Acting classes keeping seniors young at heart

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ONTARIO, CANADA – There’s a new way to keep grandma in shape and, you should be glad to know, it does not involve twerking.

A group of retirees and semi-retirees are acting at Studio 55 in Ottawa.

“It’s like being a kid again,” says Irma Boyle, one actress.

“It’s bringing out the performer in me, the fun part of me, the creative part of me,” says Julie Hughes, another actress.

“It makes my soul sing and keeps my blood oxygenated,” says Gerrie Trotman, a third actress in the class.

Local actor John Muggleton leads the bi-weekly class, which mostly resembles primary school recess. The only difference – his play actually teaches real behind-the-scene prep work actors do to get in character, all while keeping his participants young and young at heart.

“You’re working with dialogue, you’re memorizing things and, with improv, you’re working with someone else and you don’t know what’s going to come next. So, your mind is racing that way. You’re constantly active, physically and mentally,” says Muggleton with ‘The Acting Company.’

Unfortunately, no movie deals or Broadway stardom is coming out of the class – just healthy minds and healthy fun!

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