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Classic B’way, opera with a little Beyonce

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:30 am

Following the opening of several musical classics on local community theater stages (see last week’s Queens Chronicle for Part I of this article), the second half of the spring theatrical season seems destined to be remembered for something completely different, as producers take chances on an array of unusual projects — including one by this writer.

In a stark departure from its usual fare, Theatre Time Productions will present “Once More, With Feeling,” billed as a musical concert, beginning April 13.

Producer Judy Vincent promises that the show, which will feature music from the worlds of opera and Broadway, along with standards and maybe even a little Beyonce, “will be something for everyone to enjoy, young and old.”

A dozen vocalists will perform as soloists, duets and in groups. Some will accompany themselves. The production is to be directed by Kevin Vincent.

Performances at the Colonial Church of Bayside at 54-02 217 St. are on April 13, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and April 14, 21 and 28 at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $18; $16 for students and seniors. For more information (call) 347-358-8102.

Beari Productions is also trying something new with its upcoming production of “Camelot — The Concert Version.”

With minimal sets, suggestions of period costumes and limited staging, the show will be directed by Debbie Bendana, with musical direction by Frank Auriemma.

According to producer Rene Bendana, all the Lerner and Loewe songs will be included, among them “If Ever I Would Leave You” and the title tune, with connecting narrative to help tell the tale of a king, his queen and the man who comes between them.

Jimmy O’Neill will sing the role of King Arthur, Candis Alek will be Queen Guinevere, and John Kimick will appear as Lancelot, the most famous of the Knights of the Round Table.

Performances at All Saints Episcopal Church at 214-35 40 Ave. in Bayside are on April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., April 28 at 2 p.m., May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $18; $16 for seniors; $14 for students and groups of 10 or more. For more information, call (718) 736-1263.

Those who prefer their theatrical fare with less music should look forward to Douglaston Community Theatre’spresentation of “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a dramatization by Tim Kelly based on the classic story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Brian Payne heads the cast as that well-known detective, Sherlock Holmes, with Joe Pepe bringing to life his admiring sidekick, Dr. Watson. Also featured prominently is Dan Bubbeo as Sir Henry Baskerville, a natural target as heir to a fortune.

The cast of 10 will be directed by Eric Leeb, who said this tale of suspense has been adapted to a modern setting.

Performances at Zion Episcopal Church Parish Hall on 44th Ave. off Douglaston Parkway. in Douglaston, are on May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and May 5 and 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17; $15 for seniors and students (with ID) For more information, call (718) 482-3332.

Billed as “an original multi-media musical in tribute to the history and people of the borough of Queens,” a new work entitled “Let’s Hear It for Queens” will be the spring attraction at FSF Community Theatre Group.

Written and directed by this writer, the play features a cast of nearly three dozen, headed by Kieran Larkin. He appears as Antiquous, a man who has lived some 400 years, long enough to see the borough develop from its primitive past to the multi-cultural wonder it is today.

In a segment devoted to luminaries with direct ties to Queens, Jean Ann Kump will appear as Ethel Merman, DeJun Jenkins will portray Louis Armstrong and Andrew Anton will perform as Tony Bennett.

Interwoven will be personal accounts of what life was like in the borough over the years, along with tributes to area landmarks and schools, as well as the producing theater group, which is celebrating its own 40th anniversary.

Musical direction is by Paul Johnson, with Amanda Montoni providing the choreography.

Performances at the Free Synagogue of Flushing at 41-60 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, are on May 4 and 11 at 8 p.m. and May 5 and 12 at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $17; $15 for seniors over 60 and children 12 and under. For more information, call(718) 428-8681.

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