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Next Show! Feb. 11, 2020

We are in the process of rescheduling today’s 4pm performance of Love’s Labors Lost.  Stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, check out our other upcoming programs!

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Next show:

Love’s Labors Lost

Ferdinand (king of Navarre) and his bestie Berowne have just sworn off women in order to devote all their time and energy to the pursuit of knowledge. No sooner have they signed the terms of their three-year academic agreement than a boat full of women arrives! Will they stick to their studies? Or fall in love?

After the show we will make our very own puppets to take home!


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Sunnyside Plays

Tuesday @ 4PM
February 11, 2019

Show + Puppet Craft

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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

New Year, New Skills!

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Learn to sew by sewing your own puppet!

In this two-week course, students will learn a basic hand sewing technique and will create their very own puppet to take home.

Drop-in for one session and make a simple glove puppet. Come for both sessions and design your own puppet from start to finish!

Recommended for ages 9-12

$45 for Two SessionsCreate and sew your own puppet from start to finish.
$25 Drop-in (either session): Learn basic sewing technique by sewing your own glove puppet!

Register Here!

Sunnyside Plays
43-09 48th Ave. Queens, NY

Tuesdays @ 4-5:30pm
January 14 & 21, 2020

Sewing Workshops


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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Happy New Year!

#HashtagBlessed!

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We at ShakesBEARS are already feeling #HashtagBlessed in 2020!  It’s all because we are truly grateful to have you as part of our family.

Throughout the past year we have made so many new friends by performing at community events, play spaces, birthday parties, and participating in residencies at local preschools.

We are so excited to continue to grow and meet new communities.  We look forward to sharing our love for puppetry and literature with you and many others in the coming new year.

Happiest New Year to All!

– Christina
Creator of ShakesBEARS

Puppets for Sale!

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Everyone loves a Holiday Pop-up Market!

Join us this evening at Sunnyside Plays for a Happy Hour Pop-Up Market.

We’ll be selling handmade Holiday puppets & ornaments from 4:30-8:30pm.

Perfect for stocking stuffers or decorating your Christmas tree, don’t miss out on these little cuties!

Can’t make it to the market?  Check out our Etsy Store!


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43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY

Friday @ 4:30-8:30PM
December 6, 2019

Happy Hour Pop-up Market

3 Weeks of Workshops!

We’re coming to ACD Playspace this November for three weeks of puppetry workshops!

Each Saturday, we’ll see a Shakespeare-inspired puppet show and learn about puppetry with a craft!


ACD Play Space
31-24 38th St., Astoria, NY

Saturdays @ 12pm
Nov. 9, 16, & 30

Show + Craft


Schedule

Week 1, Nov. 9: Storytelling and Crafting
The first puppet show is called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It involves magic that the children will need to help with! The children will craft their very own magic fairy puppets and use them throughout the show to help cast magic spells.

Week 2, Nov. 16: Puppets in Performance
This week the ShakesBEARS puppets will perform “Much Ado About Nothing,” and the children will craft their own paper hand puppets. We will explore how to use a puppet stage to create puppet theater. The children can create their own shows with their new puppets!

Week 3, Nov. 30: Up-cycled Object puppets
In the last week we’ll explore object puppetry. After a puppet version of “Love’s Labors Lost,” we’ll play with some everyday objects to see how they can express feeling and character. To finish, everyone will build their own fish puppet out of paper rolls for a “school of fish” puppet parade!

World Premiere!

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ShakesBEARS: “Macbeth”

Just in time for Halloween!

Join us for a zany and interactive retelling of Shakespeare’s spookiest play.
Ambition, fate, blood, and a fighting forest—our puppet version has it all.

Trust us, you’ve never seen Macbeth like this before…

After the show we’ll make Spooky Shadow Puppets!


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Sunnyside Plays

Tuesday @ 4PM
October 22, 2019

Show + Shadow Puppet Craft


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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Need a Costume?

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Annual Halloween Costume Swap!

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Join us for the Annual Halloween Costume Swap at ACD Playspace!
We’ll be creating and performing Shadow Puppets.

Plus, Halloween finger puppets for sale!


ACD Play Space

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: ACD Play Space
Address: 31-24 38th St, Astoria, NY

Cost: FREE!

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About the venue:

ACD is a Family Owned business which opened in November 2017, after the owner, who has provided in-home child care in Astoria for over 10 years, noticed a lack of activities, classes, and play for parents and children to enjoy on a daily basis.  ACD is proud to support moms and dads who themselves are entrepreneurs in the children arts/activity fields. Our goal is to provide a safe and educational space for children to learn and grow through exploring, music, dance and, most of all, PLAY!

Spooky ShakesBEARS!

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This month we’re getting a spooky twist…

For the month of October we’ll be making spooky puppet crafts after each puppet show.

In week three, we’ll debut Shakespeare’s creepiest play, Macbeth!


Sunnyside Plays

4309 48th Ave., Queens, NY

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Tuesdays @ 4PM
October 8, 15, 22

$50 for all three shows
$20 a single show


Schedule:

Oct 8

“Love’s Labors Lost” + spooky sock puppets

Oct 15
“Much Ado About Nothing” + Day of the Dead puppets

Oct 22
*NEW!* “Macbeth” + shadow puppets


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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

We are the makers of manners…

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Today’s quote comes from Henry the Fifth–a history play?!

Don’t worry, there’s no quiz. I’ll spare you the historical context.

All we need to know is that beloved English hero Henry V (of the famous “Band of Brother’s” speech) is trying to woo the beautiful Katherine of France…and he’s failing.

Henry wants to kiss her, but Katherine of France insists that it isn’t proper to kiss before marriage.  So our hero Henry argues simply, “We are the makers of manners…”

Basically, we make our own rules!

I love this quote because it puts the power in our own hands.  We are free to decide what serves us and what doesn’t.  We learn the traditions, but ultimately we have the power.

Next Show, Sept. 30, 2019!

Join us at Sunnyside Plays for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Date: Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20 per child

Register here!


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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.