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Latin Music Comes to Noonan park

June 3, 2012 By Christian Murray

Thalia Theater Company, the only Hispanic theatre establishment in Queens, kicked off its 18th summer series on Sunday by hosting a Mexican showcase at Thomson Hill Park/Noonan Playground on 43rd Street and Greenpoint Avenue.

The Sunnyside-based theatre company played host to “Ballet Fiesta Mexicana”, a variety of regional folk dances interpreted through the use of colorful dresses and graceful moves to the tunes of Con Mariachi Flor de Toloache, an all-girl Mexican Mariachi band.

The theater company presents two performances in the park each year, which take place during the first two Sundays of every June, between 1pm to 2pm.

“We do this for the community—to let people know about the music, the culture and dance of the Hispanic people,” said Kathryn Giaimo, Thalia’s administrative director. “Hopefully, people will then come to the theater to see a show.”

Next Sunday, Thalia will present Mestizo Dance company, a Colombian music and dance.

Thalia, which is located at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., has served the community for 35 years.

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Kathy Giaimo

@roger – interesting idea, until a kid tries to climb over it and gets hurt. I’ll talk to our artistic director though and see if we can dream up something else.
@southie – thanks for the kind words. We love Sunnyside!


I love Thalia. These are great performances!! As for the noise, I have lived no more than a block from the park for 10 years. I have never minded the noise from any event–I’m glad the park is used and loved.



Your comment reminds me of the irony of the city kicking out church groups who rent city school auditoriums on the weekend yet hand over a public park to a religious group that annoys anybody within earshot.



I had a feeling the tape was there for some legal/insurance reasons as a theatrical group would never voluntarily accept such an eyesore on their stage.

Maybe a picket fence or some other more attractive barrier could do the job?

Kathy Giaimo

Thanks for featuring us! Roger (are you a Monty Python fan by any chance?), we hate the yellow tape too, but we had a few close calls early in the festival when small children ran up onto the stage or came close to toppling the speakers. Better safe than sorry. Glad you like our shows!


This reminds of another “event” that has been taking place once every summer at Noonan Park and drives localites INSANE with the noise. A Spanish-speaking evangelical church group blasts music and sermons through loudspeakers non-stop from about 10 in the morning until darkness arrives in the evening. Hundreds of complaints have been filed with the NYPD, which refuses to take action because the church is protected by the Bill of Rights. If anyone knows the date of this year’s event, please post it so that residents can plan to be elsewhere on that day.


I love these performances. Seen a bunch over the years. Many thanks to the Thalia Theater for their efforts.

I just wish they would stop putting that horrid yellow tape across the stage. It ruins the visuals and makes it look like a crime scene.


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