The Entertainer

From hosting bingo to teaching improv, Malakai Green ’17 is using his stage presence to brighten the lives of older adults.

Bonner leader Malakai Green ’17 uses performance techniques to bring the fun to a local senior living facility. (Photo by Scott Cook) Bonner leader Malakai Green ’17 uses performance techniques to bring the fun to a local senior living facility. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Malakai Green ’17 has been an active volunteer since high school, but it wasn’t until his Bonner service project at a local retirement community that the Rollins theatre arts major was able to combine his passions for service, seniors, and showmanship. From hosting bingo games to teaching improv, Green is always looking for new ways to brighten the lives of older adults and stir up some fun.

Service Spark
“In high school, I volunteered in several service activities, but I also just love hanging out with my grandparents. I never figured that I’d be working with older adults, but I think that’s why I’m doing this today at Westminster Winter Park community.”

Tactical Entertainment
“I do a lot of things at Westminster. I help residents who are in wheelchairs get to their Bible study sessions. I host bingo games and provide general support. They’re quite competitive and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s more than just entertainment. We hold activities in the afternoon because the staff says that some of the residents need activities to stimulate their appetites, so that they will eat well at dinner. Proper nourishment can be an issue with some older residents.”

Improvised Engagement
“We’ve hosted improv shows at [Westminster’s] community center. Improv comedy is really stimulating because it feeds off the suggestions and energy of the audience. They love it. They want more shows. I also help plan and create marketing materials to promote some of their events, such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Grandparents Day, and trips off their campus.”

Converging Interests
“I want to find a way to continue to pursue an acting career and maintain my community engagement activities, especially with seniors. Maybe I could be an effective spokesperson for a cause. I don’t know exactly how I’d do this, but since most actors don’t make a lot of money, I’ve thought it might be possible to create a retirement community for those in the [acting] profession who need help later in life.”

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