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2015 Performance Season

Seussical Jr.

Performed by RTC Young People’s Theatre Workshop-

Music by Stephen Flaherty- Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens- Book by Ahrens and Flaherty

Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 6, 7 at 7:00PM

Jan. 31, Feb 1, 7 and 8 at 2:00 PM***********************************

Legally Blonde Jr.

Performed by RTC Teen Theatre Workshop-*

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin   Book by Heather Hach

Feb. 27, 28 and Mar. 6, 7 at 7:00PM

Feb. 28 and Mar. 1 and 8 at 2:00 PM

All Theatre Workshop performances are $10.00 for all seats.

No comps are available for Theatre Workshop productions

Season passes are not accepted for Theatre Workshop productions


Lost in Yonkers

Written by Neil Simon   Directed by David Risley

April 17, 18, 24, & 25 at 8:00PM    

April 19 & 26 at 2:00 PM


Guys and Dolls

Music + Lyrics by Frank Loesser- Book by Jo Swerling + Abe Burrows

Director- John Gilleece         

Musical Director- Richard Louis Pierre

June 26, 27, July 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00PM     

June 28, July 12 and 19 at 2:00PM


Little Shop of Horrors

Book +Lyrics by Howard Ashman  Music by Alan Menken

Director- Susan Corning     

Musical Director- Jeffrey Arzberger

Aug. 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29 at 8:00PM  

Aug. 22, 23 and 30 at 2:00PM


Plaza Suite

Written by Neil Simon  

Directed by Peggy Page Press

October 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8:00PM   

October 4 and 11 at 2:00PM


One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Written by Dale Wasserman       

Directed by Michael Wotypka

Nov. 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 8:00PM   

Nov. 15 and 22 at 2:00PM


Call RTC hotline 718-374-6400 or visit our website www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org for reservations.




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The Post Theatre (Building T4), Fort Tilden, NY, Gateway National Recreation Area  -  718-374-6400 / FACEBOOK

Auditions: Guys and Dolls

Director:  John Gilleece   Assistant Director: Gabrielle Mangano  Music Directors:  Heather Arzberger Rich Louis-Pierre  Choreographer-  Nicola DePierro-Nellen

The Rockaway Theatre Company will be holding auditions for our summer production of Guys and Dolls on the following dates & times:

Sunday March 29, 2 PM- 4PM and

Monday- March 30, 7PM-10PM

Callbacks: TBA

Auditions will be held at the Post Theater, Bldg T4, Ft. Tilden, Breezy Pt, Queens. Visit our website at www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org  for audition preparations and travel directions.

Performance Dates: Jun. 26+ 27, July 10,11,16, 17 +18 @ 8PM- Jun 28, July 12 +19 @2PM (Must be available for all performances)

Rehearsals begin late in April, 2015

These are the only audition dates for this production. There will be no individual appointments or alternate audition dates.

Character Descriptions and Preparation

Sky Masterson Range: Bb2–F4. Character type: Romantic Lead. A handsome, suave, wealthy gambler. Real charmer with women, but not sleazy. Dancing ability: Be able to move well. Audition piece: Luck Be a Lady MM26-60.

Nathan Detroit Range: D3–F4. Character type: Comic Lead. The charming but financially strapped gambler. Engaged (to Adelaide) for 14 years. Dancing ability: Be able to move well. Audition piece: Sue Me MM.49-end.

Nicely Nicely Johnson Range: Db3–Bb4. Character type: Supporting (Comic), Plays Nathan’s sidekick. Strong character actor. Dancing ability: Be able to move well. Audition piece: Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat MM1-28

Brother Arvide Abernathy Range: D3–G4. Character type: Supporting. Older father figure to Sarah Brown. Strong acting focus. Audition piece: More I  Cannot Wish You. MM. 9-39

Benny Southstreet Range: Db3–F4. Character type: Supporting. Nicely’s partner in crime. Dancing ability: Be able to move well. Audition piece: Guys and Dolls MM. 28-58

Rusty Charlie Range: Db3–F4. Character type: Supporting, Nicely’s partner in crime. Dancing ability: Be able to move well. Audition piece: Fugue for Tinhorns  ("I got the horse right here").

Lt. Brannigan Character type: Cameo, A New York policeman trying to stop the floating crap games. No Vocal audition

Big Jule Character type: Cameo. A big, tough gangster from Chicago. Solid accent.

Crapshooters ensemble Character type: Casting approx 10 to 12 men for Chorus. Used in main dance numbers, as the crowd in Times Square, members of the mission congregation, dancers/guests in Havana Club. All minor named parts drawn from chorus. Dancing ability: Casting 8-10 men with strong dance skills. Audition piece: Guys and Dolls MM 28-58 and Luck be a Lady MM 26-60


Sarah Brown Range: Bb3–G#5. Character type: Romantic Lead, A beautiful, but innocent, missionary. Falls in love with Sky. Dancing ability: Be able to move well. Audition piece: I’ll Know pick up to MM 34-end.

Adelaide Adams Range: Ab3–F5. Character type: Comic Lead. The lead singer/

Dancer at the Hot Box Nightclub with a perpetual psychosomatic cold. Engaged to Nathan for 14 years and desperately wants to get married. Dancing ability: Some dance skills preferred. Audition piece: Adelaide’s Lament. MM 34-end

General Cartwright Character type: Cameo. The Save a Souls Mission matriarch. No vocal audition

Hot Box Dancers/Mission Band Character type: Ensemble Used in main dance numbers, Hot Box dance scenes, as the crowd in Times Square, members of the mission congregation dancers/guests in Havana Club. Dancing ability: Casting 6-8 strong female dancers for Hot Box Night Club.

