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Portland Senior Living Community to Produce First Intergenerational Play

PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 15, 2017) – The West Hills senior living and health care campus is partnering for the first year with internationally-renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one-week multi-generational summer theatre camp, Aug. 14-18. “The Tortoise Versus the Hare” will have one performance on Fri., Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Casting for “The Tortoise Versus the Hare” will include school age students from the community entering ages six and older, as well as senior residents who live at West Hills Village Senior Residence and West Hills Health & Rehabilitation. Together, West Hills 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:

REGISTRATION FOR AUDITIONS
Mon., Aug. 14, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS:
Mon., Aug. 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

REHEARSALS:
Mon. Aug. 14, 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Tues. – Fri., Aug. 14-18, 1:00 – 5:15 p.m.

PERFORMANCES:
Fri., Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

“We are excited to join forces for the first time with the Missoula Children’s Theatre for this special experience,” said Lindsay Schroeder, executive director at West Hills Village Senior Residence. “Our management company, The Goodman Group, has done this partnership in other cities, and they’ve seen that both generations really benefit from creating new relationships with each other.”

Tickets: General admission is by donation, with all proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. Preferred seating tickets are $12. Contact Elisabeth at 503-244-1107 to reserve your tickets.

Show Synopsis:  Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. Fan clubs practice their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

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