Avenue Q Closes Out the Season at The Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

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The Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre has been known as the place to see cutting edge, contemporary theatre. This is never as true as when puppets have sex, Gary Coleman is the neighborhood guru and Monsters are good. Avenue Q closes out the Studio season with a bang!

Director and the Playhouse producing artistic director, Andrew Vonderschmitt say this about directing this show, “I’ve been asked recently, “what’s with you and all the puppets?”. Including this show I have now done three shows in a row with puppets; The Cyclops, Little Shop of Horrors and now Avenue Q, with still another puppet presentation on the horizon for ALOT through the Arts Council of Long Beach calledSombras de los Muertes. Although I do love puppets of all kinds, I have to say that it has always been the stories that have drawn me to these projects. Whether you’re using puppets to tell a story or humans, what really draws you in is the actual narrative. This particular story is about real people (puppet or otherwise) in real circumstances. Several characters have lessons to be learned, fears to overcome, and relationships to solidify.  We can sympathize with them because they are displaying human traits, needs, and wants. We can empathize because they want what we all want; a purpose, friends, love, success, and a warm place to sleep.”

Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.


Princeton: Andrew Manzani
Kate Monster: Angela Griswold
Nicky: Dennis Dyck
Rod: Matt DeNoto
Trekkie Monster: Brian Bozanich
Lucy: Madison Mooney
Male Bad Idea Bear: Rick Reischman
Female Bad Idea Bear: Nicky Finn
Mrs. Thistletwat: Kellee Elizabeth Cullingham
Brian: Nicholas Woodall
Christmas Eve: Sawami Shinohara
Gary Coleman: Kieara Williams
Assistant Puppeteer: Caryn Aasness


  • Pay what you can Thursday Oct. 17 – community can see this production for whatever they can afford
  • Two for One Preview Friday Oct. 19 – Tickets are $12.00
  • Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on October 19 – Tickets are $27.00

Adults are $24.00, seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.

Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.

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