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Curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. tonight for ‘Avenue Q’; Rehearsal photos online

Avenue Q
Princeton (Jimmy Baker), a recent college graduate, laments "What do you do with a B.A. in English."
12/1/2011 —


8:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3, Forum Theatre
Tickets: $5-Students; $8-General Public

Rehearsal Photos:

After building sets, designing costumes, and rehearsing lines, the curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, as "Avenue Q" begins a three-day weekend run in Penn State New Kensington's Forum Theatre. The other performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3.

A production by the campus Drama Club, the show utilizes the onstage and backstage talents of campus students, and the directorial acumen of Bill Mitas, instructor in theatre arts at the campus. The reality of life after college and finding your place in the world is the backdrop for this coming-of-age musical comedy.

Based on a book by Jeff Whitty, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the Tony Award-winning play can be likened to an adult version of Sesame Street, where animation, replete with puppets and puppeteers, interact with the human characters.

Jimmy Baker, a junior communications major, is the lead puppet, Princeton, a recent college grad who just moved to New York. His eclectic neighbors live on Avenue Q, a downtrodden street on the outskirts of the Big Apple. Senior Danielle Dortenzo, a veteran of numerous campus productions, is cast in dual roles as Princeton’s love interests: Katie Monster, a kindergarten teaching assistant who is a little older than Princeton, and Lucy, a sultry cabaret singer.

The show is rated R and not suitable for children under the age of 18. Musical numbers include "Schadenfreude," "It Sucks to be Me,” and "What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?" The play ran for six years, 2003-09, on Broadway and is ranked 21st on the list of longest running shows. It is still in production off-Broadway.

Tickets for the Forum Theatre performances are $5 for students and $8 for the general public, and are available at the door. For more information, call 724-334-6032.

Prior to the Friday performance, the campus softball team will host a spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. in Café 780, the campus cafeteria. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information, contact coach Mike Marsili at mjm69@psu.edu via email.

For more about the play and a video clip, visit http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/avenue-q-off-bway/ online.    


Princeton-Jimmy Baker
Kate Monster- Danielle Dortenzo
Nicky- Chris Capo/Natalie Maretti
Rod- Jimmy Baker
Lucy- Danielle Dortenzo
The Bad Idea Bears- Steve Warhola, Elena Rose
Trekkie Monster- Matt Mlynarski (Voice)
Puppeteers-Reid Rotzler, Steve Warhola
Mrs. T- Natalie Maretti
Rickie- Steve Warhola
Newcomer- Chris Capo
Brian- Matthew Mlynarski
Christmas Eve- Natalie Maretti
Gary Coleman- Carla Clark


BRIAN: A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve.
A therapist who moved from Japan.
Yes, that Gary Coleman. He lives on the Avenue and is the superintendent.
KATE MONSTER: A kindergarten teaching assistant, a bit older than Princeton.
LUCY: A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge.
MRS. T: Ancient, Kate's boss.
NICKY: A bit of a slacker, who lives with Rod.
PRINCETON: A fresh-faced kid just out of college.
ROD: A Republican investment banker with a secret.
THE BAD IDEA BEARS: Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types.
A reclusive creature obsessed by the Internet.


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