Shuswap seniors act out

Local actor, playwright, composer offers theatre arts to area seniors

Playwright, composer, producer and all-round theatre fun person Peter Blacklock is looking for seniors.

After successfully running a seniors theatre program in the South Shuswap last spring, Blacklock is giving Salmon Arm residents the same opportunity.

“It’s an exciting program – a ton of fun,” he laughs, of the Shuswap Theatre outreach program. “People were doing things they had never done before, stepping out of their comfort zones.”

Blacklock spoke to  members of the Fifth Avenue Seniors’ Activity Centre, who embraced the proposal.

So Blacklock will add Shuswap Theatre on Hudson Avenue to the slate of seniors theatre locations – the OAPO hall in Sorrento and Cedar Heights Community Hall.

“This is for seniors who always thought they’d like to do it or want to develop some skills,” Blacklock says of the program that in drama, performing short skits, improv, reading, theatre storytelling and a whole lot of laughter. “It widens social networks, makes contacts, enhances memorization and brain health as well as physical health.”

Cost to attend is a $10 membership to Shuswap Theatre plus a $2 drop-in fee each visit. The first session runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

“Come and watch because you won’t be sitting for long,” laughs Blacklock, noting activities are decided the group. “That’s usually how it works.”

For more information, call Peter Blacklock at 250-675-3004.