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Senior Theatre Online September 2013
Table of Contents
Bonnie's Column: Back to school
What are your favorite teaching tools?
Try these teaching tools
Inexpensive backdrops
Plays on a theme
Need large print scripts?
Group of the Month: Senior Star Power Productions
Quote of the month
View our new catalog
We're on facebook and youtube
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Bonnie's Column: Back to school
Bonnie L. Vorenberg
Bonnie L. Vorenberg

Fall is here so it's a great time to schedule Senior Theatre classes. I’ve seen huge improvement when older performers enroll in training programs. Weekly sessions help novices learn the basics of drama in a risk-free environment. More skilled actors use the programs to improve their skills and freshen up their dramatic chops. For company directors, classes develop actors who are ready to take the stage whenever another performer can't appear. Actors, who are too shy or too busy, enjoy classes because they are a low-committment way to be involved in Senior Theatre.

Topics can range from Beginning Acting and Readers Theatre to more advanced subjects like Acting in Commercials, Playwriting, Play Reading, Puppetry, Storytelling and others. Use skilled teachers, develop lesson plans, and run the classes so they have educational merit. Charge a nominal rate to insure dependable attendance. Set rates according to comparable programs in your community. You'll find that participants enjoy the sessions and will return for more!

I always love teaching Theatre Appreciation to seniors because it helps the students better understand the world of theatre--from script to stage. We focus on the play, its themes, characters, and dialogue. Then the group goes to the play, followed by dessert--such fun! At the next session, we evaluate what we saw and discuss the production qualities. During the course, scenic and costume designers, directors, and actors were guest speakers. Everyone learns as they explore new areas of the theatre.

Feature classes no matter what you perform. They will reward your organization with an income and a participation stream and the students will grow and thrive with their rich in-class experiences.

Have a great Fall Season!

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, President

What are your favorite teaching tools?

Here at ArtAge, we have a whole collection of materials we use in classes. They range from improvisation starters to poetry, prose, and short plays. We use a lot of music and movement in our classes to create a fun exploration of drama.

What are your favorite teaching tools? What do you return to time and time again and find success whenever you pull them out for a class? Let us know and you will be richly rewarded with $5 off your next order!

Try these teaching tools
The Improv Game
The Improv Game

Putting together a Senior Theatre class has never been easier! Browse through this selection of terrific teaching tools:

Directing Older Actors- Directing older actors can be an extremely rewarding experience, especially if you learn some basic techniques and adaptations. Discover tips and tricks to help you be more successful.

Course Plan for Senior Theatre- Use these lesson plans to guide your Senior Theatre classes. They’re tried, tested, and reliable. Teachers often tell how us how the plans were, “such a great tool that it helped them relax and enjoy the process.”

The Improv Game- This generous deck of who, what, when, where, and why cards provide jumping off points to stimulate creativity, imagination, and spontaneity!

Improv Starters- The deck of 35 expression cards can be used as starters for storytelling, in drama class to work on vocal expression, or as a way to stimulate improvisations.

Drama Activities with Older Adults: A Handbook for Leaders- Drama comes alive in this practical guide. With step-by-step instructions, directing creative drama, improvisation and basic acting becomes easy. Our favorite how-to book!

Seasoned Theatre: A Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Senior Theatre- This book is a virtual road map how to establish and maintain a Senior Theatre.

Click here to see more great teaching tools

Inexpensive backdrops
An affordable backdrop transforms a stage into Dr. Fatpacker's office in Doctor, Doctor.
An affordable backdrop transforms a stage into Dr. Fatpacker's office in Doctor, Doctor.

Senior Theatres often find themselves performing in non-theatrical spaces like cafeterias and retirement community living rooms. When this happens, it's nice to have backdrops to set the mood. They create a backstage so actors can have quick, easy entrances and exits. Bob Naquin, playwright of Doctor Doctor, loves aliexpress.com as a source for these inexpensive materials. Search the internet for photographer's backdrops and you'll find thousands of choices. Best yet, have a local scenic artist build a backdrop just for you.

Many Senior Theatre companies also use display furniture as a sturdy and portable stage solution. Velcro can be used to attach scenic elements and props. After the show, the whole backdrop folds up and is put away for easy travel.

This season, try adding a backdrop to create a more theatrical experience!

Click here to see inexpensive backdrops like the one used above

Plays on a theme
A scene from Oh, Doctor!
A scene from Oh, Doctor!

Short plays are Senior Theatre favorites. Select several that are based on a unifying message to create a cohesive production. Use these themes to build a very special show. Click on the titles below to learn more:

Halloween Shows

Plays About Going to the Doctor

Plays About Bureaucracy

Click here to see more plays on a theme

Need large print scripts?

Need your scripts in large print?We can send plays in any size print. Just let us know the font size you need and we'll supply them quickly!

Remember, if you need cast copies of plays, we supply them at a reduced cost.

Whatever your Senior Theatre need, we're here to help!

Group of the Month: Senior Star Power Productions
Senior Star Power in performance
Senior Star Power in performance

Senior Star Power was established in 2009 to showcase the talent of senior performers over the age of 60 and encourage them to discover new ways to enhance their lives by continuing to be productive, creative, and entertaining. Since then, they’ve had four successful productions with full houses of cheering audience members!

The company’s goal is to create a year-round Senior Theatrical Arts Complex in Hollywood, CA. The center would showcase performances and offer workshops to the community. Senior Star Power is launching a campaign to raise funds to make this dream a reality.

President and CEO, Pink Lady, Jackie Goldberg, is an actress and producer. She also facilitates a motivational speaker series, Get Up, Get Out and Get a Life. Pink Lady is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Recently, she was toasted by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Erc Garcett, to celebrate her 81st birthday!

Senior theatre in Hollywood can be a reality with your help. Please donate by clicking here.

Click here for to learn more about their wonderful work

Quote of the month

You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing." --George Bernard Shaw

View our new catalog
The Senior Theatre Resource Center catalog
The Senior Theatre Resource Center catalog
Our catalog is filled with all things Senior Theatre--from short plays, skits, and sketches to full length shows and three-act musicals. Anything in Senior Theatre, we have it!
Click here to see our catalog


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