Wed, May 29 & Thurs, May 30
Submission deadline June 30 at midnight
Senior Readers' Theater presents scenes from
The Family Tree
Impromptu of Outremont
by Michel Tremblay
The O'Connor Girls
by Katie Forgette
The Dining Room
by A.R. Gurney
The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl
Sunday, June 2, 1pm
CHARLES VAN EMAN
Please join us for our Senior Readers’ Theater's performance of The Family Tree: Four scenes, from four plays, about four very different families. Family can bring joy, frustration, guilt, rage, and peace to our lives. As such, the scenes portrayed will likely make you laugh, cry, think, cringe, and perhaps, may even remind you of your own family.
Senior Readers’ Theater is show business without the stress! Readers’ theater is performed seated and there is no memorization required. Together, over a six-week period, participants explore a script in detail, develop a character, focus on the use of voice and gestures, and now finally- here they are performing for the community!
Individuals aged 55 and older, regardless of experience, are welcome to participate in Senior Readers' Theater and all have the opportunity to share in the extensive knowledge of instructor Charles Van Eman. This program iis designed to be a welcoming, non-threatening way to experience the magic of the theater.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR:
CHARLES VAN EMAN: For over 30 years Charles Van Eman worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Boston. His television and film credits include Drop Dead Diva, 96 Minutes, Unstoppable, Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami, All My Children, and The Colbys. His most recent stage work has been at the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts in The Christina Experiment, and at The Actors Studio of Newburyport in The Goat or Who is Sylvia.
As a writer he adapted Louis L’Amour short stories and a novel into internationally distributed audio dramas for Random House Publishing. He co-wrote 20 episodes of the Atlanta based internet drama series High Rise. His solo plays, Beginner's Mind and Jack’s Hat have both been performed in Newburyport. He is the author of two novels, On The Way To Pomona and The Weight of Loss. The children’s play, The Maiden Voyage of Meaghan O’Dell written with Anna Smulowitz is his most recent project.
He is tremendously grateful to the Firehouse for entrusting him with their new readers' theater program. He is looking forward to discovering and nurturing new talent and embracing those in the community with whom he has worked in the past.
This event is produced by the Firehouse with partial funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
This event is FREE! and open to the public and reservations are not required. First come, first served. Donations greatly appreciated.
Readers’ Theater is performed seated and not memorized. The actors use vocal expression, minimal props and sound cues to help the audience understand the story.
***Interested in participating in the Senior Readers' Theater? SRT will be on break through the summer and resume once again in the fall. Stayed tuned for next year' s session dates!
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