2013-07-12 / Community

RTC Back With Rockaway Café: The Comeback

By Norm Scott


The Rockaway Theatre Company storms back to Fort Tilden with upcoming performances of Rockaway Café: The Comeback. Tickets are on sale now. The Rockaway Theatre Company storms back to Fort Tilden with upcoming performances of Rockaway Café: The Comeback. Tickets are on sale now. Actors, singers, dancers from the Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC), a Rockaway institution, have finally gotten back into their home for rehearsals for their gala Friday, July 19th reopening. The severely damaged historic WWII era Post Theater in Fort Tilden has been undergoing extensive renovations by a crew of dedicated volunteers. Many seats had to be replaced and the stage completely re-built to meet federal Gateway Park specifications.

With no flood insurance or financial support, the RTC has had to scrounge for resources to get back into its home.

The last performance at the theater was October 28th, 2012, with a spectacular version of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” December’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” had to postponed until March when it was modified to fit a church stage in Howard Beach.

The group made many fans in that community who were not aware of the work of the theater troop which offers so many opportunities to Rockaway locals and people of all ages from 5 to 80 from surrounding communities to be actively engaged in the theater experience, from performing to backstage work. RTC is reprising its famous and often spectacular “Rockaway Café” series with a show dedicated to Rockaway’s comeback.

There will be 10 performances over a three week period beginning with the opening on Friday, July 19th.

Evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. on July 19th, 20th, 25th (Thursday), 26th, August 2nd and 3rd.

Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. on July 21st, 28th and August 4th. For reservations and travel directions call 718-374-6400. Or visit the website: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

Ticket prices: Adults-$20.00/Seniors and Children-$15.00

All funds raised will be used to support the recovery of the theatre.

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