For the first month of Fall, Magicana continues to bring our community together through performing live theatre for senior citizens across the GTA. On September 20, Julie Eng performed a 45-minute live and interactive magic show to 30 seniors at the WoodGreen Community Centre.
WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. WoodGreen helps seniors live independently and provide social programs for seniors so that they can be active engaged in their community. WoodGreen also helps internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and youth find meaningful employment and training.
Senior Sorcery, a community outreach program designed by Magicana in 2006 was established with isolated seniors in remote residences and/or community centres in mind. The program was always meant to engage seniors by breaking the “fourth wall” of theatre and empower their through interaction and participation in the creation of magic. The program also creates an intimate atmosphere by giving seniors the chance to invite their family and friends to a special event.
Thanks to Julie, the seniors and staff of WoodGreen Community Centre enjoyed an afternoon of mirth, magic and mystery–a special moment that they all shared and participated in, and will surely remember.