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Queens community theater heats up for summer

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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:30 am

Gone are the days when summertime meant a dearth of community theater productions on stages around the borough.

In fact, more than half a dozen attractions are on tap to open between now and when the leaves of autumn begin to fall.

First up this season, one of the rare nonmusical shows, is a classic that resonates as much today as it did in its earlier incarnations as both a television drama and an acclaimed motion picture.

In a stage adaptation by Reginald Rose, “12 Angry Men” follows the interactions among a group of jurors, each with his own prejudices, as they consider the case of a young man on trial for murder.

Presented by Theatre Time Productions, the play will be performed in the round, under the direction of Kevin Vincent, who also stars as a juror who fights to assure that justice will be done.

His primary adversary, an extremely opinionated man who displays more than a touch of sadism, will be played by Bernard Bosio. Tim Reifschneider is the foreman of the jury.

Performances: June 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and June 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. at Colonial Church of Bayside located at 54-02 217 St., Oakland Gardens.

Tickets: $17; $15 for seniors and students.

More: (347) 358-8102.

From The First String Players comes “A Revue for You: From Stage to Screen,” an intimate evening that celebrates songs from Broadway and the silver screen.

The group’s first noncomedy since making its debut in 2010, this original show will feature direction by Paul Morisi, musical direction by Joseph Martin and choreography by Marisa Femia, and will spotlight solos and group numbers from such attractions as “Guys and Dolls,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Camelot.”

Performances: July 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and July 13 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy located at 70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills.

Tickets: $10 general seating.

More: (718) 268-6143.

A week later marks opening night for one of the world’s most acclaimed musicals, “Fiddler on the Roof,” a presentation of Jaben, USA, SuperNova Productions and the Josephine Foundation.

Set in an impoverished peasant town in Tsarist Russia, the story centers around Tevye, the dairyman, and his efforts to maintain “Tradition,” as introduced in the show’s iconic opening number. Other popular songs to emerge from the show include “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”

Performances: July 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., July 19 at 2 p.m. and July 20 at 3 p.m. at the ICC Theater located at 7200 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston.

Tickets: $25 general admission; $40 VIP reserved seating. Dinner on July 19 or brunch on July 20 for an extra $30.

More: (516) 205-8169.

Next week, more summertime community theater productions, including “Shrek: The Musical” and “Bye, Bye Birdie,” will be featured for the month of August.

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