2006-11-03 / Community

RAA Is 'Going To The Dogs'

As in years past, The Rockaway Theatre Company will end its 2006 performance schedule with its annual musical revue, The Rockaway Café. This is a very special tradition, which began with the very first Rockaway Café in 2000, which focused on the great oldies of the 50's and 60's presented with original arrangement, choreography and dialogue done by members of the RTC. The show was such a hit, that The Rockaway Café has been dedicated to a different musical genre each year since. Presently The Rockaway Café features the most awesome cast of singers and dancers and the hottest band of musicians in any community theater.

This year Rockaway Café '06 salutes "Songs of the Silver Screen" performing popular theme songs from some of Hollywood's greatest films.

Another tradition associated with The Rockaway Café is the yearly benefit performance which has come to be known as the RTC's "Pet Project" Each year since 2003 the Rockaway Theater Company has dedicated one performance to North Shore Animal League America. The proceeds from the benefit performance are donated to The North Shore Animal League to aid that organization in saving the lives of abandoned and abused pets and finding loving homes for them. NSAL is the largest no-kill animal shelter in North America. It provides a safe, clean environment as well as free spaying and neutering and first rate veterinary care even to animals with lifetime medical disabilities and needs.

North Shore sends rescue teams all over the world to save healthy animals that would otherwise be euthanized.

Many dogs have been rescued from places like China and Korea. Rescue teams are also constantly busy right here in the United States where hundreds of stranded pets have been retrieved from areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. All North Shore staff and volunteers are dedicated to treating these unfortunate creatures with kindness and providing happy fulfilling lives for pets and owners.

In 2005 the annual event was The Carol Jasper Memorial Benefit, to honor a very dedicated animal lover, the late sister of RTC Producer Susan Jasper and NSAL Volunteer, Ellen Jasper. This year, on Nov. 4, the RTC will do two benefit performances of Rockaway Café '06: A matinee performance at 2PM and an evening performance at 8PM. Proceeds will be donated to NSAL America.

The goal is two-fold: To raise much needed funds to aid the North Shore Animal League in their humanitarian work and to find good homes for the very sweet, very adoptable pets which will be accompanying North Shore personnel.

The Post Theatre lobby, as well as the NSAL mobile unit which will be parked outside the theater building, will chocked full of puppies and kittens and adult dogs and cats who are hoping not to go back to their cages at North Shore but to real homes like yours.

Tickets for Rockaway Café '06 are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children and seniors. Reservations for either Nov. 4th performance may be made by calling the RTC Hotline at 718-850-2450 No discount offers will be honored for benefit performances.

The animals will be available for viewing by interested adopters one hour and 30 minutes before the scheduled start of each show. There is a unique bond between adopted shelter animals and their families which can only be understood by those who have experienced it. The Rockaway Theatre Company invites you to come out to Fort Tilden on Nov. 4, to see a fabulous show, support a worthy cause and maybe even make a commitment which will mean unconditional love, appreciation and devotion to you and your family for many years to come.

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