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Seasoned Performers begin new ‘stage’ in life

April 8, 2010

Every “ham” in Alabama can find a way to take to the stage, thanks to the performances and readings of The Seasoned Performers. Started 25 years ago, the company has become one of the oldest and most respected senior theatres in America and clearly a candidate to be included as one of 50 Ways (and Reasons) to Love Your Community.

The Seasoned Performers keeps senior adults busy on stage and behind the scenes and provides special entertainment for older adults as well as children on its tours locally and throughout the state. The company also inspires new work by Alabama writers, commissioning more than 27 new scripts since 1984.

“We want to enrich the lives of our audiences and our performers with theatre especially adapted to the needs of seniors,” said executive director Barbara Sloan. “We choose subjects relevant to our audiences and make sure scripts are written with our special actors in mind.”

For some of the actors, the company provides a way to share their talents with new audiences. For others, who are taking up the art of theatre for the first time, this is a way to truly enter a new “stage” in life.

The organization’s website has more information about upcoming shows and a special fundraiser April 8 at Virginia Samford Theatre, featuring the world premiere of Norton Dill’s “Wdding on Sand Mountain.” Wear a tuxedo or your old bridesmaid’s or mother-of-the-bride outfit for a chance to win a special prize.

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