Meet the GeriActors & Friends

 

As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.

 

Margaret Rutherford
Birthplace: Felixstowe, England

“I was here one day when I saw the GeriActors, they were sitting upstairs before they even started, and they looked like a cheerful group. And I thought yeah, I’ll join them.”

Growing up Margaret was on the search for adventure, dreaming of being a scientist or an astronaut so it comes as no surprise that she found the GeriActors while volunteering for SAGE six years ago. She had some previous experience performing with Alberta St George of England Society despite her joking that drama was her worst grade in university. Margaret’s roles in performances have varied over the years, ranging from a conservative grandmother to a horse’s behind. She continues to have fun week after week taking part in the creativity and improvisation that comes with the GeriActors.

Meet the GeriActors & Friends

 

As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Reid
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba

“It is a creative and fun experience where one gets to play and interact with young university students in their 20’s, which is a pleasure to me.”

After some convincing from her husband Chips, Liz decided to give the GeriActors a try and hasn’t looked back since. Liz’s enthusiasm for life always pushes her to try new things. At a time when women were told to pursue one of three jobs, Liz decided to create her own path, attending three different faculties at the University of Alberta. Although she has not had formal training in acting Liz looks at all of life as acting, but values the connectedness found on stage. An adventurer at heart, Liz appreciates the flexibility within the GeriActors. Being a part of the group has not slowed down her travels since retiring, still managing to take a trip each year.

Meet the GeriActors & Friends

 

As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.

 

John Grootelaar
Birthplace: Hengelo, Holland

“Sometimes you get a part you really like and sometimes you get a part that you think somebody else should have… know the importance of whatever part you play, you have to make the other person look their best. You have to support the other person… Make the other person look their best and when you get a good part, they will do the same for you.”

John came across an ad for the GeriActors while playing tennis at the Kinsmen Field House. Although he had no prior acting experience, being the ambitious man he is he decided to try it out and is still performing 15 years later. Joining the GeriActors has helped John to stay involved with his community. The social aspect of this group has kept John coming back year after year. John stresses the importance of taking down the barriers that seniors face today, by not being afraid to try something new. John has developed a greater appreciation of the younger generation, who he enjoys working with. He believes they bring a new life and add a new dynamic to the GeriActors.

Book a GeriActors & Friends performance

 

The GeriActors & Friends produce original plays that focus on aging rather than age and celebrate our commonalities. Ranging in age from 24 to 88 years old, the GeriActors are seniors from Edmonton and area and the Friends are students and alumni from the University of Alberta.

With support from Age Friendly Edmonton, the Alberta Lottery Fund, and the University of Alberta Drama Department we have developed new plays that explore what it means to be a senior in Edmonton.

READING THE SIGNS

Just as they are inventing rear view cameras, warning buzzers for changing lanes, self-driving cars, and car sharing deals, Jack has to give up driving.

CLAIRE & JACOB

From the 60’s to today four people share their stories of coming out.

LOVE ME TINDER

Times have changed. Life has sped up and online dating is the worst. In one minute you’ve said yes or no to 10 people. What’s next? Breaking up before you meet? Gertrude is about to find out.

SANCTUARY

A play about elder abuse and finding your sanctuary.

 

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Meet the GeriActors & Friends

 

As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.

Helen Klemm
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

“Lots of little moments… it opened up so many things for us.”

Helen is an experienced actress with many performances under her belt. She has performed at multiple theatres in Edmonton including the Walterdale and the Mayfield. As the longest standing member in the GeriActors, Helen has taken it upon herself to rally more and more members over the years. She has always had a passion for performing and creating connections with the audience. Acting is something Helen needs to express her feelings and she maintains that being a part of the GeriActors is what keeps her going. As for future productions, Helen looks to perform those which portray humanity.