Avenue Q School Edition
A puppet-filled comedy follows a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life. (Adapted for High School Performers)
Show Essentials
7
Roles
+ Ensemble
12
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

The Ensemble appears and sings a cheery song about what a great day it is on Avenue Q ("The Avenue Q Theme").

Recent college graduate Princeton, portrayed by a puppet and equipped only with a Bachelor's Degree in English, is looking for two things: his life's purpose and an affordable apartment in New York City ("What Do You Do With a B.A. In English?"). On Avenue Q, he happens to find a building with a sign advertising an apartment for rent. Soon he meets a motley, but friendly, assortment of neighbors, including Kate Monster -- a kindergarten teaching assistant and puppet, Brian -- an unemployed comedian portrayed by a human, Brian's Japanese-American fiancé, Christmas Eve, and bickering roommates Nicky -- a slacker puppet -- and Rod, who is a straight-laced investor and puppet with staunch Republican views. The building superintendent is none other than former child TV star Gary Coleman ("It Sucks to Be Me").

Princeton decides to rent the apartment and is immediately welcomed into the neighborhood. It is not long before he hints at a potential romance with Kate Monster. Elsewhere, we find Rod enjoying a book about Broadway musicals of the 1940s when Nicky interrupts him. He begins relating an anecdote about a gay man who was hitting on him in the subway. Rod immediately becomes uncomfortable, but Nicky assures him that he'd have no trouble accepting Rod if he was a homosexual ("If You Were Gay").

Although Princeton was able to line up a job, he comes to find out that it has fallen through. Gary helps convince him that his sudden unemployment is an opportunity to find his life's purpose. Princeton reiterates his burning desire for finding a purpose ("Purpose"). Christmas Eve, Brian and Gary all appear to state what their purpose is.

Later, Princeton finds himself sitting out on the Avenue with Kate Monster. Kate shares her dream of creating a special school for monsters where they can be educated without fear of discrimination. Princeton then asks Kate if she is related to Trekkie Monster because they are both Monsters. Kate is offended and claims that's a racist assumption. Princeton retorts that he finds her 'monsters only' school racist. They agree that not only are they both a little bit racist, but everyone else is too ("Everyone's A Little Bit Racist").

Princeton is approached by the Bad Idea Bears: two adorable, snuggly bears who distract him from his quest to find his purpose. They successfully convince him to spend his rapidly dwindling funds on a case of beer.

Meanwhile, in her apartment, Kate receives a phone call from her unpleasant boss, Mrs. Butz. Butz informs her that she will have to take over the morning kindergarten class. Since Kate will be allowed to teach class on a subject of her choosing, she decides to teach them about something emotionally significant...friendship. Her hermit neighbor, Trekkie Monster, keeps interrupting her to say that friendship only exists online. Kate, however, firmly disagrees but Trekkie finally convinces her to join a social networking site and she becomes addicted ("My Social Life Is Online").

Rod approaches Christmas Eve for her advice on behalf of his 'friend,' who happens to be a gay investment banker. Christmas Eve advises Rod to tell this person to stay in the closet. Rod is very disheartened. Over at Kate's apartment, Princeton arrives. He brings her a mix tape, which confirms his romantic interest, and asks her out on a date to Around the Clock cafe ("Mix Tape").

At the café, Brian performs a comedic opening number ("I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today"). The next performer up is Lucy, a seductive puppet who performs a sultry song ("Special"). Kate initially declines to drink because of work the next morning, but the Bad Idea Bears arrive and convince Princeton and Kate to enjoy Long Island Iced Teas. Lucy begins to flirt with Princeton until Kate intervenes.

Later that night, in Nicky and Rod's apartment, Rod dreams that he overhears a sleeping Nicky mumble he is in love with Rod. Rod is overjoyed but then awakens to the realization that Nicky's love was only a dream. Kate, meanwhile, is in bed with Princeton ("Fantasies Come True"). Princeton gives Kate his lucky penny as a token of his commitment to her.

The next morning, we learn that Kate has overslept and missed her class. When Mrs. Butz calls to admonish her, Kate quits before she can be fired. Princeton asks Kate to accompany him, as his girlfriend, to Brian and Christmas Eve's wedding. She happily agrees.

