(February 7, 2013)

Alumni, students entertain in local production of Avenue Q

SHREVEPORT, LA — Several Centenary alumni and students are displaying their creative talents in Stage Center's production of Avenue Q, opening Friday, February 8. Current students participating in the musical include Costas Dafnis who is heading up the musical direction and Chelsea Hockaday who is making her Stage Center debut as Kate Monster.

Avenue Q production art

The cast also features a third student and Centenary alumni:

  • Emily Mwakitawa '11 — Gary Coleman

  • Seth Taylor — Nicky

  • Corey Shadd '09 — Rod

  • Reagan Cassanova '05 — Lucy, Mrs. T, and others

  • Cazes Verbois '11 - Ensemble

The musical follows a recent college graduate, Princeton, who moves into a New York apartment on Avenue Q, a place where puppets are friends. In a hilarious spin, Princeton realizes that he is not just a part of an ordinary neighborhood as he and his new friends struggle to find work, love, and purpose in their lives.

"Avenue Q is a very funny show," said Shadd, who has the role of Rod. "While the show does have some adult material and is rated R, it talks about everyday issues that people deal with as they come into adulthood. It has been a privilege to work with the other actors and musicians in the show, and I hope people will come out and support the local arts."

Performances will run Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. February 8-16. Special performances will take place Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now online or call or text 218.9978.
Adults $15. Students $10 (with valid ID only).

Avenue Q addresses issues like sex and drinking. Parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children.