At The 5th Avenue Theatre's summer programs (for youth ages 11-20), the focus is on training. During the two- and three-week sessions, students learn from theater professionals and acquire the skills needed to be well-rounded performers.

Daily classes teach theater fundamentals and help young performers build confidence in a fun and supportive environment. From instruction on proper warm-ups to the creation of a full musical production number, each day reveals new secrets and gives students a new appreciation for the world of musical theater.


All classes will be held at Theatre Puget Sound on the fourth floor of The Armory at Seattle Center

Summer School for Middle* and High School students
July 21-August 1, 2014 or August 4-15, 2014

Professional Intensive (for students ages 16-20)**
August 4-22, 2014

**Auditions required for the Professional Intensive. One session of Summer Musical Theater School for High School Students is also a prerequisite for the Professional Intensive. Auditions will be June 14, 2014. To schedule an audition, please call 206 260-2106 or email

*Middle School Session 1 (July 21-August 1) is sold out.
 Middle School Session 2 (August 4-15) is still accepting registrations.
 Both High School Sessions are still accepting registrations.


Download the Registration Form (PDF) and mail with payment to:
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Attn: Education/Summer Programs
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 735
Seattle, WA 98101

Or fax to: 206 292-9610


When two or more students register together, each student pays a reduced rate. Download the registration form for details. Only available until April 15. 

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. To apply for financial aid, please download the FinancIal Aid Form (PDF) and return with your Registration Form.


Summer School for Middle School Students (ages 11-13)

Each half-day session is designed to teach musical theater fundamentals. Every day, students take classes in dance, acting and voice. Building on these skills, students will work with directors to stage a musical number from a Broadway classic.

Classes incude:

  • Musical Theater Dance—Learn musical theater styles, steps and combinations.
  • Acting—Expand acting and performance skills though creative games, role-playing and ensemble building exercises.
  • Breath & Voice—Use warm-ups and exercises to build life-long healthy vocal habits.
  • Singing with Heart—Explore how text and music work together to create a meaningful performance.

Summer School for High School Students (ages 14-18)

During full-day sessions students study dance, improvisation, scene study, vocal technique and song interpretation. Master classes teach audition technique, hair and makeup, and special classes with professional performers that give insight about the life of a working theater artist.  Students will also work with a director and music director to stage a musical number from a Broadway classic.

Classes include:

  • Fundamentals of Dance—Learn ballet and jazz technique focusing on different styles of musical theater choreography.
  • Improvisation—Create intriguing characters and basic story lines and learn to “think on your feet” through theater games and exercises.
  • Text Analysis— Explore scripts to understand each moment of a play and build strong, fully realized characters on stage.
  • Scene Study—Building on skills learned in improvisation and text analysis classes, students perform scenes from classic musicals.
  • Vocal Technique— From breath support to articulation and diction, develop the fundamentals for healthy vocal practice and strong performance.
  • Song Interpretation—Learn how text and musical structure work together and how to deliver honest, character-driven performances.

Professional Intensive (ages 16-20. Admission by audition only)

For advanced students interested in a creative and challenging program of training and performance, this three-week course gives young performers the opportunity to work with professional directors, music directors and choreographers. Students explore the many facets of characters and storytelling through a concentrated and focused rehearsal process culminating in a staged performance for an invited audience. 

Prerequisite: Completion of one session of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Summer Musical Theater School for High School Students. 



Workshops for High School Students

Now Registering:

A Room with a View - April 25th 3PM-11PM
Little Shop of Horrors - May 9th or 16th 3PM-11PM

A Room with a View - April 25th
Ever wonder how to bring another era to life through your acting? Are you fascinated by Downton Abbey? Our A Room with A View workshop focuses on style, physicality and the many skills an actor can use to realize another time period on the stage. Join Makaela Pollock, the Associate Director of A Room with a View, and learn the elements and attitude that bring history to life in this brand new musical romantic comedy! Click Here to Register for the A Room with a View workshop. See below for parental guidelines.*

Little Shop of Horrors - May 9th or 16th
Creating truthful performances under a set of outrageous circumstances!  Join Director Mathew Wright (Rising Star Project: Spamalot) and Musical Director RJ Tancioco (Little Shop of Horrors, RENT) as they guide you through the techniques used in the 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT’s critically acclaimed new production of Little Shop of Horrors. Come get an inside look at the rehearsal process as you learn a song from the show. Click Here to Register for the Little Shop of Horrors workshop.

Especially for high school students with an interest in musical theater, these workshops give students the opportunity to sing the songs, learn the choreography, and meet with the cast and crew for the productions on our stage. At each workshop, the participants enjoy a pizza party, see the show, and attend a talkback with the cast after the evening's performance--all for only $25!  

*Parents: Please be aware that the stage performance of A Room with a View will contain a lively, non-sexual skinny dipping scene, which, although it has no sexual connotations, does contain full frontal male nudity. Click here for Parental Guidelines.


  • A Room with a View -- April 25, 2014
  • Little Shop of Horrors -- May 9 or May 16, 2014
  • The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess -- June 13, 2014 

Registration for each workshop opens one month prior the workshop date. 



Workshops for High School Students

These workshops are especially designed for high school students with a strong interest in technical theater. Students have the unique opportunity to tour backstage, observe during technical rehearsals, and meet working theater professionals and technicians.  At each workshop, the students enjoy a pizza party and receive tickets to a preview performance of the next mainstage production - all for only $25!

Workshops are for high school students, ages 14–18 only. Parents or chaperones who wish to attend the later performance with their students may contact the Box Office at 206-625-1900 to purchase tickets by phone or may purchase tickets online.

Registration for each workshop opens one month prior to the workshop date.

Watch this page for upcoming Tech Tuesdays!



For youth ages 14-18

Please keep an eye on this page for classes!



RISING STAR PROJECT:  Monty Python's Spamalot was a  huge success!  Watch this page for news about our next Rising Star Project!

In February 2014, The 5th Avenue Theatre presented the much-loved musical Monty Python’s Spamalot. In March, following the professional production, local students (ages 14-19) worked together to mount an all-student production of Spamalot on the 5th Avenue stage using the same staging, props, set and costumes as the professional production.

Proudly presented by The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Rising Star Project production is entirely student-performed and run by a student technical crew under the mentorship and guidance of theater professionals.  The production is coordinated, marketed, developed and produced by a student administrative team under the coaching of 5th Avenue Theatre staff.

Through this project, a collective of students with diverse interests meet and work together with the singular goal of creating a musical for the historic 5th Avenue stage.  Students are immersed in authentic experiences, gain an appreciation for collaboration, and develop real-world skills used by theater professionals.