Harking back to the past; Windsor Theater celebrates 100th birthday

Jim Davies, left, and Craig Semler, performed a skit with the Pythian Players entitled “Wild West Freak Show” where characters died after seeing an ugly person under a blanket. (Photos by Jeff Forward, Hampton Chronicle)

Craig Semler performed in “Doctor, Doctor.” (Photos by Jeff Forward, Hampton Chronicle.)

More than 225 people filled the historic Windsor Theater Saturday night for a celebration of old-timey entertainment and to fete the theater on its 100th anniversary.

     "A night like it used to be" was the theme, and the entertainment was a blast from the past as there was a silent movie, ventriloquists, comedic skits from years gone by, dancing, and a barbershop quartet.

     Jim Davies, manager of the Windsor Theater and also an actor in several skits with the Pythian Players troupe, said he was more than pleased with the massive turnout to celebrate one of Hampton's most historic buildings.

     "I was welcoming people at the beginning when they were coming in, and I was telling everyone they have to laugh regardless if its funny or not," Davies said of the entertainment on tap for the evening. "That's the whole idea of vaudeville. It's the audience that really drives and gives the energy to the performers." 

Read the full article in the Oct. 9 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.