Broadway's Rick Lyon joined the cast of Avenue Q for a three-day puppetry workshop intensive! Rick created the original broadway puppets and was the original Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q! Rick gave a wonderful community lecture, spent countless hours with the Avenue Q cast, and left them with the best practices to master their puppetry technique.
Rick's expertise and anecdotes on puppetry allowed the cast to play, and illuminated some of the areas where work still needs to be done. DID YOU KNOW: the theme for "What Do You Do With a B.A. in English" is the melody of "Rainbow Connection" INVERTED! Sing them both in your head. Do it.
Rick spent much of his adult life working with Jim Henson on Sesame Street and other Henson Company projects. Catch him as Big Bird in a number of the opening Sesame Street credits and as the facial puppeteer on TMNT 2 (the movie). A Rochester native, he credits much of his success to his arts upbringing here in Rochester and mentioned how lucky residents are to live in such a culturally vibrant city.
We are thrilled to be using the Broadway puppets in our production of Avenue Q! Tickets are $39.50 and the show runs May 11-27. Tickets: bit.ly/2F0GYlA.