Charles Karel Bouley: Rigby and Peter Pan at Pantages: Both Refusing to Grow Up
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Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. At 60, she flies across the stage with as much zeal as she did when she first played the role 39 years ago in a 1974 theatre-in-the-round production fresh from retiring from a historic gymnastic career. She won a silver medal on the balance beam in the 1970 Olympics and was the first American woman to win a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships. She is currently starring again as the boy who won't grow up, Peter Pan, at the Pantages Theatre January 15-January 27.
So how did she go from the balance beam to flying across the stage?
Photo: Michael Lamont
"Nowadays, everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up. I knew I wanted to get married, and have kids, and I did that, but I didn't know after gymnastics what I wanted to be. People offered me bit parts in TV sitcoms and commercials, and I knew this was something I could do. I began to study acting and theatre, and then the role came along. I've been flying ever since," she told m
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