This year teens from the Hudson Valley Teen Summer Theatre are putting on “Avenue Q The School Edition” at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack. The show is based on Jeff Whitty’s book and Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s score supplies an upbeat and extremely witty experience.
Stacy Moye is directing again and she has some amazing things planned for the performances, which will be taking place August 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and August 11 at 2 p.m. Another returning member of the production team is Jak Prince who’s set designs will make you feel like you are walking along the brownstones in New York City.
The rookie of Hudson Valley Teen Summer Theatre this year is Doug Feig, the band teacher at Suffern High School. Doug has helped the students with all of the complex harmonies and rhythms. Also, included in the professional staff are Victoria Jessie as musical vocal coach (recent graduate of Manhattanville College) and Mel Neils assistant director (attending SUNY Purchase). Bonny Halfond will assist with the operation of puppets.
“Avenue Q” is a coming-of-age story of a young boy, who happens to be a puppet, named Princeton. Princeton is obsessed with trying to find his purpose and meets some very interesting people, some puppets, and even a couple of monsters on the way.
Just because there are puppets, don’t make the mistake in thinking that this show is just for kids. Songs deal with adult and teenage topics including wanting to go back to college, how everyone is a little bit racist, and even a love story.
This show won three Tony Award’s in 2003, including Best Musical, and it is currently playing Off-Broadway. Get the family together and pay a visit to Clarkstown South High School to see “Avenue Q The School Edition” in just two weeks. You won’t be sorry!