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Sent:                               Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:05 PM


Subject:                          Senior Theatre: Get inspired in February


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
February, 2019

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A scene from the popular show, Doctor, Doctor

Bonnie's Column:
Doctors consider prescribing the arts


Imagine going to the doctor and instead of getting a pill, you get a prescription for a dance class or a ticket to a play. This is exactly what British doctors might begin doing soon. Known as "Social Prescribing," British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock says, the "arts can produce the same or better outcomes as traditional medication, and it can save money for the government." Not only does it decrease the amount of drugs prescribed, the technique has been proven effective for patients with strokes, psychosis, and other ailments. It's a cost effective solution to difficult problems. Click here to read the article.

As I have often said, "doing theatre is better than a trip to the doctor." It's exciting that the medical establishment is beginning to agree with me. Ask about your prescription for the arts!

Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie Vorenberg, ArtAge President


Hot off the press... Updated, revised


Planning your financial future can be worrisome, difficult, and even scary. But now with this updated guide, a clear path toward financial stability is possible.

Learn about how to organize your financial plan and tell your story using a variety of income streams: Grants, Gifts, Special Events, Online Contributions, and more. Then refer to the extensive list of grant givers in the arts and aging.

Here's what they are saying:

"Funding Your Senior Theatre" is a comprehensive and very informative resource for fundraising and marketing Senior Theaters. First it gives thorough information about Senior Theatre's benefits that can be used in grant narratives. Especially useful is the explanation of options for fundraising ranging from family gifts and donation jars at performances to the more sophisticated electronic appeals and crowd sourcing. The extensive list of funding sources at the end is valuable. I especially appreciated the instructions on writing the funding plan, a must for proposals, appeal letters, and marketing. Lina P., Grand Junction Senior Theatre

Your theatre will be more creative and fun if money is less of a worry. Use these ideas to take away the pain so there's more pleasure!
Click here to read more about Funding Your Senior Theatre


Our shows are being performed!

When short shows are combined, they create productions of any length that are adaptable to any cast and any audience. Many companies have created full productions. Here are just a few of the slates that are in rehearsal or in performance now:

Try this for a super production:
Act 1 is Bingo Ladies Gone Bad, followed by Grown-Up Games, and Waiting for 7, then intermission.
Act 2 is Griddle Cakes, High School Reunion, and ending the show with The Challenge of Bureaucracy. These plays are being performed in Texas! Wow!

This will be really funny:
The Quibbles, Mike 'Hard As' Nails, Blinking Lights in the Middle of the Night and Stanley's Choice. These are being performed in California. Wow, again!

A clever combination:
The Naked Man on the Couch and Tech Support are on stage in Florida.

Or, try this production:
Feeble Fables and DNN: Definitely NOT the News are also being performed in Texas!

Save $5 on E-scripts of the above shows, on sale until February 28!



12 Comedies for Older Actors

This collection of plays has something for every Senior Theatre. Ranging in length from less than 5 minutes to more than 5 minutes, the funny plays have quirky characters who face challenges like learning new slang, friendship, marriage, self worth, and flirtation. Perform a single show or combine multiple ones to create a longer production. The result is stimulated actors and laughing audiences!

Here's what other Senior Theatre folks are saying:
We just started "Readers Theatre Performances ...for Seniors" and are excited about the variety of scripts with contemporary themes offered in "Theatre-Antics: 12 Comedies for Older Actors."
K. Hancock, Wisconsin

Click here to read testimonials and Free Views of each play. Only $19.95! Save $5 until February 28!


Why I Do Senior Theatre

Louise Rauckhorst says, I enjoy Senior Theatre! I am not an extrovert but theatre brings me out and makes me more alive. At age 84, the mental discipline of memorizing lines, blocking, etc. takes more effort than when I was younger but that’s good for my brain. It’s worth all the work because it’s great fun. I especially like working with a team to create entertainment for our audiences!

Click here to read about Louise's work with The Speeding Theatre Over 55.



Visit our ever-changing website!

Our website features Senior Theatre information and is always being updated. The site is complete with plays, books, "Who's Who in Senior Theatre," plus news, trends, and FreeViews of the plays. Discover how to tie short shows together with our many plays on a theme. There is something for everyone!

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The largest collection of plays, books, materials, and information for older performers.

Contact us at:

PO Box 19955, Portland OR 97280
503-246-3000 or 800-858-4998

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