Menlo School Drama Department stages “Avenue Q”

by Contributed Content on November 4, 2015

Menlo School Drama Department kicks off a season of Tony-Award winning productions with the playful, puppet-filled romp Avenue Q. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, Avenue Q tells the story of a collection of characters with wistful and affectionate sincerity along with some clever and sometimes thorny humor.

Contemporary issues of sex, drugs and surfing the Internet are viewed through the Crayola-colored glasses of Jim Henson inspired puppets. Performances run November 6 (7:30 pm), November 7 (2:00 pm & 7:30 pm), November 8 (2:00 pm) in Florence Moore Auditorium at Menlo School. The community is welcome to attend; tickets, available online and at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students. This production is appropriate for teens and adults.

“One of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of Avenue Q is working with the puppets,” said director Steven Minning. “By adding the fourth discipline of puppeteering while you act, sing, and dance, a whole other dimension opens up and becomes a wonderful experience for everyone to witness and be a part of on many different levels.”

Added Menlo School senior Lauren Smith: “I’ve learned that everyone has their own personal struggle that they’re enduring, whether it be bad luck with romance or unemployment or difficulty finding themselves. I think we could all use a reminder that each person has a multitude of different things going on in their lives at once, because keeping that in mind allows us to better understand each other and sympathize with people’s emotions and situations.”

The Menlo Drama Department believes in giving back both on and off stage. Over $10,000 has been contributed to organizations over the past two seasons. Larkin Street Youth Services will be the beneficiary for Avenue Q.

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