Managers, Directors and Center
Senior Center Best Practices
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Kingston Senior Citizen Center
Area Agency on Aging, Luzerne/Wyoming Counties
680 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston PA 18704
Sandy Acornley, Director
Senior Center Variety Show
The members of the Kingston Senior Center, under the direction of the
Assistant Director, produced an old-fashioned Variety Show. This show was held
at the center on a day that we had a special dinner.
Time and Manpower
The Variety Show was a huge commitment of time. Plans for the show began
months ahead of time, recruiting members interested in participating, evaluating
their talent and deciding what they would perform.
Manpower was needed to organize the "players," gather appropriate music,
costumes, props, etc.
The Variety Show only involved one paid staff, the assistant director. Members
of the center who volunteered to be in the show provided input and assistance
with all areas of the show.
Rehearsals were held at least once a week for the first few months and then more
frequently as the date of the show got closer.
The Variety Show was marketed by verbal announcements, fliers and press
releases. Word of mouth and personal invitations by the members also promoted
The target audience of the event was primarily the members of the senior
center. The target group was effectively served. In addition to the center
members, many guests attended. It attracted many individuals from the community
who came and enjoyed the show.
Because all the participants were affiliated with the center, we did not
partner with anyone for this event.
Costs were very minimal. Participants provided much of their own music,
props, etc. for their performance.
Impact On Center
The Variety Show had a far-reaching impact on the Senior Center. The cast
worked together very well and enjoyed the relationships formed during the
planning and rehearsals for the show. They spent months working together to
produce a high-quality show.
The members and guests thoroughly enjoyed the performance. They were very
appreciative and recognized the hard work that went into the planning and
production of the show. It was such an enjoyable afternoon that people talked
about it for weeks.
One member of the center enjoyed it so much she donated money so we were able to
provide the cast with a party.
Learning from our first experience we realized that we need to coordinate
the acts more effectively. Also new ideas were suggested for backdrops and
Because of the nature of the show, all types of talent were able to be included.
It was not limited to musical numbers, but also included comedy skits and
routines. This type of event then provides for many individuals to be involved.
We have also decided to either sell tickets or ask for donations the day of the
show. Also we will have a silent auction available for a period of maybe two
weeks before the show and then draw the winners the afternoon of the show during
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