Editor’s Note: We had the pleasure of having Kandis Gilks join us as a friend last semester. Here are a few thoughts she had about Intergenerational Theatre.
Intergenerational theatre is complied of many, many things. Willingness to take risks and challenge personal perspective, filling the room with the raw truth whatever that truth may bring, working together to discover the small ‘ah ha’ moments with our pieces… These things are what creates genuine theatre art. The stories and experiences that each of us, Geri or Friend, bring to the work space is beautiful in that they support the common ground we walk on: the passion to present the real.
Drama is a process. It is forever growing and developing, changing and progressing. The process will thrive on patience, passion and commitment to creating pieces that are sincere because they come straight from the soul. It is absolutely necessary to understand that drama is a discovery process. We discover things we knew but did not necessarily knew we know. Our stories were a part of us, but are now even more deeply embedded into our every word, line, phrase, and movement. It all becomes necessary. The sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste that had existed once before now comes rushing back to the storyteller in an overwhelming wave of sensory that those listening can too soak up all the story has to offer.
We all come together with different backgrounds and opinions but this is what brings us even closer. Listening to one another and supporting each persons history is what makes community theatre so alive and tangible. We do not all have to be the same and believe the same things in order to create something great; it is our diversity that makes us exceptional. Each individual is valued and an instrumental part to the GeriActors and Friends because our variety in vocal tone, physical mobility and artistic expression all contributes to our successful story sharing with society as a whole.
Nothing is wrong or bad within theatre; this is what I have learned from the Geri’s. Whatever you decide to do or say you must do with your entire heart and be true to yourself. If something does not work, you accept it and look at the why’s and how’s it did not work, not the story itself. Every piece is in constant review because as we change and grow, our message could alter as well therefore the need to be accepting and patient is so incredibly great. By being able to accept yourself and others, you then are able to accept the magic that will come from being a part of the GeriActors and Friends.