Law firm secretary to take part in puppet show for grown-ups

A secretary who works in the Criminal department of a leading Wrexham law firm is to take part next week in a musical at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester which is aimed at adults only.

Rhian Underwood takes the part of Christmas Eve in ‘Avenue Q',  a Tony award-winning show written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx that first opened off Broadway in 2003 and has since been described as a ‘Sesame Street' for grown-ups.

Following in the footsteps of her aunt, Delyth Underwood, who also works for GHP Legal, Rhian is a member of Tip-Top Productions who are staging the show.

Engaging a combination of talented young people and puppets in a challenging scenario of singing and acting, the show explores the problems, anxieties and trauma of entering adulthood, including racism, love and relationships, unemployment and schadenfreude.

The story centres on Princeton, a newcomer to Avenue Q who is desperately seeking employment after graduating from university with a degree in English, and the assortment of outrageous new neighbours in the midst of whom he finds himself.

"With a cast of three humans and 11 puppets and their human handlers who switch and change puppet roles throughout, the show is very different," says Rhian. "It has had brilliant reviews everywhere it has been staged and as this is the first time it has been to Chester we are expecting high ticket sales, so I would suggest anyone wanting to see it should book now."

 ‘Avenue Q' runs from 6-15 March, at 7.30p, with a matinee on Saturday March 15, at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £7-10, or £5 for under-30s on Monday and Tuesday. For booking and full details visit www.chestertheatre.co.uk or call 01244 341296

 

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Picture - Cast of Avenue Q with Rhian Underwood & her puppet front left