Bell Bottoms & Backbeats: Northwest Senior Theatre’s Groovy Musical Extravaganza

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Northwest Senior Theatre’s production of “The Times of Your Life” is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 15, 16, 17 and 18 at the Stage at Rise Church in Tigard. Tickets are just $10. Mike Antonelli/Tigard Life
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Calling all flower power enthusiasts and disco devotees! Get ready to groove and giggle at Northwest Senior Theatre’s latest production, “The Times of Your Life,” a high-energy celebration of the iconic music and comedic trends of the 1960s and 1970s.

This unique show isn’t your standard musical. “The Times of Your Life” seamlessly blends crowd-pleasing hits from the era with hilarious comedy skits, creating a fast-paced and entertaining experience. 

Audiences can expect to hear beloved classics by artists like Elvis Presley, The Supremes, The Beatles, The Mamas & the Papas and Simon & Garfunkel. The show’s musical director, Mak Kastelic, has cleverly interwoven these hits into the fabric of the play, creating a nostalgic tapestry that will have toes tapping and hearts soaring. 

“It’s going to be a lot of fun for all ages,” said Areanne Lloyd, president of the group. It will bring back memories for many older folks and introduce younger audience members to that magical time in music history.”

Directed by the ever-enthusiastic Lennon Smith, the production promises a delightful journey through life’s ups and downs, all set against the backdrop of a bygone era. The talented cast of seasoned performers will bring the timeless themes of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship to life with their seasoned acting chops and surprising vocal talents.

“We’re starting with [Chubby Checker’s] ‘The Twist,’ and we’re coming out with walkers,” Lloyd said, sort of a self-pun, since all the members are 55 or older.

Skits and jokes will be interspersed between music numbers in the 90-minute musical variety show that will include such vintage songs as “Cathy’s Clown,” “I’m a Believer,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Proud Mary,” “These Boots are Made for Walking,” and many more, Lloyd said.

“We will have a keyboard, bass and drums combo on stage, some choreography staging, some duets and quartets and all the permutations of musical variety,” she said.

“The Times of Your Life” promises an afternoon of laughter, reflection, and, of course, great music. Whether you’re a longtime fan or simply looking for a unique and entertaining afternoon, this production is sure to lift your spirits.

Everyone is welcome at the upcoming event at Rise Church, which has plenty of free parking and is wheelchair and walker accessible. For more information, call 503-251-4332 or email nwseniortheatre@gmail.com.

So, dust off your platform shoes and bell bottoms, and get ready for a night of laughter, music, and pure theatrical magic —don’t miss your chance to see this delightful show!

About Northwest Senior Theater

The Northwest Senior Theater ( NST) is a group of experienced (55 and older) performers, comprised of retired performers – professional and non-pro – not yet ready to put our voices and bodies out to pasture. We are singers, dancers, actors, musicians and production folks who love to perform. We still love the challenge of building a character, stretching our limbs and strengthening our voices. The ultimate joy is the delight we see in our audiences.

NST Could Use Your Help!

Every show needs lobby assistance handling tickets and ushering. We also need volunteers to help backstage with props and wardrobe.

If you would like to help and participate in the bustle of performance days, please leave a message at 503-251-4332 or email us at nwseniortheatre@gmail.com.

The Times of Your Life

When: 2:00 p.m., May 15, 16, 17 and 18
Where: The Stage at Rise Church
10445 SW Canterbury Lane in Tigard
Tickets: $10, Purchase online at www.nwseniortheatre.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.


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