Friday, October 14, 2016

Stratford Playhouse Presents Puppet Musical

The award-winning Stratford Playhouse will open its new musical season Oct. 20 with the laugh-out-loud musical Avenue Q School Edition, the school adaptation of the smash Broadway hit that includes equal parts hand puppetry, comedy and a terrific musical score.

The light-hearted musical tells the story of recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York City apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. His new neighbors and friends seem nice, but not ordinary. Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates and ultimate life purpose.

The original musical production won the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book on Broadway. To bring this incredible show to the Stratford High stage, a 15-member student cast will portray three human characters and 12 puppets who interact as if they were also human, much like on Sesame Street.

The Spartan actors operate these puppets in full view, using both hands while singing, acting and dancing at the same time. A two-day puppet training workshop was conducted to help actors who guide a dozen puppets learn proper puppet handling, speech-mouth coordination and movements, and more. “I never knew how heavy a puppet could be,” one student said in a show press release.

Playhouse directors for the season opening musical are Marcie Baker and Christian Holmes. The student director is Kate Schageman. 

Tickets for Avenue Q School Edition are $16 in advance.  Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 20-22 and also Oct. 27-29 with a matinee planned on Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.  All tickets are available online or can be purchased at the Box Office at Stratford High School. 

For more information or to buy tickets visit or call 713-251-3449. Avenue Q School Edition” is being presented through special arrangements with Musical Theatre International (MTI). Parental guidance is suggested for children under 13 years old.

Read the full Stratford High Playhouse press release >>


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