Play Brings Youth and Seniors Together

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An assisted living facility in Sioux Falls is helping residents and youth form a relationship through theatre.

For three years now the Inn on Westport has partnered with the Missoula Children’s Theatre to put on a free stage show for the community. Since this past Monday, the cast and crew have been rehearsing their version of ‘Treasure island.’ The cast is made up of actors ranging in age from 7 years old to 97 years old.  Last night was their first show, with another scheduled earlier Saturday. Organizers say their goal is to break cultural barriers between the two generations by engaging them in the arts.

“It’s a blessing having them here, they revive our spirits in knowing, that we must do the best that we can,” says Cast member Peggy Brunk.

It’s the friendships that are formed, that has brought one cast member back for the past three years and this year is even more special for her because she and her sister get to play sisters in the play as well.

“It’s fun to share this experience with my younger sister and to show her how much this means to me, this intergenerational theatre and having fun with people of all ages. So it’s really fun to have this experience together, really special,” says Cast member Brooklynn Gross.

Cast members say the varying ages of the actors is what makes the production unique and meaningful.

“You get to see a lot of perspectives and the cast is so different; that it’s not something that you would normally see if you went to a high school play or like a professional play,” says Cast member Kaitlin Gross.

The partnership is made possible through the Inn on Westport’s ages entwined program.

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