2008-08-22 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Bringing 'A Touch Of Class' to Rockaway Theater Company

The Cast of The Philadelphia Story

Under the direction of Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka, The Philadelphia Story became the third theatrical offering of the Rockaway Theatre Company's 2008 season,

The Philadelphia Story, written for the stage by Philip Barry, is a satirical picture of class and snobbery in the early 1940s. The play is set in a Philadelphia suburb, at the posh estate of the very wealthy Lord family on the eve of socialite Tracy Lord's wedding to George Kittredge. Through some underhanded business, a few uninvited guests, including two members of the press and the bride's ex-husband gain access to this major social event. Add the bride's outspoken kid sister, philandering father and playboy uncle to the mix and you're in for some hilarious nuptial mayhem.

The role of Tracy is played by Nancy Sturgis, and marks her debut in a nonmusical production. The role of the fiancé, George Kittredge, is portrayed by RTC newcomer, Joseph Maracina. Tracy's wisecracking kid sister, Dinah, is portrayed by Cara Ferro and Dianna Sturgis. The role of Tracy's mother is played by Catherine McEntee; her ex-husband is played by Michael McKenny; her uncle Willy is portrayed by Tom Kane; her dad, Seth Lord, is played by Frank Freeman.

Corning and McKenny
Another newcomer, Maureen MacNamee, portrays the servant, Elsie; the night watchman is played by Stage Manager, Robert Press; Susan Corning takes the stage as photographer, Liz Imbrie, while Tom Patella performs as Liz's journalist boyfriend, Mike Connor.

The play will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. for the next two weeks. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, August 24. For more information or to make reservations, call the RTC Hotline at 718-850-2450.

Patella (Mike) and Sturgis (Tracy)
Pictured (l-r) are Susan Corning, Nancy Sturgis, Catherine McEntee, Mike McKenny and Tom Patella

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