Gary Coleman presides over the wedding. After the ceremony, Christmas Eve and Gary ask Nicky if Rod is gay; Nicky confirms that he believes Rod is, in fact, a closeted homosexual. Rod overhears this and is furious, protesting that Nicky is wrong about him. Rod kicks Nicky out of their apartment.

The wedding makes Princeton anxious about the fast pace of his relationship with Kate. He is worried their relationship is causing him to lose focus and that he is no longer trying to find his purpose. He abruptly breaks up with her. Kate is hurt, but salvages her pride ("There's A Fine, Fine Line").

Act Two

Two weeks later, Princeton is moping in his apartment. He is alone and unemployed, drowning in debt and no closer to finding his life's purpose. The Bad Idea Bears arrive and try to cheer him up. His neighbors then arrive to force Princeton to get up and out ("There Is Life Outside Your Apartment"). Princeton meets up with Lucy and takes her back to his apartment. The duo encounter Kate in front of the building. She is crushed. Christmas Eve explains to Kate that love isn't easy ("The More You Ruv Someone"). Kate leaves a note for Princeton, inviting him to meet her at midnight on the viewing platform at the Empire State Building. Unfortunately, Lucy intercepts and destroys the note.

Since being kicked out by Rod, Nicky has been staying with various neighbors. He has worn out his welcome with all of them, though. He asks Gary Coleman to let him sleep on his floor, but Gary refuses explaining that everyone takes a measure of comfort from the misery of others ("Schadenfreude").

Kate waits for Princeton on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. On the street below, Lucy informs Princeton that she is no longer interested in him. Angry because she believes Princeton has stood her up, Kate throws his lucky penny off the observation deck. It plummets to the street below and strikes Lucy in the head, knocking her cold.

We shift to the hospital where Princeton and Kate anxiously await word on Lucy's condition. Lucy is still unconscious. Kate realizes that Lucy must have intercepted her note and that Princeton did not stand her up. Kate confesses that she has abandoned her dream of starting a school for Monsters. Princeton apologizes for hurting Kate's feelings and tells her he still hasn't found his purpose in life. Meanwhile, Nicky, now homeless and begging in the street, attempts to reconcile with Rod. Rod is too proud to accept his apology, but later admits to Christmas Eve that he misses Nicky. All of the characters express their longing to return to happier times ("I Wish I Could Go Back to College").

Nicky, still begging in the street, asks Princeton for a quarter. Princeton turns him down, telling him he needs a moment for himself. Nicky tells him that he should start thinking about other people for a change. Inspired by this idea, Princeton decides to raise money for Kate's Monster school ("The Money Song"). The help of the entire neighborhood is enlisted in fundraising, including Trekkie Monster, who donates millions of dollars he has raised by selling all of his online friends' personal information to marketing companies. With a newfound motivation, Nicky decides to find a boyfriend for Rod.

The neighbors proudly present the new school to Kate, who is stunned and delighted. Christmas Eve and Brian announce that they are moving out of Avenue Q to a nicer neighborhood since Brian reveals he has begun a new career as a consultant. Rod then announces he is gay and invites Nicky to move back in with him. Nicky, however, reveals he has found a boyfriend for Rod and introduces him to Ricky. Christmas Eve tells Kate that it was Princeton who spearheaded the fundraising drive. Princeton and Kate begin their reconciliation ("There's A Fine, Fine Line [Reprise]").

