WHAT IS ONSTAGE SENIORS?
The OnStage Senior program is a transformative initiative dedicated to crafting compelling documentary theater performances that delve into the rich narratives of our local community. By spotlighting the life stories and experiences of individuals over the age of fifty-five, our ensemble members bring these captivating performances to a diverse array of venues, including theaters, libraries, schools, and senior centers. Through their artistic expression, they skillfully weave together poignant tales, generating a profound impact that resonates with audiences of all ages. By celebrating the cherished memories and unique experiences of seniors, the program sparks a sense of delight, insight, and affirmation, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the collective wisdom and legacy of our older generations.
HISTORY OF ONSTAGE SENIORS
Originally founded in 2007, Onstage Seniors became a part of McCarter Theatre Center in 2014, joining a host of programs designed to educate and engage the community. In 2022 they officially became a part of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
OnStage Seniors embarks on an immersive year-long program that kicks off with an introductory information session held in September for new members. If you wish to join our community of performers, you are required to attend this session and take part in the audition process, which opens the door to an extraordinary journey with OnStage Seniors. We request a full year commitment from our members, as it ensures an enriching experience through the various stages of development, rehearsals, and captivating performances that take place throughout the year.
David Lee White serves as the director of OnStage Seniors and guides the performers through rehearsals and the process. He is a playwright, performer, and educator and a lifelong lover of the arts. For more information on David Lee White, please see his website, linked here: https://davidleewhite.net/.
Once accepted into the OnStage Senior program, there is a fee of $360 for the year-long program which equates to $14 per class.
THE 2023–2024 ONSTAGE SENIOR SEASON
OnStage Seniors Schedule
As we look forward to the 2023–2024 season, we invite you to mark your calendars for the OnStage Seniors: Introductory Session: Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Building, located at 45 Stockton Street.
Don’t miss this opportunity to register for an unforgettable experience!
If accepted into OnStage Seniors, you can expect a series of engaging sessions held on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. from September to May, providing a nurturing environment for artistic growth and camaraderie among our talented performers. The culmination of our efforts will be showcased through captivating performances mainly held in May/June 2024 and September/October 2024, offering a delightful and thought-provoking experience for audiences near and far.
2023–2024 Meeting Dates
- September 20, 27
- October 4, 11, 18, 25
- November 1, 8, 15, 29
- December 5
- February 14, 21, 28
- March 6, 13, 20, 27
- May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
BOOKING ONSTAGE SENIORS FOR YOUR GROUP OR LOCATION
OnStage Seniors can breathe life into your organization through captivating performances that can be adapted to suit a variety of venues, from cozy community rooms to inspiring classrooms and grand theaters. The show typically lasts sixty minutes, followed by a post-show discussion designed to foster engaging conversations about the issues raised in the performance.
If you’re interested in experiencing the magic of OnStage Seniors firsthand or would like to explore the possibility of booking us for your group or organization, we’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us through our interest form, and let’s create an unforgettable experience together.