2002-06-08 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

By Sharon Gabriel
Rockaway Music and Arts Council

"Wow!" What a fantastic opening night. The Rockaway Theatre Company production of "Lend Me A Tenor" was held this past Saturday evening, and what a great production, directed by Peggy Page. You must go to the post Theatre in Ft. Tilden over the next few weekends to see what a fine company of actors we have right here in Rockaway.

The cast consisted of Les Kraft, Suzanne Wilson, John Gilleece, Baltsar Beckeld, Barbara Tawil, Ben Lamprt, Marie Gay Thomas and Susan Hartenstein. The Champagne and Decadent Desserts Party that followed, which was sponsored by the Rockaway Music & Arts Council, went on past midnight till we finally had to push people out the door. You would not have had a better time if you went to Broadway. Besides costing more than twice as much (forget about the parking), you would not have been able to mingle with the cast, take pictures and be home in less than fifteen minutes.

For all those who read this article and have never gone to an RTC production, you don’t know what you’re missing – and the price is right. I would like to use this space to personally thank the RMAC Opening Night committee who worked so diligently to set up the Chapel Building for the party; Toni Ann Geraci, Shirley Golub, Sally Gwirtzman and Gene Pasternak. We couldn’t have done it without your help.

This weekend, June 8 and 9, the Queens Council on The Arts will be sponsoring "Art Frenzy" at Ft. Tilden. Last year, the Council produced an Art Frenzy program in Astoria, Woodside and Long Island City, to showcase all of the artistic groups and individuals in that area. This year the Council selected Rockaway as their venue. This shows that our community has much to offer when speaking about the arts.

The Rockaway Music & Arts Council will be participating both Saturday and Sunday at the Parade Grounds in front of the Administration Building at Ft. Tilden. Throughout the day on Saturday, we will be sponsoring special arts and crafts projects for the children. Different types of material will be available for the children to use their imagination and creativity to produce their own special projects.

On Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. the RMAC will be presenting a most unusual group featuring Christopher Agostino’s Heads & Tales, a unique series of shows combining storytelling and face painting. Christopher Agostino is a remarkable artist who has been performing for over twenty years. The company has performed at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Bronx Zoo and at the Disney "Pocahontas" Premiere in Central Park.

Christopher Agostino combines the arts of folktales and original stories into a playful style that gets the whole audience to participate while he paints amazing images on the faces of audience volunteers. This combination of visual imagery and performing arts has proved spellbinding to audiences of all ages. At the heart of it is the art of transformation – the art by which a performer makes his imagination became real for an audience. Everyone joins in, playing parts in these tales by becoming animals and other characters, transforming themselves by using their hands, faces and voices. This show is going to amaze everyone.

Immediately following the combined show and face painting, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the company will do individual face painting for children and adults. If you did not participate in the show you surely will want to join this part of the event.

In your travels to the different events in the park, be sure you are at the RMAC area by 1:00 p.m., you do not want to miss this amazing company.


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