Audition Notice: Avenue Q

Book by Jeff Whitty
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Directed by Jeremy Zeller
Produced by Rick Steinberg
Music Directed by Benjamin Glasner

Audition Dates & Times: 

**TWO NIGHTS ONLY!** Sunday and Monday, February 17 and 18, 2019, at 7:30pm

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Performance Dates: 

May 3 through 12, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Audition Requirements: 

Auditioners must bring sheet music, or a track without vocals, with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars (or approx. 1 minute) of a Broadway-style song that showcases their vocal range, and in a style that is consistent with the character you are auditioning for. (A comedic piece is a plus.) Please DO NOT sing a song from the show.

Auditioners will also read from the script. Sides are available for perusal here: bit.ly/CPTAveQSides -- and will also be available when you arrive at the theatre for your audition. Please also have a joke prepared (max 15 sec.). All roles are available; seeking all ethnicities.

Open call audition; no appointment required. Non-union, NO PAY.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the material contained within the show, no one under the age of 18 will be permitted to audition.

Plot Summary: 

AVENUE Q was the winner of the 2004 Tony® Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. It's a musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life, who find themselves living on humble Avenue Q.

For More Information: 

Please contact Sarah Ely, assistant producer, at sarah@dijatool.com

Character Breakdown: 

FYI: Puppet actors should be able to sound like the ages listed. Just like Nancy Cartwright voices Bart Simpson, some parts may be suitable for either gender. Human actors should be able to play the ages, races, and genders listed. Previous puppetry experience not required. All actors must be strong singers/actors with great comedic timing and strong character voice. Vocal style is contemporary musical theatre with a pop flair.

PRINCETON (20s): Hand and rod puppet. He is sweet, charming, cute, and sincere. He has recently moved to Avenue Q where he learns life lessons the hard way from puppets and humans alike. Loveable and appealing (Range: Bb2 - G4)

KATE MONSTER (20s): Hand and rod puppet. A Kindergarten teaching assistant who dreams about eventually opening a school for monsters. She may look sweet, put-together, and conservative, but has a very feisty and opinionated Monster side. She quickly falls for the new guy on the block, Princeton. (Range: F#3 - F5)

NICKY (20s): Live hands puppet. An unemployed twenty-something slacker who is Rod’s roommate. Charming and undeniably cute, he has no problems with Rod being gay. (Range: B2 - B4)

ROD (20s): Hand and rod puppet. A conservative, uptight investment banker who is a closeted homosexual. Trying to come to terms with his sexuality with the help of Nicky, his best friend and roommate. (Range: A2 - G4)

TREKKIE MONSTER (30s): Live hand puppet. He lives on Avenue Q in the same building that Princeton moves into. An odd monster who has a big heart, he invested in the internet and is secretly a millionaire. (Range: Bb2 - Eb4)

LUCY T. SLUT (20s): Hand and rod puppet. A vixenish vamp with a dangerous side who sings at a local café. The star of "Girls Gone Wild" Parts 2, 5, and 7. She sees other women as obstacles to men. (Range: F3 - F5)

BAD IDEA BEARS (one is blue and one is pink): Hand and rod puppets. A cute and charming little pair of bears who, together, are a very bad influence on Princeton. (Range: Bb3-G4)

MRS. T (Older): Live hand puppet. An old spinster teacher who is bitter and conservative. She is Kate Monster's boss. Doubles with one of the bears.

CHRISTMAS EVE (20s-30s): Asian female. She wants to be a therapist and lives on Avenue Q with her Jewish husband Brian. She is smart, blunt, and edgy, but also nurturing and kind. (Range: B3 - F#5)

BRIAN (20s-30s): Human male. A laid-back, wannabe comedian who doesn’t mind being unemployed. A good guy with a relaxed attitude who everyone always likes. Easy to be around. He is married to Christmas Eve, who is constantly badgering him to get a job. (Range: B2 - F#4)

GARY COLEMAN (mid 20s - 40s): African American female. Former celebrity and now lives/works on Avenue Q. Funny and sardonic, with a unique and vivid presence. Has lived life. She can be any physical type. (Range: D3 - Bb5)