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Staples HS Debuts Avenue Q

Students Bring the Broadway Hit "Avenue Q" to Westport

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Westport, CT | Added on March 22, 2014 At 03:59 PM

Friday was the big night - The Staples' debut of Avenue Q.

Students at Staples HS are transforming this Broadway musical into a hit of their own.

 “I play Kate Monster who is a kindergarten teaching assistant and dreams of opening up her own school for monsters,” said student Emily Ressler.

 From center stage to back stage, you might not recognize Staples High School as it takes on the appearance of Avenue Q.

 “I think audiences will be kind of shocked to see high schoolers making some of the jokes.,” said student Will Haskell.

 It’s a tony award winning musical with colorful puppets and satirical laughs, telling the story of the “ups and downs” of the real world through a young broke new Yorker.

 “A lot of the inappropriate stuff has been taken out but we still kept a lot of the stuff.  We just made it more appropriate for high schoolers,” said Maddy Rosnek.

But mirroring an award winning musical isn’t easy.          

 “Puppetry has been very difficult,” said Emily. 

“I had to study it almost,” said Maddy.

“It was very tricky but we had puppet experts who came in and they worked with us.  Actually we had Rick Lyons who was in the original cast of Avenue Q,” said Will.

And just because your not on stage, doesn’t mean your not playing a big role.

“From the beginning of the production we set up a plot or a map of all the places that lights need to be hung for the show. Hang them, power them and make sure we can control them from the board.  And when it comes time make –control the cues from the board,” said Alex Fasciolo.

 I feel like that can be very stressful?

 “It’s a lot of pressure crammed into little time so for a week I don’t really sleep,” he continued.

 Students expect to sell out the remaining shows this weekend.


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