ArtAge Publications Newsletter
April, 2017
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Bonnie's Column

This month we salute playwrights. These creative individuals blend their imagination with wordcraft to make their characters come alive in plays filled with heart. Here at ArtAge, we are the connectors, bringing the playwrights' work to the directors and actors who interpret them for their audiences. When you hear applause, it's because everyone involved helped to create yet another success!

As we search for new shows to add to the collection, we value the playwrights who have created the plays your actors and audiences love. Here's to playwrights!

Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications

Send in Your Plays

We are selecting new plays, books, and materials for our 2018-19 catalog. Our goal is to meet the needs of older performers, from amateur to professional, so the catalog has something for everyone, from short and easy sketches to 3-act musicals.

What to submit: The Senior Theatre collection features plays and musicals of all lengths, but short shows which run up to 20 minutes are the most popular. Directors look for comedies with mainly female casts that require few technical elements and ones that can be staged as readers theatre. Successfully performed shows have senior casts (or mostly senior) with up-to-date, feisty characters in current situations. Well-written roles should challenge performers, yet be fun to stage.

Learn more by attending the Writing Plays for Senior Theatre Discussion Group. Discover how to craft shows that directors and actors will use. Attend on Wednesday, April 12 at 2PM Pacific Time. It’s easy and only costs $10. Sign up and immediately receive your access information. Call in at the scheduled time and join a stimulating discussion about plays for Senior Theatare. Don't worry if you can't attend; we can send a link to the recording after the session. Click here to sign up for the Discussion Group

Before you submit, please review our catalog and read Writing Plays for Senior Theatre. Follow the Writers' Guidelines where you will find complete submission information for your hard copy material. Let us know your questions. We look forward to reading your work!

Deadline: June 15, 2017

Profiles in Senior Theatre:
The Unexpected Company 

Founders of The Unexpected Company

In May, 2005, fueled by the enthusiasm and vitality of a group of active community volunteers, nine women launched a fresh option for entertainment in Laramie, Wyoming. Spearheaded by Germaine St. John, the group included Mary Mountain, Gladys Crane, Jan Webster, Billie Gross, Sue McLean, Sonya Meyer, Vera Reid, and Bonnie Miller. They wondered if Senior Theatre might have a shot in Laramie. Would Laramie seniors actually stage theatre for the public--participating not only as actors, but working behind the scenes with scenery, props, lighting, sound, makeup, and costumes? After 18 successful productions, the answer is a resounding YES! 

See The Unexpected Company in action in the April issue of the AARP Magazine. Click here to read more about the company.

Featured show:

Greg Evans
90-minute musical
4 men, 4 women plus extras if possible

The creator of the hit comic strip Luann brings you a fresh new musical about joys, challenges, and the importance of wearing wrinkles with pride.

One surprise-filled, extraordinary day is filled with humor and heartwarming moments as friends go through their daily life. It all leads to an unexpected twist which reminds us to appreciate every moment!

We loved the humor, catchy tunes, and uplifting message!
--Audience member

A hit at the Welk Resorts Theatre in San Diego, the show is easy to produce with a simple set and can be staged as readers theatre, script-in-hand, or as a fully-mounted production. Works equally well with an orchestra or a single piano!

Get the script and the music on a two-month loan for $5!

Click here to read more, see FreeViews, and to listen to some of the music
Our shows are being staged!
Our shows are appearing on many stages in so many locations. Here are just a few of them. Take a moment to learn more about their playwrights and see the other shows they've written!

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 April 15.

Old Hams by Bob Rinfret
2 hour comedy
4 men, 6 women
The residents of the Ophelia L. Davis Home for Actors, Musicians, and Singers have called it home for 40 years. Now, their performances have to save the day.

The Speeding Ticket by Bob Naquin
15 minute comedy
1 woman, 2 either
Starlight Moon knows how to talk her way out of a speeding ticket. Is she telling the truth or not? So funny!

Casserole Casanova by Herb McCollom
50-60 minute comedy
2 men, 5 women
Roger, recently widowed, is visited by five women friends bearing gifts of food. Competition ensues with hilarious results.

Just a Song at Twilight by Marcia Savin
25 minute romantic comedy
1 man, 1 woman
After unpacking from her move to a senior apartment, an older woman goes to the park and meets another tenant. Do they share a past? Can lost love be recovered?

Navy Bean Soup by Wes Wetzel
15 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman, 1 offstage voice
In this hilarious comedy inspired by a PBS show, the broadcast of the sophisticated Madame DuJour Men's Cooking Show is seriously sidetracked by the guest host, a sloppy and overweight retired Navy cook.

Tech Support by Arthur Keyser
15 minute comedy
2 men or 2 women or 2 either
An older person calls tech support to get their new computer and printer working. On the other end of the line, somewhere in Calcutta, India, tech support is anything but helpful!

The Wish by Sherry Churchill
8 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman, 1 either
A longtime married couple's inability to understand each other leads to a wish, and Somebody Upstairs is listening. Be careful what you wish for!

The Appraisal by Fred Sahner
8 minute comedy
2 men, 2 women, or 4 women
The popular TV program Antique Side Show has rolled into town and excitement is in the air. Hopes, dreams, and wacky fantasies have replaced common sense.

Blame Game by Linda LaRocque
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
Working together, playing together, having a family together, this long time married couple knew each other well...or so they thought.

Contact us if you need help making selections!

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

Visit our ever-changing website!

Our website features Senior Theatre information and is always being updated. The site is complete with plays, books, "Who's Who in Senior Theatre," plus news, trends, and FreeViews of the plays. Discover how to tie short shows together with our many plays on a theme. There is something for everyone!
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