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ArtAge Publications Newsletter
March, 2017

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Bonnie's Column

It's almost Spring! It can't come soon enough--Here in Oregon we've had the wettest winter in years. But Spring is a time for hopefulness, brightness, and a chance to feel the quickening of the world's rhythms. Here at ArtAge it's a busy time. We're gearing up for the Senior Theatre Program at the August conference and starting to solicit plays for our next catalog.

Most of all we are grateful for all the many wonderful Senior Theatre lovers who frequently tell us, "We love your stuff!" It's a pleasure to bring the collection to you throughout the year, but especially in Spring!

Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications



Profiles in Senior Theatre:
Maria Capone Goodwin

Maria Capone Goodwin (in the white blouse) dancing

This season marks the 25th year that The Silver Foxes, Venice Theatre’s over-55 senior troupe, has entertained audiences in the the Venice, Florida area. The theatre has sponsored the senior group since they began in 1993. And I have had the great fortune to be a part of it for the last five years!

Our company of actors, singers, and dancers are directed by Brad Wages, who produces a top-notch show each March on Venice Theatre’s Main Stage. We present five performances, often playing to sold-out audiences. Besides rehearsals for the new show, we present Roadshows throughout the season to communities and organizations which pay us to entertain their residents. The funds from the Roadshows are used to help kids attend theatre camp and for other programs at the theatre.
Being a tap dancer with The Silver Foxes has been the greatest joy of my adult life! Having a dance background from many years ago, I’m back doing what I love. Three days a week I wake up and go to the theatre for rehearsals and tap classes and love every minute! And performing in Roadshows and our yearly production gives me such enjoyment. The added benefit is that my brain and body are getting exercise. But also, who knew along the way, I would meet a group of people who have become such special friends and are now like a family to me?   

I am proud to say I am a Silver Fox! My theatre life is in full swing and I expect to be part of this Senior Theatre for many years to come! 


Click here to send a "Happy 25th Anniversary" message to the  Silver Foxes!



Featured show:
Does This Show Make My
Butt Look Fat?


Joni Hilton
1 hour comedy
1-6 women, or up to any number of women

This show is as funny as its title. A group of senior women take you on a comic romp through the trials and tribulations of womanhood including weight, dating, and looking good. The show is full of character, charm, and laugh-out loud humor. Best of all, the show celebrates self acceptance and a reminder of the things that really matter.

A script for all women and anyone who has ever loved one. A hysterical and truthful view of what we fear most and question most often. We laughed all the way through our rehearsals and the audience howled! –Gina Bikales, Script2Stage2Screen


Click here to read more about this fun show.


Appearing at the Sauk Theatre on September 7-10, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Cook of Expressions Photography and Design



Great Shows for Spring!

Spring is a time to come out of your shell, have some new adventures, and live fully. These shows can be tied together to create a longer production, all based on a theme.

Click on each title to learn more about it, read a FreeView, and order your perusal copy.
Save $5 on E-scripts of these shows until March 15.


Still Twenty-Nine
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
Life is quiet, simple, and routine for stodgy retiree Earl, until Aileen, his fun-loving wife joins a motorcycle club.

Mothers’ Day
10 minute comedy
5 women
Molly Sullivan struggles to get her daughter to visit her so Molly and her compatriots concoct a madcap scheme to solve the problem.

It’s Not About Pot Roast
10 minute comedy
2 women
Norma and her closest friend, Molly, resolve problems to keep their worlds intact in a heartwarming comedy.

Lust n' digestion
7 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman, 1 extra
An older gentleman is all ready for a blind date when his Alka Seltzer package confuses his date!

Romance Senior Style: The Singles Cruise
30 minute comedy
1 man, 4 women, 1 either
Three women meet on deck during a singles cruise. When an eligible man appears, you never know what'll happen!

Blinking Lights in the Middle of the Night
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman, 1 either
Sally and Carl receive a late-night visit from an alien tourist making a pit stop while traveling among the stars. Such a sweet piece!

Dream Camper
10 minute comedy
3 women
We all have dreams but when Rose and Dottie are accidentally made aware of theirs by crusty Wilma at the KOA campground, life becomes better for everyone.

Clyde is that You?
10 minute comedy
1 man, 3 women
Clyde is a hard-core womanizer who journeys to Las Vegas only to discover his three ex-wives are in town for a convention!

Lunch Ladies at L'Ambrosia Luncheria
15 minute comedy
8 women
Two very proper ladies lose all pretense of ladylike behavior when they can't pay for their meal at an expensive restaurant!

Under a Magical Moon
20-25 minute romance
1 man, 1 woman; can be staged with 3 men, 3 women

Since ancient times, the magic of the night sky has held sway over Love and Lovers. Whether in Verona, Italy between the young Romeo and Juliet; or in Muncie, Indiana between the …not so young…Gavin and Kathleen.

Cougar on the Green
20 minute comedy
2 women

Mrs. O’Neill is looking for the senior rate at the golf club only to be rebuffed by the icy, all-business Miss Mulligan. It seems that Mrs. O’Neill is definitely losing the battle until she discovers that Miss Mulligan may be another kind of player!

Sunny Room in Charming House
25 minute comedy
2 women
When neatnik, Lydia, rents a room to Connie, a free spirit, their lives become a whirlwind of humorous conflict. Comedy saves them in this hilarious “Odd Couple”-like show.

On Purpose
10 minute
3 either
The old concession stand on the beach is being torn down so what will the customers do?

Gin and Tonic
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
This laugh-out-loud comedy is a never-fail show!

Contact us if you need help making selections!

Save $5 on E-scripts of these shows until March 15.



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