The Temple College musical theatre group Vocal Point will present “Avenue Q” (School Edition) on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre.
On Avenue Q, puppets and humans collide in an irreverent satire of Sesame Street. Princeton (Clyde Ciupek) arrives fresh from his college graduation, and is greeted with the harsh reality that his B.A. in English may not immediately translate to a high-paying career. In his search for affordable housing, he comes to Avenue Q where TV actor Gary Coleman (Makiya Linear) is the landlord and the tenants are Brian (Trey Shonkwiler), an aspiring comedian, and his therapist wife Christmas Eve (Martha Satterwhite); Kate Monster (Kris Glorioso), a kindergarten teaching assistant; and Trekkie Monster (Kevin Osorio), a creepy hermit. Also on the street are roommates in conflict, Rod (Sean Clark) and Nicky (Alec Seegers), who are reminiscent of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie. Princeton settles in and he and Kate Monster kindle a romantic interest, while Bad Idea Bears (Kendall Duffina, Rebekah Queenan), and Lucy (Hannah Gilmore) interfere. Other cast members include the crabby teacher Mrs. Butz (Shelby Mortenson), Ricky (Jacob Saluto), Newcomer (Thomas Torres), Dancing Moving Boxes (Lauren Carlson, Callie Dennis, Kristen Garth) and Ensemble (Arynn Cotten, Evan Delgadillo, Oliver Marshall, Annaka Schmidt).
Avenue Q opened on Broadway in 2003 and won three Tony Awards. It received rave reviews for its humorous take on serious issues and featured songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “It Sucks to Be Me,” and “If You Were Gay.”
The show will be directed by Dr. Sara Harris Baker and JoAnna Langthorn is the choreographer. Michael Morris is technical director and set designer. Carissa Breeding is the stage manager and Brianna Karl is in charge of props. The live band will consist of David Perez-Guerra (piano/conductor), Ray Palousek (keyboard), Colin Mason (reeds), Jacob Armstrong (guitar), Sam Bergeron (bass), and Norm Bergeron (drums).
“The students have really enjoyed the silly fun of this show, but it’s a show that also has a lot of heart,” Baker said. “The characters are on a hunt for purpose in their lives, which is something the average college student can understand. Come prepared to be surprised and laugh.”
General admission tickets are $5 and seating is limited. Advance tickets may be purchased in the Fine Arts Division Office. The Backstage Theatre is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.
The show features some adult humor and may not be appropriate for young audiences.
For more information on the performance and other upcoming events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555 or visit www.templejc.edu.