Young at Art: Afternoon of Theatre Fun

Friday, July 26 • 1:30PM-5:00PM • Free, but registration is required.

The Allegany Arts Council is excited to announce the final workshop in its second series of programming for active adults ages 55 and older, with "An Afternoon of Theatre Fun."

About the Program

Studies show that as we age, maintaining a creative and engaged brain has countless health benefits, which supports prevention of diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia, and also which supports better sleep, improves mental health and increases socialization. With these in mind, in 2021, the Arts Council began with its first Young at Art series.

Young at Art invites never-before artists to explore a variety of creative opportunities, each with one goal: creative expression and fun! Our workshops have explored photography, watercolor, movement, literary works, drawing and will conclude with a foray into theatre.

The Workshop

Join us for an afternoon of play acting and go behind the curtain to try your hand at theatre! The workshop will offer participants an opportunity to read for famous roles, try a comedy skit, or mime, and explore what it's like to be on the stage. We will talk about costuming and try some - as well as explore theatre makeup, props and take some great photos, too!

This workshop is a relaxed, fun adventure in a new direction or maybe one from your past!  Curtain call will happen.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

About the Instructor

Penny Knobel-Besa started as an actress with Baltimore Actors Theatre and others with such roles as Annie in “Annie Get Your Gun” later “Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.” Her theatre degree is from Towson University with post graduate studies at Yale. She founded Maryland Theatre Arts Company in Baltimore as a touring company; they performed at the State House in Annapolis and the Merriweather Post Pavilion.  When she moved to Allegany County, she brought it here where it continues although she’s now retired.  She is a playwright and produced her children’s musical Off-Broadway in NYC. She was the first to bring theatre back to the Embassy theatre.  In 2022 she produced a new musical she wrote at the Cumberland Theatre, “Almost Heaven” with original music by an Italian composer.   Apparently, it’s hard to retire from theatre.


The Young at Art Series is free to adults ages 55 and older, but registration is required. To register, please contact 301.777.2787 or

The Young at Art Series is supported through a generous grant from the Community Trust Foundation.

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