The Second Stage Players open their first production October 12, 2007, 7:00 pm, at The Historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 South Jones, Norman, OK.  Opening night includes a one-act comedy, A New Sunrise, an old time radio show, Easy Aces: Jane Goes to a Psychiatrist, and the dramatic reading of Voices of America, written by Jerry Hargis.  Refreshments will be available at intermission. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the door or by calling The Performing Studio, 405 307-9320.

The Second Stage Players were formed to meet the interests of senior citizens wanting to participate in theatre arts activities.  Aware of the special considerations for seniors, such as meeting their schedules (Rev up the RV!), and memorization  (Where are my keys?), the group’s activities center on workshops and scripts that can be performed as readings: old time radio shows and reader’s theatre. 

Ina St. John is the coordinator/director along with active members Sharon Moody, Ronda Tarver, Buz St. John, and Barbara Couch. 

Since retiring from The University of Oklahoma, Ina St. John has been active in theatre arts classes, presentations and performing.  Ina’s credits include Vera in The Oldest Profession, Viola May in Lies My Mother Told Me, and Mrs. Tilford in The Children’s Hour.   Ina is a presenter in Voices of America and has performed in four scripts of Old Time Radio LIVE theatre.  She has also done television commercials, commercial training films and photo shoots.  Tonight is Ina’s debut as a director.

A native Oklahoman, Sharon Moody had not been associated with the theatre since directing her high school play until she moved to Norman in 2006.   She renewed her interest by performing and also participating in theatre classes. Sharon performed in four theatre scripts for the Old Time Radio LIVE show in August 2006 and is a key presenter with the interpretive reading group Voices of America.  Sharon is the storyteller in the Christian education program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman and a volunteer for Sooner Theatre. 

Retiring from the Pioneer Library system, Rhonda Tarver started pursuing theatre arts by taking Theatre 55 classes and performing four scripts in an Old Time Radio LIVE theatre production in 2006.  Rhonda is a key presenter with the dramatic reading group Voices of America and has participated in the storytelling program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman.

Philip “Buz” St. John is the sound man for the Second Stage Players.  He debuts as an actor as Paris in A New Sunrise and Ace in Easy Aces: Jane Goes to the Psychiatrist.  Buz has also been in an educational training film.

Steven St. John donated his services to the group.