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Auditions for MVT's 'Avenue Q'

Auditions for MVT's 'Avenue Q'

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AVENUE Q
A musical comedy
by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty


Performance Run Commitment: January 10 – February 24, 2019

When:    Monday, September 24, 7pm
              Tuesday, September 25, 7pm

Where:   Manoa Valley Theatre

Guest Director/Choreographer 
Ahnya Chang


Guest Musical Director 
Jenny Shiroma

Puppetry Specialist
Coco Wiel


About the show

Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, this laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who, with new human and puppet neighborhood friends on New York City’s Avenue Q, struggles to find jobs, dates, and the ever-elusive Purpose in Life. Addressing a wide range of humorous adult issues, and filled with gut-busting humor, not to mention puppets, the show is similar to a beloved children’s television show and offers a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned. Winner of the 2004 Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Auditions


Avenue Q has roles for four females, five males, and at least four additional actors of any gender. All roles are available.  Reading the play in advance is strongly recommended. 

 

Despite featuring puppets, Avenue Q is R-rated, featuring adult topics, adult language, and an onstage portrayal of puppet sex.  Minimum age to audition is 18 years old. All actors and puppeteers must sing and move well.  Previous puppetry experience is not required.

 

Please prepare a song (uptempo or ballad) from the traditional or contemporary Broadway repertoire. Bring sheet music in your own key. An accompanist will be provided. No transposition onsite, and no a cappella singing, karaoke, and recordings will be allowed.  For dance, a short combination from the show will be taught. Please bring covered shoes to dance in, and clothes that allow movement.  For puppetry, please bring a puppet (simple sock puppets are perfectly acceptable) and prepare a joke (no longer than one minute in length) for your puppet to tell. No ventriloquism is required. All audition requirements need to be met, even by those only interested in human roles.

NOTE:  MVT will be holding a puppetry workshop to afford "hands-on" puppetry experience prior to holding of auditions.  Please see details at end of this message.


Roles in the show (all roles are available):

Princeton - A fresh-faced kid just out of college, pursuing a career and looking for his purpose in life.  Puppet.

Male, 18-40

Vocal range: Bb2 to G4

 

Kate Monster - A Kindergarten teaching assistant in her mid-late 20’s. Kind, considerate, and feisty. Puppet.

Female, 18-40

Vocal range: F#3 to F5

 

Nicky - A slacker who lives with Rod. A good guy, who means well. Puppet.

Male, 20-45

Vocal range: B2 to B4

 

Rod – A conservative, uptight investment banker struggling with his closeted homosexuality. Puppet.

Male, 20-45

Vocal range: A2 to G4

 

Brian - A laid-back guy engaged to Christmas Eve. Dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Currently unemployed.

Male, Caucasian, 30 to 45

Vocal range: B2 to F#4

 

Christmas Eve - A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan. Intelligent and bossy.

Female, Asian, 30 to 45

Vocal range: B3 to F#5

 

Gary Coleman - Former child actor. Superintendent of the apartment buildings.

Female, African-American, 25-45

Vocal range: D3 to Bb5

 

Trekkie Monster - A reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer. Sometimes abrupt and rude, but sincere. Puppet.

Male, 20-60

Vocal range: Bb2 to Eb4

 

Lucy the Slut - A vamp with a dangerous edge and a sultry, powerful belt. Puppet.

Female, 20-50

Vocal range: F3 to F5

 

The Bad Idea Bears, Mrs. T, Additional Puppeteers

Gender/Age non-specific.

 

Production Schedule


Rehearsals: 

November 13, 2018 – January 9, 2019
Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:30pm

There will be no rehearsal on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day.

CASTING DECISIONS WILL BE BASED HEAVILY ON REHEARSAL AVAILABILITY.

 

Performance run commitment:

January 10 - February 24 (maximum 34 performances)
curtain times: Wed, Thur - 7:30pm, Fri & Sat - 8:00pm, Sun - 4pm
call time: 90 minutes prior to performances (or as otherwise set)




Performances will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street, and other locations as necessary.  The rehearsal schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.

Please note: participating in a Manoa Valley Theatre production is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. As determined by the director, specific rehearsal schedules have some flexibility.


About The Directors


Ahnya Chang 
(Guest Director/Choreographer) has enjoyed almost 30 years and over 50 productions in local theatre, working in costume shops, scene shops, backstage, and onstage. Her previous directing assignments include Calendar Girls, Camelot, and To Kill a Mockingbird, all at Diamond Head Theatre, and many years with the Hawaii Society of Professional Journalists’ Gridiron Show.  She also has extensive performance and dance credits.  Her previous work at MVT includes performing in Working, A Little Night Music and Cabaret, and choreography for Urinetown: The Musical. She received her training at Punahou Dance School and continued in Pittsburgh, New York, and New Delhi.  She is the recipient of four HSTC Po’okela Awards for Acting, Directing, and Choreography, and is currently on the faculty at Punahou Dance School.

Jenny Shiroma (Guest Musical Director) studied piano with Julie Jordan at Juilliard. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Hawaii. She has been the pianist as well as musical director for many productions in Hawaii as well as NYC including Renewal and Sex on Trial, which were both performed in the Times Square Arts Center.  Her recent MVT production work includes The Full Monty and The Princess and the Iso Peanut.  She received a Po'okela Award for her musical direction of Fun Home.

Coco Wiel (Puppetry Specialist) has lived on Oahu since infancy. Her passion for theatre and performing began at a young age, which subsequently led her to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.  After returning to Hawaii, earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UH.  She has teaching experience in California and Hawaii including 13 years at Mid-Pacific Institute where she teaches performance.  Coco earned a masters degree in theatre for young audiences with a specialty in puppetry. She was the director and puppet creator/designer for East of the Sun West of the Moon at Hawaii Theatre Center.

 

Script Perusal


Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.


Puppetry Workshop

A puppetry workshop will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre on Saturday, September 22 at 2 pm, and repeated on Sunday, September 23, at 7 pm.  ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO AUDITION FOR THE SHOW. Cost: $20 per person.  More details will follow shortly in a separate email.


More Information

For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or businessoffice@manoavalleytheatre.com.


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