Puppets and mature material move community college theatre along ‘Avenue Q’

Muskegon Community College’s Center for Theater will open its 2016-2017 season with “Avenue Q, the Musical.”

A show featuring puppets and dealing with what happens when the promises of childhood meet the realties of adulthood, “Avenue Q” will run Oct. 12-16 at MCC Overbrook Theater.

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, “Avenue Q” mingles live actors alongside colorful puppets reminiscent of children’s shows like “Sesame Street.”

It is, however, not a show for children. Much like the musical’s purposely unconcealed puppeteers, “Avenue Q” takes familiar settings, images and conceits of popular children’s shows and forces them into the light of real-world scrutiny.

In doing so, the show both satirizes as well as earnestly explores coming-of-age issues and fears, as it follows freshly graduated protagonist, Princeton, on his search for purpose in adulthood.

The adult musical, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, debuted off-broadway in 2003. Popular songs from the musical include “It Sucks to Be Me,” “If You Were Gay,” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”

MCC’s Director of the Center for Theater, Sheila Wahamaki, will direct “Avenue Q,” with Cece Gorman as assistant student director.

The cast includes Aiden Smith, Erin Mickelson, Gabe Cerchiori, Aaron Ponce, Sarah Stepanek, Tim Hegedus, Paul Dickens-Jacobs, Katie McCool, D’marco Hughes, Hannah Erdman, Adrianne Lewis, Madisen Schuppe, Claire Beaman and Bonnie Weise.

The set and light designs are by Tom Harryman, with costumes by Susan Eyler, and scenic paint design and construction by Brian Goodman.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-15, and 3 p.m. Oct. 16

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for current MCC students, faculty and employees.

For reservations and further information, call (231) 777-0324.

“Avenue Q” is recommended for mature audiences.

Categories: Theatre

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