Last night we hit the stage at Northern Starz Performing Arts Center in Ramsey, MN. As you may know, I’ve been involved in this little theatre troupe for about three years now. It stemmed out of a class I was teaching for seniors 55+ and it turned out to be a small class which decided to become a writing and performance group.
When the pandemic hit, shortly after we inititiated this program, we continued to meet via Zoom to brainstorm on ideas that would appeal to an older audience – issues like technology, medical problems, traveling, relationships, etc. We took a comedic turn and the stories have developed from those days and continue to keep our creative juices flowing. In that interim, we decided it might be fun to turn our episodes into an old fashioned radio show, performing to a live audience. This allows us to read (not memorize) from the script, to use our acting skills, engage the audience and have fun doing it.
This year our theatre received a grant to take our show on the road. We’ve been performing for assisted and independent living, nursing homes and senior centers in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The idea of aging with a sense of humor is our ultimate goal. It’s always so much fun to perform for a live audience and even though there weren’t a lot of people in the audience, those who were there seemed to be enjoying themselves. It shows me that there is still pupose for us as we age. No matter what we choose to do with the rest of our lives, we must continue to live them. Otherwise we lose our determination, our zest and our desire to be part of life. If we can bring joy to others, that’s the frosting on the cake