OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre
Originally formed in 2007 as a program of Princeton’s Community Without Walls support network, OnStage Seniors focuses on creating community-based, documentary style theatre pieces aimed at generating insight and positive affirmation regarding memory, experience, and social issues relevant to the senior community.
“McCarter is dedicated to working with learners of all ages to develop artistry, creative thinking, and collaboration skills,” Says Erica Nagel, Director of Education and Engagement ant McCarter Theatre Center. “Through McCarter’s afterschool classes, in-school residencies, student matinees, summer camps, and community partnerships, thousands of young people experience the joy of participating in live theatre each year. Our engagement programs offer adults the opportunity to deepen and enhance their experience as an audience members through activities like post-show discussions, pre-show talks, and our partnership with the Princeton Adult School.
“Now, with the addition of OnStage Seniors to our suite of programs, McCarter is able to offer the opportunity for adults in our community to participate as theatre-makers. This program is a thrilling addition to McCarter because it not only invites community members to grow as artists but also reflects and engages our community through the stories that are gathered and shared.”
Working closely with Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr (also McCarter’s Assoc. Artistic Director) since 2009, the OnStage Seniors ensemble (all over 55 years of age) divides its time equally by focusing on training, creation of new work, and rehearsal/performance. Each performance is followed by an in-depth post-show discussions with the audience.
For more information on Onstage Seniors, please visit www.onstageseniors.org.
For more information on McCarter Theatre Center’s full slate of Education and Engagement programming, please visit mccarter.org.
(Image: Members of the OnStage Seniors ensemble gather outside McCarter Theatre Center, Sept. 2014.)