RAA Ends Year With A Shriek
On Halloween Eve this year Fort Tilden was the site of some eerie and exciting events. Hoards of children packed into the RAA’s awesome, "Pirates of the Scaribbean" exhibit while others were excited and delighted by various activities presented by Gateway National Recreation Area Rangers, such as The Garden of Good and Evil and a display of weird and wild live animals and reptiles. But the biggest crowds of all could be found inside the Post Theatre or outside impatiently waiting on line for the next show.
Traditionally, October 31, is the date that the Rockaway Theatre Company stages its final show and closes its doors for the season. This year’s Halloween show, Odyssey of Terror, was a collaborative effort on the part of Eric Fitzgerald and Frank Caiati, two gifted young editions to the RTC Family, who conceived, created and directed it. Another unique feature of this year’s show is that it featured some talented young thespians from the RTC’s Children’s Musical Theater Workshop. It is no wonder that Odyssey of Terror struck chords of fear and amazement in the hearts of the many throngs of youngsters who pressed their way in to see it.
The storyline centers around three young girls (Hannah Mc Hale, Michelle Micale and Elizabeth Vivino) who, on their way home from dance class, get stuck in a disabled taxicab, operated by a spineless driver, (aptly portrayed by Sal Trento) in desolate and dreary surroundings. They seek aid at the spooky abode of Dr. and Widow Creepy. The widow, (played by a continuously cackling Phyllis DePierro) is in need of new blood for her Youth Machine which is what keeps her so youthful and "Attractive". Widow Creepy successfully captures our heroines and throws them into her dreaded machine with the help of her diabolical husband (frighteningly portrayed by RTC veteran ghoul, Joe Canizio) and a hoard of hideous and abominable monsters, whom she keeps chained up somewhere in the nether-regions of the ominous mansion. In the end, the evil mission is complete and the poor innocent girls are inevitably sapped of their youthful beauty and transformed into dried out old crones. Alas!
The Halloween Show is the final presentation of the RTC season. The members of the Rockaway Theatre Company would like to thank their many devoted patrons in Rockaway, and surrounding areas, for making 2003 the most successful theatrical season in RTC history. Those of you who have recently had occasion to visit Fort Tilden will have notice d that the theatre has undergone a massive end -of -season clean up and facelift. Upon closer investigation you might even notice the brand new steel doors, with special locking devices, which have been installed at the Theatre. Hopefully this will keep the monsters, which are confined in the basement, within. However, if you should spot any hideous or inhuman creatures in the vicinity of the Theatre, you are urged to call the RTC Hotline immediately.