Published Nov. 24, 2017
What made Café different this time was the equal emphasis on the dance numbers, choreographed mostly by Nicola Nellen, Gabrielle Mangano, and Catherine Leib (who also carried major vocal roles in addition to being part of the costumier team – is there anything she can’t do?). You don’t do dance numbers in amateur theater unless you attract great dancers, one of the most noticeable advances at the RTC over the past few years – the talented and often professionally trained dancers. So let me name a few.
But before I go I must mention high school sophomores Steven Wagner and Andrew Feldman who do so much on stage and off and may very well be part of the upcoming 3rd or 4th generation at the RTC. They are joined by their pal, sound man and high school junior, Alex Stabiner. We will probably lose them for a few years when they go off to college, just as we lost Rockaway natives Juliette Pannone and Nick Compagnone when they went off to college and to start their careers. Both returned to the RTC fold for Café.