ERIC Number: ED313731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-20
Beyond the Porch, Beneath the Lights: Outlets for Self-Expression in the Aging--Theatre for Seniors.
Senior theater programs can act as catalysts for involvement of senior citizens, promoting self-confidence and fostering creativity. Myths about older people (concerning senility, incompetence, decline in intelligence, learning, rigidity, and retirement) should be recognized as inaccurate stereotypes and as barriers to active and productive lives. Theatrical experiences for seniors can be rewarding, offering an outlet for creative expression, increasing self-confidence and feelings of self-worth, offering new peer networks, and enhancing emotional and physical well-being. The direction and production of senior theater productions requires some special considerations, including: factors affecting listening and hearing, reinforcement of short term memory, commitment to the production, transportation, socializing and rehearsals, rehearsal space, schedules, flexibility regarding seniors' other commitments, sets, costumes, prompters, blocking, and purpose. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (75th, San Francisco, CA, November 18-21, 1989).