Get in the Q for fun at the Av­enue

A com­edy mu­si­cal star­ring a va­ri­ety of colour­ful char­ac­ters is com­ing to Bucks this week. CAMILLA GOOD­MAN chats to Kate Mon­ster about the Av­enue Q about messy cast mem­bers and why a lint roller is al­ways on her rider

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as if it was real,l whichhi h re­al­lyll broughtb ht theth play alive. The whole plot it­self is amaz­ing, and this stage edi­tion was well-tweaked, giv­ing it the in­tended tragic feel­ing but with the ex­tra com­edy, done at ap­pro­pri­ate times.

My favourite char­ac­ter was Sh­muel acted by Tom Hib­berd – a nine-year-old, be­cause he had that sort of stage pres­ence, you could ac­tu­ally be­lieve who his char­ac­ter was. It is crazy to think chil­dren my age, can learn all those lines and act in that way.

Over­all I would rate this 5/5, as I could feel the emo­tion. Now, the ques­tion most peo­ple ask is, ‘is it like the film or the book?’ And the an­swer is the book. The film was more for adults, and (like the book) this is fine for any­one – boys and girls 11+ (or ma­ture 10 year olds).

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THE award win­ning Av­enue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Fol­low­ing five years in the West End and sell-out runs world­wide, the show is once again hit­ting the road and head­ing to Bucks on a brand new tour.

The show came to Ayles­bury Water­side Theatre on Tues­day and runs un­til Satur­day.

Cre­ated by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-cre­ator of Book of Mor­mon and writer of the songs for Dis­ney’s Frozen) Av­enue Q is a mu­si­cal which tells the story of the lov­able char­ac­ters on a down­town New York street try­ing to make sense of life’s burning is­sues.

Hi­lar­i­ous, cheeky and up­roar­i­ously en­ter­tain­ing, with a ter­rific batch of songs per­formed by a cast of tal­ented per­form­ers and pup­pets, Av­enue Q is the mu­si­cal like no other.

We chat to one of the pup­pets Kate Mon­ster ahead of the show.

Who is your favourite char­ac­ter in the show and why?

Well I don’t think it’s any se­cret to say that Prince­ton and I have had a spe­cial con­nec­tion ever since he moved onto the street! He can be a bit dopey at times, but he made me a mix tape once and I think that’s pos­si­bly the sweet­est thing any­one has ever done for me. Ever. Although the tracks he chose are very con­fus­ing – My Heart Will Go On… the theme tune from Friends… I’m not sure what he’s try­ing to tell me!

Do you en­joy tour­ing life?

I do love be­ing on tour and get­ting to see all the won­der­ful towns and cities in the UK! Av­enue Q is a pretty down­beat street in a very crummy part of New York, so it’s re­ally fun to see all the amaz­ing things Eng­land has to of­fer! Coun­try­side, sheep, fish and chips, tea, rail re­place­ment bus ser­vices…

How’s the tour go­ing so far?

We’re ac­tu­ally right in the mid­dle of re­hearsals at the mo­ment, and then we head over to Ayles­bury in the third week of the tour.

Does the cast get along well?

We get on so well! Trekkie Mon­ster can be very very messy, but luck­ily I don’t have to share a dress­ing room with him.

What items can be found in your dress­ing room?

The one thing I can’t live with­out in my dress­ing room is a lint roller. Be­ing a Mon­ster, the fur re­ally does get ev­ery­where! I al­ways do a quick whip around with the lint roller be­fore head­ing on stage. I also have a col­lec­tion of yoga CDs to help me get into the zone.

Do you get stage fright?

I some­times get ner­vous in the lead up to my big num­ber in the show. It’s called There’s a Fine, Fine Line and it’s a very emo­tional song about how it’s some­times a very fine line be­tween be­ing in love and be­ing friends with some­body. It has some very high notes so I have to keep my emo­tions un­der con­trol so I can hit them!

Has any­thing em­bar­rass­ing ever hap­pened to you while you’ve been on stage?

I’ve never had any ac­ci­den­tal mishaps on stage, although the Bad Idea Bears have been known to play

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