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Subject:                          Senior Theatre newsletter: Holiday shows, performances, and focus on fantasy!


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
October, 2019

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Use theatre to escape reality!

Bonnie's Column: Keep Your Focus

It seems like there is so much noise in the world right now that it's hard for me to keep my focus. I start to work and find my mind drifting off to the next crisis or trouble. I've had to use a bit of discipline:

  • I make a good list that I refer to frequently during the day
  • I take breaks to keep my mind focused and my body relaxed
  • I breathe deeply to avoid returning to Facebook, yet again!...
  • then I get back to work!

If this lack of focus is happening to me, maybe it's happening to you, too. Perhaps it's even affecting the actors we work with. If that is the case, it's even more important that our classes and rehearsals move along at a nice pace and that they're well planned so participants stay focused with no time to let their minds wander.

To keep audiences focused, select plays that are upbeat and positive. Fortunately, we have many of them! In these chaotic times, we think lighthearted plays about animals can offer some great escape. Of course, there's nothing better than improv and creative drama to keep actors in the moment and on their toes.

One of the main benefits of participating in theatre is that it takes your mind out of reality and into fantasy. Yesterday, a customer told me, "Theatre rehearsals and performances are the only times when I can get out of myself and don't have any worries."

Now's a good time to explore fantasy and avoid reality for a moment. Keep going!

Best in theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications


Holiday Shows


The cast celebrates after a successful production of Merry Christmas / Happy Thanksgiving

We have so many holiday plays for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Now is the time to find the ones that will bring brightness to your holiday season! Get in the mood with these fun and festive plays!

Save $5 on the following e-scripts until November 10

Merry Christmas / Happy Thanksgiving
15 minute comedy, 1 man, 7 women
Nora posts an invitation to all her lonely neighbors and what a collection shows up. This show is so much fun!

NEW! Perplexing Polar Problems 
10 minute comedy
Problems in Santa’s Polar Kingdom have everyone flustered!

Christmas at the Lake

40 minute comedy, 3 men, 7 women
Jim is skipping the holidays this year, but his stay at the lake cabin brings new revelations that change his outlook on life.

Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause
10 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
Chaos erupts at the North Pole on the night before Christmas. As Santa gets ready for the busiest night of the year, Mrs. Claus isn’t very happy about it.

The Christmas Police
10 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
Bring out your tacky Christmas ornaments and don your worst holiday sweaters…then watch out for the Christmas Police!

Merry Magic
9 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
Herbert and Louise, alone for the holidays, find an unexpected way to create some holiday magic. A sweet and warmhearted play!

Frank’s 75th Christmas
20 minute comedy, 11 either gender
Laugh through this popular holiday play about an unhappy character who gets a special visit on Christmas Eve that changes his bad attitude and his listless life. Actors and audiences love this show!

The Christmas Coffee
15 minute comedy, 3 women, 1 special walk-on role
The Senior Center’s social committee prepares for their annual Christmas Coffee but to everyone’s surprise, a hip-hop rapper steals the show. A light and lively holiday gem!

Save $5 on the above e-scripts until November 10!
Click here to see all of our Holiday Plays!

The Cat Lady Christmas FreeRead is available, where you can read most but not all of the play. Take a moment to explore this super show. Hurry, the FreeRead expires on November 3!


Our shows are being performed 

The cast of Tina Latigo Rides to the Rescue

This Fall, there have been so many performances of our plays that it was hard to select just a few of them. Take a look at:

  • Tina Latigo Rides to the Rescue was performed in Oklahoma. The director says, Our performance had so much audience participation from sound effects to whooping, hollering, and singing. It was an incredibly fun night--everyone really got into the act!
  • Mother's Day was performed in Hitchin, England at a retirement care home. Click here to read the article about their performance.
  • Anna's Brooklyn Promise was performed in North Carolina. The actors really loved the script and the show was well received.
  • House of Tomorrow was performed in Australia. They selected 13 of the scenes and three of the songs. It was very popular with both the actors and the audience.
  • Jack Benny's Not 39 Any More was presented in North Carolina. The director said, This play was a total hit with our audiences. They laughed so much and were touched in many ways. I was lucky to have a wonderful cast who enjoyed it as much as I did. I have either acted in or directed over 30 plays and this is the first one that my wife sat through 3 times--that says something! Thanks for such a super play! The first week, the show had solid attendance; the second week it was sold out!

Plays from the Park Bench series were performed in Colorado to rave reviews from audience members, including Waiting for 7. It's such a fun show!

Your images and stories can inspire more Senior Theatre so please send in photos and quotes so we can share them with others.

Take a look at all of the NEW plays in our collection!


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