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Justin Torres in Tommy and the Back to School Event in Torrington. A busy Saturday.

POSTED August 13, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: It was a busy, eventful and heartwarming Saturday on a couple of fronts for LCS, with neither event sport related but magnificently important none the less.

---A Back to School event was held at two locations on Saturday morning, designed to help folks in need get much needed school supplies and clothing for the quickly coming school year.

Despite the rain, folks lined up early for the 10 a.m. opening and kept coming through 1 p.m. when nearly everything was gone.  

The event, sponsored by the Torrington Police Athletic League and multiple volunteer organizations, was held at Coe Park and at the Armory with school supplies, including back packs and an opportunity to meet with some of the school’s administrators at Coe Park.

At the Torrington Armory, gently used clothing and shoes were available as well with the 44 pairs of shoes our friend Jessica Stewart from Fit Together gathered for us to donate from our June Kidsmarathon event.

It was another example of how well people in this community come together to help one and other when the need is there.

---On Saturday night, my wife Deb and I traveled down to Thomaston to attend a production of Tommy at the Thomaston Opera House.

The performance, put on entirely by the Landmark Student Theatre, is made up of students from around the area, including Torrington’s own Justin Torres, who just graduated from THS in June.

Every part of the production was managed by the student directors, actors, musicians, lighting, sound and the band.

Saturday night was the last of three performances and marked the Landmark Community Theatre debut for Torres, who played the lead in “In the Heights” during his senior year at THS.

In Tommy, Torres plays the not so nice Cousin Kevin to the deaf, dumb and blind Tommy who was played as an adult by Keegan Smith in his debut as well.

Three different actors played Tommy with four-year-old Addison Leigh Caron (superb) and 10-year old Jonah Lopez filling in the other time periods, leading up to Smith.

In scene eight, Cousin Kevin takes the scene and as he did in “In the Heights”, Torres was spot on.

He has an incredible stage presence for a young man his age and makes you notice him with his powerful voice and poise.

After watching Torres in Torrington and now in Thomaston, I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

Stardom is in the Raiders future and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow.

Did someone say Broadway?

    

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