Meet Dena Civello & Gary Ducoin and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph.jpgName: Dena Civello & Gary Ducoing

What is your current project?

Narrator & Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

We are performing Joseph at Maggie’s Little Theatre in Middle Village. It’s a great fit for the production because it’s a family show – it’s upbeat – and it has a fantastic ensemble that has many opportunities on stage whether they’re singers, dancers or both!

What’s next for you?

Dena – Co-Production Coordinator for Royal Star Theatre’s Young Frankenstein

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Gary: Something’s Afoot

Dena: Little Women the Musical

Any advice for your peers?

Gary: Preparation is key – especially for auditions. Prepare a piece that suits you and be honest with yourself. Don’t try to sing something that isn’t right for your voice or that you aren’t 100% comfortable with.

Dena: Work with different directors, musical directors, and choreographers. What one sees in you may not be what another one does. In addition, everyone works differently. Use what you learn to your advantage for the next experience.

Gary Ducoing has performed in a variety of productions throughout Queens and Long Island. Some of his favorite roles include Josh in Big, Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress, Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace, Detective Cioffi in Curtains and Billy in Anything Goes.

Dena Civello has worked both as a performer, stage manager and director throughout Queens and Long Island. Memorable projects include Vivienne in Legally Blonde, Ms. Bell in Fame, Broadway Blockbusters 100 Years of Broadway, and directing productions at Hicksville High School for the past seven years.

Show Information: 

DATES: July 22 @ 8pm, July 23 @ 2:30pm July 28, 29 @ 8pm & July 30 @ 2:30pm

VENUE: Maggie’s Little Theatre at 66-05 79th Pl, Middle Village, NY 11379


Review: Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig

CaptureOpening night for any performance is filled with excitement and anxiety. A play about the opening night of a performance is a beautiful insight to the crazy that surrounds it. Especially if it’s Verdi’s Otello, the tenor is an Italian superstar, and there’s a catastrophe. Set in 1934, Otello is the saving grace for the Cleveland Grand Opera. However, everything doesn’t turn out the way it should. How can it when there’s an angry wife, the starstruck girlfriend, the bombshell starlet, the nosey bellhop, the diva president of the Opera, and the anxious General Manager and his assistant – the true underdog and secret talent. That’s the perfect and delicious recipe for mayhem! And where there is mayhem, hilarity ensues.

Ken Ludwig’s comedy, under the skillful direction of Erik Niellsen, has three essential characteristics that makes this successful: precise comedic timing, physicality, and a talented ensemble. Also, what makes this show enjoyable is the comraderie and trust between the actors. It oozed off the stage and infected opening night’s audience.

Fun fact: Ludwig wrote a sequel called A Comedy of Tenors.

Running for two more weekends in the newly renovated parish hall:

Maggie’s Little Theatre

St. Margaret Parish Hall
66-05 79th Place
(between Metropolitan Ave. and Juniper Valley Rd.)
Middle Village, NY 11379


Friday, March 4 at 8:00 pm;
Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 pm;
Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 pm;
Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 pm

Click HERE to reserve tickets.