YOU’RE INVITED GeriActors & Friends Year End Show

“We are the GeriActors & Friends, an intergenerational theatre company. We write plays based on true stories and issues from our lives. Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy the show!”

The GeriActors & Friends is currently made up of 16 seniors and 5 Friends. This spring we have performed in Edmonton, Stony Plain, and Hanna! Join us for our last show of the year, see what we’ve been working on, and meet the cast!

 

Thursday, June 14

1:30-3:30pm

Room 3-121, Fine Arts Building

University of Alberta campus

 

Please RSVP through eventbrite

Admission is by donation

light refreshments will be provided

 

In collaboration with Age Friendly Edmonton, the GeriActors & Friends have written 5 NEW plays! With stories about family, history, love and dating, ageism, abuse, and maintaining our health and independence these plays explore what it means to be a senior in Edmonton.

  • Be Careful – Renovations, bank loans, blueprints, and more. The lengths we go to keep our family safe.
  • 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.
  • Reading the Signs – Just as they are inventing rear view cameras, warning buzzers for changing lanes, self-driving cars, and car-sharing deals, I have to give up driving.
  • Sanctuary – A play about elder abuse and finding your sanctuary.

Meet our Student Volunteers – Delanie

Delanie took Drama 427/507: Intergenerational Theatre and volunteered with the GeriActors & Friends Thursday afternoons from September to December. Along with her fellow classmates, she collaborated with the GeriActors to share stories, explore intergenerational experiences, and develop a short presentation that was performed at our annual Holiday Celebration in December. Delanie also developed a final project based on her own family. Read below for her thoughts on the course and developing her final project.  

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Delanie (second from the left) pictured with fellow students and members of the GeriActors rehearsing their final presentation.

Describe your experience volunteering with the GeriActors & Friends.

I found that this was a wonderful experience for me to learn to lead, as I was given the opportunity to lead warm-up exercises and even a project, and for me to learn about multi-generational interactions. I learned the GeriActors style, which is a wonderful way of storytelling, and a wonderful new way of acting that I have not done before, such as acting out inanimate objects. I also made a lot of great friends that I enjoyed talking to every week.

What is one thing you learned or discovered in this class?

I think one of the main things I learned was how to collaborate in a group and do performer-created theatre. I learned some tools, such as always saying yes and “yes, and,” that really helped to hear every group member’s ideas and to work as a team.

What would you say to future GeriActors students?

I would say to keep an open mind. I learned things that I never expected! I also think being open-minded gives you the flexibility to work with your group and see where you go as a team, rather than trying to control the outcome.

Tell us a little bit about your final project.

My final project was on my family; we have 4 close, living generations. I wanted to celebrate each generation and how we have all evolved within our family. I interviewed my grandfather, great-aunt, mother, father, and two sisters on their feelings and experiences of evolving within our family and put together an Emaze presentation that celebrated these thoughts. Some thoughts included how responsibilities change as you evolve to a different generation, how the focus of the family shifts when a new generation is born (my nieces and nephews) and how we are lucky to have so many generations and to be so close. I include a video at the end of my grandfather telling the Christmas story, as he does every year, to three other generations.

How did you come up with the idea this project?

I am very close to my family and I feel that we put a lot of value on how we all relate to each other. I also found the experience of my niece being born and how I went from being the youngest, center of the family, to now the 2nd generation to be very important to me.

What went in to putting your project all together?

I did interviews with my family members, so that meant driving out to Tofield and spending a few hours with each person. I recorded the interviews and listened back on them to take out quotes that I wanted to include in my presentation, paying attention to any themes of ideas that were coming from multiple people. I then went through family photos, which luckily were readily available because my father is an avid photo taker. Finding photos that worked for what I wanted to show, the four generations, was very time-consuming though. I then put the quotes and pictures together in the slide-show. I included the video because I think it really shows what I am trying to express: our four generations being close and together.

What do you hope people take away from this project? Where do you see it going next?

I hope that this project inspires others to look at their own family and appreciate the ties that they have. Maybe it could inspire some people to get to know their family better or to showcase their own evolving generations. I made this presentation on Emaze because this is an internet-based program, so to share it with all of my family members, all I had to do was send them the link. So it is a very portable and accessible project, which was important because I had 11 people that I wanted to have a copy of it.

Paint with Watercolours, Explore with the Bard!

Join us at the Creative Age Festival, June 4-6 and take part in one of our amazing arts workshops including: Watercolours or Acting Shakespeare!

Watercolours with Willie Wong

Thursday, June 4 from 6 – 8pm

North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Watercolours made easy. Join renowned Edmonton artist Willie Wong in this 2-hour workshop, designed for all levels of experience, as he walks you through the basics of painting with watercolours. Cost: $15 (all materials included)

Acting Shakespeare with David Barnet

Friday, June 5 from 1 – 3pm

North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)
Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

Try out Juliet or Lear – it’s easier than you think! Play and have fun with the bard with award-winning teacher David Barnet. Cost: $15

And that’s not all – there are 7 more workshops to choose from:

Pottery with Elaine Kwan

Memoir Writing with Shirley Serviss

Performance Storytelling with GeriActors

Handbells with Wendy Hoskin

Musical Improvisation with Grindstone Theatre

Dance and Physical Storytelling with Amber Borotsik & Shula Strassfeld

AND…

African Drumming with Deborah Bortscher

Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)
Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

Taking a Creative Age workshop is a great way to meet new people, learn something brand new, expand your current skills, and have fun!

For more information and a complete description of each workshop visit the Creative Age Edmonton website and take a look at our Festival Guide. Workshops are filling up fast so call NESA (780-496-6969) today to reserve your place. Lunch is provided to all workshop participants free of charge.

See you at the festival June 4-6!!!

Creative Age Festival – Play with Clay

Join us at the Creative Age Festival June 4-6 and take a workshop or see a performance. Pottery Workshop

Experience the joys and challenges of working with clay at our Pottery Workshop led by facilitator Elaine Kwan. You’ll learn the basics of handbuilding with pinching and coil techniques to build a small flowerpot or pencil holder.

Come out on Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and have fun with clay! The cost is $15 and all supplies, glazing and firing costs are included.

The workshop is held at North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue). Call 780-496-6969 to register.

Creative Age Festival – Musical Exploration

It’s not very often that people get the chance to play handbells or a Djembe (African drum), but at this year’s Creative Age Festival you can try both instruments!

The Handbells Workshop with Wendy Hoskin will cover basic ringing techniques, how to read handbell music, and how to participate in an ensemble. No experience is needed because you’ll be doubling a position with an intermediate ringer as you learn to ring beginning music. Thursday, June 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. Cost: $15.

Handbells at NESA

At the African Drumming Workshop Deborah Bortscher will teach techniques to achieve the three basic sounds on a Djembe – bass, tone and slap. Using your new-found skills you’ll learn to play a drum song from West Africa. Drums are provided or you can bring your own. Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $15.

Register by calling NESA at 780-496-6969. Both workshops are held at North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue).