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"Avenue Q" Presented for the First Time in the Upstate by Limestone Theatre
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Anna Grace Bradford of Spartanburg, Ashley McHam of Gaffney, and Matt Smith of Myrtle Beach perform in Avenue Q.

Avenue Q, the Triple Crown Tony Award-winning musical, will be presented for the first time in Upstate South Carolina on the Limestone Center Theatre stage April 18-20 and 25-27.

Curtain times each evening at 8:00 p.m. This hilarious comedy is intended for mature audiences only.

 "In essence, Avenue Q addresses adult issues in very much the same way Sesame Street presents children's issues. In keeping with that theme, we can definitely say that Avenue Q is brought to us by the letter 'M' for Mature Audiences Only," said Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson, Professor of English and Theatre at Limestone and Director of Avenue Q.

"It's easy to discount Avenue Q as a simple satire of children's programming (because of the use of puppets) and also easy to miss that it's tackling some real-life issues. Essentially, the authors set a task for themselves: what if adult life were tackled in the same way—simply, and with humor and heart. So racism, sexuality, poverty, commitment, dignity, and purpose are examined through a simpler and sometimes furrier eye."

Get Your Tickets!
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (65 and up) and students. Limestone students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with college identification. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door or can be reserved online

In 2004, Avenue Q was named Best Musical at the Tony Awards in a huge upset over top-nominated Wicked. It was also named Best Score, and Best Book.

Brought to You by the Letter "M" for Mature Audiences
The production is an adult, laugh-out-loud Sesame Street-like puppet musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton and his newfound friends struggling to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Avenue Q original cast member and Tony Award nominated puppeteer John Tartaglia visited the Limestone campus in March 2012 and led a day-long workshop with Limestone theatre students, most of whom will "pulling the strings" for characters in the College's production.

"There's something about puppets that cuts through our defenses and lets us be more receptive to seeing the world in a different light," said Dr. Baxter-Ferguson.

Cast members for Limestone Theatre's production of Avenue Q are:

• Matt Smith (Princeton); Myrtle Beach
• Anna Grace Bradford (Kate Monster); Spartanburg
• Bryan Long (Brian); Greenville
• Jorge Donoso (Nicky); Greenville
• Christopher Moore (Rod); Blythewood
• Jena Alford (Christmas Eve); Gaffney
• Ashley McHam (Gary Coleman); Gaffney
• Damon Green (Treekie Monster); Blacksburg
• Catherine Holly (Lucy); Cowpens
• Lauren Finney (Bad Idea Bear); Rock Hill
• Christopher Patterson (Bad Idea Bear and Ricky); Union
• Cynthia Tate (Mrs. T); Gaffney
• Valerie Case (Ensemble); Blacksburg
• Lauren Roberts (Ensemble); Blacksburg.

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Ashley McHam of Gaffney, Anna Grace Bradford of Spartanburg, Matt Smith of Myrtle Beach, Brian Long of Greenville, and Jena Alford of Gaffney perform in Avenue Q.

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Damon Green with Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q.