Think Sesame Street for adults. That’s what you will experience at Randolph College as Avenue Q is staged on campus in Thoresen Theatre Feb. 21-25.
Though still running in New York, the musical was released last year for widespread production. Randolph College is the first in the area to produce this audience favorite. In addition, Randolph will welcome Jim Ackley as director of the production. Ackley, the former longtime director of the E.C. Glass High School theatre program, will bring his considerable talents to the production of this musical.
Avenue Q has been part of a resurgence of puppetry in commercial theatre, featuring a cast composed primarily of “Muppet-style” puppets, operated by singing actors who bring them to life. The play is a parody of the children’s show Sesame Street that is full of social satire. The truly remarkable part of the show is how much humanity these puppet characters reveal and how much they tell us about ourselves.
The cast is a stunning combination of Randolph students and Lynchburg community actors. From the featured Randolph actors include Emily Sirney ’14 (Lucy), Lis Chacon ’13 (Christmas Eve), and Grace Cummins ’16 (Kate Monster), while key community members include Jared Anderson (Princeton), Kelly Dudley (Rod), Rory Lee-Washington (Trekkie), and Beverly Owens (Gary Coleman).
Tickets are $13/general, $10 faculty/staff/seniors, and $5 students. Avenue Q runs for five performances only, February 21-25. All performances are 7:30. Some material is not appropriate for children and parental guidance is suggested. For more information, call 434.947.8563 or log onto wildcattheatre.com.
What: Avenue Q, the Broadway musical smash
When: February 21-25 @ 7:30
Where: Randolph College, Thoresen Theatre
Tickets: $13 general, $10 faculty/staff/seniors, $5 students
Special note: Show is being directed by Jim Ackley, who recently retired after 30 years of successfully directing the EC Glass Theatre program.