Heidi Ritter (left) and Margaret Sanford enjoy a rehearsal for The Zen of Aging — Squaring the Circle by members of the At This Age group

Heidi Ritter (left) and Margaret Sanford enjoy a rehearsal for The Zen of Aging — Squaring the Circle by members of the At This Age group

There’s no age limit to creativity

The Creative Expression and Aging Program at Schubert Centre in Vernon takes on its latest project, a play based on members' writings

There are so many ways to play. Over the past year, the members of At This Age, part of the Creative Expression and Aging program, have written poems and stories, talked about music and memories, produced paintings and sculpture for an art show and produced a play.

The play, The Zen of Aging — Squaring the Circle, covers childhood, youth, adult life through dialogue, poetry and music, and looks ahead to the future. Some of the members had previous drama experience while for others it was the first time in the spotlight.

“I’m enjoying it, this new slant,” said group member Florence Lynch. “This group is so diversified and the play is just one slice of the pie. There’s a lot more to it. It’s a new point of view, a new way of understanding aging. Now it’s time for fun here, with no strings attached.”

The group brought together the writing from several sessions and worked on the format of the play since last spring.

“The script has changed but we have enjoyed each other’s company while we were doing it. We found out the fun we can have out of life,” said Margaret Sanford.

Group member and local musician Manfred Harter is bringing his musical talent to the play.

“Think about this business of aging. People think they are impervious to aging but you could be next,” he said.

Gerry Humphrey is convinced the At This Age group is the place to be.

“Come as you are and leave enhanced,” he said, inviting anyone to discover their creativity as they get older to come and check out the group which meets Monday mornings at The Schubert Centre.

The Zen of Aging — Squaring the Circle takes place at The Schubert Centre Monday at 11 a.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 at the door.

For more information about At This Age and Creative Expression and Aging (sub-groups for healthy adults of The Arts in Dementia Care), contact Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka at dr.daliagt@gmail.com or 250-503-0117.