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Rounding out summer with community theater

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 1:30 pm, Wed Jul 3, 2013.

Unlike in years past, when community theater groups took summers off, this year there are enough shows to fill two editions. Here’s what’s in store for August. To see a full synopsis see the June 27 edition of the Queens Chronicle or visit qchron.com.

The HCJ Teen Drama Group presents “Anything Goes,” Cole Porter’s musical about romance and gangsters on a 1930s cruise ship, as its annual summer attraction.

Under the direction of Kevin McAuley, the cast is led by Jessica Lausell as evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, Jeffrey Tierney as Moonface, aka Public Enemy #13, and Zach Bravo and Julia Sandke as the show’s chief love interests, Billy and Hope.

Musical director is Paul Johnson, with choreography provided by Nicole Bilbao.

Performances at Holy Child of Jesus Parish (Msgr. Murray Auditorium, 111-11 86 Ave., Richmond Hill) are on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., Aug. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 11 at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $10; $8 for children under 12.

For more information call (718) 847-1860.

To celebrate its grand reopening following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaway Theatre Company is staging “Rockaway Cafe — The Comeback!,” a musical revue.

Directed by John Gilleece, with musical direction by Jeff Arzberger, the show will be performed at Fort Tilden, Building T4, Rockaway, on July 19, 20, 26, and 27 and Aug. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and July 21 and 28 and Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $20; $15 for seniors, students, children under 12.

Call (718) 374-6400 for more information.

A taste of the often hilarious difficulties in mounting a production will be provided by The First String Players’ presentation of “Play On!,” a comedy by Rick Abbot.

Making his directorial debut with this show, Steve Morisi was taking no chances. “I stacked the cast with all good talent,” he said.

The ensemble consists of Hayley Adkisson, Katira Campos, Nick DeCesare, Andrew Benjamin, Fred Kaminski, Mary Lynch, Liam MacLarty, Stef Morisi, Michelle Ricciardi and Rich Weyhausen.

Performances at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills, are on Aug. 10 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

General seating tickets are available at the door for $10. The theater is air-conditioned.

Get more information by emailing FirstStringPlayers@Gmail.com

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