Theatre Charlotte will host auditions for “Avenue Q” on Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25 at 7pm at Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.) You need only plan to attend one of the two auditions. “Avenue Q” will be directed by Billy Ensley.
Winner of the Tony Awards Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part puppet, part human and packed with heart. It is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Actors should prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition. Songs from the show are fine. Character voices are fine as well. Bring resume and headshot if you have them. Before auditioning, make certain you are available for all the performances and critical final tech/dress rehearsals leading up to opening night. Performances dates are May 17-19, 22-26, 29-31, June 1-2. Character breakdowns are as follows.
Brian: A laidback guy married to Christmas Eve. Late 20s to early 30s. B2-F#4/Baritone.
Christmas Eve: An archetypal Asian immigrant who wants to be a therapist and does a killer Judy Garland impersonation. Mid 20s to early 30s. B3-F#5.
Gary Coleman: Yes, that Gary Coleman, but now a superintendent of a building on Avenue Q. In our story, Gary is played by a woman. D3-Bb5/Belt voice or Alto.
Kate Monster: A Kindergarten teaching assistance, a bit older than Princeton. Mid 20s. F#3-F5/Soprano.
Lucy: A boa-wearing nightclub singer who likes to seduce young guys like Princeton. Mid 20s to mid 30s. F3-F5/Alto – Belting.
Mrs. T: Ancient, cranky, and thistle-like. The Kindergarten teacher who Kate Monster works for.
Nicky: A bit of a slacker, who lives with Rod. Think Ernie from Sesame Street. Mid 20s to early 30s. B2-B4/Baritenor.
Princeton: A fresh-faced kid just out of college. Bb2-G4/Baritenor.
Rod: A Republican investment banker (resembles Bert from Sesame Street) who lives with Nicky. Rod is stuggling with being gay and come out over the course of the show. Mid 20s to early 30s. A2-G4/Baritenor.
The Bad Idea Bears: Two little bears who like to come out and convince good people to do bad, bad things…in a snuggly way. 1 female voice (Mezzo) and 1 male voice (Baritone).
Trekkie Monster: Not to be confused with Cookie Monster, although the voice resemblance is uncanny! A monster who lives in the building on Avenue Q is very obsessed with the internet for naughty things! Bb2-Eb4.
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