Avenue Q Program

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Avenue

Music and Lyrics by

Robert Lopez &

Jeff Marx

Book by

Jeff Whitty

Based on an

Original Concept by

Robert Lopez &

Jeff Marx

Originally produced on Broadway by

Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman,

Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre

and The New Group

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd,

exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY)

A0050647W


PRODUCTION TEAM

Set Design: Andrew McDougall

Set Construction: Georgia Antonello, Stephanie Black,

Ruby Gleeson, Scotty Legge, Brandon Lennie,

Andrew McDougall, Jesse O’Donnell, Sean Walpole

Properties Manager: Dee McDougall

Props Assistants: Georgia Antonello, Sean Walpole

Photography: Marco Antonello Photography

Audio/Visual: Brandon Lennie, Altona City Theatre,

Zach Rosing Productions LLC

Publicity: Brandon Lennie, Bianca Payne, Sean Walpole

Programme Design: Bianca Payne

Front of House Manager: Georgia Antonello

Sound: Stagepass Production Systems

Sound Operator: Gerard Hook

Costumes: Dee McDougall

Hair & Make-up: Dee McDougall

Puppets: Flying Monkey Puppets & Props

Lighting Design: Shong Lim

Lighting Operator: Talfryn Dawlings

Stage Manager: Scotty Legge

Assistant Stage Manager: Dave Angelico

Crew: Ruby Gleeson, Dee McDougall,

Christine Young

COMMITTEE

From the President

President: Sean Walpole

Vice-President: Dee McDougall

Treasurer: Georgia Antonello

Secretary: Brandon Lennie

General members: Stephanie Black,

Narada Edgar, Andrew McDougall,

Nathan Wright, Shane Sanfilippo

Hello and welcome to WATERDALE’s AVENUE Q. I’d like to

firstly thank all our previous patrons who are returning to

see another successful WATERDALE show, if this is your first

WATERDALE show I’d like to welcome you and thank you

on behalf of the organisation... You picked a fantastic and

hilarious first show to see! On behalf of the organisation

I would like to thank our Director Daniel Cooper for bringing his

humor and skills to the show. Musical Director Shelley Dunlop has brought her outstanding

musical knowledge to the table and has continued to show her ongoing

support for the organisation. Thank you to our current committee and volunteers, your support for the

organisation is never ending. Special thanks must be made to Br. Denis Moore, Mr. Bryan Collins,

Mr. Marty Macaulay and Parade College for their continued and ongoing support. WATERDALE has just

announced our third show for the year, THE PRODUCERS, which will be performed in September 2016.

SONGLIST

Act I

"The Avenue Q Theme"

"What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”

"It Sucks to Be Me"

"If You Were Gay"

"Purpose"

"Everyone's a Little Bit Racist"

"The Internet Is for Porn"

"Mix Tape"

"I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today"

"Special"

"You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want"

"Fantasies Come True"

"My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada"

"There's a Fine, Fine Line"

Act II

"It Sucks to Be Me" (Reprise)

"There Is Life Outside Your Apartment"

"The More You Ruv Someone"

"Schadenfreude"

"I Wish I Could Go Back to College"

"The Money Song"

"School for Monsters"

"For Now"


WATERDALE’s

Avenue

Directed by Daniel Cooper

Musical Direction by Shelley Dunlop

Puppetry Direction by Andrew McDougall

Choreography by Daniel Cooper & Shelley Dunlop

Produced by Stephanie Black

From the Director

Directing AVENUE Q has been a delightful challenge. In the

thirteen years since it premiered the story, characters and

songs have become an iconic part of the musical theatre

canon. With such a beloved and recognisable show, it has been

difficult to bring something new to AVE Q while still keeping

what people know and love about it. This is what I hope we’ve

done with our production. What I love about AVENUE Q is its

earnestness and simplicity, traits that are inherent in the material

that this show lovingly parodies, SESAME STREET. The creators

of this show - Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty and Robert Lopez - have clearly

shown their work in the way they capture the spirit of the legendary

show most of us grew up with. However they have also been clever in how

they lampoon and further explore the themes at the heart of SESAME STREET and how they fit into adulthood.

The most important of these themes are the ideas of everyone being special and having a purpose

in life, which are reiterated all through our childhoods, but we often loose sight of when we grow up. The

show understands that these ideals often disappear due to failure, loss and hardship. As such there is

an underlying cynicism to Avenue Q, as we compromise on our dreams or resign ourselves to never even

getting close. Despite this the show encourages us to keep going, as we never know what changes life will

bring, as very few things are certain and almost everything is for now. The only thing we can do is learn

from the lessons life teaches us and grow. All this in a show featuring puppet sex and songs about porn.

I hope you enjoy our production of Avenue Q, and that you have as much fun watching it as we had doing it.


CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Daniel Cooper

Daniel lost his directorial virginity to WATERDALE last year, directing URINETOWN

alongside fellow WATERDALE alumni Ian Nisbet and Narada Edgar. He has a

long history as a performer, appearing in shows such as INTO THE WOODS

(ACU Performing Arts), SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET

STREET (Altona City Theatre), SPAMALOT (MLOC Productions), PIRATES

OF PENZANCE (WATERDALE), and most notably as Franz Liebkind in THE

PRODUCERS (MLOC Productions). Daniel holds a B.A. (Drama and

Music) from the Australian Catholic University, for which he was

awarded the Justine Witts Drama Prize, as well as an Honours degree

looking at the formation of community within the musical Godspell.

Daniel has also dabbled in writing, with his short play TOP OF THE WORLD

appearing in Shepparton Theatre Arts Group Inc.’s 2013 and 2016 editions of 10 IN TEN.

Musical Director: Shelley Dunlop

Shelley studied Music Performance specialising in voice, and - as a selfprofessed

music nerd - also plays several instruments. She has previously

MD-ed WATERDALE’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE and HAIRSPRAY with BuST

Co, as well as vocal coaching THE PRODUCERS and HAIRSPRAY (Viewbank

College). Shelley was a founding member and arranger for a cappella group

Blue Notion. A dancer from a young age, she currently performs with tribal

fusion troupe ‘A Tribal Mantle’. Shelley has played in many an orchestra pit and

has appeared on stage in shows such as INTO THE WOODS (WATERDALE), FID-

DLER ON THE ROOF (BABIRRA Music Theatre), FAME THE MUSICAL (Camberwell

Youth Theatre Inc.) and LES MISÉRABLES (Croydon Parish Players).

Producer: Stephanie Black

Stephanie commenced her theatrical journey last year performing in

WATERDALE’s RAGTIME, and has since become part of the WATERDALE

family by joining the committee. Stephanie has also appeared in THE

MERRY WIDOW FROM BLUEGUM CREEK (Diamond Valley Singers Inc),

where she got to play her first supporting role as Mabel - one of the Ambassador’s

cheeky secretaries. She didn’t stop there, going straight into Nova

Music Theatre’s production of GREASE, and she has just finished working

on WATERDALE’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE. When she has finished producing

AVENUE Q, Stephanie will be taking on the role of Mabel (anyone else seeing a

pattern here?) in Lumina Theatre Co.’s inaugural production of FAME THE MUSICAL.

THE

BAND

Conductor/Keys 1 - Shelley Dunlop

Keys 2 - Ivan Doti

Guitar - Chris Dunlop

Bass - Anson MacDonald

Drum kit - Ryan Evans

Reeds - Alyce Yeoman


Special thanks to... Parade College, Br. Denis Moore, Bryan Collins, Marty Macauly,

Stagepass Production Systems, Ian Nisbet, Peter Antonello, Marco Antonello Photography,

Our Lady of Mercy College - Heidelberg, Sue & Stephen Walpole, 96.5 Inner FM,

Flying Monkey Puppets & Props, Kevin Nguyen,

Matthew Hadgraft, Josh Peterson


MEET THE CAST

Wade Robinson

Princeton, Rod

Wade had a big year in 2015, making his musical theatre debut as part of the ensemble in SPAMALOT

with MLOC Productions. He followed this up with his first supporting role in the Australian Premiere

production of FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL as Reggie/British Guy with Have You Seen It Productions at

Stageworx, where he received rave reviews for his performance. Wade is extremely excited to be part of

this production as he has been a big fan of THE MUPPETS and fascinated by puppetry since childhood.

Sarah Golding

Kate Monster, Lucy the Slut

Sarah has trained in classical and musical theatre voice, and studied Actors

Process at Sixteenth Street Actors Studio. Previously, she’s been seen as

Boyka in EUROBEAT (Supa Canberra), Beth in Jeff Wayne’s WAR OF THE

WORLDS (Supa Canberra) and Mrs Lyons in BLOOD BROTHERS (Queanbeyan

City Councill). Sarah has played this role in AVENUE Q twice before –

in 2011 with Supa Canberra and most recently in Trifle Theatre Company’s

highly acclaimed, sell-out production at the 2015 Melbourne International

Comedy Festival. Sarah will next appear as Dr Charlotte White in “I Miss The

War” by Melbourne filmmaker Andrew Walsh Films, due for release this year.

