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Subject:                          Senior Theatre adapts to the new 'normal'


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
September 2020

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Our Air Quality is off the charts

Bonnie's Column

We have been thinking a lot about staying healthy in the last few days. Smoke from West Coast wild fires has pushed our air quality off the charts, at times the worst in the world. It's an experience we don't want to repeat anytime soon. As a timely reminder to take care of ourselves, September is Healthy Aging Month.

One of the best ways to age healthfully, is to do theatre, which I suggest is "better than a trip to the doctor." It touches our physical, mental, emotional, and cultural needs. Participants often point to the social benefits as being the most important to them and the reason they keep coming back for more. If you've ever felt the esprit de corps, the group feeling, and the rush of adrenaline that comes with applause--well, there's almost nothing like it!

During these strange and stressful times, whether you are still socially isolating or distancing, we encourage you to look at all the many ways you can still be involved. Watch a Zoom performance, attend our class, then get busy doing theatre! Your health depends on it.

Click here to learn more about Healthy Aging Month

Best in theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications


Survey says...
"Here's what Senior Theatres are doing"

In our last newsletter, we asked you to check-in and tell us how you are doing. We received nearly eighty responses. In short, this is a tricky time. The good news is that 28.9% are resuming their Senior Theatre activities this fall with an equal number starting in January, 2021. Almost 10% of you never paused and have been going strong in some form or another.

Many respondents expressed frustration and boredom at having their normal theatre work interrupted. Most of you have continued by using a mix of activities, such as having online classes and socializing with the group members while keeping a safe distance. One writer said, "Boredom has set in and we miss our theatre group and all we do."

Here are some ideas to keep you going:

  • Stay connected. Even if you’re not rehearsing or working on a production, find ways to continue to stay in touch with your troupe. You can socialize safely by using Zoom or other free online meeting platforms or meet in person while staying socially distant.
  • Have a backup plan. If you’re planning on holding classes, rehearsals, or performances in person, it pays to have a backup plan that involves moving some or all of your activities online. If you're curious how to do this, call us and we can help you.
  • Sign up for our classes. Nearly one third of you stated that you’d like tips for how to keep things going as well as online classes to keep up your creative energies. See our upcoming class listed below.

Click here for more information about Streaming and Online Theatre


Upcoming class:
Adapt Senior Theatre to the new 'normal'

The Prize was performed socially distant this summer
Photo courtesy of Patrick Cook Expressions

We know that performing the traditional way, in front of an audience, is best. But, since that's not possible now, other techniques are proving to be very successful. This session will teach you how to adapt your Senior Theatre shows and classes to socially distant, streamed, and virtual formats.

This session will be led by Bonnie L. Vorenberg who brings her many years in Senior Theatre to help you get up and running quickly. We'll also hear other's success stories for encouragement. Learn how to:

  • Choose the best format for you
  • Adapt your activities and classes
  • Select scripts for different formats
  • Navigate the policies that govern theatre

After the session, you will feel confident that you can keep your Senior Theatre members safe while still having fun doing theatre.

When: Wednesday, September 30 at 1PM Pacific

(2PM Mountain, 3PM Central, 4PM Eastern)

Where: On Zoom. After you register, we will send the link to you. We look forward to working with you!
Cost: $20

Click here to learn more and to register


Watch this online show!

Watch Just a Song at Twilight on Zoom

Playwright Marcia Savin tells the story of an attractive woman in her 60s who moves into a senior apartment complex. While sitting on a park bench, she’s welcomed by another tenant who offers banter and a sip of toddy from his thermos. Twenty years after writing this story, it came true!

The show is produced by Silver City Community Theatre. They say, “Producing plays on Zoom is challenging—artistically and technically—and this third production is the most complex yet. We are really having a good time and hope our audiences will too,” says MaryAnn Marlar, SCCT Board Member. 

When you watch the performance, think about:

  • the acting and directing techniques that make this show a success
  • how to get a feel for what works with online plays
  • how the music by talented tenor saxophonist Michael McQuaide adds to the show
  • how you can stage a show online!

Here are the Just a Song at Twilight Zoom links:

See other plays by Marcia Savin:
Can I Put You on Hold?Special Screening Today, and Sunny Room in Charming House


Coming Soon: A streamed performance of Not Kate or Leo will air on October 8 at 7PM Eastern. Contact us for the Zoom link.



Sale: Holiday Plays!
Photo: Mrs.Claus Gets Menopause

We think audiences will be very excited to see plays this holiday season. We have many shows to celebrate, including seven new ones! They work well in traditional presentations, social distanced, or streamed productions. Click here for all of the Christmas and Holiday plays.

Save $5 on all holiday e-scripts until October 2, 2020

Click here to see all of our NEW plays!



Short play, perfect for the season:
Get Your Flu Shot

With vaccinations in the news every day, we wanted to direct you to a fun play you can use to convince your friends and neighbors about the importance of getting a flu shot. Using theatre to convey a message is a superb way to have people listen so that they will take action.

Written by Bob Naquin, one of our most popular playwrights, the show dispels common myths, all with his good humor that you've come to love. Take a look at Get your Flu Shot!

Save $5 on the e-script until October 2, 2020


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