Kentwood Players
announces auditions for
Avenue Q

Auditions for Avenue Q
on Saturday, September 9
and Sunday, September 10, 2017
at the Westchester Playhouse.

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for the Tony-award-winning musical AVENUE Q, Book by Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday, September 10 from 6:30 - 9:00pm. Callbacks are on Monday, September 11 at 7:00pm by appointment only. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth, musical direction by Mike Walker, and produced by Gail Bernardi and Margie Bates for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Music Theater International.

Performance dates are November 10 through December 16, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Thursday performances TBD. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

About Avenue Q

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is an irreverent and hilarious 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. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, love and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting laugh-out-loud humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere.

Although the show addresses humorous adult issues and is loosely based on a popular children's show (a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned), this show features adult themes, offensive language and an onstage portrayal of puppet sex. It is not appropriate for children under 16 years of age.

If you want to Audition

Actors should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of an uptempo musical theatre song written after 1969. No ballads please and nothing from the show. We want to hear more Rent stylistically and less Hammerstein. Please bring music in the key you'd like to sing. An accompanist will be provided. Please familiarize yourself with the story and music. Bring your calendars so that conflicts can be discussed. If you have any questions or concerns, please email AvenueQ@kentwoodplayers.org

Character Breakdown

Princeton/Rod
Puppet character, age 22-25--Princeton is sweet, sincere, fresh out of college, struggling to find his purpose. He also plays Rod, a conservative investment banker, in the closet and struggling with his secret. Requires strong singer with great comic timing.
Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut
Puppet character--age 25-30, is a kindergarten teacher's assistant, who dreams of having her own Monster school, conservative and smart, she seems to have it all together but wants to find someone to love. Also plays Lucy the Slut, a vixenish vamp who sings at the Around the Clock Cafe. Strong singing skills a must with great comic timing. Puppeteer skills a plus but not required.
Brian
Human character--age 25-35. Brian is lovable, laid back and doesn't seem to mind being unemployed. Engaged to Christmas Eve. Extremely likeable and easy going. Must be a strong singer with great comic timing.
Christmas Eve
Human character--age 28-34--Asian--smart, sassy and is a therapist but with no clients. She is strong but nurturing. Strong singer with great comic timing.
Nicky/Bad News Bear Boy/Ensemble
Puppet character. Age 25-32. Nicky lives with Rod and is a bit of a slacker. He fights with Rod but suspects he might have a secret. Also plays Bad News Bear Boy, a cuddly cute bear who gives Princeton bad advise. Actor should be able to differentiate the characters. Strong singer with great comic timing. Puppeteer skills a plus but not required.
Mrs T/ Bad News Bear Girl/Ensemble
Puppet character --age 25-32, Mrs T is Kate Monster's cranky boss. Also plays Bad News Bear Girl who gives bad advice to Kate Monster. Actress must be able to differentiate the characters. Strong singer with great comic timing. Puppeteer skills s plus but not required.
Gary Coleman
Human character--age 30-49--now living on Avenue Q, because his folks spent all his money, actor or actress should be a strong singer with great comic timing.
Trekkie Monster
Puppet character--any age from 18-80. Great character role with great comic timing. Trekkie thinks the internet was made for Porn. Strong puppeteer skills a plus but not required.
Ensemble/Puppet Characters--Strong singers able to move well.

To meet the Avenue Q production team and learn more about Kentwood Players, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

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