Avenue Q at Tandem Friends School

Even though Tandem Friends is a rather progressive, forward thinking kind of school I was shocked when I heard that AVENUE Q was selected as the Upper School play this year.  I agree that teens should learn about and discuss issues presented in the play in the safe environment of their homes and the class room but Holy Cow! this is some fairly grown up content.

Then I learned that the play has been adapted to be more appropriate for this age group.  Now I am curious how much it is changed and if the piece maintain its integrity.  If you are also curious (or even if you would just like to see the show) here is the 411:


Music and Lyrics by  Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by  Jeff Whitty
Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Tandem’s Artistic Team:
Director –  Larry Goldstein
Music Director – Erica Umback
Choreographer – Galen Greenlaw
Puppetry Director – Jigsaw Jones
Scenic Designer – Chris Halstead

AVENUE Q SCHOOL EDITION is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.  He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.   Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is packed with heart.

Because the original AVENUE Q has some content elements that have previously made it a difficult choice for some high school productions, MTI has worked with the AVENUE Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers.  The show addresses important issues and stays true to its identity as an energetic blend of a beloved children’s show and aB roadway musical. Avenue Q is a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.(Adapted from the Avenue Q website)

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25 – 27 at 7 p.m.  and Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10/Adults and $8/Students and Seniors.  Reservations may be made by calling Kelly at 434-296-1303 x0.  We will reserve 100 seats per show and release them 10 minutes before curtain.  There will also be 35 seats left unreserved for first-come, first served.


Click on the icon to learn more about Avenue Q School Edition, and to hear some snippets from the songs!

Photos from the Show
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avenue q reh with puppets (1)
Tandem’s Cast Features…

Princeton – Basil Ward
Kate Monster – Hannah Frobom
Nicky/Ricky – Josh Tucker
Rod – Jay Epstein
Brian – Matthew Toscano
Christmas Eve – YiQing Zhao Schramm
Trekkie Monster – Carden Hamer
Gary Coleman – Tiffany Ames
Lucy – Alice Newkirk
Mrs. Butz – Hannah Kirk-Nass
Bad Idea Bears – Carson Stone, Sphie Caplin, Emi Waugh
Newcomer – Dylan McAuley
Ensemble – Clare Sevcik, Kate Moody, Maggie Bargelski, Emi Waugh, Dylan McAuley, Sophie Caplin, Carson Stone, Hannah Kirk-Nass



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