Behind the scenes with a monster and a slut
by Cassie Muise
(photos via Facebook)
When CharPo offered me the opportunity to write about life on Avenue Q, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to. I came late to this production, opening this re-mount with the cast on December 13, 2012. The show, however, has been running for over a year (although not throughout), and to this date has had over 120 shows, to full houses. Even with snowmaggedon (which, let’s be honest, wasn’t that bad), the house was still about half full. It is currently the longest running production in Toronto.
I won’t tell you how much, because that’s not classy.
The remarkable thing about Avenue Q is that so many people connect to it on such different levels. And for those of us who grew up watching Sesame Street, it’s a clever, layered and hilarious look at what the show would be like if it were for adults. Being a musical theatre geek, myself, I knew most of the songs when I started rehearsals, especially the famous ones such as What do you do with a BA in English?, Sucks to be Me, The Internet is for Porn, and Fine, Fine, Line. When we finally got out of rehearsals and onto the stage, it was somewhat jarring to hear the audience laugh uproariously at jokes I had heard a thousand times. Turns out, people who aren’t musical theatre geeks haven’t seen or don’t know the show! They may have heard about it, but most don’t know the show. Or they absolutely adore it, and have saved up the 60$ to be in the second row. Yes, you heard me right. 60$ for premium seats at the Lower Ossington Theatre. And aye, there’s the rub! I was asked just this week at an audition, “So, what’s the deal with that show? Are you guys getting paid or not?” (cont'd)
And yes, we are. I won’t tell you how much, because that’s not classy. And I’m sure that I would be breaching something that I signed. But I will say this; in addition to my five shows a week, I have to have two additional jobs to keep myself afloat. The problem with writing an article like this, an “insider” article, is that it’s hard to separate the two realities: the artistic one, and the financial one.
“You think your life sucks? Your problems aren’t so bad…”