As many of you know, I am a big believer in classes.
They help novice actors gain basic skills while accomplished actors
refresh theirs as the group blends into a cohesive unit. In classes
you can try out new plays so you'll know what you want to use in your
next production. Most of all, they are great fun, filled with lots
of laughter! To help you create, promote, and conduct classes, take
a look at Teaching Senior Theatre Classes.
Some of my best times have been spent teaching theatre to older
students. I hope you discover, as I have, that it is one of the
most creative, stimulating, and enjoyable things you've ever done!
Yours in theatre,
Bonnie Vorenberg, ArtAge President
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More New Plays!
of The Refrigerator, with arm
We're happy to introduce the latest of many new
scripts that will be coming your way. These are wonderful. Take a
1 man, 1 woman, 2 either
12 minute comedy
For humans or puppets, when Phil’s old rusty refrigerator breaks,
his daughter Dorothy persuades him to look for a new one. His
surprising decision is funny, endearing, and sweet!
Digging Up Hoffa
author of The Exam and Bert, One Year Later
1 man, 1 woman, 1 either
20 minute comedy-drama
Years later, Jimmy Hoffa is still missing. Meanwhile, Phyllis
worries about her finances and a broken septic system. She decides
that desperate times require bold action!
Lucille Flirts with the Space-Time Continuum
Jr., author of The Naked Man on the Couch
2 men, 3 women
25 minute comedy
If only Lucille could live the more exciting life of her friend,
Martha Anne. A sudden knock at the door reveals Madame
Revere, who could make Lucille's dreams come true!!
author of DNN--Definitely NOT the News and At the Border
2 men, 5 women, 1 either, plus extras
35 minute comedy
In a dream, Gerald relives his high school transformation from nerd
to regular boy. All characters are hilariously played by seniors!
The Haunted Holiday Hotel
and Betty Annand
5 men, 9 women, 6 either
75 minute comedy
Holiday Hotel is jam-packed with zany characters and
mysteries to solve. The fun and laughter can be enjoyed all year
author of Short Plays by the Dozen
2 men, 3 women
90 minute comedy
What could possibly tie together an Italian sister and brother, a
divorced owner of a failing Jewish Deli, an Irish bookie, and a
former exotic dancer? Why, love, of course!
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Save $5 on e-scripts until September 30, 2017
Profiles in Senior Theatre:
Here at ArtAge we have the privilege of working with
many older performers and directors, but Marge Wein stands out. At
96 years old, Marge directs The Azaleans, a group of 20 seniors in
When Marge moved into retirement housing, she wanted to put her 50
years of experience in radio and theatre to use, saying she
"just HAD to have theatre in her life!" Now, seven years
later, Marge directs two productions per year. She loves comedies
and is especially fond of The Naked Man on the Couch,
one of ArtAge's most popular plays.
Marge says that she loves her work because it brings theatre to a
group of older adults who have little opportunity to attend a play.
It also gives "great life to her audiences while providing
intellectual stimulation." The company fills the 200-seat
house every performance. With rave reviews, the audience members
are always asking her, "So what are you doing next?"
Marge's favorite quote is, "Age is only a number, not who you
are." We commend her and all the other 90-year olds who take
the challenge to bring theatre to the lives of older adults!
Halloween and other Fall Shows
It's time to begin
preparing your Fall shows. Try one of these or put together several
on a theme:
Head First or Feet First?
Did Malachi Throckmorton accidentally fall from the
balcony of The Copa Coconut Hotel or did he commit suicide? A
hysterically zany 1940s-style mystery-farce.
Who Shot Fred?
Who could have shot Fred at the Moon Over
Poughkeepsie Hotel? This hilarious 1940s-style whodunit takes place
in a residential hotel catering to seniors. Sure to keep audiences
The Haunted Holiday Hotel
Holiday Hotel is jam-packed with zany characters and mysteries to
solve. The fun and laughter can be enjoyed all year long!
Angel in Disguise (or how to get your husband
to wear a costume)
woman to do if she can’t get her husband to dress up for a costume
always about the unintended consequences, even if you are a witch!
A Profusion of Roses
strong women’s roles, this show brings a mother, daughter, and an
absent “sister” into a twisty, mysterious relationship.
Everything Blows Away
A short play
between a couple and a bunch of leaves. Lovely!
Get Your Flu Shot!
need to convince people to get the flu shot, sometimes
entertainment works the best and is the most convincing. Fun show!
Murder at the Movies
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!
surrounds the death of Nell’s husband and Sheriff Wally is
suspicious. Nell has doubts too.
The Day They Kidnapped Blanche
retired teacher, is having a blast starring in a community theatre
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.
Skits for Seniors: Holiday Plays
of 34 skits for 27 different special days and seasons throughout
the year, including Halloween.
Feel free to
contact us if
you need recommendations about play choices, Senior Theatre
questions or concerns.