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Theater group seeks members

Posted 2/4/20

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Seniors Readers Theater has begun the new year and decade with new material, venues and opportunities for involvement. Known informally as RSVP Readers Theater, the …

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NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Seniors Readers Theater has begun the new year and decade with new material, venues and opportunities for involvement.

Known informally as RSVP Readers Theater, the group is open to anyone interested in reading, performing and hearing plays in a group setting. 

The community outreach group is part of the Parkway Center’s RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer) program. RSVP Readers Theater meets every Monday (except holidays) from 1-3 p.m. at the New Hartford Senior Center in the Municipal Offices Building, 8635 Clinton St.

“In readers theater, lines are not memorized but read aloud from a script, occasionally with ‘props’ and ‘blocked’ movement,” said the group’s director, Carl Schleicher. “It provides a comfortable way for individuals without theatrical experience or background to experiment, and even try public performance.”

The group’s secretary, Charlene Lojewski added, “The group uses a large variety of adapted comedic and dramatic shorter plays, skits and sketches, as well as educational, informative, and seasonal offerings.” 

Carol Prichard, who is responsible for booking engagements indicated that RSVP Readers Theater, is available to perform at local libraries, clubs, senior living/retirement centers and adult care facilities, and other community organizations. 

Ted Lenio, who joined the group almost two years ago, said, “The best part of RSVP Readers Theater is that we’re an assortment of both seasoned and inexperienced actors who share a common love of theater. Communicating that joy with diverse audiences is infectious and mutually entertaining.”

For more information on becoming a member or booking a performance, contact 315-723-1386 or charpef@roadrunner.com.

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