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Puppets tackle mature material for Thiel Players’ production of award-winning ‘Avenue Q’


Puppets tackle mature material for Thiel Players’ production of award-winning ‘Avenue Q’

GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Thiel Players at Thiel College will present “Avenue Q,” the winner of the 2004 “Tony Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, on April 21-23 at the William A. Robinson Theater. The play features mature themes and language and is Rated R.

The Thiel Players have provided free theater for the campus and community for five decades. They choose productions on a three-year rotation. Over the course of six semesters, students work on a Classical piece, a period-language piece, an early modernist piece, an English language classic, a contemporary play, a musical and a production for young audiences.

“We are thrilled to present a playful, provocative show that is perfect for our student audience. It’s a story about finding one’s purpose and surviving life after college,” Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and show director Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., said. “The satirical, profane content is akin to “South Park” or “The Book of Mormon,” so mature audiences only please.”

Written by Jeff Whitty, “Avenue Q” tells the story a kid trying to find his way in New York City on Avenue Q. We are introduced to Princeton, a college graduate struggling to find his purpose. On this journey, he meets new friends, finds love, loses love and finds it again. Similar to “Sesame Street,” “Avenue Q” is performed with puppets but unlike “Sesame Street,” this R-rated comedy is intended for adults.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on April 21-22 and 2 p.m. on April 23. The production is free and open to the public. Advanced reservations for the performance are recommended but not required. The William A. Robinson Theater is located behind the William A. Passavant Memorial Center on campus.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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