Once Upon A Time Players Kick Off 2012 Summer Season with Avenue Q

There’s no place to go but home to Avenue Q! Yes, Broadway’s blockbuster hit, Avenue Q, is making it’s way into the regional and local theatre scenes around the nation and one very special production of that show is about to kick off in the Philadelphia region! The Once Upon A Time Players will kick off their summer 2012 season with Avenue Q with performances June 8th, 9th and 10th at Washington’s Crossing Open Air Theatre in New Jersey.

Once Upon A Time Players is a theatre company based out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2006 by Brendan Stackhouse, the company has grown from producing one show a year to now between six and eight productions annually. The company describes itself in the following way on its website:

“Founded in 2006, The Once Upon a Time Players L.L.C. are a professional organization that performs high quality theatre at a low cost. Through producing a varied season of 6 shows a year, we ensure that the communities we perform in receive a unique, meaningful, and entertaining theatre experience. 

But theatre is about more than the audience. The Once Upon a Time Players also strive to give the actor, dancer, and designer a place to practice their craft and even earn some money doing it. In a collaborative and fun setting, artists are able to fine tune and practice their craft and take pride in the end result.”

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is a musical that features music & lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx with a book by Jeff Whitty. A downright hilarious musical, Avenue Q tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate, Princeton, who moves into a New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. However, shortly upon arrival Princeton discovers this is not your typical neighborhood. Upon meeting his new and odd friends, Princeton and them work together to find jobs, dates, deal with daily life issues and discover their true purpose in life. Avenue Q features hits such as “If You Were Gay”, “Purpose”, “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist”, “My Girlfriend Who Lives In Canada” and “For Now”.

Avenue Q stars Alex Boniello as Princeton, Elizabeth Miller as Kate Monster, Tom DeMichele as Trekkie Monster, Brian Dratch as Nicky, Dan Kriss as Rod, Sammi Cohen as Lucy T. Slut, TJ Lamando and April Lavalle as The Bad News Bears, Matt Sydney as Brian, Allison Dufford as Christmas Eve and Olivia Puckett as Gary Coleman. Ailsa Hoke, Robby Haltiwanger, Chiara Trentalange and Jonathan Rosenbaum make up the ensemble.

Brendan Stackhouse will direct, choreograph and scenic design the production. Musical direction will be by Michael ZweigBrian Dratch is puppet creator and assistant director. Valerie Caniglia is production stage manager with Chelsea Vann as assistant stage manager.

Do not miss the chance to kick off a fantastic summer of theatre with The Once Upon A time Players and this fantastic piece, Avenue Q! Washington Crossing’s Open Air Theatre is located at 355 Washington’s Crossing – Pennington Rd in Titusville, New Jersey. Performances for Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm (Opening Night), Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for Avenue Q are $15 (Adults) or $10 (Children 12 and under) and can only be purchased at the door. For more information, go to www.onceuponatimeplayers.com for more information on Avenue Q and their entire Summer 2012 season. Also, check out The Once Upon A Time Players Facebook and Twitter (@OUATPlayers). And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and more!

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