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 musical Avenue Q on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, September 10 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Callbacks will be held on Monday, July 11 at 7:00pm. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth and produced by Margie Bates and Gail Bernardi for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Music Theatre International.

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

About Avenue Q

Avenue Q is an “autobiographical and biographical” coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children’s television programs such as PBS’s Sesame Street, that they were “special” and “could do anything”; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more “special” than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. Please note that despite featuring puppets, Avenue Q is R rated, featuring adult topics, offensive language and an onstage portrayal of puppet sex.

If you want to Audition

Actors should prepare 16 bars from the contemporary musical theatre show literature. Style is contemporary musical theatre with a pop flair. Please bring music in the key in which you'd like to sing and an accompanist will be provided. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the music and story. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Please bring your calendar with you to note any potential conflicts.

Character Breakdown

Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut (puppet characters)
Kindergarten teaching assistant, who is a bit older than Princeton. Age 25-30 Mezzo belt - She may look sweet, put together and conservative, but she has a feisty and opinionated Monster side. Must be a strong singer. She also plays Lucy--a vamp with a dangerous side who sings at a local café. Strong puppeteer skills a plus but not required.
Princeton/Rod (puppet characters)
Age 20-25. Sweet, charming, cute and sincere. He learns life lessons the hard way. Lovable and appealing. He is a fresh-faced kid just out of college. Baritone--Must be a strong singer with great comedic timing. He also plays Rod, a conservative, uptight investment banker who is a closeted homosexual. Strong puppeteer sills a plus but not required.
20 - 30's - Chubby , laid back, wanna be comedian who doesn't mind being unemployed. Easy going personality who everyone likes. Married to Christmas Eve. Strong singer with great comedic timing. Baritone.
Christmas Eve
20-30's Mezzo - Asian -Is a therapist and lives on Avenue Q with her Jewish husband Brian. She is smart, blunt, edgy but also nurturing and kind. Strong singer with great comedic timing who can sing a Torch song.
Gary Coleman
20-40's - African American woman - former celebrity and now lives/works on Avenue Q. Funny and sardonic, with a unique and vivid presence. Strong singer/actress with great comedic timing capable of delivering a contemporary musical theatre sound with a pop flair.
Nicky/Bad Idea Bear (puppet characters)
20's 30's Nicky is unemployed, a sometimes slacker who is Rod's roommate. Charming and undeniably cute, he has no problems with Rod being gay. Actor will also portray Bad News Bear, and must be able to differentiate different characters with specific voices and physicalities. Strong puppeteer skills a plus but not required.
Trekkie Monster - (puppet character)
An odd monster with a big heart, he invested in the internet and is secretly a millionaire. He knows what the internet was really made for...Strong puppeteer skills a plus but not required.
Mrs. Thistlewat/Bad News Bear/Ensemble (puppet characters)
20-30's. Mrs. Thistlewat is a spoken role, she is Kate's boss, an old spinster. Puppet character. Actress will also portray Bad News Bear girl -- a cute and charming little girl bear who with help of her counterpart, Boy Bear, is a very bad influence on Princeton. Must be a strong singer/actress with the ability to differentiate different characters with specific voices and physicalities. 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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