2011-11-18 / Community

RTC Presents ‘Rockaway Café’

The Rockaway Theater Company in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area will present “Rockaway Café 2011” starting tonight and running through December 4.

The show marks the 10th anniversary of the annual musical variety show. Dubbed as a “Decade of Dynamite,” the show will feature the return of popular Rockaway Café alumni performers as well as longstanding regulars. The show will spotlight the best numbers of the past ten years of Rockaway Café.

Under the direction of John Gilleece and musical director Jeff Arzberger, the show kicks-off on Friday November 18. The performances will continue on November 19, 25 and 26; December 2 and 3 at 8p.m. each night Matinees will be held on November 20, 27; and December 4 at 2 p.m.

For reservations and travel directions to RTC’s Fort Tilden Theater call 718- 373-6400 or visit their website at rockawaytheatercompany.org. The program is sponsored in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilmember Eric Ulrich.

The Rockaway Theatre Company was founded in 1997 and performed several plays at the Park Place Seaport Theatre on Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park. When the theater closed suddenly in September 1997, members of the Rockaway Theatre Company approached the administrators at Fort Tilden for use of a room with a stage. Administrators agreed and they performed the first play at Fort Tilden on Halloween in 1997. At that time, they used Building T-149, a room rented for receptions and parties, which had a raised stage.

Shortly after that first play, they began work on cleaning up and restoring their future home at the Post Theatre (building T-4). The RTC is now entering their fourteenth season of quality live performances at the Post Theatre.

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