THE SENIOR DRAMA PROGRAM OF AVENIDAS IN PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
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 performed Deleted. again in September in the MVCPA!
Tracy McCloud, center director, manages the program. Other key players are Enid Davis, director/instructor; Mary Bernstein, Katherine Chappelear, Ellin Klor, and Mary-Jo Lomax: Planning Committee members. (Above photo: (left) Mary, Enid, Mary-Jo, Ellin, and Katherine.)
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.
2020 Classes and Two Performances
Spring Class on Zoom
Arthur Miller’s “Incident at Vichy” – A PLAY FOR 1942 & 2020!
A Zoom study/read aloud class Enid Davis, the director/instructor of the Avenidas Wise Owl Players, is offering a Zoom study/read aloud class of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy. Depicting a group of diverse people who are detained by Nazi officials and French police at Vichy, France, in 1942, it is an historic play that packs a powerful wallop. Miller is one of the greatest playwrights of all times. A limited number of copies of the play are available for loan. Please contact Enid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom log on information will be emailed to registered students. Tuesdays, May 5 to June 2, 2 to 2:40pm, $110, #7400
Call Avenidas to register or go to www.Avenidas.org
Covid-19 Virus Closes Avenidas Site in March
#1. “Ten-Minute Plays and One-Hundred Laughs” – Postponed Until Gatherings Are Permitted.
Schedule: January 28- March 17, (8 class plus two performances). Classes: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM. Performance on March 24 at 3:00 PM and March 27 at 7:00 PM in the art room at Avenidas. 450 Bryant St. Tickets: $10 each at the door or reserved. Space is limited.
Description: Learn to read and act a script composed of seven ten-minute comic plays. Then perform these well-reviewed plays in front of the community.
We got so close to performance dates. Costumes and props were waiting for our well-rehearsed cast. So much fun was had preparing these plays for our audience. The cast included: Mary Bernstein, Katherine Chappelear, Sanford Davis, Virginia Elliott, Taffy Hoffman, Ellin Klor, Bob Johnson, , Graceann Johnson, MaryJo Lomax, Jane Stefani, and Marc Vincenti.
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: email@example.com 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 Cutting Edge Playwrights and Their Fabulous Works.
Taste and share the scenes of 21st-Century Playwrights, such as Annie Baker, Tracy Letts, Naomi Wallace, Sarah Ruhl, Katori Hall, Amy Herzog, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Karam, and more.
Tuesdays (5) from November 12 th through December 17 th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. No class on 11/26.
Tuition: $120/$130 – 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto. Call (650) 289-5400 to register. Registration will open in September, 2019.
5. Quarterly Saturday Morning Classes – TBA