Inn residents assume famous roles
Published 2:03 pm, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
This year’s “Living Tableaux,” a recent tradition of The Inn, includes residents re-enacting famous literary protagonists in novels ranging from “Charlotte’s Web” to “Great Expectations.”
The Inn is Waveny LifeCare Network’s independent senior living residence, located at 73 Oenoke Ridge. This year’s “Living Tableaux” marked the Inn’s performance, and featured 17 resident models. As curtains were pulled aside to reveal the novels, audience members were challenged to identify each literary character, their book of origin, and a related song played by volunteer pianist Justine McCurdy. The all-resident cast included:
Rita Price as “Little Red Riding Hood” from Charles Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood.”
Charlotte Brown as “Charlotte” from E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.”
Dorothy Summers as “Anne Morrow Lindberg” from Lindberg’s “Gift From the Sea.”
Ron Barlow as “Don Quixote” from Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote de la Mancha.”
Ginny Lamborn as “Lysistrata” from Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.”
The Living Tableaux art form originated centuries ago in Europe, but is perhaps best known today through the “Pageant of the Masters,” a celebrated annual event at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, 50 miles south of Hollywood, Calif.
Past years’ Tableaux productions at The Inn have featured famous paintings, stars of the silver screen, and American icons.
“When we first started this tradition at The Inn, it was something I’d wanted to do for over a decade,” said Barbara Jeffries, assistant director of Resident Activities. “Finally I thought, ‘what are we waiting for?’ and put up a notice on our activities bulletin board to recruit players. I had no idea what to expect among the residents, but to my delight nearly a dozen people showed up at our first meeting.” And the rest, as they say, was history, with the Tableaux project gaining a steady momentum of interest, anticipation and participation each year.