Theater by and for Seniors Featuring The Golden Age of Radio!
STATE FAIR SHOWS!
But sure to catch our six shows at the Great Minnesota
Get-Together this fall! Our shows will be short, hilarious and filled with
nostalgia for the good old days of the Golden Age of Radio. If you remember Abbott and Costello, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Bickersons, Mystery Theater, Burns and Allen, Jack Benny,
George Burns, The Shadow and The Lone Ranger, you'll be interested in seeing, or
perhaps participating in, some of our productions.
They'll be at the Ramberg Senior Center on
Underwood St. near Judson Avenue, not too far from the Walking Bridge over Como
Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at 10:30am,
11:45am and 1:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at 3:15pm, 4:30pm and 5:15pm.
We have a non-profit group called Prime Time Players: Theater by and for Seniors. Through performances throughout Minnesota, in Cottage Grove/Woodbury, Roseville,
St. Paul, Robbinsdale, Stillwater, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Willmar and etc., we discovered there is a great appetite for that Old Time Radio which those of us who are no longer in our salad days remember with fondness.
Sample shows, which can range from 1/2 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours, currently include material selected from the following: "Who's On First," the famous Abbott and Costello comedy sketch; Mystery Theater's haunting "The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Bickerson's" hilariously but lovingly bickering; "Sorry, Wrong Number," made famous by Agnes Moorhead on radio and Barbara Stanwyck on film; a "Who's on First" satire for the digital age; Fibber McGee and Molly with The Great Gildersleeve;
Jack Benny in Mexico, George Burns and Gracie Allen, a few original radio scripts, and a host of those old time radio singing jingles you may remember. Drop in and sing along!
Prime Time Players was created by professional senior actors, directors and administrators in 2003 for three primary reasons:
To provide seniors with outstanding professional theatrical performances and training geared specifically toward them;
To combat the bias against casting seniors in lead dramatic or comedic roles, and;
To provide the senior and differently-abled communities at large with physically, mentally and artistically healthy activities, through participation in our, or their own, original senior theatricals.
For the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. – ‘Golden-Agers'
Many studies have proven that retired seniors who are active and engaged live longer, healthier lives. They retain the ability to care for themselves and stay in their own homes longer and more safely, and may also have fewer health problems.
With the “baby-boomers” coming up to retirement age in record numbers, the need for stimulating activities is increasing significantly. Helping seniors become dynamically involved in creative endeavors will be an attractive option for Senior Centers, Senior Villages, Senior High-Rises, Assisted Living Facilities, and Nursing Homes.
Our long-term aim is to perform and teach at specific locations, and then facilitate the establishment of permanent local Radio Theater and legitimate theater producing groups in these locations, multiple senior areas in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Prime Time Players can continue to assist these groups on an as needed basis, with organization, training, direction, and funding applications.