Past Prime Players, Inc.
Past Prime Players, Inc. (PPP) captures the attention of audiences of all ages, bringing plays to the stage that everyone can enjoy. Comprised mainly of seniors 50+, their challenge is to show the continued usefulness of aging while giving seniors the opportunity to explore their creativity.
Since their inception in 2010, PPP has performed for many organizations in several venues. Embracing the complexity of bringing lost plays of the Harlem Renaissance back to life, they mastered and presented four vignettes in their debut at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur, Georgia. Receiving rave reviews from sold out audiences, PPP had caught the bug.
From that moment, there was no turning back. PPP has gone on to perform with Arts on the Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, The 14th Street Playhouse, plus dinner theaters, women and church conferences, senior retirement communities, and recreation centers.
Realizing the sky is the limit, comedy, drama, mystery and musicals are all a part of the PPP repertoire. The company has toured productions to New Orleans, LA, Atlantic City, NJ, to Macon, GA., and to the Harriet Tubman Museum opening for renowned artist, Charlotte Riley-Webb.
“Performing keeps you young” is a sentiment echoed by PPP members, wanting others to experience this same enjoyment, they opened their rehearsals to include workshops and classes for all adults. They not only learn the art of stage performance, they also learn the technical side of production. Lighting, sound, stage management, props, scenery design, and costume design are now all within their reach. Members have been asked to work for other companies, assisting in varies areas of production.
PPP knows that it takes a lot of hard work and commitment to stage a great performance. However, the message they are constantly encouraged to keep in the forefront is, “HAVE FUN!!!” At the conclusion of every show you can hear PPP chant their motto: “We may be PAST our PRIME, but we still love to PLAY!”
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