Senior Actors from Atlantic Shores Bring Fairy Tales to Life for Younger Generation with Unique Performances

Virginia Beach, VA, January 22, 2016 --( Young area students from around Virginia Beach, Virginia were entertained by a talented troupe of senior actors from Atlantic Shores Retirement Community with their adaptation of classic fairy tales during a performance of “Mother Goose Live.” This unique production featured ten nursery rhymes which came to life in live performances by sixteen costumed Atlantic Shores residents, accompanied by live music, and emceed by Mother Goose herself.

Talented residents from Atlantic Shores Retirement Community worked together to script and choreograph this unique performance, designed for both old and young alike – starring Atlantic Shores Resident Services Director Kathy Parks as Mother Goose, direction by Atlantic Shores resident Rachael Gobble, and guitar accompaniment by Atlantic Shores’ Mark Pettiford.

Lively enactments included the spider that frightened a girl, a mother who could find no food for her dog, kittens who left jubilantly, and Humpty Dumpty who trekked to his calamity. The performance ended with a grand finale parade featuring all characters, and a meet and greet with students.

Performances were staged at four area elementary schools. The acting troupe provided schoolteachers with the featured nursery rhymes in advance, so students could experience them on the written page before they were enacted for them.

More than 1,000 children at four Virginia Beach City elementary schools and at Rainbow Station at Virginia Beach were delighted by the performances, presented as part of the community’s intergenerational community outreach -- sharing the talents and experiences of Atlantic Shores residents with today’s youth.

Residents have also helped create an educational program incorporating visits by puppies to area grade schools as part of the Atlantic Shores/Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Love Program, motivated students to early literacy by volunteering as K-2 classroom readers at Ocean Lakes Elementary for more than 10 years, and helped meals to students in need by donating food for the Virginia Beach Public Schools’ Beach Bag program.

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Atlantic Shores Retirement Community
Beth Pursley