Music & Lyrics by Jeff Marx & Robert Lopez
Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Edward Warwick White
Music Direction by Kristin Baltes
Vocal Direction by Kate Lambert Cadaret
Choreography by Heather Powell
AUDITIONS: Sunday, January 28 and Monday, January 29 by appointment only
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, January 31 at 7PM
REHEARSALS: Five nights a week, beginning in March (read-thru in February)
PERFORMANCES: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8PM; May 6, 13, 20 at 2:30PM
ABOUT THE SHOW:
This ain’t your mama’s puppet show! This musical comedy tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. A tale any adult can relate to, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with naughty, gut-busting humor and a witty, catchy score, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and a whole lot of heart.
A NOTE ON CONTENT: Despite featuring lovable, fuzzy puppets, Avenue Q is R-rated, featuring adult situations and topics, explicit language, and even an onstage portrayal of puppet sex. If you want to audition, please be comfortable with the material. If the show makes you uncomfortable, you will be uncomfortable, and therefore the audience will be uncomfortable. And well, that’s just…uncomfortable.
Director Edward Warwick White, Music Director Kristin Baltes, Vocal Director Kate Lambert Cadaret, and Choreographer Heather Powell are looking for a strong, diverse cast of singers and actors ages 20 AND UP to fill the following roles:
PRINCETON: A fresh-faced kid just out of college. Character is Early 20s—actor age flexible. Bb2 – G4, Tenor/Baritone. Puppet character.
KATE MONSTER: A Kindergarten teaching assistant, a bit older than Princeton. Character is Mid 20s—actress age flexible. F#3 – F5, Soprano. Puppet character.
GARY COLEMAN: Yes, that Gary Coleman (of TV’s Diff’rent Strokes), but now a superintendent of a building on Avenue Q. Traditionally, this role is played by a woman, but could also be played by a man. D3 – Bb5. Belt voice/Alto OR Baritone. Non-puppet character.
BRIAN: A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve, living on Avenue Q. Character is late 20s to early 30s—actor age flexible. B2 – F#4, Baritenor. Non-puppet character.
CHRISTMAS EVE: An archetypal Asian immigrant who wants to be a therapist (with 2 Master’s Degrees!) and does a killer Judy Garland impersonation. Christmas Eve is married to Brian. Mid 20s to early 30s. B3 – F#5, Mezzo. Non-puppet character.
NICKY: A bit of a slacker, who lives with Rod. Think Ernie from Sesame Street. Character is mid 20s to early 30s—actor age flexible. B2 – B4, Tenor/baritone. Puppet character.
ROD: A Republican investment banker (resembles Bert from Sesame Street) who lives with Nicky. Rod is struggling with being gay and comes out over the course of the show. Character Mid 20s to early 30s—actor age flexible. A2 – G4, Tenor/Baritone. Puppet character.
TREKKIE MONSTER (Not to be confused with Cookie Monster, although the vocal resemblance is uncanny)- a monster who lives in a building on Avenue Q, is very obsessed with using the internet for naughty things, and has a very kind heart! Bb2 – Eb4, Baritone. Puppet character.
LUCY T. SLUT A boa-wearing nightclub singer who likes to seduce young guys like Princeton. Chacter is Mid 20s to mid 30s—actress age flexible. F3 – F5, Alto – Belting. Puppet character.
THE BAD IDEA BEARS Two little bears who like to come out and convince good people to do bad bad things…in a snuggly way. 1 female voice (Mezzo) and 1 male voice (Baritone). Puppet characters.
MRS. THISTLETWAT Ancient, cranky, and thistle-like. The Kindergarten teacher who Kate Monster works for. Puppet character.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON CAST SIZE AND DOUBLING OF ROLES: Traditionally, Avenue Q consists of a small, versatile cast of seven performers – most of whom all play a myriad of roles each, adding to the surreal dynamic of the piece.
Traditional casting/doubling for the seven performers in Avenue Q is as follows:
1. PRINCETON / ROD
2. KATE MONSTER / LUCY T. SLUT
3. NICKY / TREKKIE MONSTER / BAD IDEA BEAR
5. CHRISTMAS EVE
6. GARY COLEMAN
7. MRS T. / BAD IDEA BEAR / OTHER CHARACTERS
However, the exact configuration and size of the cast for each production of Avenue Q is open to the talent available, so we highly-encourage you to audition for any role(s) at all that you feel you are suitable for. All of that to say, we will make the cast as large or small as it needs to be in order to build the best, dynamic cast for this show! If you know you aren’t a Kate Monster, but you think you’d be a great Lucy T. Slut, that’s great! We can’t wait to hear your Lucy! We are in no way married to the traditional cast doubling. You may also be asked to sing/act for other roles during the callback process.
IF YOU WANT TO AUDITION…
First, READ THIS note from the director: https://goo.gl/B8GuVr
Please sign up for an audition block (listed below). You should arrive at the beginning time of your block and will be seen in order of arrival (so plan to be a few minutes early to fill out some paperwork). You will be called in for individual auditions. Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song that showcases your voice. Songs in the style of Avenue Q are encouraged; songs from the show are fine. Please bring your own sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. No recordings or a cappella auditions, please. You will also be asked to tell a joke, read a script side, as well as try some different character voices and work with a puppet (we will provide the puppets).
AVAILABLE AUDITION BLOCKS:
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28
BLOCK 1: 1PM
BLOCK 2: 2PM
BLOCK 3: 3PM
MONDAY, JANUARY 29
BLOCK 4: 7PM
BLOCK 5: 8PM
BLOCK 6: 9PM (Note: this will only be used when all other blocks are full)
To sign up for an audition, email Production Manager Gary Warwick White at email@example.com with your name and first choice of time block.
Questions? Email Director Edward Warwick White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you soon!