The show will be directed by the artist collective Whoop Dee Doo, in collaboration with local teen artists, community arts and cultural groups.
PARADE Co-Founders, Nancy Kleaver and Paddy Johnson, who live on opposite sides of the sprawling park and playground located at 39th Road between 52nd and 54th Streets in Woodside, were inspired to launch a public art project there after years of enjoying the park and witnessing all the creative ways their neighbors also make use of the space.
“Because folks use Woodside Park as their local arts center we thought inviting all kinds of local groups to perform in a Whoop Dee Doo production would be a wildly creative and unifying project for the community,” said Kleaver. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the beautiful diversity that exists here in Woodside.”
Using Windmuller Park as venue and inspiration, the project celebrates this heavily-used public space and the diverse cultures of its visitors.
Whoop Dee Doo co-founders Jaime Warren and Matt Roche will host the show as a high energy can of soda and a tired werewolf.
They’ll introduce the Woodside-based arts and culture groups who will perform on a set built out by Whoop Dee Doo artists and local teens two weeks before the event.
Queens high school students and Whoop Dee Doo artists will work to develop the shows theme and structure, build sets, costumes, and props, and rehearse with the participating performing groups at Sunnyside Reformed Church from August 19th to 30th.
Whoop Dee Doo performances are defined by big and colorful sets, pop culture references and lots of whimsy.
The performance will be the first time that Whoop Dee Doo will perform in a public park.
The prospect was attractive to them, bringing exciting opportunities to reach more diverse audiences, but also new creative
“Whoop Dee Doo is ecstatic to work with the cultural groups that use the park,” Warren said. “We cannot wait to see the magic unfold as we collaborate with eight insanely talented local teens.”
“I fully anticipate a show that puts forth the craziest version of Woodside we’ve ever seen,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what that means, exactly, but I imagine it will involve a lot of cardboard, paper mache and laughter.”
The show, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6:30 p.m. Audiences are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets
to sit on out front the bandshell, along with water and other aides for keeping cool.