Desert Foothills Theater presents ‘Avenue Q: School Edition’

Trey DeGroodt as Princeton and Addison Bowman as Lucy in Avenue Q (submitted photo)

Trey DeGroodt as Princeton and Addison Bowman as Lucy in Avenue Q (submitted photo)

Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents “Avenue Q: School Edition” Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 through Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., in Scottsdale.

DFT’s production will be directed by Chris Hamby, with musical direction by Daniel Kurek and choreography by Paul Pedersen. Featuring a cast of 21 actors, ages 13-19, the puppet-filled comedy follows a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life, according to a press release.

Winner of the TONY “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad 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.

“The Avenue Q: School Edition still covers the same themes of the original including acceptance of others, finding yourself and more, but some of the language and more graphic scenes are toned down. The editing was actually done by the original authors so the show keeps its integrity,” stated Mr. Hamby in the release.

Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Adult tickets range from $16 to $21. Youth Tickets are $14 to $16.

To order tickets, visit www.dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

Puppeteer Jack Skummer and John Newell - Trekki Monster - work together to bring Trekki Monster to life (submitted photo)

Puppeteer Jack Skummer and John Newell – Trekki Monster – work together to bring Trekki Monster to life (submitted photo)

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