Andrew McDougall

Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Bad Idea Bear, Newcomer

Andrew is a familiar face around the Melbourne theatre traps, having been involved in the

industry for over 20 years. Andrew and his creations have appeared in shows such as

AVENUE Q (Nicky/Trekkie Monster, Puppet Designer and Co-Producer, Trifle Theatre

Company), WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE LIVE EXPERIENCE (Hatchling Lead/

Baby T-Rex, Creature Technology Company), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Plant Puppeteer

and Designer, WATERDALE), BROADWAY STITCHED UP (Co- and Puppetry

Director, SLAMS MTC), INTO THE WOODS (Milky White, WATERDALE), and I SING

(Charlie, Old Paradians’ Theatre Company). Andrew was nominated for ‘Best Supporting

Male’ at the 2011 Lyrebird Awards for his performance as Nicky in SLAMS

MTC’s AVENUE Q, and received a Judges Award in technical excellence as the production’s

Puppet Designer. He currently performs with the Camp Qualitypuppet program.

Kathleen Fong

Christmas Eve

Kathleen Fong is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of

Music, The University of Sydney, where she majored in voice.

Kathleen’s days are filled with all things fun and vocal, as she

teaches singing as a profession. Musical theatre performances in

Melbourne include playing the role of Gigi in Nova Music Theatre’s

2012 production of MISS SAIGON, and OTG Theatre’s CINEMAT-

IC BROADWAY in 2015. Kathleen is the vocalist for Kissed by Katie, a

(currently defunct) six-piece band working in styles as diverse

as jazz through to pop/rock. When not teaching or performing,

Kathleen is actively involved as a singer at City on a Hill: Melbourne.


Jesse O’Donnell

Brian

AVENUE Q marks Jesse’s fourth WATERDALE show in a row, after appearing in RAGTIME as

Henry Ford/an assortment of characters, URINETOWN as Senator Fipp, and PIRATES OF

PENZANCE as the Sergeant of Police. Jesse is no newcomer to the theatre world, having performed

in many amateur productions both in the ensemble and in lead roles. Highlights for Jesse

include playing Cornelius Hackl in HELLO DOLLY (Diamond Valley Singers Inc), Professor Bhaer in

LITTLE WOMEN (Oxagen Productions) and a Protean in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY

TO THE FORUM (Phoenix Theatre Company Inc). Outside of theatre, Jesse was recently awarded the

Herald Sun Young Leader Pride of Australia Award (2015) for his campaign against Domestic Violence.

Sasha Hennequin

Gary Coleman

Sasha has been a performer from a young age, having performed in some

of Australia’s biggest venues in corporate act GH Band. Sasha spent a

few months in New York in 2010, where she starred in commercials,

cable TV shows and attended workshops with some of Broadway’s biggest

stars. Since her return home, she has starred in several musicals including

JEKYLL & HYDE, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, ALL SHOOK UP (all with ARC Theatre),

RENT (BuST Co), GYPSY (WATERDALE), and SPAMALOT (MLOC Productions).

Last year Sasha was a part of the Australian Premiere cast of Have

You Seen It Productions’ FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL as Allison/Google Girl.

Bianca Payne

Bad Idea Bear, Mrs. Thistletwat

Since moving to the big smoke in mid-2013, Bianca has performed in WATERDALE’s

URINETOWN and most recently LOVE ME NOT with Western Arts Theatre Inc.

A proud expat’ of the Apple Isle, her theatre credits include THE GONDOLIERS

(Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Tasmania), BACK TO THE 80S (The Old Nick

Company) and Luna Lovegood in the Australian Premiere production of HARRY:

A VERY POTTER MUSICAL (Knack Productions). Bianca also featured on both stage and

screen in Uni Revues LARAGEDDON and MOONAH FOMA (also for Old Nick). Bianca

studied acting at COOPER SCREEN ACADEMY and sings with vocal coach Lisa-Marie Parker.

Kelly Trenery

Ensemble

Kelly’s performance credits include THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Nova Music Theatre),

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR (YABC) Millie Dillmount in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

(Ivanhoe Girls’), ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR, INTO THE WOODS JR and HONK JR -

MTGV Nomination for ‘Best Junior Female in a Supporting Role’ as Ida (Catchment

Players), HELLO DOLLY (BABIRRA Music Theatre) and SNOW WHITE: THE PANTOMIME

(Power House Thespian Guild). Her musical direction credits include BUGSY MALONE,

13, AVENUE Q: SCHOOL EDITION (MTGV Commendation), ANNIE JR and SEUSSICAL JR

(Catchment Players) and CINDERELLA: THE PANTOMIME (Power House Thespian Guild).

Jake Waterworth

Ensemble

Jake has been working hard in theatre in recent years. He was a vocal coach for productions of

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: ON STAGE!; DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR and also directing

HAIRSPRAY JR with KIDZ ACT. Last year, he returned to the stage playing the role of Prince Herbert

in MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT with MLOC Productions. Jake has a habit of jumping into

WATERDALE shows at the last minute after recently appearing in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

this past March. After AVENUE Q, Jake will be portraying the role of Simeon, in Aspect Inc’s

upcoming production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLORED DREAMCOAT.

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