Show Business: Where The Stagestruck Get Started

Summer stock these days often means a theme park or a cruise ship

If the young Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were making a movie about stagestruck kids today, they probably wouldn't mount a musical in the backyard and wait for lightning to strike. Nor would they necessarily look for a summer-stock barn or tent, like so many fledgling players of times past. Instead, the tyro tap dancers, crooners and thespians would probably hie themselves to the nearest theme park or cruise ship to audition for a job. Theme parks may be more conspicuous for flume rides and cotton candy, and cruise ships may be best known for bingo and buffets. But they have...