Weekend: Come on down to Avenue Q

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a young urban professional or monster trying to live your dreams in the big city? Come check out “Avenue Q” at the Fort Findlay Playhouse.
When it first opened in 2003, this funny, upbeat musical with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with a book by Jeff Whitty, and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus, was the best book, best score, and best musical Tony Award winner. It still continues off Broadway today.
The story revolves around the character of Princeton (Adam Van Gorder) who having just graduated with a degree in English, finds himself living in the only neighborhood in New York City he can afford on Avenue Q. Along with a bunch of friendly neighbors who are also struggling with real life problems with a sense of humor, they work through finding a job, finding romance and finding their true purpose in life.
The cast includes a mix of newcomers to the playhouse stage as well as veterans that portray Princeton’s diverse set of neighbors. Laurie Dye (Mrs. Thistletwat), Samantha Henry (Kate Monster), Meghan Koester (Lucy the Slut), Jamie Rice (Bad Idea Bear, Newcomer and Ricky) Mandy Wolber (Bad Idea Bear), Wes Vollmar (Todd), Wes Taylor (Nicky), Dora Vollmar (Nicky’s right arm), Scott Edmonson (Trekkie Monster), Alicia Blair (Trekkie’s right arm), Patrick Davis (Brian), Lila Conley (Christmas Eve) and Anna Wank (Gary Coleman) will all grace the stage as singing and dancing puppeteers.
While the show does feature puppets and may look cute, it is not for children. The songs and script contain references to drinking alcohol, sex, and other adult situations. If it was a movie, it would be rated R.
If you are unsure about whether you would enjoy the show, the playhouse encourages you to check out www.Avenueq.com, or search for videos on www.youtube.com of the Broadway production before purchasing tickets.
The show is produced through arrangement with Music Theatre International.
The show is directed by Aeryn Williams and produced by Bill Rayle.
Tickets will be on sale for the shows on Aug. 14-17 and 21-23. Tickets are $15 each and can be reserved or bought in person, by phone or online through the Arts Partnership box office at 419-422-4624, by going to www.artspartnership.com or stopping at the Arts Partnership, located at 618 S. Main St., Findlay. The business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Unsold seats are also available at the door when the doors open a half-hour before curtain time, 8 p.m. most nights with a 5 p.m. matinee on the Sunday performances.

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