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Student Musical Theatre stages award-winning Avenue Q

Thursday, March 21, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning coming-of-age musical parable that addresses and satirizes the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood will be performed at Hood College.

Avenue Q, one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, will be staged by the Hood College Student Musical Theatre April 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the College's Brodbeck Music Hall.

In Avenue Q, human and puppet worlds collide as Princeton, a recent college graduate, struggles to find his purpose in life. With the help of his newfound friends, neighbors and landlord, Princeton embarks on a journey that delivers both laughs and lessons.

The production features 14 cast members, 11 of whom operate larger-than-life puppet characters who interact with each other and the other three actors as if human. The puppet operators are visible onstage but have no role in the story line.

While the show draws inspiration from the long-running children's television show Sesame Street, much of the action and many of the songs and sub-plots address adult themes and are not suitable for children.

The musical won three Tony Awards for best musical, best book and best original score, and 2003 Theatre World Awards, presented to actors in recognition of an outstanding New York City stage debut performance.

The performances are free; donations will be accepted.

The show is directed by Hood College senior Ashley Birdsell; musical direction is provided by Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities.

For more information, contact hcmt@hood.edu.