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Cast photo of YVC's Avenue Q

Avenue Q takes the stage this fall

The Yakima Valley College Drama Department’s fall production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Avenue Q,” opened November 9 with upcoming performances November 16 – 18 at 7:30 p.m. Ray Pritchard, drama instructor, directs the production with musical direction by Steven Slusher, director of choral music.

Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, “Avenue Q” is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton, who arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Forced to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, he meets new friends, and together, they struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

“‘Avenue Q’ is a play that I’ve known for many years. I’ve always loved it,” says Pritchard. “Its edginess, raunchiness and inappropriateness makes people think. The show covers topics like racism and purpose and others that people will experience in the real world.”

YVC’s production includes cast members Kaya Luppino (Kate Monster), Alex Aweburn (Princeton), Cheyenne-Michelle Stefano (Gary Coleman), Greyson Malsam (Brian), Seiko Inada Werts (Christmas Eve), Randy Peltier (Rod), Chase Miles (Nicky), Noah Price (Trekkie Monster), Skylar Thomas (Lucy), Aimee Hostetler (Mrs. T/Ensemble), Katie Guthrie and Ivan Valencia (Bad Idea Bears), along with puppeteers Chris Mercy, Angel Saucedo, Duke Walker and Matt Marquez. Additional production support provided by Angel Saucedo (choreographer), Elizabeth Lopez (stage manager), Carlee Richard, Dalilah Nelson and Desi Quenzer (assistant stage managers), Elizabeth Rivera (costume/puppet design), Ruth Veselka (puppet design) and Brittany Winn (lighting design).

This production is rated “R”; those under 18 who wish to attend will need parental permission. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 seniors/students. Purchase tickets online now. For more information call 509.834.4554.