The Wise Owl Players
The Wise Owl Players offers adults 50+ the opportunity to act before live audiences by producing dramatic staged readings, and offering classes needed to create these performances. As part of the Avenidas Senior Center and organization, their mission is to encourage social connections, personal growth, and self-esteem. The plays and classes are a cultural benefit to the greater community and demonstrate the richness that older adults bring to the society.
The company has produced Animal Farm, Orwell’s novel adapted by Ian Wooldridge, and Deleted by Enid Davis, a comedy about a support group for fictional characters deleted from their authors’ manuscripts. Since initiating a year-round drama program, they have taught about 40 students the following skills:
- Having Fun with Monologues (Winter): Using monologues as our text, students learned how to fashion a dramatic character. They created back stories, used their imagination, compiled author research, and conferred with the teacher/director to make their monologues effective and satisfying.
- Boot Camp (Spring): In preparation for our 2019 production of Deleted by Enid Davis, to be performed in mid-September at the beautiful Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, students learned how to play scenes from Annie Baker’s play, Circle, Mirror, Transformation. We taught basic acting skills based on the work of Sanford Meisner.
- Rehearsing Deleted. (Summer): After 10 weeks of rehearsal and actor-training, the cast of 13 (9 women) and (4) men are ready to perform our play about eight deleted literary characters who join an emotional support group that results in a comedic-murder mystery.
- Reading Aloud Plays by 21st-Century Playwrights (Autumn): This literary-appreciation class will introduce students to the works of cutting-edge playwrights.