Theatre department introduces Avenue Q

The theatre department introduced their rendition of Avenue Q, which ran from March 1 to March 24.

The puppet show started out with a bright-eyed college graduate named Princeton who stumbles into Avenue Q, an apartment building with Gary Coleman as the superintendent, looking for an affordable place to stay at.

At Avenue Q, monsters and humans live together in harmony while tackling a plethora of social issues like racism, sexuality, unemployment.

Andy Hyun, 35, said he enjoys playing Princeton, a character who goes through the ups and downs of living real life.

“I love the emotional heart that goes behind playing Princeton,” said Hyun.

Upon arriving to Avenue Q, Princeton felt his life was purposeless and had no idea on how to find himself, and upon meeting the other residents of Avenue Q; he gained friends, a purpose, and a girlfriend.

Through every song, there is a life lesson to be learned, like “Everyone’s a little bit racist” advises people to not be so politically correct and they might have a little less stressful time communicating with others.

Thirty-two-year old Kay Alteri, who played the character Kate Monster in the show, said the most difficult part of the process is how every character has their own problems. Her character deals with new life situations like having sex with Princeton and opening up her own monster school.

However, this adult Sesame Street show with wacky characters brings light to the question, “how well do you know your neighbors.” People and monsters from all types of backgrounds made a home at Avenue Q.

“I had no idea how much physical strength went into puppeteering,” said Alexander Quinonez, 28, who played Rod, a character that struggles with his sexuality.

With puppets you can do the larger things that you can’t do with just humans, said Quinonez. Although it was difficult to work with puppets, Quinonez said that he would do it again in a heartbeat.

“This was a good learning experience for the students,” said Cheri Fortin, the theatre department’s chair.

“The joy of doing theatre is that it is this magnificent collaborative experience,” said Fortin.