A FEW GOOD WOMEN – AND MEN! by Glenda Jones

It’s not often you get an invitation to spend two hours a week playing and laughing with like-minded people, but that’s exactly what Sage Age Theatre is offering. The usual questions arise: Will I have to memorize lines? Will I have to practice? And the clincher: Will I have to audition?  All three answers: a resounding NO. Here are the prerequisites for Sage Age: the desire to let your inner child come out to play; the ability to find fun in this aging process that catches up with everyone; and the joy and support that this lively group exudes.  It can be energizing to hone your wit and wisdom to entertain others. Although Sage Age Theatre has been practicing improv theatre for over 25 years, the group has changed constantly, with new members finding a special camaraderie with their counterparts. They have done thousands of shows throughout the area, one hour presentations that provide laughs, tears, and goodwill, all based on personal experiences, some funny, some poignant, but always with good humour and joy. There is no membership fee to join, only the desire to let your personality shine, and oh yes, perhaps the ability to wear the vibrant red shirts that add warmth to every performance.  Who doesn’t feel vibrant in red? Still not sure you’d want to try this? On June 5, 7 p.m. Sage Age will be performing one of their last shows of the season at Orchard View on the Mississippi in Almonte. The show is open to the public on a donation basis.  Come for the laughs, stay for a chat, and in September... read more

On the road again!

March! March! What a month!. Snow, wind — will it never end? Fear not, Sage Age is coming to rescue seniors from the winter blahs. Our Spring season – Yes! Spring! – launches on the 21st. We will be at the Quail Creek Residence in Renfrew. We’ve got new material to bring fresh smiles and liberating laughter. On the road again –... read more

Fundraiser — Mills’ seniors services

Saturday Oct. 1st marks a fundraising variety show for Mills Community Support’s seniors services. The Sage Age troupe will be there! Themed around seniors, the fundraiser will be at the Almonte Old Town Hall and will include a small plates menu featuring local chefs, followed by entertainment, an art show, and a dessert offering. We expect to see lots of boomers and zoomers, but the variety of entertainment is designed to appeal to anyone who appreciates our amazing local talent and food. Looking for a great evening out? See you... read more

We’re back!

It has been a seemingly unending summer but September is here. The kids are back at school. Sage Age Theatre is back on the road bringing laughs and smiles to our audiences across eastern Ontario. On the 25th of this month we will be in Chesterville. Send us an e-mail, give us a call, and we will come to entertain your... read more

Animated Anniversary

On May 20th the Sage Age troupe enjoyed a great afternoon with the Russell 55 Plus Club entertaining them for their 40th anniversary celebrations. There was lots of laughs for all and great chocolate cake to boot! read more

Playful Potluck

At the beginning of May the Almonte United Church ladies invited us to one of their potluck evenings to entertain and to enjoy a church community supper. Seven of our travelling players gave an hour long show of skits which brought much enjoyment to all. “Hey what did you say” with Bob and Dale was a well delivered back-and-forth of puns which relaxed the audience right from the start. As usual Betsy with some of her choice naughty remarks brought down the house. Of course Bob’s rendition of “Flatulence”  was heady, pungent, and well received. Doug as the white caner in “Seniors’ Tour” was real improv with four demanding old people taking the bus driver over the edge. “Bean There” caused a big stage whisper from Bob. Elizabeth and Sharon kept the show dancing along. A huge thank you to a wonderful audience for their stimulating... read more

