Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston and Book by Arthur Kopit
Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:00 – 10:00
Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:00 – 5:00
Sunday, November, 16, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 Little Guido/Children
2:30 – 5:00 Callbacks
Performance dates: April 10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26, 2015
We will take auditionees in groups.
Please call Evelyn Corsini Alcorn at 617-484-3308 for appointment
Director/Choreographer: Jennifer Condon
Music Director: Mario Cruz
Production Manager: Ellen Kazin
Stage Manager: Stu Kazin
This extraordinary musical tells the story of film director, Guido Contini, and his attempts to devise a plot for his next film as he is being pursued by sexy, beautiful women each clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. He finally decides to use the substance of his life, told through flashbacks, to create a musical version of the Casanova story. Through these flashbacks involving relationships with the women in his life – his mother, the Nuns that schooled him, his mistress, and a prostitute among others – we watch him drift towards a nervous breakdown (what we would call a mid-life crisis today) from which he is held back by the support of his wife, Luisa. What makes this piece outstanding is the richness with which it has been imagined and the way all the pieces fit together. This masterpiece owes its life to the worlds of opera, concert, and musical theatre; it defies categorization.
Auditionees will be asked to prepare a section of two contrasting songs in the style of the show or author/composer. Please bring sheet music in the key you are singing – not a capella, please! Callbacks will consist of reading scenes from the script, singing selections from the score, and movement/dance.
Please let us know right away if you cannot make callbacks.
The women in this show are on stage much of the time and act as a Greek chorus.
It’s a fantastic ensemble with some amazing choral singing.
Guido Contini – sexy, passionate film director, in love with his wife and all the women in his past (High baritone)
Guido at an early age – young looking boy between ages of 9 and 12; innocent & full of wonder (Ab below middle C to F, two above middle C)
Luisa Contini – Guido’s wife, a strong, forceful woman, standing by her man (Contralto with strong mid-range: low E to Cb above middle C)
Carla – Guido’s mistress, sexy, naïve, & believes Guido will leave his wife for her (Mezzo soprano: E, two above middle C (+ requires vocal gliss up & down from high C)
Claudia – less naïve, very classy movie star who has outgrown Guido (Alto: E, two above middle C)
Guido’s Mother – Part angel, part nun who represents the “good” Guido (Soprano – Ab, two above middle C)
Liliane LaFleur – Shrewd, smart producer & former show girl still caught up in the Guido myth (Alto – low G to B above middle C)
Lina Darling – LaFluer’s mysterious accomplice (No solo singing)
Stephanie – Sexy critic, disturbing, and a nuisance (Alto – up to B above middle C)
Our Lady of the Spa (Alto – E, two above middle C)
Mama Maddelena – Head chambermaid, earthy and funny (Mezzo Soprano – low G to A, two above middle C)
Sarraghina – Sexy, voluptuous prostitute (Contralto – strong low G to G above middle C)
The Italians – Diana, Maria, Francesca, Annabella, Giulietta, Renata, A Venetian gondolier (All Vocal Ranges needed)
The Germans – Olga Von Sturm, Heidi Von Sturm, Ilsa Von Hesse, Gretchen Von Krupf (All Vocal Ranges needed)
- “All I can say is WOW! Saw this wonderful production (AVE Q) last night and was charmed, titillated, moved and thoroughly entertained. DIRECTORS, Production Team and terrific Cast (both humans and puppets) piled on their skills and talents, which were prodigious, to say the least. A great night at the theatre and one that should not be MISSED! Just terrific! Heartiest congratulations to ALL for a great accomplishment!”
- “This charming, hilarious and sometimes touching production…Laughed until I almost (you know what)… Stellar direction, technical excellence, awesome directing talents and gifted cast who brought these puppets (err..characters) to life in such amusing, touching and thoughtful ways. EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DONE.”
- “A stellar cast and highly entertaining show…”
- ” while I had expected to see a great show I was taken to a level above that…I laughed so hard… the set was perfect, the puppets, actors, songs, story lines….all just great. Singing voices are incredible and I left feeling very satisfied having spent a wonderful evening of entertainment.”
” I was blown away. It was such a great show. A flawless production and performed beautifully in all regards.”
Because we are JUMPING UP AND DOWN about it.
Don’t miss it, for reals. It’s a very very good production of a fantastically funny show. It starts this Friday and runs for three weekends.
Some offers to entice you…
- Opening Night Friday October 17: Champagne Reception after the 8pm show
- Sunday October 19: Talkback with the cast and characters after the 4pm show
- Sunday October 26: Backstage tour after the 4pm show
Check out our fun “Q” videos. And then GET YOUR TICKETS!
Special Offer! “Avenue Q” to You Backstage Tour
Buy your ticket to “Avenue Q” for Sunday, October 26, between now and October 17 and get an exclusive tour backstage.
Sunday, October 26, following the 4 PM matinee performance
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how “Avenue Q” comes to life!
- Step onstage and find out how the actors get to the second floor.
- See where the puppets hang out.
- Discover where the orchestra hides.
- See where the stage manager calls the sound and lighting cues.
- See our production shop where we transform lumber into a set.
- Visit the green room, hair and make-up room, and costume area.
- Meet the producer, set designer, puppet wrangler, and crew.
Fine print: One tour reservation per ticket holder. You will need to walk up and down two short flights of stairs. No photographs, please.
It’s easy to register! Just buy a ticket to the Sunday, October 26, 4 PM Avenue Q performance before October 17 at midnight. Keep your ticket envelope. Meet in the auditorium after the show.
Don’t delay: this offer ends Friday at midnight!
The cast of AFD Theatre’s “Avenue Q.” Pictured from left to right: Vivian Liu-Somers, Paul Alperin, Justin McCoubry, Andrea Lyons, Lali Haines, Ruth Fontanella, and Scott Giangrande. Puppets constructed by Character Translations, Inc. for Music Theatre International. Photo credit: Courtesy Leslie Maiocco Photography
About “Avenue Q”
Our 92nd season begins with the Tony-Award winning musical Avenue Q.
Show dates are Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov 1 at 8 PM and Oct. 19, 26, and Nov. 2 at 4 PM.
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate, Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Together, Princeton and his neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although the show addresses adult issues, it’s about a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.
The Broadway production of Avenue Q ranks in the top 25 longest running shows in Broadway history. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.
AFD Theatre’s Avenue Q cast features Paul Alperin of Arlington, Ruth Fontanella of Allston, Scott Giangrande of Dracut, Lali Haines of Weston, Andrea Lyons of Malden, Justin McCoubry of Brookline, and Viv Liu-Somers of Newton. Most of the cast are “puppet actors,” each characterizing the part of a puppet resident of Avenue Q. AFD Theatre is using the same puppets as in the New York production, constructed by Character Translations, Inc. for Music Theatre International.
Parental Advisory: Avenue Q has a caution about explicit content, strong language, adult and sexual situations, and full puppet nudity. Avenue Q is not suitable for children.
Our season continues with the drama “Good People” with performances January 9-18, the spectacular musical “Nine” April 10-26, and the comedy “Quartet” June 12-21.