Weirton Boy Is Broadway Bound!

An 11-year-old boy from Weirton is Broadway bound!

Eli Tokash left his hometown of Weirton Friday, June 13, to begin rehearsal in New York for his debut performance on Broadway in the revival of the musical, “Pippin.”

Tokash has been cast in the role of Theo in “Pippin,” which is playing at the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street. Last year, “Pippin” won the 2013 Tony Award for best musical revival.

“He will perform at least four shows a week for the next six months,” said his proud grandfather, Dr. Eli Dragisich of Weirton. The role has been double cast, so Tokash and another young actor will alternate in performances.

Previously, at age 9, Tokash played the role of Michael Banks for almost a year on the Broadway tour of “Mary Poppins” and he performed in 45 cities throughout the United States and Canada. Last December at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York, he played the lead role of Ralphie in a musical version of “A Christmas Story,” his grandfather related.

As noted previously in this column, Tokash caught “the acting bug” about five or six years ago when he accompanied his older sister to an audition. His talent and interest led him to theatrical success regionally and nationally.

Tokash’s story demonstrates “that dreams can come true, and anything can happen if you let it,” his grandfather remarked.

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One of Wheeling’s beloved characters, Charles “Moondog” Waldrum, is the subject of a six-page spread in the summer issue of Goldenseal magazine.

We’re told that the article is illustrated with several photos of “Moondog,” who is a familiar figure on his bicycle in downtown Wheeling and in outlying neighborhoods.

Goldenseal, the magazine of West Virginia traditional life, is produced quarterly by the state Division of Culture and History.

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June has been regarded traditionally as the month of weddings, although August and October have become popular dates for couples in recent years.

In recognition of June’s traditional stature, an array of wedding dresses is on display in the front lobby of the St. Clairsville Public Library, 108 W. Main St., for the month.

“Spanning from 1928 to present day, the dresses express the changes in fashion trends from decade to decade and bride to bride,” a library official said.

Patrons can look at the dresses and read tidbits about the brides who wore the gowns. Wedding-themed books and magazines also are available for perusing.

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The West Virginia Filmmakers Guild will hold its spring meeting at the Digiso facility in Charleston Saturday, June 21. As part of the event, two filmmakers will present workshops.

Tom Heckman, guild president, said the first presentation will be given by Robert Tinnell, a West Virginia native who is a writer, director and producer with experience in a variety of media. Recently, Tinnell founded the Allegheny Image Factory.

The second speaker will be Shawn Holmes, a film guild member, who will share some of his filmmaking tricks and discuss how to shoot a film on $300 and sell it for distribution. Holmes’ current release, “Memory Lane,” can be seen in 13 countries, Heckman said.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer. net.