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 that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named PRINCETON who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets KATE (the girl next door), ROD (the Republican), TREKKIE (the internet sexpert), LUCY THE SLUT (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life!
Who is AVENUE Q appropriate for?
Adults love AVENUE Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. 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 we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to AVENUE Q, they'll think you're really cool.
Cast of Characters
Princeton, a recently graduated English major who wouldn't find his purpose in his life. Nice guy. Naive. Everyman. We relate to him.
Kate Monster, a lovelorn kindergarten teaching assistant who wishes to create a school for monsters. Romantic but never swoons. Sensitive. Practical. Girl next door rather than ingénue. Has a feisty and fierce side; she is, after all, a monster.
Rod, a Republican investment banker who is secretly gay. Parody of Bert. Not weak or a pansy. As his name indicates, he is rectangular in shape and rigid. Deeply romantic. Tortured. Huge amount of heart. Keep him real. He's blue, literally and figuratively.
Nicky, Rod's roommate, a messy slacker; Parody of Ernie. He simply wants to be happy. Childish.
Lucy the Slut, a nightclub singer who is as slutty as her name suggests. She gets around.
Gary Coleman, the former star of Diff'rent Strokes, is the building superintendent of Avenue Q; a non-puppet character played by a female on Broadway, but a male in the West End. Life isn't as easy as we've been led to believe...and who better to symbolize the oh-so-special-as-a-kid/but-not-so-special-as-an-adult thing we all faced than Gary Coleman? He's practically the poster child. A non-puppet character.
Brian, a down-on-his-luck Jewish 32-year-old who has trouble keeping steady employment and dreams of being a stand-up comedian. Engaged to Christmas Eve. Hen pecked husband but he doesn't seem to mind. Gentle bear hug kind of a guy. Good listener. A non-puppet character.
Christmas Eve, a Japanese immigrant and Brian's fiancée. She is a therapist who has no clients; a non-puppet character. Innocently insensitive. Outspoken. Wears the pants in the family. She has a slight accent.
The Bad Idea Bears, the two adorable and sinister bears who can convince anyone to do something bad in the most adorable way.
Trekkie Monster, who spends most of his time on the internet looking at porn. Parody of Cookie Monster who is obsessed with cookies the way Trekkie is obsessed with porn. He literally has horns. Reclusive.
Mrs. Thistletwat ('Lavinia'), a Kindergarten teacher with Kate as her assistant. She seems rather proud of being a "crabby old bitch". Unlikable.
The Newcomer, the young man resembling Princeton that comes to Avenue Q planning to move into the vacant apartment.
Ricky, the new boyfriend that Nicky has found for Rod via the internet. He looks an awful lot like Nicky, hence the name similarities.
A few words about the characters:
The puppets should have a strong human foundation. Keep them truthful and real. Do not intend to be "cute" (except for the Bad Bears). Their humor is less-is-more.
When handling a puppet, the actor should make strong choices by showing the puppet's emotions with clear, specific, and distinct movements. Meek, indefinite signals don't read. Although the actors fill in the blanks in terms of the emotions puppets can't do, they should never upstage the puppet. Find a balance.
- BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
- Saturday, May 9: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
- Monday, May 11: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
- Callbacks: Sat. May 16: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
- 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park
- All roles available for ages 15 and older
- Please prepare 32 bars of a song to sing
- Bring Sheet music in the key you plan on singing it in
- Be prepared to dance
- Be prepared to play with a puppet
- There will be cold readings
- There is no pay
- Rehearsals begin in early August
- Click here to reserve an audition spot