Port To­bacco Play­ers per­form Un­cle Rocky, Fire­man

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

The Port To­bacco Play­ers theater group per­formed an orig­i­nal play, Un­cle Rocky Fire­man, on April 29 and 30. Writ­ten by James Burd Brew­ster, the play was an adap­tion from his chil­dren’s book se­ries, “Glad to do it!”

Within the se­ries are the sto­ries of Un­cle Rocky the fire­man and Of­fi­cer Jack, who save the day and end each story with their sig­na­ture punch­line, “Glad to do it!”

“That’s de­signed as the last sen­tence in ev­ery book so that when you read it to a child, they un­der­stand they’re sup­posed to say ‘glad to do it,’” said Brew­ster. “So, par­ents end up teach­ing their kids to learn to be hum­ble when they’ve done some­thing good.”

Al­though he only started writ­ing the sto­ries three years ago, Brew­ster be­gan telling the tales as bed­time sto­ries for his two sons 25 years ago when they were 4 and 6 years old. When his youngest son left for col­lege, he took a writer’s class and joined a writer’s club, which in­spired him to turn the sto­ries into books.

Be­fore the play be­gan, Brew­ster pre­sented awards to honor the true he­roes, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, La Plata Po­lice Depart­ment, Mary­land State Po­lice, and Charles County Fire and EMS as­so­ci­a­tion.

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The cast from Un­cle Rocky, Fire­man de­liv­ers the sig­na­ture punch­line, “Glad to do it!” Writ­ten by James Burd Brew­ster, the orig­i­nal play was adapted from his chil­dren book’s se­ries which tells the sto­ries of Un­cle Rocky, the fire­man, and Of­fi­cer Jack, the po­lice­man.

From left to right: Anna Henry (EMT Mo­rales), Tyriek Bai­ley (The Chief), Ryan Dolan (Un­cle Rocky), Sammy Gar­cia (Of­fi­cer Jack), Sam Brew­ster (Big Joe) Un­cle Rocky and the gang de­brief at the fire sta­tion dur­ing the Port To­bacco Play­ers theater group’s per­for­mance of Un­cle Rocky, Fire­man, an orig­i­nal play writ­ten by James Burd Brew­ster.

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