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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am | Updated: 4:58 pm, Fri Feb 14, 2014.

With a sunny, and mostly musical, community theater spring season in the forecast, and more than half a dozen shows scheduled to open between now and late April, it’s time to sing the winter blues away!

First up is the Parkside Players’ production of “The Uninvited,” a good old-fashioned ghost story which begins thrilling audiences Friday night. The play, by Tim Kelly, is directed by Bill Logan and features a cast headed by Laura Cetti and Nick Radu.

Performances at Grace Lutheran Church, Union Turnpike and 71 Road in Forest Hills, are on Feb. 15, 21, 22 and 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $17; $15 for seniors; $10 for children.

More: (718) 353-7388.

St. Gregory’s Theatre Group, celebrating its 35th year, presents a commemorative musical retrospective featuring many of the group’s familiar performers from across the years.

Performances in the Oak Room of St. Gregory the Great Church, 242-80 88 Ave. in Bellerose, are on Feb. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18; $15 for seniors; $7 for children under 12.

More: (718) 989-2451.

Theatre By the Bay presents Cole Porter’s old reliable, “Anything Goes,” set on board an ocean liner where romance and laughter abound and music flows with standards including “Friendship” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Prominent cast members, under the direction of Lawrence Bloom, include Cathy Chimenti, Andria Amarosa, John Canning, Mark Solkoff, Michael Chimenti and Sonya Tannenbaum.

Musical direction is by Richard Louis Pierre. Chery Manniello handles the choreography.

Performances at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, are on March 1 and 8 at 8 p.m. and March 2, 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20; $18 for seniors 62 and up and children under 12.

More: (718) 428-6363.

Opening the same night is Marathon Little Theatre Group’s production of the more recent “Hairspray,” which was a hit both on Broadway and the silver screen.

Set in the racially divided Baltimore of 1962, the show is a paean to the TV dance programs of the era, with love winning out in the end.

Tanya Fiebert stars as Tracy, a star-struck teenager with an abundance of joie de vivre. Her mother, Edna, is traditionally played by a male, and here the plum role is handled by Frank Auriemma. Mark York offers support as Edna’s understanding husband, Wilbur.

The intergenerational cast of three dozen is under the direction of Barbara Auriemma. Musical direction is by Rhea Arkin. Choreography is by Jenifer Badamo.

Performances at the Marathon Jewish Center, 245-67 60 Ave. in Douglaston, are on March 1 and 8 at 8:30 p.m. and March 2, 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $18; $16 for seniors and children under 13.

More: (718) 229-4644.

The following week marks the opening of Beari Productions’ “Children of Eden,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked” and “Pippin” fame.

Directed and choreographed by David Arzberger, with musical direction by Gia Jiayang, the show is based on the Book of Genesis.

Performances at All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40 Ave. in Bayside, are on March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., March 9 at 3 p.m. and March 16 at 4 p.m. Tickets: $20; $18 for seniors; $16 for children under 13 and students with ID.

More: (718) 736-1216.

Opening the same weekend is “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical,” courtesy of Maggie’s Little Theater. An expanded edition of the original “Nunsense,” which spawned a series of sequels, this latest incarnation features some new characters, additional music and a few surprises.

Erik Neilssen directs. Paul Johnson is musical director. Lindsay Levy provides the choreography.

Performances at St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village, are on March 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and March 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $18; $15 for seniors; $12 for children 11 and under.

More: (917) 579-5389.

A boy-meets-girl tale set on the French Riviera in the 1920s, “The Boy Friend” is the next attraction from The Gingerbread Players, marking their 43rd season.

Shannon O’Rourke stars as Polly, a role which introduced Julie Andrews to Broadway, with David Ashtiani playing her love interest, Tony. Leading supporting characters include Becki Santana and Ludovic Coutaud.

Direction is by Louise Guinther. Velma Adams is musical director. Lisa Bondi and Sharon Dwinnell split the choreographic chores.

Performances at Saint Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills Gardens, are on March 29 and 30 at 2:30 p.m., March 29 at 7:30 p.m., April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 and 6 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $12; $10 for groups of six or more.

More: (718) 268-7772.

The perennial favorite, "Peter Pan," will enchant a new generation thanks to The Andrean Players, now celebrating their 50th anniversary season.

K.C. Tillis headlines the cast in the title role.

Andrew J. Koslosky directs. Patrick White provides musical direction. Kadie Kubic and Ashley Churchill share the choreography.

Performances at St. Andrew Avelino Church (corner of Northern Blvd. and 157 St. in Flushing) are on May 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and May 18 at 4 p.m. Tickets: $18; $15 for seniors and children.

More: Theandreanplayers@gmail.com

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1 comment:

  • kathy posted at 2:24 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    kathy Posts: 1

    David can't wait till I see the play