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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am

The summer Queens community theater round-up continues with “Shrek the Musical,” based on a contemporary fairy tale and the animated film it inspired, which comes to life once again courtesy of Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group.

The show follows the adventures of the title ogre; his sidekick, a talkative donkey; Princess Fiona; the diminutive Lord Farquaad and an assortment of fairy tale creatures.

Directed by Christine Breviario, the show features musical direction by Paul Johnson and choreography by Nicole Bilbao.

Performances: Msgr. Murray Auditorium of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus 111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill; Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., Aug. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 10 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $10; $8 for seniors and children up to 12.

More: (718) 847-1860.

The next night, St. Gregory Theatre Group marks its 35th anniversary season by revisiting its first production, “Godspell.” Under the direction of Kathy Rollo Ferrara, who also leads the team of choreographers, the show, based upon the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, has been set in a park in New York City and features an intergenerational cast of nearly three dozen. Musical direction is by Gia Gan.

Performances: Gregorian Hall at 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose; Aug. 8, 9, 13 to 16 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $18; $15 for seniors; $7 for children under 12.

More: (718) 989-2451.

Sharing opening night with “Godspell” is “Bye Bye Birdie,” which makes a return visit to the borough in a JC Players production.

The show, based loosely on the Elvis mystique, surrounds teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie and the mayhem that ensues when he is drafted into the Army and prepares to bestow “One Last Kiss” on one of his biggest fans.

Under the direction of Barbara Auriemma, the cast is headed by Will Rodriguez as Birdie’s manager, Albert, Alicia Brosky as Albert’s loyal secretary, Rosie, and Austin Auriemma in the hip-swivelin’ title role.

Musical direction is by Frank Auriemma. Christine Hinz provides the choreography.

Performances: Glendale Maspeth United Methodist Church at 66-14 Central Ave., Aug. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Community United Methodist Church 75-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village on Aug. 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. and Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $18; $15 for children; $15 for seniors at Sunday matinees only.

More: (718) 894-8654.

A special, one-time-only event takes place on the afternoon of Aug. 10, when Theatre By The Bay presents its second Original Play Festival.

Several of the actors are expected to take on roles in more than one of the pieces, which, for the most part, will be presented as a reading, though some will be more fully staged.

The festival will begin at 1 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center located at 13-00 209 St.

A $10 all-day pass allows theatergoers the opportunity to see one or more of the pieces and includes complimentary refreshments.

More: (718) 428-6363.

Miss part I of the summer theater preview? Find it at qchron.com.

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