Astoria Performing Arts Center Has Carnelia Musical, One-Woman Show and Queens Revue in 2003-04

News   Astoria Performing Arts Center Has Carnelia Musical, One-Woman Show and Queens Revue in 2003-04
The Astoria Performing Arts Center, the not-for-profit theatre company across the East River from Manhattan, will have two original shows in its 2003-04 season.

Susan Scannell, the company's executive producer, has written book and lyrics to a new one-woman musical, Love Jokes, with music by Elliott Finkel.

The show seeks the answer to the question, "Is there a perfect relationship that will last forever?" An answer is found via stand-up comedy and catchy songs, according to the season announcement for the Queens borough company.

Scannell has appeared on television's "Dynasty," "All My Children," "Search for Tomorrow" and has sung the national anthem at Shea Stadium — in Queens. Love Jokes plays Nov. 14-23.

Quintessentially Queens! is a new musical revue playing March 26-April 4, 2004. The show will "revel in and roast the community we all love – Queens!"

The season also includes Is There Life After High School?, the musical by librettist Jeffrey Kindley and songwriter Craig Carnelia, directed by APAC's artistic director, Brian Swasey, Oct. 17-26. Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by John Hurley, plays Feb. 20-29, 2004.

APAC's Third Annual Playwright Contest, an evening of new works selected from a competition, plays May 14-23, 2004.

The troupe, which operates under a showcase agreement with Actors' Equity Association, opened in September 2001.

All performances are located at The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), a converted church gym, 31-30 33rd Street, in Astoria/Long Island City. APAC is presented by The Presbyterian Church of Astoria as a service to the community, but programming is independent of the chuch operation.

Top ticket price is $15. For reservations and information, call (718) 278-5925 or visit

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