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THEATRE SHOWCASE AND HOW-TO TRAINING GET MINNESOTA ELDERS ON STAGE


Sun, Sep 27th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - People over 60 are taking the stage across Minnesota in performance venues ranging from the Fringe Festival to school classrooms and condo party spaces. They tell stories, do standup comedy, give dramatic readings and more. Some write scripts, stage full productions, and draw on years of theatre experience. Others are first-time performers. All let their imagination fly, make friends, and have a very good time.

On Oct.10, the Acting for Life Senior Theatre Conference at the Bloomington Center for the Arts will showcase a variety of Minnesota Senior Theatre acts. The event will also provide inspiration and how-to help for people wanting to get started or expand their repertoire. The Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network (MnCAAN) is sponsoring Acting for Life to stimulate the creation and growth of Senior Theatre programs across Minnesota. Workshop leaders include theatre teachers from Kairos Dance, Guthrie Theater, Brave New Workshop, Prime Time Players, and Pillsbury House Theatre, among others. Senior program organizers, theatre educators, as well as older adults from across the state are encouraged to attend.

Bonnie L. Vorenberg, director of the national Senior Theatre Resource Center and a respected leader in the field, will share her expertise in a keynote talk, "How To Find Fun, Fame and Fortune on Stage." She will also lead a workshop on Friday, Oct. 9, at the Guthrie Theater, called "Open the Curtain on Senior Theatre. Attendees will learn how to make their Senior Theatre activities fun and meaningful, and try out basic theatre techniques. They'll also get tips on easy ways to develop and improve a Senior Theatre group or program in community settings and in long-term-care sites - or to just try some things at home or with friends.

Vorenberg's workshop on Oct. 9, costing $30, will be held from 1-4 PM at the Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis. The Oct. 10 conference, costing $45, is being held at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington.

A Pre-Conference Social and Theatre Evening, costing $25, is planned at 6 PM on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis.

To register or for more information, visit www.mncaan.net or contact Pat Samples at artsandaging@mncaan.net or 763-560-5199. Registration deadline for all events is Oct.

Major financial supporters for Acting for Life are the Vital Aging Network and SHiFT. Major in-kind supporters include RSVP, Twin Cities TOSCA, Pillsbury House Theatre, City of Bloomington Human Services and the Guthrie Theater.

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