Newsletter April 2011

Senior Theatre Online April 2011
Table of Contents
Bonnie’s Column: New at ArtAge
Explore Senior Theatre this summer
Tip File: Use a flash mob for PR
Nuts & Bolts: Royalties?
We’re on facebook and youtube
View our Catalog!
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Bonnie’s Column: New at ArtAge
Bonnie Vorenberg
Bonnie Vorenberg

After a long and rewarding process, our new catalog is going to be released soon. We’re hoping that the many new plays, books, and materials will be just the thing for your Senior Theatre. We’ll have more information in next month’s e-newsletter. You may want to buy now, since new prices begin May 9!

We’ve also been preparing for the upcoming American in America conference in San Francisco from April 26-30. We’ll release our new catalog and products at the gathering of 4000+ professionals, students, and others in the field of aging. Stop by our booth, #110, if you are lucky enough to attend.

Have a great spring season!

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, President

Explore Senior Theatre this summer
Young at Heartland comes to Chicago!
Young at Heartland comes to Chicago!

Senior Theatre comes alive at the 2011 ATHE conference in Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel from August 11-14, 2011.

We’ve lined up an amazing list of speakers you won’t want to miss. You’ll find the latest information in performances, panels, research, and resources! It’s all part of the gathering for ATHE, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, which has supported Senior Theatre for decades. Here are the sessions:

Life, Death, and Repair: Using Lifewriting, Personal History, and Reminiscence to create Powerful Theatre
Personal stories form the basis of meaningful theatre. Learn how to blend difficult issues, past memories, and life stories into vibrant productions.

  • Joy Reilly, “Memories of Life and old age to Death and beyond—with Howling at the Moon,” Ohio State University
  • Lorelei Goldman, “Reminiscence and Repair,” Psychodrama Training Institute of Chicago Training Director

Oral History to Theatre: The Unbroken Circle
Discover how to retrieve, share, and perform personal narratives using oral history. This journey of exploration, discovery, and personal reflection helps performers discover inner strength.

Gray and Gay: Sharing the Past, Living into the Future through Oral History and Performances
Plays and oral history productions help GLBTQ elders explore aging. This elusive issue, a major obstacle, is featured in scripted plays including The Journey Out.

  • Steven Pennell, The Journey Out, an Oral History to Performance Project,” Coordinator of Urban Arts and Culture URI Providence
  • Cynthia Glinick, The Journey Out, an Oral History to Performance Project,” Journalist, Actor, Handywoman
  • FrankV. Toti Jr., The Journey Out, an Oral History to Performance Project,” Playwright, Director, Educator
  • Paul T Lockwood, “The Next Frontier: Gays, Lesbians, and the Prospect of Aging on Stage,” Theatre Lecturer at The Ohio State University

Senior Theatre Focus Group Meeting
Learn about the Focus Group and how attendees can contribute to the Focus Group’s goals, leadership, and future plans. Join a discussion of Senior Theatre news and trends, discover how you can contribute to our growing field.

  • Steven Pennell & Bonnie L. Vorenberg

AgeQuake Theatre’s Leading Ladies Ensemble: The How, Why & What
Older performers discuss how they became involved in a theatre company for aging performers, the benefits of their involvement, and why they continue.

  • joan e. kole, ph.d., AgeQuake Theatre, “Starting and Maintaining the Leading Ladies Ensemble”

Theatre & Aging: Theories & Practices
Discover the latest surveys, scientific studies, and theories to document the benefits of older adults performing on stage.

  • Bonnie L. Vorenberg, “Results of the Senior Theatre Survey,” ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center
  • Helga and Tony Noice, “Acting on Your Mind,” Elmhurst College
  • Jon Zaley, “Creating Successful Weekday Luncheon Theatre,” Vintage Productions
  • Valerie Lipscomb, Ph.D., “Embodying Memory: Older Performers,” Assistant Professor of English, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Great Age Series: Time of Your Life Players and Neighbor Tarkington
Discover an older adult performing group and one-person show to learn how to create and maintain a theatre program with seniors.

  • Avrum Krause, Time of Your Life Players
  • Scott K. Strode, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Manchester College

Starting and Maintaining Young at Heartland: A Performance and Discussion
Learn how this successful senior acting workshop and performance troupe has tripled its membership and built a vibrant program of classes and touring shows, featuring a top-selling playwright.

  • Ann B. White, “Organizing Young at Heartland”
  • D. Ann Jones, “Teaching at Young at Heartland”
  • Terri Ryburn, “Writing for Young at Heartland”________________________________________

Make plans now to get your Senior Theatre inspiration in Chicago this August!

Tip File: Use a flash mob for PR
Last fall, a video of a flash mob singing holiday music at a shopping mall food court made the rounds of the Internet. It inspired many people about the fun and excitement of a flash mob. This is a great way to promote your Senior Theatre.Here’s how it works: Find a public site, then organize what your company will perform. Organize it like any performance by determining placement, blocking, costumes, and other details. At the appointed day and time, your company arrives and on cue, someone starts to sing, act, or perform. Then, go with the flow.At the conclusion of your flash mob, hand out flyers about your show. Let the media in on the secret and see if they’ll cover the event.Let us know about your flash mob and how it worked. Such fun!Have a great tip, a new idea, or a successful technique? Send it to us!
Nuts & Bolts: Royalties?
Royalty seems to cause confusion. Some Senior Theatre directors are not aware that purchasing a play does not give them permission to perform the show, unless it’s a royalty-free piece.Royalty is required whenever you perform for a group, of any size, paying or non-paying. Royalties apply whether your presentation is a reading or a fully staged performance. You’ll find that our royalty fees are very reasonable.Here’s your check list:

  • Set show dates
  • Contact us for royalty rates and to see if royalty is required
  • We’ll send an invoice, payable two weeks prior to your show
  • Insert the permission statement into the program and send us a copy.

Avoid the penalty for non-payment of royalty which is two times the cost of the royalties plus $300. Contact us with any of your questions.

We’re on facebook and youtube
Check out our new facebook page.
Check out our new facebook page.

Facebook: Now we can have a more extended conversation, by using our facebook page. Become a ‘fan,’ then send in information, and keep the connection and the movement growing!

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View our Catalog!
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