Edgy, Hilarious Musical 'Avenue Q' Coming to Camden County College
Your kid's puppet show, "Avenue Q" is not.
Though inspired by the self-esteem-boosting themes of "Sesame Street" and similar fare, this satirical musical comedy is filled instead with real-world wakeup calls. And these not-so-innocent messages are delivered by puppets that are more naughty and streetwise than sweet and supportive.
Stages at Camden County College is presenting the Tony Award-winning romp of toe-tapping tunes and eyebrow-raising lyrics and dialogue in six performances this month. Professor Marjorie Sokoloff of Pitman is directing the production, and she promises a fantastic time for all who attend.
"'Avenue Q' is hilarious and raunchy but with a heart of gold," Sokoloff said. "The writing is smart, funny and sweet, and it really strikes a chord."
In addition to Sokoloff's leadership, the production includes scenic design and technical direction by Donald Swenson of Pitman; lighting by John Curall of Philadelphia; choreography and costuming by Melissa Rittman of Sicklerville; vocal direction by Mike Makofsky of Cherry Hill; and pit direction and rehearsal accompaniment by Mike Walker of Trenton.
Swenson also is performing in the show. The cast also includes Danielle Harley Scott of Lindenwold, Matt Reher of Philadelphia, Maria Panvini of Pine Hill, Kaitlyn Plocharski of Haddon Heights, James Collins of Sicklerville, Erene Davis of Atco and James Dillon of Gloucester City.
Performances of "Avenue Q" will be given at 8 p.m. May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 3 p.m. May 5 in the Little Theatre. The venue is located inside Lincoln Hall on the College's Blackwood Campus, where off-road parking is ample and free, at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and CCC students, faculty and staff with valid identification. A special rate of $8 is available for individual members of groups totaling 20 or more. Due to adult content, audience discretion is strongly advised.
For tickets or further details, call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or email stages @camdencc.edu.
Published: May 02, 2013