Auditions & Submissions



Friday, August 2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, August 3 at 2:00pm

Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 7:00pm

4526 Albany Post Road – Hyde Park, NY
(St. James’ Church Parish Hall)

Performance Dates: October 18-25, 2024 at the Spencer Family Theatre at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, NY

Rehearsals will take place at 4526 Albany Post Road – Hyde Park, NY (St. James’ Church Parish Hall)

Actors (18+) should come prepared with 32 bars of a song from Avenue Q or similar style. Please bring sheet music for accompanist. Actors should also have a 60-second comedic monologue prepared.

Any questions can be emailed to the director, Justin Doro: [email protected]

Character Breakdown

Princeton – A fresh-faced kid just out of college and the protagonist. Puppet.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Kate Monster – A Kindergarten teaching assistant, who is a bit older than Princeton. Puppet.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: F#3

Nicky – A slacker who lives with Rod. Puppet.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: B2

Rod- An investment banker who is Republican and a closeted homosexual. Puppet.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: A2

Trekkie Monster – A reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer. Puppet.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Lucy – A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge. Puppet.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: F3

The Bad Idea Bears Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types. Puppets.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Mrs. T – Crabby and ancient. Kate’s boss. Puppet.
Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 65

A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: B2

Christmas Eve – A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Gary Coleman- Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lives on the Avenue and is superintendent of the apartment buildings.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Bb5. Vocal range bottom: D3

Join us on Sunday, August 11, 2024 at 6pm for auditions for our 5th annual 10×10 Fest!
We are looking for actors of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to bring this festival to life. Actors will read sides from plays chosen by the directors. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]

AUDITIONS & REHEARSALS: 4526 Albany Post Road (St. James’ Parish Hall) in Hyde Park
PERFORMANCES: Friday, September 27, 2024 (7:00pm) and Saturday, September 28, 2024 (3:00pm and 7:00pm) at The Spencer Family Theatre at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie

Play Summaries:

APOPHENIA by Terrence Dwyer
What happens when a young wife views a cardinal outside her kitchen window that she believes is her recently deceased aunt returning to pay her a visit? Her husband has a word or two to say about it. Thus begins a verbal tug-of-war between the couple that centers on faith versus reason. The husband, an attorney, seems to have an argumentative edge over his wife. However, she is not to be underestimated, and quickly turns the match into her own cross-examination of the husband regarding their relationship and how he would define their love for each other. It is the wife who, in her own playful way, places her husband’s structured, rational views into question.

Bovine Existential takes place in a holding pen for a slaughterhouse, where two stable-mates have differing reactions to their coming demise, and plot a dramatic escape.

COMING TO TOWN by Keith Whalen
Kenny, a bachelor in his mid­-thirties, is visited during the holiday season by his parents Walter and Arlene, who have some big news to share with him. Maybe lots of it. As Kenny learns more and more disturbing news, things come to a head between the three of them.

A UPS driver insists on delivering a package to Artie. Is that all he’s there to deliver?

NOISE by Matthew Sheridan
Two strangers in a park clash.

ON THE FLOOR by Anthony Lenier
When Blaine falls and can’t pick himself back up, him and Casey come face to face with harsh reality; they are old. And with that, what comes along with that, the end.

QUEEN by Joe Eriole
In 1593, the Irish “pirate Queen,” Grace O’Malley petitioned Queen Elizabeth I of England to come to terms with her clan. O’Malley had terrorized British shipping off the coast of Ireland for decades, and was finally put in check mate by the Queen’s Governor in Ireland, Sir Richard Bingham. While she could justifiably have been summarily executed a a traitor and a pirate, Elizabeth was intrigued enough to grant Grace an audience. The two women, who were contemporaries, met in London’s Greenwich Castle. There is no record of what passed between them. But the record is clear that, to the surprise and disdain of her most influential advisors, Elizabeth allowed her to go free. Why? This play dramatizes that historic episode, and suggests a basis for their arrangement which had a long view of the arc of history in mind.

REALITY CHECK by Michael Clark
An impassioned, accomplished girl pitches herself to the casting team of her favorite reality show.

SAME TIME NEXT WEEK by Ashley France
A grieving couple attends family therapy in hopes of helping the wife come to terms with a traumatic event that happened to their daughter 6 years ago. 

Two ladies “of a certain age”, who love to embroider, have just received the pattern for a new project: THE KAMA SUTRA IN CROSS STITCH! Join them for 10 minutes as they attempt to use embroidery to illustrate this classic “instruction book”.


The New Deal Creative Arts Center will begin accepting submission for the 2025 Hudson Valley Theatre Festival on August 1, 2024. Please visit the Hudson Valley Theatre Festival page on our website for more information.