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The hit Broadway musical Avenue Q will be taking the stage at Phi Beta Kappa Hall this weekend and next.
College of William & Mary’s Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance will be presenting this uproarious tale of recent college graduate Princeton and his puppet buddies as they struggle to find their purposes in New York City.
Though puppets often call to mind children’s shows, Avenue Q is anything but. Dealing humorously with topics such as racism, homosexuality and unemployment, the show is comparable to an adult version of Sesame Street that is “sweetly satiric and surprisingly fresh,” as once described in The New York Times.
The show, which won the Tony awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical when it debuted in 2004, ran on Broadway for six years and still tours the country.
The production’s director Laurie Wolf has been working on the show for most of the year, according to a recent news release from the college. Wolf brought in Kevin Noonchester, veteran of the show’s Broadway production and the official Avenue Q Puppet Camp director, to work with the cast for a week on their puppet technique.
The casts’ dedication to their craft, in addition to sets designed by Matt Allar, lighting by Steve Holliday and costumes by Patricia Wesp, promises to bring the show to life in all of its colorful, raucous glory.
Avenue Q will run from Nov. 12 through 15 and 19 through 22. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for military, $10 for groups of 10 or more and $12 for students. They can be purchased in person at PBK Hall during the box office’s hours of operation, by calling 757-221-2674 and online here.