Avenue Q: School Edition

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Avenue Q, the satirical take on life’s little anxieties as told through puppetry, has become a staple of contemporary musical theater. With so many of its staples touching on basic social issues, a show like Avenue Q can appeal—and has—to a younger demo than its content would suggest. And West Philadelphia’s innovative Project Arts isn’t afraid to tackle some of its rougher material.

Specializing in theater pieces and performance art that incorporates issues of the lives of real teens—such as gender identity, class, diversity, LGBT rights and drug use—Project Arts became an educational theater company when founding member Rich Wexler produced Rent: School Edition three years ago as an after-school project while studying at Drexel. By blending a multi-disciplinary approach to the craft of musical theater and their outreach to teens without access to theater materials, Project Arts provides young people with an opportunity to grow creatively while addressing the reality of issues within their communities.

For Avenue Q: School Edition’s third production, teen performers were given puppetry workshops to better manipulate their characters and improv training to explore the range of their characters’ personalities. It addresses the same issues as its racier Broadway counterpart, but with a milder tone. These kids aren’t shying away from controversial topics; they’re striving to understand them. And ensure their peers do, too. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through Sun., March 30, various times. $10-$15. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. 215.301.2914. projectarts.info
 

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WHEN
Friday, March 21, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Sunday, March 23, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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WHERE
4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/23/2014. .

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