Congratulations to Christine (Ware) Hamacher ’86 for her success with the nonprofit community theater company, SAGES (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services). Recently featured in the LifeTimes section of the Tampa Bay Times, SAGES tours the Tampa Bay area bringing comedic and educational one-act plays to the public for FREE – all from the perspective of seniors sharing stories with their peers. These “Plays with Purpose” take difficult themes and bring them to life on stage with lots of humor and a hearty dose of reality. Topics address the well-being and safety of older adults, such as preventing falls (Denying Gravity), stopping scams (Phoney Baloney), and safe driving as we age (Deal Maker).
Christine co-founded the nonprofit in 2019 with senior playwright, Linda Goldman, and reached out to partner with local Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Regional 911, Consumer Protection, Florida Highway Patrol, Area Agencies on Aging, and AARP to weave helpful tips and motivating messages into every program. Christine has presented at state and national conferences on the SAGES model for educational theater and how true-to-life tales can powerfully impact seniors and their families to embrace positive change. As a life-long advocate for vulnerable populations (children, those with special needs, and seniors), Christine’s overall goal is to convert audiences into advocates on each subject and make a positive difference in communities. Having produced shows in 12 cities thus far, SAGES has expanded across the state and country with their virtual programs and has reached thousands to date. Their newest play, Deal Maker, introduces a charmingly grumpy grandpa who is not ready to give up his keys or control and has to deal with his meddlesome family.
Find all the details for upcoming productions and ways to get involved at www.sagestheater.org/events – and be sure to say hello to Christine when you do!
See below for a few images of SAGES productions in action!