"All the World's a Stage" at Robineau Residence

“Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” —George Burns

The residents of Robineau Residence are being treated to a weekly Drama Workshop taught by professional actor Scott Benjaminson, who co-starred in the movie “Rudy” and appeared recently in “Chicago P.D.” He was recognized by Dotty Levant, Robineau’s Manager, while shopping at a local grocery store …and she “closed the deal” to have him share his wide range of acting experience with Robineau residents.

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Benjaminson draws out reminiscences about Sundays in Brooklyn from Sharon V.

Benjaminson now holds weekly workshops with residents during which he performs a variety of drills and exercises. At the start of the class, he has them go though some movements, breathing exercises, quiet meditation and reminiscences. He comes prepared with extended reading and acting exercises.

He recently facilitated a reading from the famous “Who’s on First?” routine by Abbott and Costello, in which volunteers paired with him to recite the confused conversation, to the mild chuckles from the audience.

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Benjaminson and Scott F. read “Who’s on First.”

The benefits of the workshops to the residents are many. Their confidence is boosted by appearing at “center stage” in front of their peers, and they are cognitively challenged—in a good way—because they have to tap into their creative impulses for self-expression. The workshops also exercise their ability to listen carefully. They have to visualize what they will portray in a scene, and this process is a valuable tool for utilizing the mind. The good news is that older actors have a wealth of memories and experiences to draw from. Though a bit biased, actor Walter Brennan once said, “I like to play old people because there’s something to them.”

Ms. Levant sums up her feelings about the workshops: “The theater workshops have been very successful. Since Scott is patient and non-judgmental, residents can feel safe exploring their sense of self-expression. His wealth of experiences and insights into acting are a combination for success.”

 

Why We Say “Break a Leg”

Because it’s considered bad luck to wish someone good luck in a theater, people use the expression “Break a Leg” as a substitute. Here are two theories about the origin of this phrase: In Elizabethan England, if actors performed well, they were thrown money on the stage, forcing them to kneel down to collect it, thus “breaking” an unbent leg. “Legs” is the word for side curtains in theater jargon. So, if many curtain calls are demanded, the actors moving on and off stage via the wings “break the legs.” From https://listverse.com