Subject: Senior Theatre this Fall
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Senior Theatre Online
September 2015
Table of Contents
Bonnie's column: John and Yoko Reach Out
What's new at ArtAge
Halloween and other Fall Shows
Great idea of the month: Weekday Luncheon Theatre
Best Sellers for 2015
Group of the Month: The More or Less Players
View our catalog
We're on Facebook
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Bonnie's column: John and Yoko Reach Out
John & Yoko at the 'bed-in' in my Montreal hotel!
John & Yoko at the 'bed-in' in my Montreal hotel!
I knew about John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'bed-in for peace' but didn't realize that it took place in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel, the site of the recent ATHE conference. In 1969, over a period of ten days, hundreds of people visited their suite sending broadcasts to the world via speaker-phones and hook-ups. On June 1, while in the room, they recorded Give Peace A Chance, one of my favorite songs.

At the ATHE Conference, attendees wandered by a wall-size photo of the 'bed-in' as we hurried to Senior Theatre sessions. It was as if John and Yoko were there inspiring us to see the world differently. They guided us during three fast-moving days of performances, workshops, and discussions. We learned about reminiscence theatre and directing techniques, sampled improvisation classes, and watched an award-winning film. Fueling the action was a sense of enthusiasm that comes when you do quality work. One attendee wrote afterward, "What a great conference this was!" Click here to see images of the event.

Fresh flowers still stand outside of John and Yoko's suite, as their spirit endures. The conference was a lesson in how we are changing the world in our own small way, with Senior Theatre...just like John and Yoko did!

In October, we'll be reaching out for participants for the 2016 meeting in Chicago. Consider joining us!

Yours in theatre,

Bonnie Vorenberg, ArtAge President

Click here to read about and see images from Montreal's bed-in


What's new at ArtAge
Bonnie with some of the 300+ scripts that we have read!
Bonnie with some of the 300+ scripts that we have read!
It’s that busy time of year again, and we're working hard to bring you more of what you love: fun shows that feature spunky and up-to-date characters in current situations. They reflect what it means to be a modern older person.

New catalog: We're adding to the collection! Next week, our new catalog goes to print. You're going to enjoy the 47 new plays, books, and materials! We now feature the work of 125 playwrights in our ArtAge offerings.

Receive a hard copy catalog: If you'd like to receive a hard copy catalog, please click here to send us your address.

New website: Coming this fall is a newly updated website which will be quicker, clearer, and easier to use.

New cast copy policy: Starting with the new catalog, when you use plays in production, you will have to buy cast copies. We have considered this idea for a long time, but rising costs have made it a necessity. We hope you understand, and that you will continue to turn to us for the useful materials that you and your audiences so enjoy.

Halloween and other Fall Shows
Autumn Players
Autumn Players

It's time to begin preparing your Fall shows. Try one of these or put together several on a theme:

Jus' Tus- Mystery surrounds the death of Nell’s husband and Sheriff Wally is suspicious. Nell has doubts too.

Murder at the Movies- This comedic farce takes place in front of a live studio audience in Hollywood where an actor is stabbed by a real knife instead of a stage knife!

The Day They Kidnapped Blanche- Blanche, a retired teacher, is having a blast starring in a community theatre comedy, until...

Roxie McCoy: Private Eye- Roxie is a street-smart, no-nonsense private eye. In this comic sketch, Roxie comes to the aid of an English Baroness with a secret.

Angel in Disguise (or how to get your husband to wear a costume)- What's a woman to do if she can’t get her husband to dress up for a costume party?

Get Your Flu Shot!- When you need to convince people to get the flu shot, sometimes entertainment works the best and is the most convincing. Fun show!

Everything Blows Away- A short play between a couple and a bunch of leaves. Lovely!

Witch One
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Life is always about the unintended consequences, even if you are a witch!

A Profusion of Roses
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With two strong women’s roles, this show introduces you to a mother, daughter, and an absent “sister” in a twisty, mysterious relationship.

Skits for Seniors: Holiday Plays- A collection of 34 skits for 27 different special days and seasons throughout the year, including Halloween.

A Wasted Gift
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Through James, a lonely, bitter man, we learn how to reflect on our own lives and make the right decisions. But is it too late for James?

Click here to see all the plays for Fall


Great idea of the month: Weekday Luncheon Theatre
Plays with audience participation work great for Weekday Luncheon Theatre!
Plays with audience participation work great for Weekday Luncheon Theatre!
Since so many Senior Theatres have to travel to their audiences, wouldn't it be nice if your audiences came to you? They will if you produce weekday luncheon theatre. It's like dinner theatre, only at lunch! We're a huge fan of this concept because it's been so very popular and financially rewarding.

This easy-to-read manual, now available on sale at a great price, guides you through every step of establishing your own weekday luncheon theatre business. Learn about sites, food, shows, and pricing. Rely on Jon Zaley’s 20+ years of experience to help you:

•Find your audience, markets and promotion
•Make reservations and ticket systems easy
•Keep ‘em coming back for more!

Click here to see what shows work well for Weekday Luncheon Theatre.

The Weekday Luncheon Theatre book, which normally sells for $74.95, is on sale for $49.95.

Click here to learn how to make $$ with weekday luncheon theatre


Best Sellers for 2015
Engage! 28 Creative Enrichment Experiences for Older Adults
Engage! 28 Creative Enrichment Experiences for Older Adults
We have such a large collection of materials, now over 400, that it can be difficult to make choices. If you need help, feel free to contact us or use the list below as a guide. Here are our best sellers for this year:

1. Engage: 28 Creative Enrichment Experiences for Older Adults

2. Age on Stage®:Comedies for Readers Theatre Volume 1

3. How to Start a Senior Theatre Package

4. Age on Stage®: Lifewriting your Monologue

5. Age on Stage®: Comedies for Readers Theatre Volume 2

6. Seniors Acting Up

7. Senior Moments

8. Doctor, Doctor

9. The Improv Game

10. Course Plan for Senior Theatre

Click here to read more about our top seller


Group of the Month: The More or Less Players
The More or Less Players in production
The More or Less Players in production
Since 2007, the More or Less Players (MOLP) have presented twenty sold-out plays and variety shows at the Adult Recreation Center in Roswell, Georgia. The cast and crew of each production are senior volunteers, the Roswell Ramblers, all between age 60-80, who select performance pieces, create costumes, props, and sets, and do all the on-stage and support activities with guidance from a paid director. MOLP members wrote and performed a satirical rap song, "Pill Popping Hip Hoppers," which won first place in a senior talent show. The Georgia Recreation Association honored MOLP as innovative programming for seniors in 2009.
Click here to read more about Sandy & John Laszlo


View our catalog
The Senior Theatre Resource Center catalog
The Senior Theatre Resource Center catalog

Our Catalog grows as we add to the collection. It is filled with all things Senior Theatre--from short plays to full length shows and three-act musicals. If it's in Senior Theatre, we have it.

Click here to see our catalog


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