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Hip to Hip Theatre - Shakespeare in the Garden: Much Ado About Nothing at The Voelker Orth Museum

Hip to Hip Theatre - Shakespeare in the Garden: Much Ado About Nothing

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The garden is the perfect setting for Hip to Hip Theatre's spirited, richly costumed, family-friendly production. The plays run 90 minutes. Seating is provided and the Garden is accessible. The performance is cancelled in the event of rain.

Much Ado About Nothing: Everyone can see that Beatrice and Benedick are meant for each other except Beatrice and Benedick. Their friends conspire to trick them into announcing their feelings and falling for each other. Meanwhile, a bitter and troublesome Don John schemes to destroy another couple's happiness with deception of a very different kind.

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About The Voelker Orth Museum

149-19 38th Ave.

Flushing, NY

718-359-6227


    The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden occupies a home that was purchased by a German immigrant named Conrad Voelcker who emigrated from Germany in 1881. After his death in 1930, the house became the home of his daughter, Theresa Voelker and her husband, Dr. Rudolph Orth. Their daughter, Elisabetha Orth, who lived in the house most of her life, in her will established the organization which now runs the museum. The immediate goal of the organization was the restoration of the Voelker Orth homestead. More than a century old, this house has been the home of a single family for nearly its entire history and has changed little since the days of Conrad Voelcker.

    A distinguishing feature of the museum is the garden, containing plants that were once regular favorites in the Victorian era. The garden is maintained using eighteenth century propagation methods and gardening techniques, such as hand pruning and the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides. Serving as a sanctuary, the garden’s many varieties of berry bushes and trees attract migrating birds, such as orioles, mockingbirds, and hummingbirds, as well as local species like cardinals and blue jays. In June and July, the butterfly bush attracts monarchs, swallowtails, and other species, and the bee hive is home to a thriving colony of honey bees which produce a modest amount of honey for their educational programs.