STAR-Senior Theater Acting Repertory is committed to serving the diverse culture of Queens seniors and the community at large by presenting live theatrical programs that will entertain, inspire, and educate our audiences while showcasing its members’ talents and promoting a more positive image of older, “Young at Heart” adults.
1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?
The project is organized with a director, asst. director, a musical director and volunteer actor/singers. Rehearsals are twice a week and performances given approx. twice a month. The repertoire consists of scenes from plays and a variety of song selections, including Broadway standards, spirituals, holiday themed and patriotic songs. In the past two years, we have been able to introduce new plays written by our members and other residents of Queens. This has allowed for local playwrights to have their work performed throughout Queens. The Musical presentations are chosen by the musical director and singers. we continually research the internet to find new materials to present to our diverse audiences and developing our songs' presentations as “sing-a-longs” to engender audience participation and bring smiles to their faces.
Here are the scheduled dates for the Spring 2016 season which demonstrates the diverse community outreach as described in STAR’s QCA grant application proposals:
March 9, 2016 NORC - QUEENS COMMUNITY HOUSE 108-25 62nd Drive. Forest Hills, NT 11375
March 22, 2016 HILLSIDE ADULT DAY CENTER 188-11 Hillside Ave. Hollis, NY 11423
March 29, 2016 PLATTDEUTSCHE RETIREMENT HOME 1150 Hempstead Tpke. Franklin Sq. NY 11010
April 12, 2016 NY STATE VETERANS HOME 178-50 Linden Blvd. St. Albans, NY 11434
April 29, 2016 POMONOK COMMUNITY CENTER 67-09 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367
May 10, 2016 BAY TERRACE J. C. 13-00 209th St. Bayside, NY 11360
May 24, 2016 FRESH MEADOWS SENIOR PROGRAM 67-00 192nd St, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
The final presentation/performance will be sometime in December of 2016. Our Fall/Winter schedule will be set up over the summer months and into the Fall, 2016.
2. How do you think this project will impact the community?
By presenting live theatrical programs that will entertain, inspire and educate our audiences while showcasing STAR’s members’ talents, we are promoting a more positive image of older "Young at Heart" adults. In the past two years, we have been able to introduce new plays written by our members and other residents of Queens. This has allowed for local playwrights to have their work performed throughout Queens. We reach over 500 people/year of which approx.180 customers/yr are participants in the Queens Library's Conference Call Program - Mail-A-Book's Homebound Customers. In 2016, we have already conducted two programs of scenes and songs at the Queens Village Library for this homebound population.
3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?
By assisting the grant coordinator throughout the application process and awarding STAR grant funds, QCA has completely re-energized STAR’s members to reaching higher goals and finding new venues to spread our theatrical performances to new audiences. The schedule listed above includes two new venues and two we hadn’t performed for in over two years.
4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about your organization?
For one thing, you’re never too old to learn something new and sharing your gifts with your neighbors strengthens our resolve to live happy, productive lives. Our membership’s age range runs from the mid-50’s to 90 years old. Our doors are always open to anyone interested in joining our repertory company, be it as a playwright, an actor and/or singer, a volunteer to help out during performances with tasks such as, help with setting the stage for the various scenes we perform, handing out programs, survey questionnaires, etc...
Check them out at: http://www.star-queens.org/