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Musical opener draws rave reviews

Avenue Q: School Edition continues Saturday and Sunday this weekend

 

Randy Olson

Courtney Brandt (left) and Alyssa Dalen shown during the performance on opening night.

The opening night of "Avenue Q: School Edition" by the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa theater company was a smashing success. Those in attendance were given close to two hours of laughs and joyful moments while taking in a musical adapted from Broadway that shares a very special message for everyone. As they filed out afterwards shaking hands with the cast and crew, fans raved at the terrific singing, stage work and theatrics delivered by the students.

You have just two more chances to catch the show: tonight, Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the B-B-E high school theater; and then the last one on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at the same location.

"Avenue Q: School Edition" is directed by Lucy Lloyd with accompaniment by Mary Savelkoul. It is based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.

Catch a short glimpse of the musical at the video embedded here.

The Music Theater International website provides the following synopsis of the musical:

Randy Olson

The laugh-out-loud musical 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.

Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q School Edition is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Because the original Avenue Q has some content elements that have previously made it a difficult choice for some high school productions, MTI worked with the Avenue Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic (and comedic) intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers. - See more at: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000325#sthash.FLjcpNUl.dpuf

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