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
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