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Mankato Senior Living Community to Produce Intergenerational Play, Strengthen Connections Between Generations

MANKATO, Minn. (Aug. 16, 2016) – Old Main Village is partnering for the first year with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one-week multi-generational summer theatre camp August 15-20 which will result in the presentation of two performances of “Peter & Wendy.” The intergenerational summer theatre camp experience is being made possible by the senior living community’s Ages Enwtined program, which helps bring generations together to create meaningful interactions, and offers opportunities for sharing wisdom, mentoring and socializing. The oldest resident participating is 92 years old, and the youngest child is 7 years old.

Casting for “Peter & Wendy” will include school age students from the community entering first grade through 12th grade and senior residents from The Village Senior Residence. Together, The Village Senior Residence and Missoula Children’s Theatre will transcend cultural barriers between the young and young at heart by actively engaging them in the arts. Participating in theatre helps to develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships.

WHEN:
REHEARSALS
Mon., Aug. 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tues. – Fri., Aug 16-19, 1:00-5:30 p.m.

PERFORMANCES
Fri., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20, 3:00 p.m.

“We are excited to join forces with Missoula Children’s Theatre for this special event,” said Holly Schoettler, executive director of Old Main Village. “Our senior residents and the children in the community are really looking forward to the performance. We see that both generations benefit from the interaction, and the children develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships with our residents.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with Old Main Village to develop an exceptional intergenerational theatre program experience for school age children and seniors,” said Michael McGill, executive director, MCT. “We understand this supports the senior living community’s intergenerational initiatives, providing enriching, intergenerational experiences for all those involved and entertainment for the local community.

Tickets: Admission is free.

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