Auditions

AVENUE Q

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Directed by DAVID ROSS
Musical Direction by STEVEN BERGMAN

Produced by Faye Harrington & Donna Cabibbo

AUDITION DATES
Auditions will be grouped in 1.5-hour segments

Sunday, June 17                                    6:00 – 7:30 & 8 – 9:30 pm
Wednesday, June 20                              7:00 – 8:30 & 9 – 10:30 pm

CALLBACKS

Sunday, June 24                                    1:00pm

Auditions will be held at:
The Center for Arts in Natick  (TCAN)
14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760


REQUIREMENTS 

Prepare two contrasting musical excerpts, 16-32 bars, in a contemporary musical theater style. No a capella - be sure to bring sheet music, in the correct key. No pop or rock music. An accompanist will be provided. Please don't sing anything from the show.  There will be a brief dance portion at the auditions so dress comfortably. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.  Puppetry experience is a plus but not necessary.  Certain roles will require actors to be in underwear on stage. 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Rehearsals will be held at 25 Washington Avenue, Natick, MA 01760    Room 232

PERFORMANCES
November 9,10,15,16, 17 at 8:00pm
Sunday November 11 & 18 at 2:00 pm

If you are cast, you MUST be available for all tech rehearsals the week of November 4-8 in addition to the performances.

To schedule your audition segment, please send your resume and headshot to Faye Harrington feharrington@gmail.com and indicate your preferred date/time.

Synopsis

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad, Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.  This is an R rated, politically charged, irreverent Sesame Street.

CHARACTERS

Princeton/ Rod: 20s.

Princeton: He is sweet, charming, cute and sincere. He has recently moved to Avenue Q where he learns life lessons the hard way from puppets and humans alike. He’s lovable and appealing.  Rod: A conservative, uptight investment banker who is a closeted homosexual. Trying to come to terms with his sexuality with the help of Nicky, his best friend and roommate. Must be a strong singer/ actor with great comedic timing and the ability to differentiate these characters with specific voices and physicality. Must be able to sustain a High G comfortably.

Nicky/Trekkie Monster/Bad Idea Bear: 20s - 30s.

Nicky: An unemployed, cute twenty-something slacker who is Rod’s roommate. Charming and undeniably cute, he has no problems with Rod being gay. Trekkie Monster: He lives on Avenue Q in the same building that Princeton moves into. An odd monster with a big heart, he invested in the internet and is secretly a millionaire. Bear: A cute and charming little boy bear who, with the help of his counterpart, girl bear, is a very bad influence on Princeton. Must be a strong singer/ actor with great comedic timing and the ability to differentiate these characters with specific voices and physicality. Must be able to sustain a High A comfortably.

Kate Monster/ Lucy T. Slut: 20s.

Kate Monster: A Kindergarten teaching assistant who dreams about eventually opening a school for monsters. She may look sweet, put together and conservative, but has a very feisty and opinionated Monster side. She quickly falls for the new guy on the block, Princeton. Lucy T. Slut: A vixenish vamp with a dangerous side who sings at a local café. The star of "girls gone wild" parts two, five, and seven. She sees other women as obstacles to men. Must be a strong singer/ actress with great comedic timing and the ability to differentiate these characters with specific voices and physicality. A mezzo-soprano / belt that can comfortably sing up to a D in a pop voice. Strong puppeteer skills a plus but not necessary.



Mrs. T / Bad Idea Bear/ Ensemble: 20s – 30s.

Mrs. T: An old spinster teacher who is bitter and conservative. She is Kate Monster's boss. Bad Idea Bear: A cute and charming little girl bear who, with the help of her counterpart, boy bear, is a very bad influence on Princeton. Must be a strong singer/ actress with great comedic timing and the ability to differentiate these characters with specific voices and physicality. Can be any physical type. A mezzo-soprano / belt that can comfortably sing up to a D in a pop voice.

Christmas Eve: 20s - 30s, Asian. She wants to be a therapist and lives on Avenue Q with her husband, Brian. She is smart, blunt and edgy, but also nurturing and kind. Must be a strong singer/ actress with great comedic timing. Must have a strong belt to an E flat in the style of a torch song.



Brian: 20s – 30s. A chubby, laid-back, wannabe comedian who doesn’t mind being unemployed. A good guy with a relaxed attitude who everyone always likes. Easy to be around. He is married to Christmas Eve, who is constantly badgering him to get a job. Must be a strong singer/ actor with great comedic timing.

Gary Coleman: Mid 20s - 40s, A Female African American or an actress of color. Former celebrity who now lives/works on Avenue Q. Funny and sardonic, with a unique and vivid presence. Has lived life. Must be a strong singer/ actress with great comedic timing. She can be any physical type. Vocal style: Contemporary musical theatre with a pop flair. Alto with a Bb belt.