Nominated for six Tony’s and the winner of three, Avenue Q is coming to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, with show times at 7 p.m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. Students may attend for free, and the cost for the public is $5.
The much-acclaimed Broadway musical uses puppets, reminiscent of the days of Sesame Street innocence, to satirize the issues and anxieties entering into adulthood brings. Addressing adult themes with tongue-in-cheek humor, the play tells the story of Princeton, a man fresh out of college, struggling to find his purpose in life; Rod, a gay man conflicted about his sexuality despite others’ acceptance; and Brian and Christmas Eve, a young couple barely financially afloat despite Christmas Eve’s two master’s degrees.
“Avenue Q takes the most downtrodden and ugly parts of life, pulls them out, exaggerates them and says, ‘This is what you really have to look forward to!’ It does this humorously, mocking the light, rosy life we think is waiting for us and then reminds us in the end that everything, happiness, sadness, health and employment, is only for now,” McCain Moulton, the production’s assistant director, explains.
Katy Dorfshmidt, director of Avenue Q and president of SDSM&T Hardrockin’ Drama Club, “encourages people to attend because it shows off some of Tech’s artistic talent” – and versatility. “There are lots of quirky characters in the show and it has been a great opportunity to push our actors to the extremes.”
The SDSM&T Hardrockin’ Drama Club is a club focused on integrating the arts into a math and science-heavy environment – to great success. The club’s membership has rocketed from 15 members in fall 2011 to around 50 within a year.
This is the first musical production put on at the School of Mines since 1988.