NCT Youth perform 'Avenue Q School Edition'
Emerging Artists Drama Camp production mixes humans with puppets
Jul 18, 2012, 5:52 p.m.
Nashville, TN Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT) announces the summer 2012 Emerging Artists Production: Q SCHOOL EDITION. Based on the original, hit Broadway musical Avenue Q, which contains both human and puppet characters involved in adult scenarios, this School Edition version has been edited by the original creators to make it PG-13.
After last summer's successful student summer production of Once Upon a Mattress, NCT's education department considered numerous scripts before making the choice to do this popular and complex show.
"Working with our students on Avenue Q STUDENT EDITION is such a dynamic and vibrant process," says Alicia Fuss, NCT education director. "The students relate on a personal level to the show's themes of growing up in a world that is more challenging than they thought it would be as young children. Plus, the comic style of the script is very different from any we have worked with in the past."
After passing an audition, students in grades 8-12 were cast in the show and will perform a fully staged production as the culmination of the Emerging Artists summer drama camp. For Avenue Q SCHOOL EDITION, not only have the students been rehearsing their acting, singing, and dancing, but many of the cast members have also been involved in specific puppet workshops. "The addition of puppetry brings a fresh and unique set of acting challenges for our young performers," says Fuss. "I'm astounded by the students' insight, professionalism, and commitment to the process."
The stunning puppets used in NCT's Avenue Q SCHOOL EDITION were created by professional puppeteer and puppet builder Russ Walko. NCT's production will be the first use of these brand new puppets.
Avenue Q SCHOOL EDITION performance dates:
Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per person and can be reserved in advance at nashvillechildrenstheatre.org. This production is rated PG-13.
Princeton, a recent college graduate, moves into a shabby New York City 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 newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Avenue Q SCHOOL EDITION has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty and is based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.
Alicia Fuss directs the production with Shawn Knight as musical director.
Avenue Q SCHOOL EDITION is funded by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
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