We're incredibly proud of Flo Cvern and Lucy Rodriguez, two participants in our Senior Center who will be performing at the third annual “Senior Ensemble Theatre”at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadow Park on Thursday, June 29. The following article was written by Anthony O'Reilly and published in the Queens Chronicle, and details this special event.
For Richard Hinojosa, director of education at the Queens Theatre, the stories that senior citizens have to share are some of the best out there.
“After 65 years of living, you’re going to have some interesting stories to tell,” Hinojosa told the Chronicle.
And now, he’s found a way to get many seniors into the same room to tell their tales in an entertaining way that the general public can enjoy. The Queens Theatre will be holding the third “Senior Ensemble Theatre” next Thursday, June 29, where seniors from six centers in the borough will tell their stories through spoken word, song and other forms of performance art.
“We try to touch on all the performing arts,” Hinojosa said. “We try to combine it into a cabaret.”
The performance started with the Bayside Senior Center — this year, the participants are the SNAP Innovative Senior Center in Queens Village, the Angelo Petromelis Senior Center in Flushing, the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center, the Seaside Senior Center in Rockaway Beach, the Samuel Field Y Senior Center in Little Neck and the Corona Senior Center.
Judy Ascherman, the program manager at Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center, said the participants there have “been rehearsing for a while.
“I think it’s going to be a great performance,” Ascherman said. “Anything involving the arts is wonderful for older people to participate in.”
Former Queens Chronicle sales manager Dave Abramowitz, a member of the Howard Beach center, plans on reading from an opinion piece he wrote while with the paper. His wife, Jenny, will enchant the audience with an operatic performance, which Ascherman described as “beautiful.”
“She is fantastic,” Ascherman said.
The program is made possible due to grants from Queens City Council members, such as Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), who sit on the Queens Interagency Council on Aging.
Hinojosa encouraged all to come to the Queens Theatre and enjoy the free show.
“They’re going to be in for a night of really fun songs to sing and good stories,” he said. “We’re going to be giving out lyric sheets to the audience and at the end of the night our piano player will get up and play a few songs.”