Walter R. Brooks

Walter R. Brooks was born in Rome, NY in 1886. At 15, Walter went to the Mohegan Lake Military Boys Academy where he played football and was the assistant editor of the school newspaper. Walter attended the University of Rochester and went on to study homeopathic medicine in New York City. 

Eleanora Wallace Collins

Eleanora Collins was born on Valentines Day in 1936, in Batavia, NY. Her mother, a classically trained graduate of Eastman School of Music taught piano and organ. Her father, who sang, played the drums and string bass, provided a jazz influence, so Ellie developed a liking for both musical styles.    Elli

McKinley “Mac” Collins

McKinley Collins was born in Mayflower, Arkansas in 1925. In 1927, his family moved to Rome, where Mac attended Dewitt Clinton Elementary School and RFA where he enjoyed school politics and acting. In 1943, Mac was drafted into the Army and shipped off to Nagoya, Japan.

Randy Fields

Randy Fields was born September 18, 1946, in Bennettsville, South Carolina; the oldest of four sons of Etah and H. W. Fields. Randy studied tap and ballroom dance and played piano, clarinet and drums while in school and was named the “Most Talented” member of his senior class in 1964.

Peter J. Loftus

Peter Loftus was born in Utica, NY in 1959. He has been interested in performing and directing since the age of seven, when he forced his cousins to put on “shows” for the family during holiday get-togethers.
      Peter attended Utica and Whitesboro schools where he was president of the Drama Club.

Shirley Barnard Waters

Shirley Barnard was born in Syracuse in 1921 and her family moved to Rome in 1933.  Shirley attended Syracuse University where she studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She also enjoyed a passion for journalism and it was while studying that form of communication, she met George Waters.  They married in 1943.