I said it many times Tuesday and I’ll say it again – after all these years it’s nice I can still get a little stars-struck! Gary Sandy was in our Performance Studio to talk about his work as the Artist in Residence at Ruth Eckerd Hall and all I could think about was Gary in the role of Andy Travis, the program director we all wished we had, on “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Your reaction to my posts on Facebook showed me exactly how much you all loved the show as well, and more than one brought up that iconic line from the Thanksgiving episode “as God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” WKRP was based somewhat on fact but it was the incredible ensemble that made up the cast that made the show a real hit with everyone, whether you were in the business or not.
When he’s not on his ranch Gary is in Clearwater working with students at Ruth Eckerd Hall and their upcoming performance of “Bye Bye Birdie” and preparing for a new addition to the Broadway Season. “Mike Hammer Encore For Murder” in the Murray Theater will have Gary in the title role of that legendary PI. To really take the Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience to another level, your ticket will include a pre-show reception with champagne, hors oeuvres and the chance to talk with the cast post-show. Make sure you don’t leave before getting a photo and autograph.