Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One More Holiday Memory ... of Radio City Music Hall ... and Rockefeller Plaza

As I am preparing to see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes on December 9 @ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, I am reminded that when I was a small child, my parents and I visited my Aunt Margaret and Uncle Joe on Long Island a few years in a row in December and they took me to Radio City to see the famous show. I do remember the March of the Wooden Soldiers, the Living Nativity and those fabulous high-kicking dancers. I also remember the humongous organ that played before the movie that preceded the show. Music...Movie...Live Show...all rolled into one! Doesn't exist except in New York at Radio City Music Hall, still going strong after all these years. Boy oh boy was I a lucky kid!
We also visited Rockefeller Plaza several times where I saw the huge Christmas tree - could never fit indoors, not in a million years! - and the ice skaters, one of whom I was never meant to be!
When I lived in New York from 1976-78 preparing for the acting world professionally I revisited these wonderful places on several occasions the two Christmases that I was there. I still thought the tree was the biggest I had ever seen, and that the skaters were unbelievable, simply because they could stay on their feet, but I did catch someone fall -ah ha! - and I thought that only happened to me; you cannot believe how very much I laughed; I even vowed to come back with a movie camera the next day and film the skaters all day and night. Maybe, just maybe, there were a few ice-skating klutzes just like me? Or maybe I was more normal than I had originally thought!
A wee bit of relief! Ah, insecurity, and what it can and will do to pervert an otherwise healthy mind! I had to evaluate it as just another part of my preparation on my way to becoming the best actor I could be.