HSU Theatre to present Avenue Q

Henderson State University Theatre, in partnership with the Department of Music, will present seven performances of Avenue Q on April 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, and 23 in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. All performances start at 7:30 p.m., with a reception following the opening performance.

Avenue Q is based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx who wrote the music and lyrics, and a book by Jeff Whitty.

This modern comic musical is about a fresh-out-of-college kid trying to find his purpose in life in his new home on Avenue Q. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” of Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book in 2004, Avenue Q is “part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.” It is recommended for mature audiences.

The cast of the Avenue Q includes: Georgeann Burbank of Bryant; Anna Gabrille Brantley of White Hall; Bryant Christopher Curtis of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; David de Rueda of Monticello; LaDarius L. Jamerson of Fort Smith; Koty Mansfield of Benton; Anthony McBride of Benton; Tanner Oglesby of Benton; Magee-Lee Preston of The Colony, Texas; Savannah Reynolds of Monticello; Jordan Sereal of Sherwood; and Kenny Taggard of Arkadelphia.

The play is under the direction of Claudia Beach, professor of theatre arts, with music direction by William Higgins, professor of music. Choreography is by cast members Jamerson, Mansfield, and McBride. Scenic and lighting design is by Douglas Gilpin, professor theatre arts.

Student designers include: Tyler Felton of Batesville, costumes and makeup; Zachery Ingersoll of Jacksonville, sound; and Ingersoll and Georgeann Burbank, video. The stage manager is Bethany Weed of Clarksville.

The HSU Theatre Box Office in Arkansas Hall will open for advance ticket sales from 1- 4 p.m. beginning Monday, April 11. All seats are reserved. Admission is $10, or free with an HSU student ID, courtesy of the Student Activities Board.

For more information or reservations, call 870-230-5291, or e-mail theatre@hsu.edu.