THE SENIOR DRAMA PROGRAM OF AVENIDAS
A Dramatized Staged-Reading Program for Ages 50+
– Check out our classes and annual performance below –
Who Are We?
The Wise Owl Players grew out of an acting class taught by Enid Davis at Avenidas in October 2017. After six weeks of learning how to put on a dramatic staged reading, the cast of twelve performed a well-received play – Animal Farm, adapted from George Orwell’s novel by Ian Wooldridge. In October 2018, we put on the premiere viewing of Deleted., an original play written and directed by Enid. Both plays were performed in the lobby of Avenidas. However, thanks to a generous gift by Ray Rothrock of RedSeal, we will perform Deleted. again in September in the MVCPA! Auditions will be held in May. (See class #3 below.)
Tracy McCloud, center director, manages the program. Other key players are Enid Davis, director/instructor; Gari Gene, stage manager; Ellin Klor, costumes & props; and Erica Vener, marketing & development. The link to Avenidas website: Click here.
For an article (12/4/17) from “The Palo Alto Weekly” about our production of Animal Farm, click here.
For an article (3/20/19) from The Los Altos Town Crier about The Wise Players,click here.
Our Mission Statement:
The Wise Owl Players, a senior theater group, offers adults 50+ the opportunity to act before live audiences by producing dramatic staged readings, and offering classes needed to create these performances. As part of the Avenidas organization, our mission is to encourage social connections, personal growth, and self-esteem. The plays and classes are a cultural benefit to the greater community and demonstrate the richness that older adults bring to our society.
2019 Classes & Annual Performance
#1. A Wise Owl Players Drama Class: Having Fun with Monologues.
Mondays (5) from February 25 through March 25, 2 Pm – 4 PM
Description: Using monologues as our text, students learn how to fashion a dramatic character. Create back stories, use your imagination, do author research, and confer with the teacher/director to make your monologues effective and satisfying. Even if you never step on stage, you will enhance communication skills and the appreciation of theatrical works.
Tuition: $100/$125 – Cubberley Community Center, Bldg. I-2, Palo Alto. Call (650) 289-5400 to register. Register today!
#2. A Wise Owl Players Drama Class: Boot Camp 2019
Tuesdays (4) from April 16 through May 7, 2PM – 4 PM
In preparation for our 2019 production of Deleted. by Enid Davis, to be performed in September at the MVCPA, we invite you to try your hand at dramatic reading. Read from a variety of monologues and scenes, poetry and prose. Bring the words of great writers to life. No previous acting experience necessary. Take a peek into the uplifting “Wise Owl Players” program by attending this fun-filled 4-week course.
Tuition: $80/$90 – 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto. Call (650) 289-5400 to register. Registration starts on March 4, 2019.
#3. Auditions for the Production of Deleted. by Enid Davis
Thursday, May 9, 2 PM – 4 PM and Saturday, May 11, 10 AM – 12 PM.
The Wise Owl Players will give its 2019 performances of Deleted. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (Second Stage) on September 14th and 15th. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, 7/23 and continue until the performance. This comic play is a full-length (2 hour) dramatic reading (no memorizing) literary romp and mystery about a group of fictional characters who form a support group after their authors delete them from their manuscripts.
The play calls for 8 women and 4 men. A commitment to these dates and times are required for all actors: Tuesdays, 2 PM – 4 PM, 7/23; 7/30; 8/6; 8/13; 8/20; 8/27; 9/3; and 9/10; Wednesdays, 2 PM – 4 PM on 7/24 and 7/31; on Friday, 1 PM – 5 PM on 9/13; on Saturday, 6 PM – 10 PM (7:30 PM performance) and on Sunday, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM (3 PM performance).
Those wanting more information or are interested in auditioning must email Enid: firstname.lastname@example.org and set an appointment for a telephone conversation. Once you have a try out time, she will send you auditioning materials and a PDF copy of the play. Enid has directed the first two Avenidas productions and is a founding member of “The Wise Owl Players.” The rehearsals teach performing skills and function as an Avenidas class. Call or email Enid in early April, 2019.
Tuition: $150/$160; auditions are open to adults 50+ are free.
#4. A Wise Owl Players Drama Class: Reading Aloud from Plays throughout the Ages.
Enjoy reading aloud from playwrights throughout the centuries. Taste the words from such luminaries as Shakespeare, Chekov, Ionesco, Hellman, Wasserstein, O’Neill, Miller, and more.
Tuesdays (6) from November 5 th through December 10 th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: $150/$160 – 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto. Call (650) 289-5400 to register. Registration will open in September, 2019.
5. Quarterly Saturday Morning Classes – TBA