Local Theatre Opens 2013 Season In New Space With The Grown-Up Avenue Q

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Emma Wiseman, left, and Kyle Dagnan work with rehearsal puppets in their “morning after” scene of Avenue Q.  ETC will have performances Jan. 11-27.
Emma Wiseman, left, and Kyle Dagnan work with rehearsal puppets in their “morning after” scene of Avenue Q. ETC will have performances Jan. 11-27.

The community is invited to join Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga for their 2013 season opener Avenue Q Jan. 11-27; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Performances will take place in their new theatre space at Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road.

"The long answer for why we chose Avenue Q is that it’s such a good fit for our ensemble,” explains Artistic Director Garry Lee Posey. “It challenges us with learning new skills. It speaks messages about figuring oneself out, helping others and seeing the world the way it truly is in all its grimy prejudice and shining sincerity in a very unconventional way.  The short answer is because it’s funny.”

“I was introduced to Avenue Q in 2005 when a friend brought me the soundtrack as a souvenir from his trip to NYC.  It quickly became one of my favorite shows and has been ever since,” says Director Maggie Bradshaw. “It really is the perfect show for adults who are kids at heart, and this cast is full of them. This show is a hysterical, tongue-in-cheek, brutally honest way of looking at what life truly is for a young adult.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and are available at www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com, by calling 987-5141 FREE and at the box office. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.  Free parking is available at the Eastgate Town Center.

ETC’s production of Avenue Q is directed by Maggie Bradshaw and music directed by Jennifer Arbogast. Cast members include Mario Brooks, Kyle Dagnan, Ryan Laskowski, Garry Lee Posey, Morgan Shea Price, Paige Salter, Taylor Williams, Jeremy Wilkins, Emma Wiseman and Eric “Red” Wyatt.  The stage manager is Casey Keelen.


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