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SRO (Senior Repertory of Ohio) Theater Company

Artist's Narrative

 SRO (Senior Repertory of Ohio) Theater Company SRO (Senior Repertory of Ohio) Theatre Company, one of the foremost senior theatre repertory companies in the United States, has represented the USA nationally and internationally at conferences and festivals. The mission of the company is to enhance positive images of aging, educate and entertain others and provide community service at the highest level of artistry possible. They provide inter-generational main-stage productions each year, touring shows, educational and outreach programs to ignored or under-served audiences in Columbus and Central Ohio. The company has a 20-year history of bringing the magic of theatre to people of all ages and of providing opportunities for senior artists to continue performing and creating new works. The company is known for  its willingness to bring new and innovative productions to the Columbus stage.

Availability

Upon request.
This group is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

Stars and Stripes Canteen (Grade levels 6-adult)
A tribute to the USO, who continue to entertain our troops at home and abroad and the men and women of our armed forces. Take a trip down memory lane with songs like Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Fly Me to the Moon, Sentimental Journey, and more!
Activity Options:
Stars and Stripes Canteen
  • Duration: 60-90 minutes with talkback
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. < 500: $650 for 1 show, $950 for 2 shows the same day. 500-750: $800/1 show, $1,200 /2 shows same day. >750: $1,000/1 show, $1,500/2 shows same day. A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co.
  • Requirements: Multipurpose room, auditorium or gym. The company requests that the performance space be available 45 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the performance to allow for set up and take down.

Tuesdays with Morrie (Grade Levels 6-adult)
The play tells the real-life story of Morrie Schwartz, a former college professor and his former student Mitch Albom, now an accomplished journalist who is driven solely by his career.  When Mitch learns his old college professor, Morrie is battling Lou Gehrig's disease, he decides to visit him.  What begins as a single Tuesday visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a final course on the meeting of life.  It is a "touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor" (NY Daily News).

SRO is touring its critically acclaimed award-winning production of Tuesdays with Morrie, starring Ronald E. Nocks as Morrie Schwartz and Equity Actor Frank A. Barnhart as Mitch Albom.    Both actors received awards of Excellence in Acting from the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable.  The production received an Outstanding Production award and Director Karen Carpenter was honored with Excellence in Directing.  
Activity Options:
  • Duration: 60-90 minutes with talkback
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. < 500: $650 for 1 show, $950 for 2 shows the same day. 500-750: $800/1 show, $1,200 /2 shows same day. >750: $1,000/1 show, $1,500/2 shows same day. A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co.
  • Requirements: Multipurpose room, auditorium or gym. The company requests that the performance space be available 45 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the performance to allow for set up and take down.

I Was Young - Now I'm Wonderful! (Grade levels 6-adult)
Written by Joy Reilly, Bill and Sue Benton and Gerald Harvey, SRO's Emmy-award winning musical comedy about familiar transitions experienced in a one-hundred year lifespan, premiered in Germany in 1991, has been made into a PBS special and has been featured on ABC-TV and the BBC. SRO's signature show has earned critical acclaim and numerous honors and awards. "It brims with several lifetime's worth of wit and wisdom," said a local theatre critic.
Activity Options:
I Was Young - Now I'm Wonderful!
  • Duration: 60-90 min. with talkback
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. < 500: $650 for 1 show, $950 for 2 shows the same day. 500-750: $800/1 show, $1,200 /2 shows same day. >750: $1,000/1 show, $1,500/2 shows same day. A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co.
  • Requirements: Multipurpose room, auditorium or gym. The company requests that the performance space be available 45 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the performance to allow for set up and take down.

Underground Railroad (Grade levels 6-adult)
Arranged by Joy Reilly, the story of the Underground Railroad is one of America's great legends, a mixture of historical facts and myths. Few documents concerning the railroad have survived. Most sources are personal accounts written after they occurred. Some 500 years ago ships captained by Europeans began transporting millions of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. Many did not survive the horrible journey known as the Middle Passage. Beginning in the early 19th century, a movement called The Underground Railroad helped slaves escape from the South. The show includes letters, poems, spirituals that often functioned as "code songs" and pictures.
Activity Options:
Underground Railroad
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. 20-100 students: $125/show or $200/ 2 shows back to back; 101-200 students: $200/show or $350/ 2 shows back to back; 201-500 students: $500/show or $900/ 2 shows back to back; 500+ students: negotiable (min. 2 shows). A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co. A $100 fee will be assessed to the total booking if the shows are at different schools on the same day.
  • Requirements: 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.

The Velveteen Rabbit (Grade levels K-5)
Written by Margerie Williams Bianco, this is a beautiful story about a stuffed rabbit, a little boy and how the rabbit at first becomes real to the little boy. Just when we think the stuffed rabbit is going to be thrown away, a fairy and her magical powers helps the stuffed rabbit become real to the world. 
Activity Options:
The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Duration: 30-40 min.
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. 20-100 students: $125/show or $200/ 2 shows back to back; 101-200 students: $200/show or $350/ 2 shows back to back; 201-500 students: $500/show or $900/ 2 shows back to back; 500+ students: negotiable (min. 2 shows). A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co. A $100 fee will be added to the total booking if the shows are at different schools on the same day.
  • Requirements: 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.

