A company of players, know as The Intergenerational Troupe of Actors (ITA), comprised of all ages, studying drama and learning to act and interact with each other.
On-going classes every Tuesday
1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
At the Oasis Senior Center
No charge to attend.
The classes and workshops are on-going.
About the Teen/Senior Players | About the Instructors | About the Classes
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Who/What are they?
An Inter-generational Troupe of Actors (ITA)
Inter-generational? - All ages working together. This troupe is funded by generous grants from the Segerstrom Foundation and The Friends Of Oasis. (in accordance with the Intergenerational Troupe of Actors program plan dated 26 Jan 04) There are no charges to attend; just a desire to learn about the theater and acting.
Here is an opportunity to learn theatre arts from experienced actors
and have fun doing it. You'll learn acting skills, working with other
generations - and then you'll become part of a repertoire company that
will perform at schools, senior centers, civic organizations and other
venues in Southern California. Not only will you learn some new skills,
you'll also learn about the 'other' generation.
Who Should Join?:
who want to study drama while
interacting with different age groups and having fun doing it.
Comments from members of an inter-generational group
Annie Johnson used to think senior citizens were cute, mostly sweet and sometimes loud. Florence Madsen believed that people in their teens tended to be self-absorbed and materialistic. But when the 16 year old and the 75 year old started acting together, those misconceptions quickly faded. Love of acting and the theater has brought the two together and has forged a connection between them that endures beyond the stage. "I don't think I have these stereotypes anymore" Annie said after a recent rehearsal. "Now, if I see an older person, I try never to diminish them to being cute. I see the whole person"
George Glenn, who is in his 70s, said he thinks that some of the students who join the group are initially startled to find that we still have some brain cells working. Once they get over that though, he said, the two generations start to bond. He said, "I think that they learn about some of the problems that they're facing, and we learn about how different their problems were in relation to what we were like at their age."
For some of the younger students, the group becomes their second family and their 'home-away from home'
Summer Gregory, was 15 when she joined the class. She said the theater group gave her an extra set of 8 grandmothers. She and the older members of the group often gather after rehearsal, and Gregory calls them on the phone to 'gossip' and check up on them. "There have been times when it's been the only thing that has made any sense," she said. "It's been awesome having this whole pool of experience to draw on. There's nothing that these people haven't been through."
"It becomes a community of relationships both on an artistic and personal level," said one senior actor. "It's very supportive. It provides monitoring for the younger people and a sense of continuity for the older people."
What Will Be Studied?
All aspects of the theatre, from theatre ethics to character development, are included in the classes. By character development, both the character as a student and the character as an actor are stressed. Students are treated as professionals and they are expected to conduct themselves as professionals, both on stage and off stage.
As well as learning to act, these classes are designed to help the members to become thoughtful, caring individuals throughout his/her life. The inter-generational forum allows students and seniors to learn from and share with each other. Goals of the program include bridging connections between the generations through the medium of acting, as well as building new friendships.
These classes are designed to promote a positive and dynamic forum for building confidence and self esteem in both seniors and teens. Teamwork is stressed as well as achievement. The group is not just about the entertaining that they will do. Its message reaches the members as well, uniting generations.
Below is an outline of what will happen in the classes:
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Sam started acting and writing short plays in
grammar school and has been acting, performing and writing ever since. He
studied drama in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. He has performed in many
plays, done films, television and commercials. His book Cancel Christmas,
which he adapted from his play, has recently been adapted to a
screenplay. He has another screenplay with his agent, who is submitting it
to producers and directors. He has taught drama, produced plays and
created two theatres. He now lives in Huntington Beach and continues his
passion for the stage, either acting, directing, teaching or writing make
Sam also gives private lessons and coaches.