Since arriving at Collington this May, Nancy and I have participated in so many old and new pleasures. Book clubs, memoir writing, tai chi, yoga, balance and beyond classes fill the days. Plus innumerable volunteer opportunities allow us to expand beyond ourselves. Growth is inevitable. Nancy has learned all about haunted houses and how to become the scariest of Collington witches. And I have become immersed in the theater. Let me explain.
After attending a few drama committee meetings, I volunteered to help out with the upcoming play, HEROES. Sometime after rehearsals started I was asked to help the assistant director; she needed a prop lady. My journey began by attending rehearsals and moving a few things around.
Experiencing the production of HEROES was a gift. Watching 3 wonderful neighbors act like 3 confused old men in the manner of vaudeville and observing amusingly stealthy Sister Madeleine plague the men can hardly be called work. Watching the director and assistant director ply their trade will never allow me to see live theater again in the same way. The inventiveness of the lights and scenery man just plain appealed to my engineering self. The chanteuse and her accompanist could do no wrong.
Contributing in my own small way — where to place a chair, fetch water, cue actors when to go on stage, tape ear mikes in place, push the button on the video recorder or even teach geese the correct way to fly — made the experience one that I want to take on again and again.
My biggest joy was the camaraderie and constant laughter to the very last bow. Thank you one and all.
Take it from me, you will not be disappointed in this hilarious play performed by our very own Collingtonians. It is really a hoot, or I should rather say a honk.
Three French veterans of the Great War—Gustave, Philippe, and Henri—sit ensconced on their terrace and bemoan the tedium of life in a home for old soldiers. Where are the glories of past campaigns; where are the women; why put up with Sister Madeleine? And what, pray, is so dangerous about February 12th? Why not flee to Indochina, or least have a picnic? And what are the waving poplars across the hill telling them? Perhaps they should join the flight of the wild geese.
The play will be produced Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 in the Collington Auditorium.
This folks, is your chance to see Grant Bagley as an Inquisitor and Margaret as a nun. You have been warned! (Review here.)
Opens July 14, Greenbelt Arts Center
||by Anthony Ernest Gallo
Directed by Beatrix Whitehall
A guest production from Seventh Street PlayhouseAll Teresa of Avila wants is to open Carmelite convents and attain an elevated state with God. First, she has to deal with a nervous novice, two lusty friars, a nosy Royal mistress, the Church hierarchy, and the Spanish Inquisition. Will she survive?Featuring: Emily Canavan, Renate Wallenberg, Margaret Bagley, Hazel Thurston, George Spence, John Starrels, James McDaniel, Beatrix Whitehall, Grant Bagley, Steve Rosenthal, Sam Simon, and Rodney Ross.
July 15, 15, 21, & 22 at 8PM
July 16 & 23 at 2PM
Ticket prices: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult)
Peter Pund took these photos of what looks like an impressive performance by the Drama Committee from a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy.
More info, and the poster are here.
Resident Tim Sabin Writes:
Steel Magnolias, a play by Robert Harling which enjoyed high success on Broadway, has been adapted for production by Collington’s Drama group with Tim Sabin as director. Marilyn Haskel is providing musical background.
Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13 in our Auditorium at 7 p.m.
The cast includes Pat Howard, Joan Smith, Pauline Matheo, Lisa DeCarol, Maja Keech and Marion Henry with Eloise Branche as understudy.
A trial performance on Friday, August 5 before the residents of our Health Center proved rewardingly successful.