'Avenue Q' at Manoa Valley Theatre

January 11-February 10, 2019


Manoa Valley Theatre continues its momentous 50th anniversary play season with the return of Avenue Q, a musical comedy by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty and winner of the TONY® “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, this laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who, along with new human and puppet neighborhood friends on New York’s Avenue Q, struggles to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Addressing humorous adult issues and filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, 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.

Guest Director/choreographer is Ahnya Chang. Music Director is Jenny Shiroma. Puppetry Specialist is CoCo Wiel. Assistant Director is Camille Domaloan Michel. Set design is by Andrew Doan. Lighting design is by Janine Myers. Master Electrician is Gabriel Ahmed Prince. Assistant to the Master Electrician is Shannon Zook. Co-costume design is by Jennifer Hart and Trudy Hodnefield. Props design is by Sara Ward. Hair and make-up design by Lisa Ponce de Leon. Sound design is by Jason Taglianetti. Sound Operator is Hunter Skeen. The stage manager is Erich Steinwandt-Gudoy. Performing in the show are Bailey Barnes as Gary ColemanJody Billas Kate Monster, Dan Connell as Boy Bad Idea Bear/A BoxDon Farmer as Brian, Sage Foi as Trekkie Monster, Pedro Haro as Rod, Chev-Vaughn Lum as Princeton, Kyle McNamara as Nicky, Julie Okumura as Mrs. Thistletwat/Right Arm Puppeteer and a Box, Christopher Pascua as Newcomer/Right Arm Puppeteer and a Box, Lindsay Rabe as Lucy, Rāche’ Sapla as Girl Bad Idea Bear/A Box and Aiko Schick as Christmas Eve.

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