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Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

Judy Gabl (View posts)
Posted: 5 May 2004 3:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am looking for anyone who attended drama classes or summer theater. I thought it would be fun to get everyone together for a reunion. Anyone interested? Let me know.

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

Ashley O'Dell (View posts)
Posted: 17 Dec 2004 3:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
I worked in Tom Thumb Players from about 1989-1996 in Tucson Arizona, doing modeling and acting work with Berenda Crellin. Anyone else?

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

malgorzata139 (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jan 2008 6:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Wow! Happy to find some fellow Tom Thumb Players. I grew up studying under the tutelage of Lester Netzky in Tucson, AZ from 1979 until he retired in 1985, I believe, due to an aneurysm if my memory serves me correctly. I left Tucson with my family in 1987 and upon hearing of Mr. Netzky's death, wondered whatever happened to all the videotapes that were made of all of our yearly productions. I was lucky enough to be cast in many lead roles as a child...Annie, Oliver, Dorothy...and would pay to have a copy of that footage! I tried emailing Berenda Crellin a few years ago for possible leads, but I never heard back. I imagine the videos were either passed on to some family member or archive, or disposed of (yikes! hope not!) I went off to an Ivy League school, then corporate America, and about 2 years ago, returned to my pursuit of an acting career and am ever so grateful for the training I received at Tom Thumb. :)

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

marcnt77 (View posts)
Posted: 30 Jun 2008 11:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Wow, can't believe I haven't come across this site before...Interesting how 2 completely different generations of Tom Thumb Players-Front Row Center Theatre Company students are all basically saying the same thing....that Tom Thumb was a very magical place to belong to during our formative years. I wrote the Wikipedia article on Tom Thumb about a year ago...it was pulled as their instructions and what I needed to prove (as if) that Tom Thumb really existed just became to much of a hassle...in any case if you would like to read my article, please contact me and i will send it you....Now for my bio:

I became a member of the Tom Thumb Players (the original, mind you) in Chicago, IL in 1967!! And remained a member until I graduated high school in 1972....I was one of those kids that had many talents that Mr. Netzky used to great advantage, and because so, I was "on scholarship" which means I worked my butt off....but that was okay then and even now...my interest in stage lighting peaked and i was happy to take that responsibility over from an older member in 1970...I learned so much and the interest grew...also, as I also played the piano, i was utilized as rehearsal pianist for 2 summer theatre workshops...I recall a Showcase production (where we did scenes from famous plays) in which despite the fact that I was in a leg cast, I played the piano for a fellow performer, then walked on stage, played the scene, walked off the stage, dimmed the lights and returned to the piano! To this day, I am a lighting and sound designer and occasional actor. I miss those heady days and all the kids I grew up with...hey we didn't always get along, but we stuck with it....I often google other kids that I grew up with at Tom Thumb...would love to put together a memory website complete with pictures, video, etc.....Oh for those golden days!

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

RINGS42000 (View posts)
Posted: 1 Jul 2008 12:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi!
I'm also one of the Chicago Tom Thumb Players! I first joined in 1970, when I was 15. That was the year we did Carousel for summer theater. I was also on scholarship as time went on. When Tom Thumb closed in 1975, I was Mr. Netzky's "assistant", and was teaching half the classes and working in the office with Mrs. Netzky. Remember that old mimeograph machine we used to print out the scripts on! What a pain! I loved every aspect of my years spent there, though, and was devastated when it closed in 1975. When they moved to Arizona and decided to reopen, they wrote me and asked me to move out there and work with them again. I regret to this day, that I decided not to. I miss the days of painting props, running off scripts, sewing costumes, blocking scenes, and a thousand other jobs required to put on plays! I would love to read your article. I don't think anyone who wasn't involved with Tom Thumb could ever understand the bond we all shared. Tom Thumb Forever!
Judy Gabl (rings42000@yahoo.com)

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

malgorzata139 (View posts)
Posted: 2 Jul 2008 12:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Tom Thumb was so integral to my childhood and who I've become, I've diligently googled every so often to see what/who I could find! I loved your Wikipedia article, and was able to refer a lot of people to it when they asked how I'd started acting..and was definitely bummed when it disappeared. :( Coincidentally, I'm heading to Phoenix this weekend for a dance convention, and a few months ago, discovered online that there is a 'personal collection' in the name of Lester Netzky archived at ASU in their Child Drama Collection! I plan to pay a visit to the library and see what treasures are in store there. I'll be happy to report my findings on this board when I return!
And I think a memory website would be just wonderful. :)

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

carlamcross (View posts)
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 10:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
I, also started with Tom Thumb Players in 1967 - can you tell me your first name? I was Anna in the King nd I. - Enjoyed your article on Wikipedia.

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

marcnt77 (View posts)
Posted: 17 Aug 2008 5:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Judy, Carousel was the show produced during the 1971 Summer Theatre Workshop. Although, many of us knew you were working in the office assisting Mrs. Netzky, I do not personally recall you actually teaching half of the classes as you claim. What training other than that provided by Mr. Netzky would you have to do that??? I do recall the messy mimeograph...it was called Gestetner...still made today...you are right on that point.

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

marcnt77 (View posts)
Posted: 17 Aug 2008 5:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you...I wrote the article with much love and affection for Tom Thumb Players. I had just finished Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp in December of 1967 when The King and I opened with Jonathan Rest as the King. The King and I was "revived" in 1972 and was my last play as an actor at Tom Thumb..I graduated high school that year. The article was pulled from Wikipedia as there was no proof according to their editors that it ever existed. I do see it on other "encyclopedic" sites from time to time....someday I will rewrite it and add the proof. Wikipedia's rules are very hard to follow unless you have hours upon hours to spend with them. I did hear from a few people who read my conversations back and forth with the editors as my email address was listed there.

It would be wonderful to have a memory website...but how to collect pictures, etc... I have my own scrapbooks, etc. but to combine all that info would be a full time job...someday perhaps!

Re: Tom Thumb Players Company Reunion

RINGS42000 (View posts)
Posted: 17 Aug 2008 2:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi!
Carousel was my first play, the summer of 1971. I didn't start helping in the office and backstage until 1972. I graduated high school in 1972 and then started filling in by teaching a class now and then. In 1974 I was allowed to teach half the tiny tot, 6-8, and 9-12 classes. I was given an exact course schedule to follow every week by Mr. Netzky, who checked constantly to make sure everything was going well. Often he had a class in the theater and I was teaching in the backstage area. You're right, the only training I had to do this came directly from Mr. Netzky himself. When he was first opening Tom Thumb in Arizona, he wrote and asked me if I was willing to relocate there and help out. I decided not to at the time,since I had just gotten married. I regret I never went back to school to get any additional training so I would be able to teach childrens dramatics. It's great to hear from the other Tom Thumbers, from Chicago and Arizona!
Judy
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