Libby Letlow (left) with fellow Avenue Q performers and puppets. Photo by Michael Lamont.
Libby Letlow has worked as an actress since age 16, performing on the children’s’ television show Masked Rider and later working in film, theater and other TV productions. But when the Lincoln Heights resident takes to the stage in the upcoming local production of Avenue Q, she will be doing so as a puppet master as well as performer in the Broadway musical. How did Letlow, who is currently teaches theatrical puppetry, end up as a puppet master?
Letlow explains in a first-person story on L.A. Stage Times:
It all started with something you wouldn’t normally hear from an actor: “I want a role with no lines; puppeteering the plant sounds interesting.” I had just come off a production of A Streetcar Named Desire with the Glendale Theatre Guild as Blanche, and I was actually tired of talking. When I found out the next production was Little Shop of Horrors, I knew I wanted to be involved, but I wasn’t sure in what capacity.
Then I realized this Little Shop needed a puppeteer. I saw the perfect opportunity to try something different and develop a new skill I could throw on the ol’ resume. It turns out I absolutely loved it. Apparently the quirky nerd in me got great enjoyment out of dancing around in a giant, 100-pound foam rubber suit.
The Doma Theatre Company‘s production of Avenue Q that includes Letlow and her fellow performers and puppets opens on Friday, Nov. 9 in East Hollywood.