Members of the Theatre and Me program sang and danced their way to a hit.
Photo by Matt Schroeder/Woodinville Weekly.
by Matt Schroeder
The lights went down and the curtain went up in the Northshore Senior Center June 14 for a presentation of Recycled Cinderella, an original take on a classic story, and Sentimental Journey, a nostalgic look at the USO tours of yesteryear.
The June 14 performances were the culmination of the center's Theater and Me program, directed by Jonathan Reis and his associate Lois Watkins. The program is a form of recreational therapy, designed to be interesting to the members, as well as providing a mental and physical workout.
After months of practice, rehearsing, and learning choreography under Reis's direction, the seniors took to the stage for an afternoon and an evening performance.
To a packed house, the cast sang, acted, performed complex choreography, and even ad-libbed beautifully when one stagehand had problems setting up a '40s-style microphone. The productions were full of song, dance, lights, costumes, sets, and musical numbers.
Some of the performers were on stage for the first time, but others, like Mary Schuck, have done theater work before. All, however, behaved as if they had performed together for years.