2001-06-09 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council by Sharon Gabriel

The reviews are in! Last Saturday’s opening night performance of "Come Blow Your Horn," performed by the Rockaway Theatre Company, was a smashing success, as was the premiere party that followed, sponsored by the Rockaway Music & Arts Council.

The theater was jumping with great performances and the cast was superb. Robert Wilkinson played the lead role of the experienced older brother Alan Baker. The 21 year-old younger brother, Buddy, was played by George Nikolaidis who had everyone laughing. Girlfriend Peggy was played by Donna Christine Gueren; and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Baker, were portrayed by the terrific actors, Larry Rossi and Peggy Page. Let’s not forget upstairs neighbor Connie Dayton (hopeful starlet) played by Marie Gay Thomas. Each actor was perfect for their part and the laughter from the audience never stopped.

Neil Simon wrote the play, which is believed to be somewhat autobiographical, to take place in the mid 60’s and the costumes, especially those worn by the female cast members, were hilarious. As a matter of fact, one of the cast members told me that her mother found the hat she wore in a garbage pail. It looked it, and was perfectly suited to the character.

Along with John Gilleece and the cast of the RTC Production, RMAC provided a wonderful "Champagne and Decadent Desserts" party in the Chapel. The champagne was flowing and the music and entertainment were under way by the time the cast arrived. They received a special round of applause by the more than 200 people who attended. The cast stayed till the end, laughed and joked with everyone and there was a general feeling that this is an event that should be held every year at the beginning of the RTC and RMAC seasons.

There are many people to thank for putting the entire evening together. I would like to first thank those fellows, "The Good Guys," Steven and Kenny Good for arranging the food and the people who served; Dennis at Dragon’s Den for the lovely flowers; Sammy’s of 129thStreet for all of the balloons, and especially Alec Romero and his Gateway staff who are always there with anything that is needed.

I also want to thank John Gilleece and his staff at the door, the RMAC staff, also at the door, Sally Gwirtzman, Shirley Golub and to our RMAC volunteer, Toni Geraci. Further acknowledgements are to be sent to Fern Liberman for sending out all of the invitations and to Gwen and Arthur Rollins Jr. for making the party "jump" with some great music.

As you entered the theater you received a ticket for raffles to be announced at the party. Special thanks to Councilman Al Stabile for a crystal bowl, Judge Ann Dufficy for a kitchen clock, tickets to the Mets at Shea Stadium, the Liberty at Madison Square Garden and The Cyclone at Coney Island which were donated by Sweet and Low, among other things.

A special thank you to our audience. We couldn’t have done it without you and we hope you will continue to participate in the wonderful events that Rockaway has to offer.

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