Thursday, January 22, 2015

Memo From the RTC: Season Opens Next Week With Seussical Jr.

This was supposed to be in this week's Wave but apparently didn't get in. So here it is.

Memo From the RTC:  Season Opens Next Week With Seussical Jr.
by Norm Scott

While baseball fans are getting excited over pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in a few weeks, the real excitement in Rockaway and neighboring communities is the beginning of the RTC season with the opening of Seussical Jr., starring dozens of immensely talented children under the age of 14 – the future generation of RTC stars. The older kids – 14-19 will be doing their version of Legally Blonde Jr. at the end of February.

I stopped by the Rockaway Theatre Company’s headquarters in Fort Tilden last weekend to watch both groups of kids rehearsing on the beautiful Frank Caiati- designed stage, built by the construction team led by Tony Homsey, of which I am a member. The stage was flooded with children of all ages involved in both shows, which are outcomes of the popular high-level Saturday RTC children’s workshops run by Peggy Press that begin every September. Parents register their children from Brooklyn and even Long Island. I imagine many seats will be filled with family members but some seats will be available, especially for the matinees.

Fri, Sat. Eve: January 30th, 31st - February 6th & 7th at 7PM
Sat/Sun Matinees: January 31st - February 1st, 7th and 8th at 2:00PM
Bring the whole Family! all Seats- $10.00- no phone in or online reservations will be taken -- at the box office day of performance only.

The RTC adult season opens in April with Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” followed by “Guys and Dolls” in late June, “Little Shop of Horrors” in August, Simon’s “Plaza Suite” in October and closing in November with a reprise of RTC’s version of “One Flew Over the Kuckoo’s Nest” which was first performed 10 years ago and will include as much of the original cast as director Michael Wotypka can dig up. Rumors are that I have a shot at a role as the Kuckoo and even a possibility of rolling the dice in “Guys and Dolls.” I’ve started shopping for my zoot suit.

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