Sage Age Is On The Road

What a whirlwind of activity we’re enjoying! Sage Age has been playing to packed houses from Cornwall to Kanata. Just when we thought we’d heard it all, we were treated to new lines from our leading lady, Betsy, in Cornwall. The highlight of the evening was entertaining a couple celebrating their 55th anniversary – talk about pressure to perform!! Arnprior Villa Retirement Residence stretched out stage presence as we performed to the background music of an ice machine. Didn’t faze our intrepid actors though, and everyone enjoyed our show. It was their monthly birthday celebration, so we were feted with tea and cake after our performance. Our watchword soon will be: feed us and we will come! Chartwell Retirement home in Kanata held a special treat for all of us when we spied a dear Almonte resident in the front row, and many other friends in the second row. We played to a big crowd who were eager to help out with hearty laughs and applause before we even started. Our men were a big hit with their Man to Man skit. The gentlemen in the audience cheered for their counterparts, for sure! We love to greet our audience after our shows, hugs all around and promises to come again to visit and entertain. Just ask us; we’ll be... read more

Lots of Spark in Flinton

Last Thursday eight of our troupe set out for Flinton to entertain at a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. A drive of 90 minutes brought us to a picturesque little village with a large and welcoming community centre full of enthusiastic volunteers. We were treated to a truly delicious roast beef dinner with homemade desserts. It is a wonder we could perform with such full tummies. Perform we did to an appreciative and forgiving audience who laughed at our recoveries of the odd lost word here and there. Fun was had by all. Again our Betsy stole the show during our last skit with the loud query “What am I supposed to do?” Often it seems our senior brains take a time-out only to jump start into these opportunities for creativity. Many thanks to our hosts who were all so friendly and understanding. Another adventure and more to come. Remember to smile at the world and it will smile back at you. . . . I forgot to mention Doug’s intro that warmed up the audience and raised the energy level of everyone. Well done. Dale... read more

Our first show of 2015

Yesterday we had our first show of this 2015 Spring Season in Sharbot Lake for the North Frontenac Community Services Volunteer Appreciation event. Things began with a delicious dinner to fuel our tanks with energy. Our troupe was very proud of our newest member Chris Cavan who was doing Improv for the very first time. Congratulations to Chris whom we are so pleased to have in our merry band of travelling Sage Agers. We began the evening with a chorus of Hail Volunteers and then onward with our Remember When which not only amuses our audience but also has the rest of us in stitches too. As a matter of fact, we had so much fun on stage it was difficult to decide who were more entertained. Since it was our first show of the season we tested each other with the true meaning of Improv. However, it appeared the audience enjoyed our fast thinking and putting each other on the hot seat. A huge thank you to our audience of volunteers who kept us energized with their laughter and applause. Thank you NFCS for inviting us back for a second consecutive year. And to my fellow troupers, cheers — as always it was great fun. Dale... read more

Sage Age on the telly

A Regional Contact story about Sage Age Theatre will air on CTV Ottawa this coming Saturday January 24, 2015 during the 6 pm news and the 11:30 pm news. If you miss the original broadcast the segment will also get posted on line at http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/features/regional-contact. Take a look. See our troupe in... read more

Curtain Falls on 22nd Season

Sage Age Theatre has come to the end of its 2014 Fall Season. After 12 weeks of lively performances, we are taking our usual winter break until we start back up again in March. Over this past year (our 22nd!) we have had the pleasure of performing in many locales across eastern Ontario from down east on the St Lawrence at Ingleside to up the Ottawa in Pembroke. And of course we also visited several places in and around Ottawa and Almonte. If you missed us this year then perhaps we will be seeing you at a performance in 2015 —there will definitely be lots of laughter and smiles all around. Visit us here on the web in March to see where we will be presenting seniors’ improv in our upcoming Spring and Fall Seasons. Or check out our BOOK US section to set up a performance at your... read more

Comedy and supurb food for a great cause

Sage Age Theatre is pleased to be the fun-filled entertainment at the Lanark County Grannies’ fall event, Comedy’s Cookin’ with the Grannies, on Friday, October 24 at the Perth Legion. The evening promises to be warm and entertaining as along with Sage Age’s awesome comedy the Grannies will be dishing out superb comfort food, fine company, door prizes and a terrific silent auction. Proceeds are being donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in support of African grandmothers turning the tide of AIDS in Africa. Dinner is at 6pm. Tickets are available at Shadowfax in... read more