The GeriActors & Friends have been working hard these last three months creating their next performance. It covers a vast array of topics: Racism in the 40s, Epic train stories from England, A little white lie and a squashed penny.
Join us Tuesday, December 8 at 1:30pm in the Fine Arts Building at the Univeristy, Room 2-43 to see our first showing of this incredible piece.
This event will also feature this year’s students from David Barnet’s Intergenerational Theatre Class Drama 427/507 who have been instrumental in the creation of this new piece, bringing their energy, openness and expertise.
The first hour will feature a fun and energetic storytelling workshop by the GeriActors and Friends and the second hour will be the performance followed by a talkback. Our world renowned coffee break will be included of course.
Feel free to comment below or contact Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Come share a cup of tea and a story or two with us. We would love to see you there.
Editor’s note: It’s always a gift when former GeriActors or Friends reconnect. This is a post by Emily St. Aubin, a former Friend and one of the editors of our blog. To receive a copy of Sharing Our Stories, please email: email@example.com
How were you involved in the GeriActors?
I first got involved with the GeriActors as a graduate student in the Intergenerational Theatre seminar in Fall 2013. I quickly fell in love with the company and continued on as a company member for the winter touring season. During the spring, I collected stories told by participants in our outreach programs for a book, Sharing Our Stories. This project was supported by CSL (Community Service Learning at the University of Alberta and the Boardwalk Rental Communities Learning and Change Award (BRCLCA).
What are you doing now?
After GeriActors and my master’s degree, I moved back to Ontario to complete a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Arts and Community Education (ACE) at Queen’s. It’s a fantastic program for anyone who is interested in the roles the arts can play in schools and communities and having worked with the Geris definitely enriched my experience in ACE. Right now, I’m living in Ottawa and am taking some time to figure out what my next move will be. I know I want to continue to be involved in education, community based art, and camping/ outdoor education, so we’ll see where I end up!
How has the GeriActors influenced your current work?
The Geris reminded me of how much we all need to play – especially as adults. This fall I facilitated camp programs for adults and as we played together, I was often reminded of the Geris. Working with the Geris also instilled an appreciation for “talk time” in me. A good chunk of the Geri rehearsals are taken up by their signature elegant coffee break and this is so important. Having time to just talk, eat, and get to know each other is invaluable in community building.
What do you see for the future of intergenerational art?
I think intergenerational art is in a really exciting place right now since all it can do is grow! I’d love to continue to see collaboration across art forms, communities, ages, and experiences. Something I think the GeriActors do really well is build meaningful relationships that extend beyond artistic practice. People come to create plays and in doing so also make friends. I think that is at the heart of all community based arts practice.