Paddington Goes to the Hospital (Grade levels K-5)
This story is about one of the adventures or misadventures of Paddington, the Bear. Most children have heard at least one story of Paddington, the little brown bear from Peru who is always willing to help people. Sometimes this gets him into trouble especially with Mr. Curry, the next-door neighbor. In this story Paddington has a chance to get even with Mr. Curry in a very comical way.
Activity Options:
Paddington Goes to the Hospital
  • Duration: 30-40 min.
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. 20-100 students: $125/show or $200/ 2 shows back to back; 101-200 students: $200/show or $350/ 2 shows back to back; 201-500 students: $500/show or $900/ 2 shows back to back; 500+ students: negotiable (min. 2 shows). A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co. A $100 fee will be assessed to the total booking if the shows are at different schools on the same day.
  • Requirements: 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.

In Which Tigger Comes to the Forest and has Breakfast (Grades K-5)
This is one of the many stories about Christopher Robin and Pooh, the boy and the bear who "wherever they go and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place at the top of the forest ...will always be playing." In this selection from The House at Pooh Corner, Winnie-the-Pooh meets Tigger for the very first time. Their adventures in search of something that Tiggers like to eat are told with great amusement. 
Activity Options:
In Which Tigger Comes to the Forest and has Breakfast
  • Duration: 30-40 min.
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. 20-100 students: $125/show or $200/ 2 shows back to back; 101-200 students: $200/show or $350/ 2 shows back to back; 201-500 students: $500/show or $900/ 2 shows back to back; 500+ students: negotiable (min. 2 shows). A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co. A $100 fee will be added to the total booking if the shows are at different schools on the same day.
  • Requirements: 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.

A Christmas Carol (Grade levels K-5)
This story is based on the Charles Dickens's classic story.

Activity Options:
A Christmas Carol
  • Duration: 30-40 min.
  • Fees: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. 20-100 students: $125/show or $200/ 2 shows back to back; 101-200 students: $200/show or $350/ 2 shows back to back; 201-500 students: $500/show or $900/ 2 shows back to back; 500+ students: negotiable (min. 2 shows). A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co. A $100 fee will be added to the total booking if the shows are at different schools on the same day.
  • Requirements: 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.

Poetry*Prose Programs (Grade levels PreK-6)
The readings and poems are selected to create an interactive response between the readers and the children. This interaction encourages the excitement and reading appreciation the programs generate. Props and visual aids are utilized to accentuate some selections. Three or four "grandparent" readers present each program in contrast to a one-person "storyteller" format. These programs provide the opportunity to meld inter-generational contact for the children into a unique reading and learning experience. The following programs are available:

Requirements: Shows must be booked a minimum of 30 days prior to the performance date. 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.

Choose from the following:

a) The Joke’s On Us A sparkling new program in which the humor and wit of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Judith Viorst and Ogden Nash are sure to delight. (K-5)

b) Poetry that Tickles the Funny Bone Humorous poetry with abundant props featuring poems by Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. (K-5)

c) A Little This – A Little That Dramatization of serious and humorous poetry by John Masefield, Judith Viorst and Ogden Nash. (Intermediate grades)

d) Creatures Big and Small Serious and humorous poetry and prose, including Aesop’s Fables and poems by Christina Rosetti, A.A. Milne and Shel Silverstein. (K-5)

e) Let’s Eat A program of poetry all about food by poets Silverstein, Prelutsky, Adoff, Lindsay and others. (K-5)

f) Fun With Poetry A variety of poems both familiar and new in a program for the youngest students. (Preschool-1)

g) My Family and Me Selected funny and serious poems about self-concept and family dynamics. (K-2)

h) A Celebration of Diversity Poetry drawn from African American, Native American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and European cultures. (K-5)

i) A Tribute to Shel Silverstein Homage to the children’s Poet Laureate with a program sure to delight. (K-5)

Activity Options:
Poetry*Prose Program
  • Duration: 40 min.
  • Fees: Pricing: Fees are determined by audience size and number of shows performed the same day. 20-100 students: $125/show or $200/ 2 shows back to back; 101-200 students: $200/show or $350/ 2 shows back to back; 201-500 students: $500/show or $900/ 2 shows back to back; 500+ students: negotiable (min. 2 shows). A mileage charge of $.50/mile will be added for groups located outside a 30-mile radius of Franklin Co. A $100 fee will be added to the total booking if the shows are at different schools on the same day.
  • Requirements: Requirements: 20-50 students of approximately the same age, classroom or multipurpose room. Larger groups require multipurpose room or gymnasium.