A time-tested musical classic, a modern song-and-dance tribute to the 1960s, a pair of comedies, a courtroom drama and even a touch of Shakespeare are among the anticipated productions scheduled to hit the local community theaters this fall.
Opening on Oct. 14 is Beari Productions’ “Judgment At Nuremberg,” a stage version of the famed 1962 film of the same name. Written by Abby Mann, who adapted his own Academy Award-winning screenplay, the play consists of a series of post-World War II trials.
The play, according to director Debbie Bendana, places all of Germany on trial, as it questions whether one should be tried for crimes against humanity if one is following the orders of one’s government.
Headlining the cast are Kieran Larkin, as head of the American tribunal; Gregory Gordon as the prosecutor in search of justice; Erik Niellson as a young defense attorney seeking a name for himself; and Richard Weyhausen as Ernst Janning, the most prominent of the four defendants.
Performances at Trinity Lutheran Church (63-70 Dry Harbor Rd., Middle Village) are on Oct. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Additional performances will take place at All Saints Church (214-35 40 Ave., Bayside) on Oct. 22 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: adults $16; seniors $14.
For further information, call (718) 736-1263.
“Crossing Delancey,” Susan Sandler’s heartwarming story in which traditional values clash with modern times, also opens on Oct. 14, at Douglaston Community Theatre.
Under the direction of Kevin Vincent, the play features an ensemble cast of five: Sonya Tannenbaum plays the ever-plotting but supportive Bubbie; Sara Fellini is her independent granddaughter, Izzy; Rick Brody is Sam, a lovable pickle man; Harriet Cohen is Hannah, a determined matchmaker; and Keith Junas is Tyler, a fiction writer.
Performances at Zion Church Parish Hall (44th Avenue off Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston) are on Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22 and 29 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 23 and 29 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: adults $15; seniors/students $13. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
For further information, call (718) 482-3332.
No fewer than three productions open on Nov. 5.
“Annie Get Your Gun,” with a monumental score by Irving Berlin that includes “The Girl That I Marry,” “Anything You Can Do” and that paean to the world of entertainment, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” is this fall’s attraction at Theatre by the Bay.
Tanya Fiebert stars as sharpshooter Annie Oakley opposite John Canning, who plays her greatest rival and love interest, Frank Butler. Featured performers include Lila Edelkind, Richard Carlan, Bob Alpert and Joseph Rand.
Direction is by Lawrence Bloom. Musical direction is by Alan Kingsley. Choreography is provided by Jessica McCuiston.
Performances at Bay Terrace Jewish Center (13-00 209 St., Bayside) are on Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: adults $20; seniors/children $18.
For further information, call (718) 428-6363.
The season’s other musical attraction is “Hairspray,” which won the Tony Award for Best Musical and is making its local debut courtesy of the FSF Community Theatre Group.
Set in the 1960s, when rock ‘n’ roll was all the rage and the civil rights movement was at its apex, the show follows the adventures of Tracy Turnblad, a larger-than-life teenage girl who sets out to integrate a racially segregated television show.
Jessica Lausell heads the cast as Tracy, with Jimmy O’Neill appearing as her hard-working mother, Edna, and this reporter as Tracy’s jokester father, Wilbur. The multi-generation, multi-racial cast of more than four dozen includes Kevin McAuley as TV show host Corny Collins, and David Cronin as its resident dreamboat, Link Larkin.
Maryellen Pierce directs and co-choreographs with Nicole Bilbao.Musical director is Paul Johnson.
Performances at the Free Synagogue of Flushing (41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing) are on Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: adults $16; seniors over 60/children under 12-$14.
For further information, call (718) 229-8547.
“Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare’s nimble comedy of misplaced alliances, mistaken identities and general misunderstandings, is presented by the Gingerbread Players, and features Louise Guinther as Viola, Lori Feren as Olivia, Andrew Dinan as Malvolio, David Friedman as Sir Toby Belch, Guy Ventoliere as Orsino and Kenneth Eckert as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
Direction is by Dolly Guinther, who selected the play because “we’re partial to Shakespeare and thought we’d like to do one of the light comedies. It’s time to cheer up everybody.”
She said the production would incorporate traditional as well as original melodies.
Performances at St. Luke’s Church (85 Greenway South, Forest Hills Gardens) are on Nov. 5 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m.
There is a suggested donation of $12.
For further information, call (718) 268-7772.
Parkside Players is offering the classic English farce, “See How They Run,” by Philip King, which focuses on the efforts of a young vicar’s wife to fit into a small, tightly knit town. Direction is by Malini Singh McDonald.
Performances at Grace Lutheran Church (71st Road and Union Turnpike, Forest Hills) are on Nov. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, and Dec. 2 and 3.
Tickets: adults $14; seniors $12.
For further information, call (718) 497-4922.
The season concludes with “The Claus Family Christmas Spectacular,” an original family-oriented variety show from Maggie’s Little Theatre.
Performances at St. Margaret Parish Hall (66-05 79 Pl., Middle Village) are on Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.
Tickets: adults $15; seniors $13; children $10.
For further information, call (917) 579-5389.