It's never to late to share your love of theatre.
Recently, I had a wonderful conversation with Bridget Whiteman, a Life Enrichment Coordinator, about her Senior Theatre. At one point, she paused, took a breath, and said, “I have been working with seniors for 21 years, and Readers Theatre is by far the best thing I've ever experienced!”
Bridget told me their Senior Theatre program all started with Maxey Megrue. “Miss Maxey was the ring leader. During the pandemic, her creative and wild spirit needed an outlet, and she wanted desperately to bring joy to her peers."
I needed to meet this woman! So I called Maxey and we had a delightful conversation. I learned about her theatre experience with the Spokane Civic Theatre as an actor, director, and board member. I wasn't surprised to hear that when she moved to the retirement community, she combined her need for a challenge with her love for theatre. Maxey's enthusiasm carried the group through the pandemic. Now with Bridget's support, the group has 14 committed members and packed houses at every performance.
This has been a marvelous win for everyone -- the participants, the audience, and the supporters. It's no wonder that Bridget says, “It is the most popular thing we do!"
President, ArtAge Publications
The Senior Theatre Resource Center