Glennie, Michigan February 25, 1959 - March 27, 2018 Rodney G.Frasher, age 59, of Glennie, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at his home.“I had come prepared to tap dance and had chosen Miss Annabelle Lee, a well known tune of the period,” he recalled.“Shaking like a jelly, I gave my sheet music to the pianist [who was somewhat] the worse for wear...Coming out on to the pier, he “realised with a shock of happiness that there was nowhere in the world I’d rather be”.Other acts during Marlowe’s years included Graham Scott “with his skilful playing of mandolin and broomstick”; the ventriloquist Ken Wood with his talking horse, Galloping Claude; and the Holy Rollers, “a popular compilation of religious rock opera”.Marlowe recalled that at his first performance the nine-strong cast (including a troupe of three dancers and Syd Wright — “always dependable on the xylophone”) outnumbered the audience by one.
Marlowe arrived at the pier pavilion in 1982 at the invitation of the impresario Dick Condon, who had been hired by the local district council to take over the Cromer summer show, then in its death throes.
“I took to showbiz like a duck to water,” he recalled.
His next booking was as one of the “Seven Romas”, a “stilt-dancing” act at the Bradford Alhambra, with the additional role of the back end of a cow.
He was born on February 25, 1959 in Hale, MI to Freeman & Myrtle (Parent) Frasher.
He worked as a park attendant & caretaker for Alcona County.
His first dramatic role was as a Christmas cracker in a school play.