Cashmere’s Rhiannon Moushall with her alter ego Kate Monster, which she portrays in the adult comedy musical "Avenue Q".
With song titles such as ‘It Sucks To Be Me’, ‘Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist’ and ‘You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Making Love)’, you know Avenue Q isn’t your usual musical production.
And the fact that these tunes are performed with cute puppets makes the comedy-musical production something quite unique for the Brisbane theatre scene.
Cashmere resident Rhiannon Moushall, who plays one of the lead roles of Kate Monster in the show, describes Avenue Q as “Sesame Street for adults”.
“It’s about the everyday dealings with issues in life,” Moushall said of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway show, set in a New York City apartment block.
“Just like Sesame Street taught us our A-B-Cs and our 1-2-3s, Avenue Q uses the same forum to teach us about responsibilities and racism and the internet and adult concepts.
“The songs are quite risqué and there’s only a couple of tame ones. It’s definitely not for kids.”
Moushall said Avenue Q was unlike anything else she has performed in.
“I’ve done plenty of music theatre but never puppeteering, so it’s definitely a physical element but also incredibly fun,” Moushall said.
“It’s a really interesting set-up, in that the puppeteers are completely visible beside the puppets.
“The muppet-puppets have the torso and no legs, and it’s very visibly on your arm and you are acting them and their voice and their mannerisms.
“I really love Gilbert and Sullivan and Rogers and Hammerstein, but doing something like this is just as enjoyable, if not more so, purely because you get to do fresher work.
“There’s less takes that people have had on it, so you get to pioneer something.”
Moushall said she was enjoying playing off the audience reaction to the show, which opened at Brisbane Arts Theatre earlier this month.
“We had a sold-out, full house and the audience loved it and was just laughing constantly, which is really rewarding,” she said.
“When you’re rehearsing a comedy for so long you don’t have the laughs in between, and then suddenly you stage it to a full audience who are actually losing it every two minutes at another joke.
“It’s very satisfying.”
Avenue Q is on at Brisbane Arts Theatre until 14 July.
For tickets and show times visit www.artstheatre.com.au