ArtAge Publications Newsletter
May is Older Americans Month,
so we celebrate the brave performers who do theatre in their later
years. It's a privilege to work with so many zesty seniors who have
decided to spend their time as performers, directors, or producers.
We celebrate you.
I am reminded of one of my first actors, Ivy Margaret Wharton. She
had no prior training but when she took the stage with her British
accent to act and sing, the audience was mesmerized. Ivy honed her
skills and advanced into films and commercials which supplemented
her meager income. For Ivy, the world was never the same once she
began to perform.
Now, when I work with older performers, I am reminded of Ivy, and
how Senior Theatre completely changed her life. She used to always
say, "I don't know when I've ever been so happy."
This is why all of us at ArtAge do our work...to connect great
materials and inspiration with those who take the risk to perform
and are richly rewarded. We salute you this month!
Yours in Theatre,
Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years on
this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people are
those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound
than merely their own self-interest.
We are always excited to invite you to attend workshops and
conferences but they are especially fun as a summer
vacation. Try these:
AACTFest 2017 National
June 26 to July 1 in Rochester, MN
When community theatre folk gather, it's special! This Festival is
a large celebration with a wide variety of offerings. In fact the
featured event has been building for two years since community
theatres from around the nation competed for a chance to perform at
the upcoming National Festival. Now you can see them in
action. In addition, attendees can take part in a theatre
management or a youth leadership conference, watch four productions
in the AACT Youth Fest, and see the AACT Design Exhibition &
Competition. If that wasn't enough, there is a new monologue
competition, educational workshops, vendor displays, and networking
opportunities. You won't want to miss the awards presentation. By
the end of the Festival, the new acquaintances you have made will
feel like old friends! Click here for
registration and more information
Senior Theatre Program at the ATHE conference
August 3-6 in Las Vegas, NV
Learn about Senior Theatre, see performances, share,
and connect with others in the field at the upcoming Senior Theatre
Sessions. It all happens in Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino!
See our dynamic schedule and plan to attend! Click here for more
Profiles in Senior Theatre:
Sandy and John Laszlo
John and Sandy Laszlo retired 10 years ago, they never imagined
they would be working together as actors, playwrights, costumers,
and directors until they discovered Senior Theatre. Both are
members of The More or Less Players in Roswell, Georgia. They have
acted in dozens of plays, designed costumes, created props, and
done publicity for their theatrical productions. As they say,
"What a rewarding way for a couple to share, grow, and have
Click here to read more
about the Laszlo's experiences
NEW! All of the Carol Burnett
you see an image of Carol Burnett, you immediately start to laugh.
Well, now you can have more laughs! Many of you have enjoyed The Old Folks over the years. Now you can get
all 10 Carol Burnett Sketch Kits, each with 4-5 plays in each of
them. All royalty free. Click here to see all
of the sketch collections.
Try Non-Royalty Shows
We carry many books with non-royalty plays in them.
This means your scripts are inexpensive, fun, and most are easy and
short. So, give these play collections a try!
Sale! $5 off selected non-royalty play collection books
until May 15, 2017.
Bob Redd's four books of short and easy plays have been popular for
years. He began with 21 New, Humorous Short
Plays and Scripts, then he wrote ones with 23, 25,
and 31 shows. See what's in each book by clicking 21, 23, 25, and 31.
Olga Sanderson raised a family, was actively involved in her
community, and became a playwright, all while being blind. Nothing
stopped Olga. To write her shows, she dictated the plays into a
recorder so a colleague could type them for her. A local performing
group staged the shows so she could work out the kinks. Though
Olga faced adversity, her plays are filled with humor, intellect,
and determination combined with a feisty spirit. We honor her
during Older Americans Month!
Funny Stuff has 10 ten-minute plays each with
Olga Sanderson's fun sense of humor. Take a look. Get the shows
individually for $10 or get all of them by
purchasing the book.
Seniors Still Acting Up: Short Comedies
The Young at Heartland playwrights, an outreach program of the
Heartland Theatre, wrote this vibrant collection of 16 short plays
and monologues. You’ll find it easy to use these 4-6 minute
comedies with 1-3 actors as readings, in class, or performed on
stage. Click here to read
Readers Theatre: Legendary Ladies and their Gents
For ten years, author Marilyn Warsofsky and her
Senior Theatre company toured these shows throughout their
community. You'll find that actors love the solid theatre and
audiences enjoy the rich history of Molly Brown, Amelia Earhart,
Annie Oakley, The Harvey Girls, and Pauline Cushman, a Union spy. Click here to read
Skits for Seniors: Holiday, Humorous, Reminiscing
Here are three books of skits. Get them individually or together.
The shows are easy and short with 1-4 characters in each play, all
in large print.
for Seniors: Holiday Plays contains 34 skits for 27 different special days
and seasons throughout the year.
for Seniors: Humorous Plays contains
20 short plays and requires no props or
costumes. Includes a spoof of Dragnet,
a cowboy adventure, a zany game show, a visit to an
unhelpful doctor, and more. Easy and lots of fun! Includes the
popular sketch, Oh, Doctor!
Skits for Seniors: Reminiscing Plays
contains 14 witty skits with dialogue that
evokes memories of the past like wash day, World War II
letters, fashions, fireflies, ice cream, television, Elvis,
favorite foods, and much more!