Theater oral histories
When I was about six years old, (I'm 94 now), the Ritz Theater held a contest for a new car, which my dad wanted to win. Though be bought tickets for two or three nights, he decided not to go to the final night.
But I had other ideas. "Oh Daddy, please let's go. Please, please!"
So, he got his ticket, and off we went. And wouldn't you know, he won that car! I'm not sure what kind it was--possibly a Ford. I do remember that it was a beautiful, full-size brand-new car! We drove it home to show my mother and picked her up and went to show my brother. When we got in to leave, the car wouldn't start! My brother had to crank it up to get it to go.
After that, it didn't have any problems, and my dad drove that car for years.
Ollie Fortson Hunter Forbes
WONDERFUL TOWN OF SANFORD
1950s - 1960s
OLD CHARM AND CHARACTER
Being from Philadelphia, I was accustomed to going to the many theaters in New York and Philadelphia. It was a part of my life since a little girl. Moving to Florida in 2004 I wanted to go back to the theater but to the smaller and older venues. That is what I especially like about the Ritz Theater. It has that old charm and character, the stage is smaller and no matter where you sit, you always have a great seat.
As a owner of a travel agency, I do many local bus trips and we always come back to this wonderful theater. When I first started bringing groups, the name of this venue was the Wayne Densch Performing Art Center and over the past few years their name changed.
My customers love coming here for the same reasons I do. The variety of live shows plus the tribute shows are great. Pricing is very good and by supporting a smaller theater like the Ritz a person is helping the community grow and many small business in the area. You are also helping younger performers get their start and who knows maybe someday their dreams will come true. They might be performing on Broadway or with a traveling company.
Happy 100th Anniversary to this wonderful theater called the Ritz Theater.
Carol Cane, Carol's Travel, 2000s