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Sierra Stages holds open auditions for 'Avenue Q'

Sierra Stages has announced open auditions for its summer production of Broadway’s Best Musical of 2004, “Avenue Q.” The show plays from July 10 through Aug. 3 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and is directed by Robert Rossman. Puppet consultation is by Ken Miele, and musical direction is by Ken Getz, who will also conduct the orchestra.

Winner of the Tony Award “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part flesh (humans), part felt (puppets) and packed with heart (universal). “Avenue Q” 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. There, he meets the girl next door, a Republican, an Internet sexpert and Gary Coleman (need we say more?), along with other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life. Be warned that “Avenue Q” contains adult language and puppet nudity. It is not for the kids (and some adults), but your teenagers may think you’re cool if you take them!

There are two opportunities to audition: Jan. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Auditions on both dates are at the Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. All roles other than Christmas Eve are open.

For important information about auditions and scheduling an appointment, please visit If there are questions about auditions, please send an email to or call Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210.

Sierra Stages’ 2013 Season also includes Shakespeare’s popular comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Nevada Theatre from Feb. 28 to March 23 and the hit Off-Broadway revue “Closer Than Ever” at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley from Oct. 31 to Nov. 23.

Information about the entire season, including 2013 season passes, may be found at This is the fifth season for the nonprofit community theatre, which has presented 15 musicals and plays since 2009. Sierra Stages productions have received 23 Elly Award nominations and four Elly awards.

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