2008-01-11 / Community

Rockaway Theatre Company Kids Glide into 2008 At Aviator

On Dec. 30, the youngest members of the Rockaway Theatre Company bid farewell to the 2007 theatrical season with a visit to The Aviator Sports and Recreation Complex at Floyd Bennett Field. Youngsters who appeared in the RTC productions of Oliver and Rockaway Café '07 were invited to a Pizza Party at the Aviator Food Court. After lunch the children marveled at the amazing "Holiday Ice Fantasy", a show featuring world class ice and circus performers.

RTC kids and Gilleece watch the show. RTC kids and Gilleece watch the show. After the show they got a chance to do some world class skating of their own as all the children attending the show were given free skate rental and skating time.

Chaperoning and doing some impressive moves of their own on the ice were Oliver director Kathy Valentine and her sister, Christine Snyder. In attendance at this very special event were Casey Stabiner, Celine and Carly Ebert, Caroline Kelly, Michael Morley, Serena Fascanella, Griffin and Fionna Brackley, Ryan D'Emic, Siobhan Brandman, Hayden and Indigo Signoretti, Kate Calciano, Leila, Janna and Dianna Sturgis, Catherine Muldoon, Sophia Zweifler, Valerie Browning, Joey Snyder and Oliver himself, Austin Zambito-Valente.

Ryan and the girls wait for the show to begin. Ryan and the girls wait for the show to begin. Everyone had a wonderful time. By 6 p.m., when the last skater was picked up by a parent, the kids were exhausted. RTC Artistic Director, John Gilleece, who was on hand to oversee the activities, was pleased that the event went so well, "The children sing and dance their hearts out on that stage. W.C. Fields was so right....They always steal the show from their adult co-stars. This little party is our way of thanking them for all their hard work." said Gilleece. Kathy Valentine chimed in while removing her skates, "I really missed these kids. Seeing them again today was really great."

Valentine added that any talented children and adults wishing to become part of an RTC production this season should come up to the Post Theatre in Fort Tilden, on Jan. 28, 29, or 30th between 6 and 9PM when she will be auditioning for the musical, Annie, the first production of the 2008 season which opens in May. Next year's party may also include a mascot as well-trained canines with theatrical aspirations are also welcome to come in and audition for the role of Sandy.

Leila, Caroline, Janna and Kate smile for the camera. Leila, Caroline, Janna and Kate smile for the camera.

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