for breaking news visit www.qns.com NOVEMBER 12,, 2015 • times 31 Midville actor fulfills dream with role in ‘Mockingbird’ By Anthony Giudice email@example.com @A_GiudiceReport One actor from Middle Village is preparing for dual roles in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” presented by the Queens Theatre. In the production, Michael Gentile will be playing both Nathan Radley and Heck Tate, the town sheriff. The Middle Village actor says he was cast in two roles by the directors and is up for the challenge because he is “a character actor at heart,” Gentile said. Gentile has had an interest in acting since he was a kid and would act on and off for years because acting gives him “the ability to step into someone else’s skin,” he said. Gentile recently got back into acting full time since moving to Middle Village after living in Glendale for 11 years. After working on a couple of film projects, Gentile is excited to be acting in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “It is a classic and I’m a big fan for the book and the film,” Gentile said. “It’s the moral intensity of it, especially for Atticus Finch. He has the weight and burden on him.” This will be Gentile’s first time performing at Queens Theatre, which is in its 27th season, and he has been looking forward to this opportunity since getting back into acting. Both Gentile’s mother and aunt worked at the World’s Fair in 1964 so performing at the Queens Theatre will be a special occasion for the actor. “I’ve had my eye on the Queens Theatre for a while,” Gentile said. “My family has major Queens roots. My mom and aunt worked at the World’s Fair. Queens is where I feel at home.” Queens Theatre has seen many Queens-based actors pass through its doors. “It happens a lot and I love it,” said Taryn Sacramone, managing director of the Queens Theatre. “It happens frequently. There is a lot of culture and a lot of opportunities for Queens actors to work in Queens. There are a lot of great artists in the borough and we are happy to be here.” “To Kill a Mockingbird” will premiere on Friday, Nov. 13, with two shows, one at 2 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. The production will run on weekends through Nov. 22 with shows on Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://queenstheatre.org/. RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice Michael Gentile, an actor from Middle Village is getting ready to play two roles in the Queens Theatre’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Community invited to world premiere of Middle Village movie By Anthony Giudice firstname.lastname@example.org @A_GiudiceReport Middle Village is ready for its closeup. A documentary of the neighborhood created by a Middle Village native and filmmaker will make its world premiere Saturday night at a Forest Hills movie theater. David Lee Madison has invited the community to join him at the debut of “Middle Village” on Nov. 14 at Cinemart Cinemas, located at 106-05 Metropolitan Ave. The movie is set to premiere at 9 p.m. and due to popular demand, a second show has been added for the same night at 10 p.m. “I am so excited that the premiere is being held at the beautiful Cinemart theater. I remember going there as a kid, mesmerized by the majestic chandelier that hung over the crowd,” Madison said. “To be playing my film there to a sold-out audience is quite an honor. Everyone coming out to these screenings should expect the feeling of a huge family reunion, with the film serving as our communal trip down memory lane.” Before the premiere, Madison will be on hand, along with actors Brian O’Halloran, of “Clerks” and “Mallrats” fame, and Scott Schiaffo, from the films “Clerks” and “Vulgar,” for a meet-and-greet with all the movie’s attendees. In addition, the actors will be signing autographs on theatrical posters of the film, which will be available that night in a limited supply for a small fee. “We plan on showcasing the most important aspect of Middle Village: its residents,” Madison said of the film. “We will also bring the viewer back to some great nostalgic places of the past. We hope to make a film that is informative, smart, nostalgic and funny.” Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased at the Middle Village Movie website, http://www.middlevillagemovie.com/. The 9 p.m. showing has already sold out and seats are extremely limited for the 10 p.m. showing, so moviegoers are advised to get their tickets early to be a part of this historic event. Photo courtesy David Lee Madison “Middle Village” is set to premiere at the Cinemart Cinemas theater on Saturday, Nov. 14, with two showings at 9 and 10 p.m.
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