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Carol Beaugard to Star in “Avenue Q” in Rhinebeck, NY

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Carol BeaugardNew York, NY -- Well-known bluegrass radio DJ, bluegrass music artist and actress Carol Beaugard is starring as Christmas Eve in the critically acclaimed musical comedy “Avenue Q” on the stage of The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, New York. Weekly performances run June 8th through June 24th, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, with Sunday matinees at 3 pm.

“Avenue Q” was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics, with the book written by Jeff Whitty. Winner of Broadway’s “Triple Crown” Tony Awards – Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this smart, sassy, and touching musical, ranks as one of Broadway’s longest running shows, bringing colorful and quirky characters, both human and puppet, together to play out the difficulties in adjusting to early adult life. The characters are a broad sampling of New York City outer borough denizens, mostly young people and nearly a dozen puppets with people-like problems.

Carol plays Christmas Eve, a Japanese-born therapist who can’t seem to book a client. The show is hysterically funny and the play is a charming combination of "real life" and "Sesame Street" presenting the friends on Avenue Q as characters represented by people, others by puppets, manipulated by actors who double as puppeteers.

“I love this show and really enjoy the challenge of singing and acting with a heavy Japanese accent portraying such a comical character,” said Beaugard. “The play is hilarious and the musical score is fabulous.”

Carol most recently appeared Off-Off Broadway at the 13th Street Repertory Company where she starred as the Queen in the original children’s musical "Rumple Who." In 2011 her credits also included roles as "Texas, the Kit Kat Girl" in “Cabaret” for the Muddy Water Players at Museum Village in Monroe, NY, "Peggy" in “Godspell” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, NY and as "Gabrielle" in Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” at the Newburgh Actor’s Studio.

Beaugard is best known for her work in radio as host of “Lonesome Pine RFD” heard in the New York metro area on WFDU-FM and syndicated worldwide on WAMU’s "Bluegrass Country." She fronts a bluegrass band “Blue Express” and is launching a touring cabaret show of swing material and standards. She plans to continue her endeavors in radio and music while pursuing a career in theater and voice over work. For information, visit www.facebook.com/carolbeaugard.

"Avenue Q" is produced by Diana di Grandi and Up In One Productions, directed and choreographed by Laurie Sepe Marder with music direction by John Barath. Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling The Center at (845) 876-3080 or online at www.CenterForPerformingArts.org.

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