Sioux Falls Senior Living Community to Produce Intergenerational Play, Strengthen Connections Between Generations

Aladdin art for 2015SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 22, 2016) – The Inn on Westport, a senior living community which recently celebrated 20 years in Sioux Falls, is partnering for the second year with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one week multi-generational summer theatre camp July 25-29 which will result in the presentation of two performances of Aladdin. The intergenerational summer theatre camp experience is being made possible by The Inn on Westport’s Ages EnwtinedTM program, which helps bring generations together to create meaningful interactions, and offers opportunities for sharing wisdom, mentoring and socializing.

Ages EntwinedCasting for “Aladdin will include school age students from the community entering first grade through 12th grade and senior residents from The Inn on Westport. Together, The Inn on Westport 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.


Monday, June 25, 12:20 p.m. (registration begins)
Monday, June 25, 1:00 p.m. (auditions begin)

Mon., June 25, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tues. – Fri., July 26 – 29, 1-3:00 and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fri., July 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Sat., July 30 at 2:00 p.m.

“We are excited to join forces with Missoula Children’s Theatre for this special event,” said Donna King, executive director at The Inn on Westport. “Our senior residents and the children in the community are really looking forward to the performance. We see that both generations benefit from the interaction, and the children develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships with our residents.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with The Inn on Westport to develop an exceptional intergenerational theatre program experience for school age children and seniors,” said Michael McGill, executive director, MCT. “We understand this supports The Inn on Westport’s intergenerational initiatives, providing enriching, intergenerational experiences for all those involved and entertainment for the local community.

The Inn on Westport is owned by Intergenerational Living and Health Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and along with its management company, The Goodman Group, all share a common vision that focuses on bringing elders and children together for life enriching intergenerational experiences.

Show Synopsis: For Aladdin it’s not easy to find a magic lamp but it’s even harder to get a date! It’s a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales from Ali Baba to Scheherazade, and even Sinbad the Sailor, as Aladdin journeys to find a magic lamp in a Cave of (not-so-great) Wonders. Along his way Aladdin seeks answers and advice from wise Genies, a powerful Sultan, and his own Mother to find a way to meet the Princess. However, even with the lamp in hand, Aladdin will have to learn that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression. Full of memorable characters, from lost Penguins to talking Palm Trees, this is an adventure worthy of 1001 laughs.

Tickets: Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the St. Francis House, an ecumenical emergency shelter and transitional housing program for the homeless.

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