Friday, February 11, 2022

Kean Theatre Conservatory Continues Its 2021-2022 Season with "AVENUE Q"


WHEN: February 18- February 26
 Wilkins Theatre at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
TICKETSrange from $10-$15 and can be purchased online at or by contacting the Box Office at (908) 737-7469. The Wilkins Theatre box office is currently open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The Kean Theatre Conservatory will dare to ask the question, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” when it presents the Tony Award Best Musical Avenue Q.  

Avenue Q garnered three Tony Awards in 2004 for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. This funny and irreverent show conveys life’s tough lessons through the trials and tribulations of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, who is anxious to discover his purpose in life; but first, he must find an apartment and a job, with no work experience—just like the other characters living on Avenue Q! Join Princeton along with the Broadway puppets for this toe-tapping, hilarious and often moving musical that the New York Times declared to be “a breakthrough musical of a very different stripe…savvy, sassy and delicious!" PLEASE NOTE, due to adult situations, like full-puppet nudity, Avenue Q may be inappropriate for children under 17.

Avenue Q
features Brandon Luckenbaugh as Princeton, Kennedy Kelly as Kate Monster, Eitan Hiller as Nicky, Jeremiah Rosado as Rod, Zachery Halley as Trekkie Monster, Destiny Davis as Lucy, Riv Dabul and Jess Kimberlin as The Bad Idea Bears, Rosa Spalliero as Mrs. T, Ryan Sautner as Brian, Hailee Ross as Christmas Eve and Melody Stubbs as Gary Coleman. Lorelle Lane and Joelle Velez complete the ensemble.

Performance artist and puppeteer Charlie DelRisco will direct and choreograph the production. Charlie holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College with an emphasis in Performance Studies and Puppetry. His original works have been featured in festivals in Vienna Austria; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Edinburgh, Scotland. Charlie is a current company member at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.

The Theatre Conservatory offers students the knowledge, skills, and critical perspectives necessary for building a strong foundation for a lifelong engagement with their art and their world, as well as providing a core educational foundation based on the liberal arts. The Conservatory offers B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs, constructed to make and teach theatre that celebrates the human condition and spirit. Our performance series provides quality, applied experiences through which students can explore and develop their potential as actors, educators, directors, stage managers, designers, technicians, administrators, and playwrights and develop the skills to pursue work in professional theatre and graduate school, or apply skills to a variety of professions both inside and outside the theatre. The study of theatre at Kean is enhanced by a partnership with Premiere Stages, an AEA company in residence, and proximity to New York, allowing frequent guest artists.

Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving more than 16,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers seven doctoral degree programs and more than 70 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union, Toms River, Jefferson and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit