Performance right up guests’ avenue

Holly Thompson & Erica PhillipsManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Cast members from Avenue Q perform The Money Song.
Camera IconCast members from Avenue Q perform The Money Song. Credit: Holly Thompson

Manjimup Repertory Club’s performance of Avenue Q debuted at the weekend and attracted many people from across the Lower South West.

The show can be likened to an adult version of Sesame Street, with colourful puppets and characters helping to tackle difficult themes in a fun and creative way.

In the opening act the audience is introduced to the characters in the show who live on Avenue Q, including the two main characters Kate Monster and Princeton.

Princeton is trying to find his purpose in life after being laid off from a job he had not even started yet.

Kate Monster is looking for love, but her biggest dream is to open a school for monsters just like her.

Kate and Princeton enter into a romance which at times becomes rocky with misunderstanding and it is this conflict which drives the plot of the story.

The performance was fast paced and challenged social constructs and taboo subjects such as racism, homophobia and depression in a light-hearted and amusing way.

The play uses song and dance to tell the story, making it lively even through these darker themes.

The actors did a great job of bringing the puppets to life and they seemed to take on the expressions and mannerisms of the actors.

The play still has three more shows left, which will run on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

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