Globus Theatre allows seniors to shine with new dramatic arts program

By Lindsay Advocate

When the doors of the theatre are usually closed against the winter cold, Globus Theatre is just warming up.

When the doors of the theatre are usually closed against the winter cold, Globus Theatre is just warming up. With their School of Dramatic Arts and Youth Winter Arts program in full swing, Globus has started up Seniors Shine – a program for the young at heart with a desire to perform, according to a media release.    

The Seniors Shine portion of Globus Theatre’s Winter Arts programming is funded by the United Way of Kawartha Lakes’ Community Capacity Grant. This funding allows for Globus to provide a multitude of fun arts activities at low or no cost to participants, ensuring that seniors of all walks of life are able to connect and flex their creativity. Though the emphasis will be on getting connected and creative the program will also culminate in a Seniors Shine Cabaret for those participants wanting to take to the stage. The cabaret style performance on March 31st will be a collaboration with youth from the Youth Winter Arts program – a great night for those young and old to show what they’ve got.    

Globus’ Seniors Shine program is directed by Jennine Profeta, a performer, writer, teacher and actor. She has performed with The Second City (National Touring Company, Theatricals), penned scripts for television (Ollie The Boy Who Became What He Ate (CBC), Opie’s Home (TVO), the Gemini and Genie Awards), and has been a part of Globus Theatre’s company since its inception 19 years ago. When not on the stage at Globus, Jennine travels across Ontario with her all female, all funny comedy extravaganza Girls Nite Out, and has been an instructor with Globus Theatre’s School of Dramatic Arts since 2019.  

“During the Winter we are usually closed as we prepare for the summer season, doing auditions, finding sponsors, planning marketing and the like. But since the pandemic we have realized the importance of keeping engaged with our community year-round. We have a bigger team now and thanks to the funding from the United Way and Ontario Presents we can utilize the talents of Rebecca, who is leading the youth arts program, and Jennine to lead our Seniors Shine initiative. It’s a very exciting step forward for Globus,” says Sarah Quick, globus artistic director. 

Jennine Profeta adds, “This should be their cabaret – it’s my hope that they take ownership of it (as opposed to doing what I tell them what to do) and say what they want to say. I am here to help shape their vision and bring their brilliance to the stage.” 

Interested in taking part? Globus Theatre has Improv classes and Musical Theatre-style fitness classes to sign up to. Are you a musician working on something new or a poet with a piece you’d like to share? Perhaps you’d like to perform a scene or monologue with some guidance and support?  To sign up for Seniors Shine, email Jennine Profeta at .

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