After a year's absence, Ranger Playhouse and its actors and actresses looked great. You can't know how I had missed you old timers and how I was looking forward to meeting you newcomers.

Our season started with a most successful cutting of South Pacific starring Dara Rosenblatt and Sandy Drob with Beth Lippy and Billy Loftman. Remember, the kiss after "Some Enchanted Evening", beautiful Billy as Mademoiselle Lutheria Billis, and Washing that man out of Dara's hair (thank you Patti Aurbach).
Next bunks 6-9 presented Milk and Honey with Richard Cohen, Terri Epstein, Beth Klugman, Cliff Goldschmidt and Tod Foster.

Jon Haber, Joel Adler, Joanie Grossman, Danny Goodman and Nancy Weiss starred in Finian's Rainbow. Remember--"Va va va voom, Fairyland was never like this", "On That Great Come and Get It Day", Jon Haber's authentic Irish lilt and Neil Leiblich turning Negro before our eyes.

The fourth week Pajama Game unfolded on the Ranger Stage. Gail Kenowitz and Gary Rothfeld were the stars singing "Hey There" and "There Once Was a Man". Remember Sue Goldstein and David Drimmer's song and dance to "I'll Never Be Jealous Again", with Randy Garatt as the pretty dumb secretary, Gladys singing "Hernando's Hideaway" and "Steamheat".

Next we presented the musical review, "By The Sea". Outstanding in that show were Roberta Zitman's mock strip to "Lazy River" and Beth Lippy's lovely rendition of "Moon River". Others in the cast were Laurie Golden, Sherri Mait, Mark Stillman, Ilene Sandler, Bette Sussman, Bruce Halpern, Ginger Berman, Joseph Turner, Neil Ackerman, Kathy Issacs and Gary Ortenau.

This year's big show, Fiddler on the Roof was a huge success thanks largely to the talents of Howie Hering, Sue Falk, Linda Tobin, Roy Ackerman, Beth Salomon, Bob Cohen, Bonnie Cohen, Barry Redler, Wendy Rosen, Paul Zaris, Ricki Lichtman, Jon Raskin, Bob Douglas, Paul Perlstein, Rita Delgado, Debbie Ludsin, Jill Braunstein, Wendy Kalen, Jill Hinderstein, Maddi Fagin, Cici Shuckman, a wonderful group of CITs, Waiters and seniors. Some of the most exciting numbers were "Tradition", "If I Were a Rich Man", "Matchmaker", "Sabbath Prayer", "The Dream", "Sunrise, Sunset", and "Far From The Home I Love".

Guys and Dolls, our counselor show, concluded the Ranger Season of Theatre. Rae Lazar, Mike Wexler, Babs Maged and Jeff Rosen as the leads created exciting characterizations. Remember Harold Kastenbaum as Big Jule, the Crapshooter's Ballet, "Take Back Your Mink" and Barry Goldstein and the chorus doing "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat".

As most of you know, the success of a show is the result of many people working behind the scenes. Special thanks therefore goes to Jeff Bloom, Paul Perlstein, Manny Bloom, Barry Citron and of course, Mark Shangold for making my job so much easier.

Barbara and David join me in wishing you a pleasant winter and in hoping to see you next summer.