It is obvious that the HMC production of Avenue Q is a moment in amateur theatrical time when a large number of talents collide and blend to achieve a stunning result. I loved it as did last night’s audience.
Everyone named in the impressive production list has had an influence in creating a wonderfully slick and professional show. Bravo!
Production team leaders: Director GORDON COOMBES, Musical Director PAUL SINKINSON, Choreographer SARAH WILLIAMS, Production Manager CHARISSA McCLUSKEY-GARCIA, and Stage Manager ANTHEA BROWNE have planned, assembled, rehearsed and executed a stage gem.
The slightly sleazy but perfectly apt and pragmatic set looks good and works well. All aspects of the production, in particular, sound quality and lighting were spot on.
Music from “The Band” provided a subtly blended vehicle to accompany some remarkable singing voices. The cast moved and danced their stuff with well drilled ease. The movement of puppet characters on and off stage was quite brilliantly handled.
The play looked great and sounded great from start to finish.
As for the principal characters and their human friends superlatives fail me! Each character was voiced with great affection and feel for the plays key themes. The complexities of friendship and relationships. And each of the principal acting ensemble was perfectly cast and displayed a wonderful wealth of talent. I cannot single out any one individual, so to: MICHAEL BATES (Princeton), KATE HODGES (Kate Monster), RAY CULLEN (Rod), IAN BUXTON (Trekkie Monster), SHELLEY CROOKS (Lucy T. Slut) and WARREN LOGAN (Nicky), MARK DeLAINE, JESS GOC-ONG, and ALISA JAMES and all other players and handlers my humble congratulations.
I can never take my “Teddy Bear” to bed with me ever again!