I spend too much time watching What Not to Wear, the televison show that helps women transform their image. The featured woman gets $5,000 to spend on new clothes. Then, a hair stylist and makeup artist complete the make-over.
I love to watch the process of change–from humiliation and surprise to frustration and finally to appreciation. Not only is the woman’s outward appearance altered, but she changes on the inside too.
Perhaps this is why I’m so fascinated with Senior Theatre and performance by older people. The process is the same as what happens on What Not to Wear. Performers of a certain age enter a classroom or rehearsal space. Then, over time they learn acting, character, and the other skills of performing.
Before long, shy and unsure actors take stage to amaze their families and entertain strangers. They’ve been transformed both on the outside and on the inside.
Send us your stories of transformation. We’ll share them! This fall as I watch the new season of What Not to Wear, I hope the season brings you many moments of transformation!
Bonnie L. Vorenberg
ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, President
Laissez les bon temps rouler! In the language of the Big Easy, that means “Let the good times roll.”
Senior Theatre USA will hold its next Festival & Conference from June 3-7 in New Orleans at Harrah’s beautiful Hotel & Casino, near The French Quarter. Experience some of America’s best food, best music, and best times as well as the opportunity for you and your company to perform on the casino’s elegant theatre stage.
The $150 package includes opening and closing night buffet receptions, workshops offered by professional instructors, and performances by companies from all around the country. It’s a time to learn, develop new friends, and share your talents with like minded seniors.
And after hours, New Orleans is yours to explore: its culture, music, Cajun menus, neighborhoods, architecture, tradition, and heritage.
Save the date and whether as an individual or a company, plan on joining us next June.
News, shows, and more
At Half Time in performance–such fun!
At Half Time recently won as audience favorite for the best play in The Writer Speaks competition in North Hollywood. And the vote wasn’t even close!
The ATHE conference in Chicago was very successful! Start thinking about your ideas for panels, workshops, and performances for next year’s conference in Washington, D.C. We’ll solicit your suggestions this fall.
Plays in performance. The plays in our ArtAge collection are being staged with regularity, all around the world. Here’s a list of a few shows that have been produced recently:
When we read plays for the current catalog, we received several shows which were in a series. We thought, “What a great idea!”
A series is a program that contains two to five plays that can be done as a single stand-alone show or they can be performed together, making a complete production. The short plays, a very popular format in Senior Theatre, are light on scenery but heavy on character. It’s flexibility at its best!
One series, Senior Moments by Doug Fried, is a popular collection of five shows, each from 9-14 minutes long that combine to create a 75-minute production. In the 13 months since its premiere, the plays have been performed 22 times to rave reviews in the US and Canada–at theatres, retirement communites, and senior centers. It’s being considered for productions in Kansas, California, London, and elsewhere!
Senior Moments will be presented on September 2, 3, and 4 and September 9, 10, and 11 at The Edge Theatre in Denver. It will also be performed at the Gunnison Arts Center in Gunnison, Colorado on September 23 and 24.
You’ll discover that these series will be as popular for you as they were for the Senior Theatres which created them!
Group of the Month: Roots&Branches
Going Dutch in performance
Roots&Branches turns their insight to gender in the new production, Going Dutch. They consider, “What is this thing the humans call gender?” When two innocent androids have to choose between “male and female,” they set off on a mad quest, blundering through preschool politics, senior dating, subway seating, and the memories of three generations of women and men.
Roots&Branches Theater, located in New York City, brings generations together in workshops and plays that change how we think about age and aging. Roots&Branches is a program of the Haym Salomon Division of the Arts of F∙E∙G∙S Health and Human Services System.
Going Dutch will be performed September 13-18, 2011 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center with a benefit performance on September 15.