Area Stage's conservatory students regularly wow audiences of all ages with their ability to tackle -- and handle -- challenging musical theater. They'll try it again, with puppets no less, when Area's production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q opens Friday for a run through Dec. 18.
David Harrison, Evelyn Cardenas, Lourdes Maria Artiz, Kristina Cibran, Tito Sanchez, Frankie Gonzalez, Ale Mesa, Giancarlo Rodaz and Anamari Mesa comprise the human part of the cast, operating the puppets and singing the score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Area's artistic director, John Rodaz, is staging the show about twentysomethings trying to make it in New York as they figure out their identities and purpose in life. Though Avenue Q is something of a homage to Sesame Street, its decidedly grown-up content makes it inappropriate for younger kids (Area suggests that, if Avenue Q were a movie, it would be rated PG-13).
You can see Avenue Q in Area's theater at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, with tickets priced from $10 to $25. For info, call 305-666-2078 or visit the theater's web site.