Avenue Q to Open at Lindsay Community Theater on January 29

The cast of Avenue Q rehearsing. Courtesy/Lindsay Community Theater
The cast of Avenue Q rehearsing. Courtesy/Lindsay Community Theater

Avenue Q opens at the Lindsay Community Theater, Friday, January 29. Winner of the TONY® “TRIPLE CROWN” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical set on the somewhat seedy neighborhood of Avenue Q, New York.

Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little fuzzy on whether it’s appropriate for kids. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it’s about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking and surfing the web for porn. It’s hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q–parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But, show promoters say, if you do bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they’ll think you’re really cool.

Avenue Q tells the story of recent college graduate puppet Princeton (Tyler Jarrett), looking for two things: his life’s purpose and an affordable apartment in New York City. He soon meets a motley but friendly assortment of neighbors, including puppet Kate Monster (Lesley Harrison), human Brian (Andrew Phipps), Brian’s Japanese-American fiancé human Christmas Eve (Victoria Loeffler), and bickering roommate puppets Nicky (Colleen Fleming) and puppet Rod (Chris Shepard).

The superintendent of the building is none other than former child TV star human Gary Coleman (Jaymee Canas). Princeton rents an apartment and is welcomed to the neighborhood, and the stirrings of romance begin between Princeton and Kate Monster. After losing his job, Princeton is approached by the puppet Bad Idea Bears (Alli Smith and Pedro Nava), two adorable, snuggly bears who convince him to spend his rapidly dwindling funds on a case of beer. Bad idea!

In her apartment, Kate receives a phone call from her unpleasant boss, Mrs. Thistletwat (Jip Woudstra), informing Kate that she will have to take over the morning kindergarten class. She decides to teach them about the internet. Princeton brings Kate a mix tape, confirming his romantic interest in her, and asks her to go with him on a date to the Around the Clock Café.

Will Princeton get lucky with Kate? Will the Bad Idea Bears give Princeton and the others even more bad ideas? Will Princeton find the meaning of life on Avenue Q? These and many other questions are answered as the play unfolds.

Avenue Q is directed by Chris Shepard, assisted by Shane Rangel. Linda Jarrett is the choreographer and Colleen Fleming is the costumer. Judy Fleming is the stage manager, Kami Whitten is the musical director, Russel “Bones” Fletcher is the lighting technician, and Jeremy Waterman is the sound technician.

Show dates are Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm and midnight, Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 5 at midnight, Saturday, February 6 at 2pm (special PG-13 version), and at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Reserve your seats by ordering tickets at lindsaycommunitytheater.com.

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