ANOTHER CAST HIT!
CAST Takes a Well-Deserved Bow for “More Carrying On” by our own local playwright and director
The last thing I expected, when coming to BOLLI in the spring of 2015 after 40 years of teaching drama, was that I would end up doing more drama–this time, with a group of BOLLI players. And yet, CAST (Creativity in Acting, Storytelling, and Theatre) has been, for me, the most satisfying drama experience of all! And why?
Because these players engage in this activity for the pure and simple joy of the experience. Unlike adolescents, these actors (most of whom took up this interest after arriving at BOLLI) are willing to go “all out” in their playing, without worrying about looking “silly” on stage. As a result, they are constantly experimenting, exercising their creativity–and as a result, not only do they end up looking terrific on stage, but they have enormous fun in the process as well. And, as we have all seen over the past nearly four years, this group’s work (and play) just gets better with every performance.
This year’s production of More Carrying On took the BOLLI audience on a return visit to Carey Village, the upscale senior living facility located on the campus of Carey College in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where these scenes all take place.
All seven members of this years CAST cast (Sandy Clifford, Donna Johns, Eileen Mitchell, Becki Norman, Mark Seliber, Rachel Seliber, and Bette Winer) played multiple roles in this production, all of which they took on with aplomb, creating distinctly individual characters.
On this year’s visit to Carey Village, we met a new resident (Becki Norman) who is thrilled with her freezer and the Village’s bulletin boards; an avid hostess (Elaine Mitchell) bemoaning the failure of her latest event; a father (Mark Seliber) and daughter (Sandy Clifford) share very different feelings about the new piece of “art” he has just hung on his wall; a pair of retired Princeton political science professors (Bette Winer and Mark Seliber) who have become obsessed with creating truly unique culinary creations; friends (Rachel Seliber and Eileen Mitchell) engaged in their human version of “bird watching;” and, finally, the Village’s own “crazy plant lady” (Donna Johns) talking to her plants.
Thanks to Photo Group members Dennis Greene and Sandy Miller-Jacobs for taking these great shots! (Let your cursor hover over each image for details.)
In case you missed these CAST productions and would like to read the pieces, both sets of Carey Village scenes have been compiled in a single volume and are now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions.
Living proof that our continued learning and activity at BOLLI can lead us to all sorts of new and exciting ventures!
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