2001-11-10 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Trinity Seniors Enjoy The Radio City
Christmas Spectacular

   On Thursday November 1, 2001, I, as the chairperson of Trinity Seniors,
organized a trip for our seniors to see the Christmas Show at Radio City in Rockefeller Center.  Over 140 seniors from the Rockaways boarded the buses and headed to Manhattan. The weather was great. It was 70 degrees and sunny.

It was a perfect day for the trip.  The Christmas Show gets better each year.  The show runs for one and half-hours. The time flies by because the show is so entertaining.

A special thank you goes to Dottie Taphouse, Josephine McMonagle, Josephine McPartland, Virginia Shea and Mary Reed. Each of them went the extra mile to make sure that their club members had an enjoyable trip. They are professional, dedicated and responsible.

The Christmas show itself is one of New York's favorite holiday traditions. The show has been running for nearly seventy years. It has thrilled and entertained people of all ages.  I have very fond memories of going to the show each year when I was growing up.  It was always a family affair, which included my grandparents, parents, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins. We really looked forward to it.  One of the main things that I remember was the big organ. Its still there and it sounds better than ever.

The cast consists of more than 140 people. The Rockettes have been performing for three quarters of a century.  They made their debut in St. Louis in 1925. S. L. (Roxy) Rothafel saw their performance and invited them to Roxy's Radio City Music Hall in 1932. They were an immediate hit. They captured the heart of sophisticated New Yorkers and their popularity soared.

They began with 16 women and then expanded to 36 members. They are an American chorus line. It is so exciting to see their magnificent precision dancing. The concept behind the Rockettes is to achieve absolute unity and precision. All of the dancers executed complex routines in perfect harmony and always move as "one dancer".

The Christmas Spectacular will have 200 performances between its opening on November 1 and will run through December 30. This year the show will also appear in seven other cities - Cincinnati, Branson MO, Detroit, Chicago Cleveland, Atlanta and Nashville.

The Living Nativity is inspiring and magnificent. Everyone was delighted and thrilled by this excellent program.  It is an awesome extravaganza.

If you have a chance, I strongly recommend that you go to see the show. 
It is popular with people of all ages.


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