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Subject:                          Senior Theatre newsletter: Bonnie on the Oregon Trail, plays for animal lovers, and more!


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
August, 2019

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Bonnie on the Oregon Trail

Bonnie's Column:
Where is your Oregon Trail?


I just returned from our vacation to eastern Oregon where my husband and I went to discover the Oregon Trail. Between 1841 and 1869 most of the 400,000 settlers walked its 2,170 miles from Missouri to Oregon and surrounding states. It took six months and was a harrowing journey over mountain ranges, through deserts, and into the lush lands in Oregon. Now, 175 years later, the wagon wheel ruts are still visible.

The people who survived the journey brought their strength and values with them, forming the bedrock that makes up the residents of the West. For me, I've always been amazed at what emerges when someone has endured and lived a 'tell about it' journey.

For us in Senior Theatre, we're on a journey bring the arts to under-served audiences, to entice older adults to be brave enough to take to the 'boards' and be on stage. It's a struggle that may not require the same amount of sweat and toil as a trip on the Oregon Trail, but it's still a challenge. When it's met with success, the end result is the won't be awarded with a homestead but you'll get the satisfaction of knowing that you've conquered and won.

So, I ask you to, as the sign says, "Add your story to the Continuing Oregon Trail Story!"

Best in theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications


BabyBoomster features Senior Theatre

Baby Boomers on Stage

"Have you ever dreamed about acting on stage? To tread the boards emoting Shakespeare or kick up your heels in a musical?" writes Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowski in a recent edition of which featured the ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center!

We were so excited to have worked with Rebecca on this article because she understands the value of Senior Theatre!

Click here to read The World is a Stage and Baby Boomers are Embracing Senior Theatre!



Plays for Animal Lovers



We love these wonderful plays about animals! Save $5 on the following e-scripts until September 10

Canine Contact
Penny Bloodhart
1 man, 1 woman
5 minute comedy
George and Gracie meet on a park bench. Their love of animals leaves them hopeful about the future.

A Collie for Christmas
Jules Abrams
30 minute holiday play
4 women, 1 either
Julie is determined to get a dog and when she does, its troubles lead to a heartwarming holiday tale!

On Purpose
Linda LaRocque
10 minutes
3 either
This is a story about the need to have purpose in your life, no matter what your age or species.

The Cat Lady Christmas
Allison Engel & Margaret Engel
60 minute radio play comedy
3 women, 2 men, 2 either
NEW! Corly promises her new beau, an allergist, that she’s pet-free, but it gets tense just as he’s about to cook her a Christmas Eve dinner. A strong script with plenty of intrigue plus sound effects will make a super holiday show!

The Fairy Ring
Linda LaRocque
10 minute fantasy
3 either
Deep in the forest, a leaf encourages a caterpillar go on the next adventure, but the caterpillar is afraid and won’t leave the fairy ring until he’s nudged out of his comfort zone.

Those Dog Gone Wrinkles
Olga Sanderson
7 minute comedy
3 women, 2 men
Elsie tests her revolutionary wrinkle cream on dogs at a blue ribbon dog show.

Skunked By A Dog
Olga Sanderson
5 minute comedy
2 women, 1 man
When Ann and Mary hear about their mother’s wedding to Mr. Schlepenheimer, they create a crazy plan that just might work.

The Bug Hunters
Olga Sanderson
10 minute comedy
2 men, 2 women, 1 either
These crafty sisters are suspicious of the Inspectors from the State Board of Health, and they were right!

Benny and Pearl Loving in a Goldfish Bowl
Linda L. Rand

18 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
This love story reminds you that no matter how many false starts you have, it’s never too late for the real thing.

Dead Cat: The Play
Bob Naquin
25 minute comedy
4 women, 2 either, extras if available
Everyone has an insufferable cat lover in their lives, but it gets out of hand when the cat lover decides to hold a funeral service for a dead cat that isn’t even hers.

Save $5 on the above e-scripts until September 10


Why I do Senior Theatre:
Joyce Stern Greenberg

Joyce (left) and Sandy in Committee of Two

Joyce writes, "Since I'm lucky enough to have reached senior status, why should this time in my life be any different from all of my other phases?

All of my life, I have been in the arts, from being a show biz kid to a singing comedienne, actress, drama teacher, director, and writer/lyricist. Working with folks who are always ready to 'put on a show' gives my life enrichment and joy, which I love to share with my talented, seasoned casts.

Senior Theatre confirms what I've always known...that doing what I love, alongside others who feel the same way, encourages camaraderie, creativity, expanded viewpoints, and the joy of bringing laughter to others."

Click here to see Committee of Two and Committee of Eight, two easy-to-produce musical revues using parodies, written by Joyce Stern Greenberg




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