A Newcomer arrives, expressing interest in renting the apartment being vacated by Brian and Christmas Eve. He is strikingly similar to Princeton ("B.A. In English [Reprise]"). Upon seeing the newcomer, Princeton exclaims that his purpose in life might be writing a musical to educate people on the real world. The others reject this notion immediately and the newcomer is insulted and storms off. Princeton laments that he may never find his purpose, but the neighbors reassure him that life has its ups and downs and is always full of surprises ("For Now").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Princeton
A fresh-faced kid just out of college and the protagonist. Puppet.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Kate Monster
A Kindergarten teaching assistant, who is a bit older than Princeton. Puppet.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G2
Nicky
A slacker who lives with Rod. Puppet.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Rod
An investment banker who is Republican and a closeted homosexual. Puppet.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Trekkie Monster
A reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer. Puppet.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Lucy
A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge. Puppet.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: F3
The Bad Idea Bears
Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types. Puppets.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: Eb3
Mrs. Butz
Crabby and ancient. Kate's boss. Puppet.
Gender: female
Age: 50 to 65
Brian
A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Christmas Eve
A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Gary Coleman
Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lives on the Avenue and is superintendent of the apartment buildings.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: G#3
Ensemble
Avenue Q Residents; Moving Boxes
Full Song List
Avenue Q School Edition: The Avenue Q Theme
Avenue Q School Edition: Opening (What Do You Do With a B.A. In English)
Avenue Q School Edition: If You Were Gay
Avenue Q School Edition: Purpose
Avenue Q School Edition: Everyone's A Little Bit Racist
Avenue Q School Edition: My Social Life Is Online
Avenue Q School Edition: A Mix Tape
Avenue Q School Edition: I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today
Avenue Q School Edition: Special
Avenue Q School Edition: Fantasies Come True
Avenue Q School Edition: There's A Fine, Fine Line
Avenue Q School Edition: There Is Life Outside Your Apartment
Avenue Q School Edition: The More You Ruv Someone
Avenue Q School Edition: Schadenfreude
Avenue Q School Edition: I Wish I Could Go Back To College
Avenue Q School Edition: The Money Song
Avenue Q School Edition: For Now

Show History

Inspiration

The show draws inspiration from the characters and format of Sesame Street. Jeff Marx, one of the show's creators, interned at the Sesame Street program early in his career, and three of the puppet characters are recognizable parodies of classic Sesame Street puppets.

Productions

Avenue Q was developed at the 2002 National Music Theatre Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. It eventually opened Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in March of 2003, where it received rave reviews and its run extended four times before closing in May of 2003.

Avenue Q opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on July 31, 2003. After 22 previews and 2,534 regular performances, it closed on September 13, 2009. Six weeks later, Avenue Q opened Off-Broadway at the New World Stages complex. As of July 2013, the musical continues to run at its Off-Broadway home.

The unexpected success of this raunchy and somewhat controversial musical also spawned sit-down productions in Las Vegas and London, two national tours, and a vast array of international productions.

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Billing

Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Requirements

Under the terms and conditions of your organisation’s Performance Agreement, the following credits must appear on all advertising (including websites) relating to the production. Credits must be reproduced faithfully in accordance with the following layout. No alterations or deletions can be permitted unless stated below.
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AVENUE Q
School Edition
 

Music and Lyrics by

Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Book by

Jeff Whitty

 Based on an Original Concept by

Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Originally Produced on Broadway by
Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffery Seller
Vineyard Theatre and The New Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
DIRECTOR'S SCRIPT1
ENHANCED STUDY GUIDE1
KEYBOARD1 - CONDUCTOR SCORE2
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK25

Production Resources

Resource
AVENUE Q PUPPET SET
LOGO PACK
LOGO PACK DIGITAL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT SMALL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT X-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT XX-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD SMALL
PERFORMANCE ACCOMPANIMENT RECORDING
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING
REHEARSCORE+
REHEARSCORE+ DIGITAL
SCENE PARTNER
TRANSPOSITIONS-ON-DEMAND
VIRTUAL STAGE MANAGER

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASSACOUSTIC BASS , ELECTRIC BASS
DRUMSBELL TREE , BONGOS , CHINA CYMBAL , COWBELL , DRUM KIT , EGG SHAKER , FINGER CYMBALS , ICE BELL , MARK TREE , RATCHET , SIREN WHISTLE , SLIDE WHISTLE , SPLASH CYMBAL , TAMBOURINE , TEMPLE BLOCKS , TRIANGLE , VIBRASLAP , WOOD BLOCK
GUITARACOUSTIC GUITAR , BANJO , ELECTRIC GUITAR
KEYBOARD 2
REED 1ALTO SAXOPHONE , CLARINET , FLUTE