2002-04-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

"It doesn't get any better than this." That was the reaction of one
audience member to Crazy for You, which debuted on Friday, March 22 and ran through Sunday the 24th. The musical comedy featured a cast of 22 extremely talented individuals. The rollicking plot kicked off with banker Bobby Child heading west to foreclose on a theatre where he meets Polly Baker, dubbed "the only girl in Deadrock, Nevada." Throw in cowboys played by women (it can
be hard to interest men in the theatre) and the rest, as they say, was
side-splitting comedy for the audience.

This year, the tremendously successful show was directed by Bill Murray, who also played the female lead's father, Everett Baker. The female lead, Polly Baker, was played by Liz Hayes, who also produced the show, while Craig Boyle played male lead, Bobby Child. Thomasina Ogden did the choreography.

Rob Koch, a professional orchestral player, directed the music. And, for the first time, according to Bill Murray, a full orchestra was part of the production.  About 450 tickets were sold to this splendid production, helping to provide the Vollies with badly needed cash.

Now in their 6th year, the Broad Channel Theatre Group generously donated most of the proceeds to the BCVFD. As always, the group must build and decorate a set and create its scenery-hammering, sawing and painting to do it. They also make their own costumes. Every year, they must work tirelessly to bring our community one of their productions. It really shows. Everyone who saw it declared Crazy For You was a smash hit. Thank you, Broad Channel
Theatre Group for a job truly well done.

  Marissa Mundy, Robert Wagner and Briana Warner-all St. Virgilius seventh graders-wrote letters to Gov. Pataki about the attacks on the WTC. The letters will be included in an as yet untitled book by the governor.

Each of the young people received a letter from the governor's wife, Libby Pataki, thanking them.

For Bus Riders Only: A reader wrote to give me this news: It appears that buses now pick up at the southeast corner of 16th Road (in front of the Broad Channel Park) instead of at Cross Bay Blvd. and the northeast corner of 16 Road as they once did. (I tried, but was unable to verify this officially with the bus companies).

Last weekend I saw the first sign of Spring in the Channel. No, not
forsythia or daffodils. I saw-- on the west side of the boulevard-what
appeared to be the first sidewalk sale of the season. Intrepid souls! It was
very windy that day.

The loin of pork dinner fundraiser at Grassy's was sponsored by the
St. Virgilius Parents Association and was home-delivered by a very patient
and tireless parent and very enthusiastic young helpers. It was a delicious
dinner and well worth $8. Deals like these are perfect for a night when Mom's just too tired to cook.

Speaking of the SVPA, their Annual Fashion Show will be held on April 12 at 7:30pm at Roma View in Howard Beach. Tickets are $45 a person and include dinner, open bar, coffee, dessert and DJ music. Call Anne Marie 945-9237; Debbie 474-1079 or LuAnn 318-2009 for tickets or more information.

Was everyone tuned in to "Listening," a program on The Prayer Channel, last Tuesday night? If so, you saw Jerry Cronin. Listed on-screen as being from St. Virgilius, Broad Channel, he writes for The Tablet and his name is closely associated with the Monsignor Ferris Life Center in Rockaway Park.

Channel seniors can learn how to surf the net and other computer skills at Beach Channel H.S. in a 5 week course beginning on Saturday April 13 and ending May 11 from 10am to noon. There is no cost for the workshop. For further information call 945-6000.

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Jasmin Kolzow, who just turned 8. And, with those wishes and space permitting, I offer a birthday mention to each child under 18 living in the Channel. Moms or Dads need only to send their name(s), telephone number, child's name, birthday and age to see it in this space. Residents whose grandchildren live elsewhere won't be left out.

Same as above, except note that the birthday boy or girl is your grandchild.

One of our neighbors is looking for a resident who will open arms and
heart to two adult cats-one male, one female-both neutered. The woman has developed severe allergic reactions to the cats and is heart-broken over being unable to keep them. The male looks like Morris and is reserved and quiet; the female is playful, but shy and has tortoiseshell fur. Can anyone help out?

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