2013-10-11 / Community

Rollicking Rockaways Puts On A Show

By Dan Guarino


Rollicking Rockaways co-founder Audrey Mattio, compere and host of the group’s Cabaret Night. Photos by Dan Guarino Rollicking Rockaways co-founder Audrey Mattio, compere and host of the group’s Cabaret Night. Photos by Dan Guarino Already known for running the “Smallest Carnival On Earth,” the Rollicking Rockaways group topped off their grand weekend exhibition of Playland art and memorabilia with a real-life cabaret circus under the stars.

On September 27th, the group, which was started to bring cheer to the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy, presented a seven act bill presided over by Rollicking Rockaway co-founder, exhibition curator and ringmaster Audrey Mattio. The crowd-pleasing show featured magician and escape artist the Great Cardone, super contortionist Amazing Amy; Ben Emmons, a cello playing ‘tiger’, endearing silent clown Bryan Fernandez, fire dancer Marlena Dee and even a rowdy and hilarious burlesque by Ben Evans. Even popcorn was included. The one night show took place at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club at Beach 87th Street and the Rockaway Freeway.


Where no one has gone before: a very flexible, senior, Star Trek themed contortionist Amazing Amy heads into the final stretch. Where no one has gone before: a very flexible, senior, Star Trek themed contortionist Amazing Amy heads into the final stretch. It was a high point of the “1st Rollicking Rockaways Week-end.” On view over three days and evenings was their “Rockaway’s Playland Tribute Exhibition.” It featured pictures, maps, films, posters, prizes and banners from the landmark amusement park as well as images of more than one hundred years of other Rockaway theme parks.



Music soothes the savage beast as tiger Ben Emmons takes to the cello Music soothes the savage beast as tiger Ben Emmons takes to the cello

A Last minute volunteer addition, fire dancer Marlena Dee, who happened to be in the audience, really lit up the night. A Last minute volunteer addition, fire dancer Marlena Dee, who happened to be in the audience, really lit up the night.

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