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The Stage was Alive with Avenue Q

Each of the four Avenue Q performances this past weekend played to sold-out crowds. Kudos to senior Ashley Birdsell, director and choreographer, and to all the actors, stage managers, set designers and builders, technicians and musicians!

Clearly, the cast members enjoyed themselves on stage Saturday night—the singing and somewhat bawdy dialog and lyrics were delivered with panache. The set was simple yet realistic and the stage direction was flawless. It is a story to which nearly everyone can relate.

Avenue Q, raunchy though it may be, is a show with heart,” wrote Birdsell in the show’s playbill. “We connect to these puppets on multiple levels: first and foremost there is pure nostalgia for our bygone Sesame Street days. But as we ready ourselves to face life after Hood, we empathize with Princeton, who is just trying to find his purpose in life. We connect with Kate, who maintains her sense of self while looking for love; and Rod, who is trying to make peace with who he really is.”

Co-founded by Birdsell and senior Billy Lewis in 2010, the troupe has known a number of successes—Spelling Bee, Making Noise and Broadway 101. A primarily student-run company, HCSMT relies on the support of faculty and staff, the SGA and donations from theater-goers.

Check out HCSMT’s next production; you won’t be disappointed.

Pictured: Senior Jahtay Teh and Princeton had lead roles in HCSMT’s production of Avenue Q

SK Day

Barbie Bungee Jumping and More at Math Day

Every couple of years or so, Hood’s math department invites area high school girls and their math teachers to a day of math discovery. Why only girls? Because traditionally, girls shy away from math-related majors and careers. The event, named Sonia Kovalevsky Day for the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics, is designed to encourage young women to continue their study of math. So, on March 11, 50 high schoolers took over Hodson Science and Technology Center, performing experiments and calculating outcomes for a number of problems presented to them. Like, Barbie Bungee Jumping. Teams of students were charged with determining how many rubber bands should be used to make a bungee cord so that Barbie could have a thrilling, but safe bungee-jump from the third floor balcony. No fatalities, thank goodness. Guess those girls knew what they’re doing!