Freedom Village Residents Thespians Perform Musical Western

The Village Player performers in a production of Way Out West in a Dress
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The Village Player performers in a production of Way Out West in a Dress

The Village Players, a group of resident actors at Freedom Village at Brandywine, showcased their theatrical talents April 14 and 15 when they premiered their third musical, “Way Out West in a Dress.”

“Village Players is a fantastic opportunity for residents looking to get involved in our community and for other residents to enjoy the results of our work,” Maggie Doyle told MyChesco.

Doyle directed and produced the show with Fran Doyle. Both are Freedom Village residents.

The Doyles are passionate about their theater work and see it as a way to give back to the community while doing something they love.

The volunteer group of residents comes together to rehearse, then offer live plays to the Freedom Village community. Most of the residents that audition and participate have little to no theater experience.

“What I love about this organization is that anyone can be a part of it,” Fran Doyle said.

Every member, “new or seasoned, has a wonderful time participating,” even though most have no theater background, Doyle said.

“This was the first time I’ve been in a play, and once I got over being nervous, it was a blast,” said Freedom Village resident Ben LaGarde. “My favorite part was seeing the smiles and laughter our group brought to our friends and fellow residents. I look forward to doing it again!”

Tickets to the shows are free, though donations are accepted, split evenly between Freedom Village’s outreach committee and scholarship funds.

“Way Out West” generated $3,600 that will be shared with both funds.

Find out more about this unique theater company at MyChesco.

Freedom Village at Brandywine in West Brandywine offers active senior living with resort-inspired services, amenities, social activities, chef-prepared cuisine, and on-site care that includes personal care, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation services.

Many of its residents grew up in and around Chester County and have deep roots in the area’s culture.

The pet-friendly campus of 289 independent living condominiums and 28 terrace homes is surrounded by the countryside and the rivers of the Brandywine Valley. The campus features a gazebo and extensive trails.

Find out more about Freedom Village at Brandywine.

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