Language & Drama

Language & Drama Coordinator: Jeanne Lewellen

For more information about joining a section, email the Interest Section Chair.

Spanish

Beginning Spanish
Our group meets Thursdays from 10:30 to noon in member’s homes. Lidia Kaku, from San Salvador, is our outstanding teacher. We learn vocabulary, pronunciation, structure of sentences, and conversation. We meet September through the middle of August. Tuition is $12 per person per lesson. We look forward to another year together as we improve our Spanish. Leader: Frances Flory.

Intermediate Spanish
Our group has finished seven years of Spanish with our native-speaking instructor, Lidia Kaku. We meet in members’ homes on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for informal discussions and light refreshments, followed by a lesson from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $12.00 per person per lesson. Leader: Diane Conde.

Advanced Spanish Conversation
We meet in members’ homes with our Spanish-speaking instructor, Lidia Kaku on Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. from September to April. We enjoy spontaneous conversation and read and discuss literature in the Spanish language. Tuition is $12 per person per lesson. Our last meeting of the year is a potluck “fiesta” with Hispanic foods. Join our lively and fun group for intermediate to advanced speakers. Leader: Sandra Anderson.

French

Conversational French
An excellent opportunity to polish skills in French speaking, writing and reading. We discuss in French our reading assignments, novels, short stories, poems, plays, current events, and individual activities. In addition to our weekly meetings, we attend local theater productions with French themes, after reading them in French. Our instructor is Molly Walker. Tuition is $15 per person per class. Currently we are meeting at University Commons every Friday from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Leader: Chris Hawley.

Theatre et Conversation
This group brings together people with some fluency in French to provide a relaxed opportunity for speaking and a pleasant way to maintain and improve our competency. We read plays aloud in French, unrehearsed, ranging from the 17th century classics to 21st century contemporary theatrical pieces. Before reading, we enjoy general and informal conversation over dessert and after reading we spend a short time discussing the play. We meet in a member’s home on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from September to June. The last gathering of the year is usually a potluck. We always welcome new members at any time of the year. Leader: Beverly Geltner.

Drama

Friends of Live Theater
We love live theater and we get to see great shows together in the Ann Arbor area. We usually meet before or after the show for lunch or dinner. Several times throughout the year we meet at local restaurants to discuss plays/shows that members have seen and recommend seeing. Year-round all members are encouraged to suggest plays/shows that they want to see but don’t want to attend alone. Leaders: Mominka Filev and Neeki Rad.

Tuesday Play Reading
This group meets the 3rd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m., September – May, usually in the home of one of the members. We are accustomed to reading one-act plays. One member selects a play and assigns the parts. Sometimes someone will wear some part of a costume, but none are required. The Director gives a brief summary of the playwright, and sets the scene for the play and also reads all inside directions during the reading. Following the reading we usually have a brief discussion about the play and then dessert refreshments provided by the hostess or a co-hostess. Sometimes we go to a restaurant with the option of a closed space for the play reading to follow the lunch. Leaders: Peg Eibler and Phyllis Fellin.

Updated 9/20/2018

Established 1921