Generations of Fascinating Ladies
Young at Heart Theatre has a special treat for senior Islanders this spring.
Generations of Fascinating Ladies is a tribute to the wonderful female artists and great girl groups of the last century, including the Boswell Sisters, Andrews Sisters, The Maguire Sisters, Etta James, The Chordettes and more. Songs will include: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, In the Mood, Sentimental Journey, Sincerely, Tell Him and the Shoop Shoop Song! This special musical revue will tour to over 30 venues across PEI from April 3rd to May 5th. The venues include manors, community care facilities, hospitals, and various community halls.
“Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors is a charity organization in its 13th year of providing professional entertainment for Island seniors, especially those living in long term care”, says Artistic Director and co-founder Catherine O’Brien. “ We are increasing our audience each year, and strive to reach as many elder Islanders as possible from tip to tip.”
Each year the company raises funds to produce a professional musical that will tour across PEI to all the various manors, community care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and other places where seniors gather. The venues donate a small portion of the cost, while the rest is raised through grants, sponsorships, fundraisers and private donations. “It’s always a challenge to raise enough money each year,” says O’Brien. “Part of our mandate is to make the shows accessible to seniors, regardless of their ability to pay. We are grateful to the Province of PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture for some of that much needed funding.” Music is a great healer and studies have shown that people with early dementia or other cognitive impairments have demonstrated increased awareness and concentration, better social interaction, diminished pain and tension, improved recovery times, and of course a happier outlook on life!
Generations of Fascinating Ladies will feature three dynamic performers: Kelley Mooney, Allison Kelley and Suzanne Wilkie. “ We are thrilled to have such a talented cast for this show. As individual artists they are fantastic- together they are dynamite!” says Young at Heart board member Laura Bird. A number of public performances will take place throughout April and early May, including the Seniors Active Living Centre, Milton Hall, North Rustico Lions Club and much more! See The Guardian Don’t Miss This listings for more information. A special fundraising concert featuring Generations of Fascinating Ladies, plus some special guests and a dessert extravaganza will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown on May 3rd at 7 pm. Advance tickets are available by calling Laura at (902) 314-0729 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like another opportunity to support Young at Heart Theatre and listen to some great jazz music at the same time? The Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble’s May 8th concert at the Pourhouse will feature guest artist Catherine O’Brien. Money raised at that event will go to support future Young at Heart productions. For more details visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PEIJazzAndBlues/