Open Sesame for Street parody


Melville resident Andrew Dawson (left) as Road and Ryan McNally as Nikky.
Melville resident Andrew Dawson (left) as Road and Ryan McNally as Nikky.

Directed by Jayde Clark at Phoenix Theatre, Avenue Q is an outrageous parody that is confronting while having a child-like direct and honest appeal.

The musical focuses on the life of Princeton, who finishes university and moves out into the big wide world.

Renting an apartment in Avenue Q, he meets several others all searching for their purpose in life.

Dawson plays Rod, a character similar to Bert from Sesame Street.

“Although fun and friendly, he can be a little uptight and has a rather queer secret,” he said.

“The most difficult thing is putting everything I know into practice – coordinating acting, choreography, singing, accents and puppetry all together.”

Involved in theatre since primary school, Dawson has also worked with the Second Chance, Murdoch and WA Youth Theatre Companies.

“I have never actually seen Avenue Q before but I have listened to songs and watched clips of the show on YouTube,” he said.

“When I saw auditions were being held, I had to make sure I gave it a shot.”

Avenue Q begins playing on March 3.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 concession and bookings can be made online at www.phoenixtheatreinc.com.au .

The production is supporting Lifeline through raffle ticket and program sales and collections made during The Money Song.