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Desert Foothills Theater presenting Avenue Q: School Edition


SCOTTSDALE – Follow the adventures of a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life in Desert Foothills Theater’s production of the puppet-filled comedy Avenue Q: School Edition.

DFT will present Avenue Q: School Edition Friday, Jan. 8 through Sunday, Jan. 17 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center's Black Box Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., in Scottsdale.

DFT’s production will be directed by Chris Hamby, with musical direction by Daniel Kurek and choreography by Paul Pedersen. The production will feature a talented cast of 21 actors, ages 13-19.

Winner of the TONY ‘Triple Crown’ for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

“The Avenue Q: School Edition still covers the same themes of the original including acceptance of others, finding yourself and more, but some of the language and more graphic scenes are toned down. The editing was actually done by the original authors so the show keeps its integrity,” Director Hamby said.

Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Adult tickets range from $16 to $21. Youth tickets are $14 to $16. To order tickets, visit or call (480) 488-1981.