The Rockaway Theatre Company, Inc. is a not-for- profit NYS 501C3 organization located at Fort Tilden in The National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area. We strive to improve the quality of life for residents of Rockaway and surrounding communities by bringing them live quality entertainment at a nominal cost. Over the course of the last fourteen years, we have earned a reputation as the best that community theater has to offer.
During our tenure at our present location we have been proud to offer full season line-ups of professional quality theatrical productions to the members of our community each year at very reasonable prices. We also provide opportunities for performers of all ages to showcase their talents.
Our Young People’s Theatre Workshops are extremely popular. They are open to children between the ages of 6 and 18. In class, youngsters learn the ins and outs of theatrical production and develop and hone their dramatic skills. There are usually 30 sessions culminating in a full scale musical theater production performed for audiences by workshop students on our main stage. In addition, we offer evening adult workshops in dance, acting, musical theatre and theatre tech. Classes offered in our theater are taught by licensed educators and professionals in various areas of instruction. They are offered to the community as a public service and tuition is nominal as our Company assumes the bulk of the operating costs In an attempt to keep our ticket prices affordable for our patrons, we have instituted a reduced-price season subscription and reduced-price tickets for seniors and children.
Our community service efforts include free performances, both in our theater and in various other sites, to benefit North Shore Animal League America, The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Rockaway and Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce, NYPD 100th Precinct Community Council, The Addabbo Family Health Center, Gateway National Recreation Area and many other worthy institutions.
Unfortunately, we were forced to bring our activities at the Post Theatre to an abrupt halt at the end of October, 2012 when our theater was ravaged by superstorm Sandy. We suffered many devestating losses including irreparable damage to our seats, our equipment, our lighting, amplifiers, microphones, musical instruments, etc. The replacement of most of these items was not covered by our insurance. Much of our house, stage and dressing room areas were underwater for a significant amount of time which necessitates massive commerical dry out and mold treatment before our building can be deemed safe for both adults and children to resume activities. The cost of this mold remediation, building renovation and equipment replacement is astronomical and we have already suffered major financial losses due to prolonged cancellation of previously scheduled programs.
At this point, we have been denied any federal or state grants which we have sought in an effort to cover these expenses. We are appealing to the public and to various charitalble groups to assist us in bringing our theater back to the level of a safe, operational cultural insitution.
We are gratified to observe that our audiences have grown steadily over the past fourteen years and we are anxious to have the opportunity to, once again, offer quality enterainment and educational services to our ever increasing public, hopefully in the very near future. Now, more than ever, Rockaway residents need the joy of live theater in their lives.
Please help us bring it to them.