What is Seniors’ Theatre, you ask? It’s connection, interaction, laughter and play. It’s the best two hours of your week!
The 2016/2017 season of Seniors’ Theatre meets Tuesdays from 9 am-11 am on the stage at Shuswap Theatre. The first fall session is on October 4 and will run until early December. We will start things up again in January once the New Year is well underway… the precise date will be posted here. Costs to participate are minimal; all you need to do is sign up for a Shuswap Theatre membership and pay a $2.00 drop in fee each session. Come as little or as often as you like!
This year the group is providing its own leadership using the materials produced by founder Peter Blacklock and by Astrid Varnes who led last season. As always, there’s no pressure of performance – just a chance to explore, learn some new skills, and share. And did we mention laugh?
Remember – you are never late for Seniors Theatre!
A quick on-line search into studies of Arts and Aging shows that researchers are starting to investigate what we have intuitively known for a long time—that being involved in the arts keeps our brains and bodies healthy. There are almost 1000 registered Seniors’ Theatre Companies in North America. While the activities are not always the same, the intent is always to provide physical, intellectual and social stimulation while exploring the issues we all face on a daily basis.
That is the official story.
The unofficial story is that Seniors’ Theatre is the best two hours of your week. We laugh, get teary, meet new people, solve all of the issues facing modern society, stretch our faces and our muscles, and come away with a passion to return. Do you have to be a senior to be involved? No! Our whole intention is to be inclusive of the whole community and we want to interact with people of all ages. What skills do you need? If you can laugh at yourself and share a story with others then you are more than qualiﬁed. Any other skills we will develop along the way.
Through a New Horizons grant a few years ago, Peter Blacklock produced a handbook and a raft of other resources that can be used to start your own Seniors’ Theatre group. You can find these resources here.