Not your average puppet show
By Michelle Woodard (Originally appeared in M Alumni News – Spring 2015)
For Andrew MacDonald Smith (Theatre Arts ’03), puppetry has come and gone, and now it’s back again. “As a shy child, I often told stories to my parents using puppets; they allowed me express myself without the risk of embarrassment.”
Aside from a stint as the plant in The Little Shop of Horrors, Andrew says he was busy with more traditional acting roles, and had completely forgotten about puppetry until Avenue Q—an adult-oriented, puppet-based comedy—hit the stage in 2003.
Since then, he has performed in the show on Broadway in New York, won a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for the 2013 Vancouver production of Avenue Q, and was assistant director and puppet coach when the play was staged in Calgary in 2014. He is currently helping his fellow cast members prepare for Avenue Q’s run at the Citadel beginning this April, and busy in his role as artistic associate with local theatre company, Teatro la Quindicina.