GCC Theater Department First In Region To Perform “Avenue Q”

PR 065 – March 14, 2013 Department of Public Relations and Marketing
  Administrator, Andrea Stanton 856-415-2229
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Deptford Twp.  – The Gloucester County College theater department will be the first in the region to perform the Broadway hit “Avenue Q” beginning Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m.

A Tony “Triple Crown” winner — earning accolades for Best Musical, Score and Book — Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college graduate, and his journey to self-discovery. Known as the “adult version” of Sesame Street, it is revered for its quick wit and mature humor. Its colorful cast includes Princeton (“The Graduate”), Kate (“The Girl Next Door”), Rod (“The Republican”), Trekke (“The Internet Sexpert”) and Lucy (“The Slut”).

GCC performers include Sidney M. Maycock, III, Williamstown; Kaitlyn Tobin, Franklinville; Mandy DiPietro, Washington Township; Ethan M. Rundell, Glassboro; Lexa Tatulli, Washington Township; Justin Brown, Williamstown; Kyle Glenn, Franklinville; Miracle A. Tyler, Sicklerville; Mark Williams, West Deptford; Joe Grasso, Mullica Hill; and Karen Sabater, Deptford.

The production features the talents of George and Ann Neff of Dr. Neff’s Incredible Puppet Company, who trained the performers, and multi-talented artist Patrick Ahearn, who created the puppets.

A retired professor of fine arts, Neff taught at Rowan University for more than 38 years. In 1979, he established Dr. Neff’s Incredible Puppet Company. He and his wife Ann are known for their unique Sicilian faux-rod marionettes and circus hand puppets that they sew, sculpt, carve and paint out of recycled, raw materials.

Ahearn has been an adjunct at Rowan University since 1990. He possesses an M.F.A. Arts in dramatic arts from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in music education from Rowan. He has more than 16 years of experience in crafting puppets and performing in TV pilots and educational videos.

Show performances are slated for Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the door. Audience members must be at least 15 years old to attend.
To order tickets, call 856-415-2139. For more information contact GCC Theater Director Rose Gruber at 856-415-2134 or email rgruber@gccnj.edu.

Gloucester County College’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.