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Community Theater Groups Promise Exciting Season

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008 12:00 am

Devotees of musical theater, as well as young audiences and fans of the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, will have a lot to celebrate in the coming months, as the spring/summer community theatre season takes off.

The honor for the most relevant title goes to “Spring Is For the Birds,” a comedy for children from the pen of local playwright, Alan David Perkins. In the play, in which the seasons are personified, spring feels overworked and goes on strike. The repercussions of this action prove far reaching.

Performances by Maggie’s Little Theater, on April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 1:30 p.m., will take place at St. Margaret Parish, 66-05 79th Place in Middle Village. Tickets are $8. Call (347) 707-0473.

Another attraction, ideal for both children and adults, is the perennial favorite, “The Wizard of Oz,” to be presented by the Gingerbread Players. Director/choreographer Maxine Lindfors’ version is said to adhere closely to the popular movie. Songs have been added to the production to accommodate the cast of over 40 performers. The role of Dorothy will be played alternately by Shannon O’Rourke and Elizabeth Reddy.

Performances are on April 12 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 13, 19 and 20 at 2:30 p.m., and April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills. Tickets are $10.Call (718) 268-7772.

The young and young at heart will also have a chance to revisit “Peter Pan,” courtesy of the Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group.

The show will be performed at the synagogue theater, at 41-60 Kissena Blvd.,on May 3 and 10 at 8 p.m. and May 4 at 3 p.m. Call (800) 260-6789.

Rather bawdier is “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum,” presented by the Spotlight Players. In a role made famous on Broadway by Zero Mostel, Michael Beaury headlines as a slave who seeks his freedom. He is supported by Shaun Rice as the appropriately-named Hysterium.

Performances at the C.L.C. Community Center, 85-15 101 Ave. in Ozone Park are on April 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and April 13 and 20 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and children. Call (718) 843-2837.

Theatre By the Bay takes on “Fiddler On the Roof,” another Mostel vehicle. Tom Newby stars in the role of Tevye, and Helen Berman appears as his devoted wife, Golde. Marleen Rothstein brings comic relief as Yenta, the matchmaker.

Performances will take place at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 1300 209th St. in Bayside on June 5, 12 and 19 at 8 p.m. and June 8, 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 on Sundays and $17 on Thursdays, with discounts for seniors and children. Call (718) 428-6363.

The rarely-performed Marx Brothers musical, “The Cocoanuts,” set in a Florida hotel that has been targeted for a robbery, should have audiences laughing out loud. With a book by George S. Kaufman and an Irving Berlin score that includes the popular “Always,” the show features Kevin Schwab in the role made famous by Groucho Marx, with Valerie Keane as his “romantic” foil.

Performances by the Parkside Players will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke. in Forest Hills on May 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and May 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Call (718) 497-4922.

“Magical Musical Moments VII,” the latest in a popular series of musical revues, will feature Broadway, inspirational and other selections, performed by a cast of 14.

The Beari Productions attraction will be presented at Trinity Lutheran Church, 63-70 Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village on May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and May 4 and 11 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and children under 12. Call (718) 736-1263.

Theatre Time Productions presents two of Christie’s creations. Up first is the murder mystery, “And Then There Were None,” which deals with 10 strangers, a mysterious island, and an unseen killer.

Performances at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, 15-43 149th St. in Whitestone are on April 4 and 11 at 8 p.m., April 5 at 8:30 p.m., April 12 at 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and April 13 at 5 p.m.

Christie’s courtroom drama, “Witness for the Prosecution,” follows. Performances at the United Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood, 62-54 60th Place in Ridgewood are on June 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20 at 8 p.m. and June 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for each show are $15 for adults, and $13 for seniors and children under 13. For information on both shows, call (718) 391-8697.

Douglaston Community Theatre presents another Christie mystery, which finds curiosity seekers arriving at a mansion where, as indicated in the title, “A Murder Is Announced.”

Performances at Zion Episcopal Church, 44th Avenue, off Douglaston Parkway, in Douglaston are on April 25 and 26 and May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. Call (347) 732-9015.

Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor,” a series of short comic pieces based on the works of Anton Chekhov, will be presented by Theatre a la Carte, under the direction of Linda Hanson.

Performances at the Community Church of Douglaston, 39-50 Douglaston Parkway are on May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and May 4, 11 and 18 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors. Call (718) 631-4092.

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