Opening tonight: A Bunch of Little Plays will be heart warming

In Flying Arrow Productions' A Bunch of Little Plays, seniors act out fears and blessings of aging — and it’s awesome

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Ken Jones, Carolyn Johnston and Tina Whitman performing Glacier Bay. Photo by J. Rebbetoy

The upcoming seniors theatre performance, A Bunch of Little Plays, produced by Flying Arrow Productions, is the first of it’s kind. With 15 actors, directors and stagehands, nine plays and two acts, this production is a neat and tidy package of community theatre. The audience can expect to laugh along with the jokes about old age as well as contemplate the effects of aging on the individual.

The first acts promises lots of laughs. In Glacier Bay, a couple and their family (Ken Jones, Carolyn Johnston and Tina Whitman) come to terms with the possibility of forgetting, or rather, not remembering everything all the time. In the jogging vignettes Joyce MacLean and Gillian Hewitt will have you in stitches with their banter about what it means to feel attractive under a heterosexual male gaze as they age. Secrets in the Clouds is performed with fierce emotion between Donna McKay and Gill MacLachlan who were best friends IRL and now find themselves working out the kinks of their past as angels in heaven. In Just Another Woman in Love, Joyce MacLean and John Teed shine with their song and dance.

Joyce MacLean and Gillian Hewitt performing one of three Jogging Along vignettes. Photo  by J. Rebbetoy
Joyce MacLean and Gillian Hewitt performing one of three Jogging Along vignettes. Photo by J. Rebbetoy

The second act is packed with even more fun tidbits and brainteasers around the changes aging brings on the mind, body, friends and family.

Maybe it has to do with their age, but the actresses and actors in A Bunch of Little Plays are totally uninhibited and really going for it. Even though many of them are on stage for the first time, they demonstrate a playful fearlessness. A Bunch of Little Plays can offer a younger audience the insight that aging isn’t all that bad. While an older audience may find they aren’t alone. After all, there’s no better voice for the issues of aging than the elderly.

For the kind of wisdom that comes from living a rich life (and not a Facebook feed), go see this play.

Opening night Thursday, June 18. Friday, June 19 and closing Saturday, June 20th. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets can be bought in advance at Big Mountain Kitchen or at the door the night of. $5 kids/seniors and $10 for adults. Come a little early, bar service available.

Donna McKay and Gill MacLachlan performing Secrets in the Clouds. Photo by J. Rebbetoy
Donna McKay and Gill MacLachlan performing Secrets in the Clouds. Photo by J. Rebbetoy

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