Wacky "Avenue Q" returns to the District


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Posted Online: March 13, 2013, 10:02 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
If you missed it the first time (and even if you didn't), the hit Broadway musical "Avenue Q" returns to The District Theatre (1611 2nd Ave., Rock Island) starting Friday.

After a nearly sold-out run last October, the performances -- with virtually the same cast -- will be 8 p.m. on March 15, 16, 21-23 and 28-30, and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 24. All tickets are $20.

"Avenue Q" reflects life in New York City, as told by a cast of people and puppets through a hilariously irreverent, Tony-winning book and score. It tellsthe story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to New York with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is out on Avenue Q, where everyone's looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship and a "purpose."

Directed again by Marc Ciemiewicz, the District version has musical direction by Randin Turner, puppet design by Erika Frietsh, multimedia design by Joseph Maubach and scenic design by Tristan Tapscott and Kelly Lohrenz. Most of the cast from the fall returns, including Bryan Tank (Princeton), Erin Churchill (Kate Monster), James Fairchild (Brian), Cindy Ramos-Parmley (Christmas Eve), Joe Maubach (Nicky), Mike Kelly (Trekkie Monster) and Tracy Pelzer-Timm (Mrs. T, Bad Idea Bear). Newcomers to the cast include Nina Schreckengost (Lucy, Bad Idea Bear) and Kiarra D. Andrews (Gary Coleman).

Reservations are strongly recommended (the theater seats only 60) and can be made by calling 309-235-1654.Due to adult situations (like full-puppet nudity) and profane language, "Avenue Q" may be inappropriate for children.


















 



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