2005-05-13 / Community

RTC Brings Youngest ‘Superstars’ To Stage

A Wave Review

The moms of children involved with the Rockaway Theatre Company’s Children Theatre Workshop got a special treat on Mother’s Day this year.

This past weekend, May 7 and 8, a group of talented young thespians, who have been participating in a dramatic workshop for youngsters on Saturday mornings for several months, presented their culminating project, Sleeping Walter, an original one-act play, on the stage of the Post Theater.

The play was a hilarious interpretation of the classic Thurber short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, in which young Walter, adeptly portrayed by Breezy Point’s own multi-talented Connor Hubbard, escapes, in his dreams, to a world where he can be everything he feels he is not in real life. The entire action of the play takes place in Walter’s bedroom. The wonderful set was designed by another amazing young talent, Frank Caiati.

Despite the intermittent efforts of Walter’s mother, (Julianna Sebade) father, (Josh Frankel) and sister, (Elizabeth Vivino), Walter prefers his slumber-life to reality. An entire cast of truly professional actors, brings Walter’s dreams to life, right there before the eyes of an astonished audience. While space constraints prohibit a review of each individual role and performance, each member of the ensemble gave such an excellent performance that they all deserve individual mention. TAKE A BOW: Asia Accevedo, Johanna Arasin, Emily Arikian, Courtney Clerkin, Laura Cryan, Amanda Ebert, Celine Ebert, Alyssa Elfant, Joshua Frankel, Demi Herman, Melanie Hirsch, Connor Hubbard, Hannah McHale, Eryka Morales, Anna Pastina, Faye Peithman, Steven Peithman, Julianna Sebade, Indigo Signoretti, Casey Stabiner, Sarah Stokes, Lara Thompson, Mackenzie Thompson, Elizabeth Vivino, Brenda Wierzbowski and Sophia Zweifler. BRAVO!

Last, but certainly not least, the greatest kudos of all go to directors-workshop teachers, “The Peggys” Peggy Page and Peggy Vivino, veteran members of the RTC Executive Board, directed and produced this fabulous production. Peggy Page did a great deal of the actual stage direction, while Peggy Vivino designed and made the awesome costumes. Both Peggys planned and taught the two hour workshop sessions given on Saturday mornings beginning back in November and both Peggys wish to extend their love and thanks to these wonderful youngsters. Peggy Page told the audience “I had so much fun! I can’t wait for the fall so we can get started on the next workshop”.

An RTC spokesman announced that there will be two workshops scheduled for the fall, one for the younger children and one for the teens. There will also be two productions presented next May. Children from age 8 up are eligible to register for the workshops. Previous participants, as well as new registrants, are welcome. Although there will be a slight rate increase, the RTC Children’s Workshop is still the biggest bargain in town, with classes running for 30 weeks. Peggy Vivino reminds parents, “It is still possible to get the old price if you are paid-in-full by August 31, 2005” Interested parties should call the RTC hotline 718-850-2450 for details.

Sleeping Walter was a truly impressive piece of theatrical entertainment. As one husband was overheard telling his wife upon exiting the theater, “This was a hundred times better than most of the garbage you drag me to see in the City.” The Rockaway Theatre Company is proud of its reputation for excellence in community theatre.

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