      Hot Box Audition piece: A Bushel and a Peck

      Mission Audition piece: Follow the Fold

For Further details and travel directions go to: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

Please Note


Please do not attempt to contact the director or any member of the production staff regarding the audition process.

Dancers: Come dressed to dance which means proper dance shoes. No flip-flops!

Gamblers: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move easily in. If you are auditioning for a non-dancing role, don’t panic, we are merely trying to gauge people’s dancing/movement ability.

Hot Box Girls: If you are auditioning as a dancer for the Hot Box Night club be aware that you will be wearing costumes that will be styled accordingly ie. skimpier skirts and corsets.

Sides will be provided for all roles.

Please bring headshots and resumes if available. (Do not attempt to email this material in advance)

This is an unpaid gig. No monetary compensation or stipends are available.

Good Luck!


The Rockaway Theatre Company, Inc. in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area is offering ADULT WORKSHOPS starting this Spring.

Spring 2015 Adult Workshops                         

Yoga: Saturdays- Feb14 -April 11    10:30-11:45AM

The class consists of a beginning short meditation to establish focus and then continues with various yoga poses, stretches, breathing exercises, variations, standing and seated poses and a final relaxation. It is open to all levels except for super advanced. Yoga instructor, Ruth Graves, gives alternatives to poses so that everyone can participate, from the rank beginner to the intermediate level yogi. Students are required to bring a yoga mat, a small blanket and a bottle of water to each session. Wear workout clothes or simply loose comfortable clothing.

Tuition-$100.00      Instructor-Ruth Graves       No class on March 14


Zumba:        Saturdays-March 7-April 25         12PM-1PM

Get in on the latest workout craze.  Find out what everyone is raving about. This is a fun way of getting a total body workout. It’s exercise in disguise. Feel the great Salsa, rock, and international music. Dance your way to better health and have a blast. You won’t want the class to end. Requires-Sneakers, a small towel, comfortable clothing and a bottle of water

Tuition- $100.00      Instructor- Dana Panepinto


Acting Dynamically:  Sundays Feb 15-Apr. 12 10:30AM-12PM

Basic theatre crafts, characterization, improvisation, script analysis, scene development, audition technique, proper use of voice, body movement and various other essential elements of the actor’s craft.

Focus will be on stage acting however, there will be a small component devoted to film acting.   Class will be taught by RTC actor/ director Frank Caiati.

Tuition-$150.00             Instructor- Frank Caiati              No class April 5


Intermediate Adult Tap: Sundays-Feb. 15- April 26 12PM-1PM

Come and meet those dancing feet! Tap along with an experienced RTC choreographer.  Have fun improving your tap technique and learning new combinations. Returning students: We know you are itching to start up again. First time registrants: Tap experience and some degree of proficiency is a prerequisite.

*Tap shoes are required!

Tuition-$100.00     Instructor-Nicola Nellen      No classes Mar 1, 8 & April 5


Basic Stage Management- Tuesdays-Feb. 10- April 7, 7-8PM                       

The Stage Manager is the backbone of any theatrical production. In this class, you will learn how to create a prompt book, call a show, take down blocking, create rehearsal reports and much more.  Learn the ins and outs of backstage rules. Once you have learned the duties and responsibilities of a stage manager we will be glad to offer some practical experience right here at the RTC. Class will be taught by RTC Stage Manager Nora Coughlin. All RTC members are strongly encouraged to register for this class.                                            

Tuition-$100.00 Instructor-Nora Meyers            No Class Feb. 24


Swing Dance Tuesdays- Feb.10- April 7, 8:15-9:15PM

From the Lindy to the Jive and Charleston, from East Coast to west Coast Swing, these dance steps and partnering techniques will provide you with a night of fun and give you a nice workout as well. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Ladies: Character shoes preferred but not required. Make sure your shoes allow you to glide across the floor easily. Sneakers are not recommended. Bring a partner if you have one or we’ll find one for you.

Tuition-$100.00   Instructor- Madiha Butt       No Class Feb. 24


Introduction to Improvisation: Thursdays Feb. 12-Apr. 9 7PM-8:15PM

Looking for an opportunity to tap into your inner creative and fearless self?  Want to learn some fundamentals of working well with others?  Join us as we explore improvisational comedy and drama through games, scenes and songs that are created in the moment.  By learning fundamental rules of Improv you will know how to focus on the moment . This is a laugh out loud class. Previous improv class members as well as newbies are welcome.  Wear comfortable casual clothing which allows freedom of movement.

 Tuition-$100.00       Instructor-Cat McEntee        No class Feb. 26


All workshops are 8 weeks in length and are held at the Post Theater, Bldg. T4 in Ft. Tilden.                                                                                                                                                               

Registrants must be over 16 years of age. Minimal registration of 6 students is required for each workshop.

Tuition cost is indicated in each class description.

All classes are taught by experienced professionals. Credentials provided upon request 


To preregister or for any questions:

 Call: Susan @ 718-318-8065/917-817-5590 or  email: rockawaytheatre@verizon.net     

 Please bring a check payable to RTC for full tuition payment to the first class. 


All RTC Education Programs are supported, in part, by public funds

              from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council        



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

After that first play, we began work on cleaning up the Post Theatre (building T-4), once an Army movie theatre and long unused.  We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gateway National Recreation Area, giving us permission to perform live theatre there in exchange for restoring and renovating the building. (To READ the Full Story CLICK HERE)