Theatre in August!
Meet Playwright, Linda LaRocque
Summer Sale
Professional of the Month: Harriet Lynn
Quote of the Month
View our new catalog
We're on facebook and youtube
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Bonnie's Column: The Power of Active Participation
The cast of "Cowboy Tales"
The cast of "Cowboy Tales"

Today, the Senior Theatre company which I direct at a retirement community performed their second show, Cowboy Tales. It was a compilation of two short plays, remincences, and music. It was a hit and I again saw the magic of theatre transform older actors...in this case, our most senior member is 95!

The performance reminded me of my recent conversation with an Activity Director in an active retirement community who called to find a play the staff could perform FOR the residents. I suggested several titles, then I asked why the residents, who she said were "very active," weren't the ones doing the performance. She said, "Well, I've never considered it."

Over the next few days, the question reverberated in my mind: Isn't it my role to encourage seniors' active participation in theatre? Finally, I called the Activity Director and was pleased to discover that our discussion had spurred her into action. In only a few days, she had pulled together an easy drama class. Wow!

The sessions include creative drama, improvisation, and storytelling along with a few short readings. They've only begun and the Activity Director said that "The seniors are loving it!" She was thrilled to watch as the group members were "coming out of themselves and showing so much creativity."

Many seniors in retirement communities, and anywhere seniors gather, do very well with drama if they use readers theatre or script-in-hand techniques. Actors and audiences enjoy the work but it's also good for them. Studies prove that creative engagement helps foster brain fitness as it improves mental and physical health. It's stimulation at its finest.

It's not magic, it's the power of theatre! So take the leap, get those seniors on stage.

Have a theatrical summer,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, President

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New Play Collections--Hot off the press!
You'll enjoy our two new play collections
You'll enjoy our two new play collections

You're going to find a lot to like in our two new play collections. They've just been released to rave reviews. Take a look at:

Readers Theatre: Legendary Ladies and Their Gents: Playwright Marilyn Warsofsky combines rich history with solid theatre in this collection of five plays. For ten years Marilyn has toured these shows throughout her community. The actors and audiences love them!

Seniors Still Acting Up: The Young at Heartland Playwrights, an outreach program of the Heartland Theatre Company, brings you a vibrant collection of their short plays and monologues. These short comedies are all easy to stage as readings or memorized shows.

Click here to see our other play collections

Learn about Senior Theatre in August!

The Senior Theatre sessions at the ATHE conference will be held on August 1-4 in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel. We're getting great response from attendees interested in the workshops, performances, and panel discussions. Participants will explore:

  • New Ideas in Senior Theatre
  • Writing Plays for Older Actors: A Writer’s Edge
  • Life Review Creates Powerful Theatre: Women in Prisons and Taiwan’s Uhan Shii Theatre Group
  • Use Social Commentary & Murder Mysteries to Create and Perform Original Scripts
  • Older Performers on Stage
  • Why Just Listen? Let's Dance!
  • Create Health...One Story...One Dance at a Time

It's a great way to connect with others in the field. We look forward to seeing you there!

Now available, discounts on Walt Disney World tickets. Click here to learn more.

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Meet Playwright, Linda LaRocque
Linda LaRocque
Linda LaRocque

We work with so many fascinating writers. Meet one of our newest additions, Linda LaRocque, author of seven plays in our collection.

An award-winning playwright, Linda’s work has been produced in both professional and community theaters throughout the United States. She has written numerous short stories and is a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Linda is delighted be part of the ArtAge family and to participate in its commitment to enriching the lives of seniors everywhere.

Why Linda writes what she writes: As life continually shows, humans are very much alike. That’s why we enjoy sharing and telling stories—so we don’t feel so alone during our experiences. Whenever we can relate to something or someone, we have the opportunity to grow, learn, change or heal, via someone else’s experiences. Theatre is how I tell stories. It’s my hope that in addition to being entertained, audience members will take away something from my plays which makes their lives a little easier.

Look at all seven of Linda LaRocque's plays

Summer Sale
One of our summer sale offerings
One of our summer sale offerings

Now's the time to get a bargain during our summer sale. There's something for everyone!

Way Out West of Broadway: Short Plays for Senior Theatre: These ten short plays in large type offer perspectives on relationships and romance, along with some intergenerational situations. Copy the scripts and use with ease! Now $10.50

Barrier Free Theatre: A nuts-and-bolts, hands-on, comprehensive guide for making drama successful with people of all ages. Easy to read and full of great ideas! Now $31

How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters: Our Favorite Fundraising book! Transform your funding search by learning how to make your letters more successful. Warwick's step-by-step model, with an extensive collection of sample letters, style tips, useful hints, and real world examples has helped thousands land much-needed funds. Now $31.95

Aging Artfully: Amy Gorman profiles 12 visual and performing artists from age 85-105. This rich collection of photos and recollections demonstrate the value of creativity during any age. Now $15

Never Act Your Age: Learn how to use theatre for a healthier, more active life. The witty, whimsical author, Dr. Dale, keeps you in stitches as he prescribes acting and laughter to help you feel years younger. Gain a new outlook on how theatre can bring you health, success, and a fuller life. Inspirational! Now $9.95

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Professional of the Month: Harriet Lynn
Harriet Lynn
Harriet Lynn

Harriet Lynn has been doing important work in Senior Theatre for years. She founded the Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium in 1994 and has served as Producer/Artistic Director since its inception. Harriet continues to produce and direct numerous museum theatre, oral history performance projects, and living history programs plus Senior Theatre workshops and residencies.

Most recently Ms. Lynn served as the oral historian/director/dramaturge for the project, Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights. She brought together 10 older adults from the Baltimore area to tell, write, perform, and publish their personal stories in the struggle for civil rights. Their inter-racial and inter-faith backgrounds created a dynamic series of oral history interviews and meetings. With guidance from Harriet, their written accounts will result in a script that the participants will perform before diverse audiences in the Baltimore area.

Thank you for inspiring us, Harriet!

Click here to learn more about "Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights"

Quote of the Month

Age is matter of feeling, not of years. --George William Curtis

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