Free and Fun - Join us for Show Talks!

Join 5th Avenue Theatre Artistic and Music Associate, Albert Evans, every week for his series of delightful, insightful, and informative presentations which will take you deeper into the world of musical theater.

Show Talks take place  from 6:30PM-7:15PM - that's one hour before curtain time - each Tuesday and Wednesday evening when there is a main stage season performance.

Audiences have a fantastic time attending Show Talks, so if you missed us during Grease, think about stopping by during Matilda!

Mark your calendar too, for our next special Thursday visit from the wonderful Marta Zekan of KING FM on August 27th

Show Talks are always FREE and open to the public!  Led by The 5th's Artistic and Music Associate, Albert Evans, the Show Talk topics are as wide-ranging as the musicals themselves.

For the full Show Talk schedule for Grease and more detail: click here

For directions to our Show Talk locations: click here





Show Talk Guest Speakers

Albert Evans -- 5th Avenue Artistic and Music Associate
Albert s a composer (Off-Broadway hits Pageant and Nite Club Confidential, The 5th Avenue’s Yankee Doodle Dandy), lyricist (New York City Opera’s Merry Widow), as well as dramaturg, vocal coach and music director at The 5th Avenue Theatre. His recent musical, Rosie the Riveter, written with playwright Stephanie Timm for The 5th Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company, was recently on the road, entertaining and educating grade school and middle school students throughout the northwest.  Join Albert at Tuesday and Wednesday evening Show Talks throughout the main stage season.

Marta Zekan -- Radio Journalist, Classical KING FM
Marta has been with Classical KING FM 98.1 since she moved to Seattle in 1994. Many will remember her Saturday morning children's program on KING FM, Classic KID FM, which also aired in Milwaukee and San Francisco.  In conjunction with the show, she brought a presentation on creative listening to elementary schools throughout the region.  Today, she interviews all kinds of arts professionals for the KING FM Arts Channel (  A pianist, her music foundation is in the classical world, but once she found her way into musical theater, she never looked back.   Before coming to Seattle, Marta was busy in Southern California, working as a musical director, voice and text coach, singing teacher and sound designer.  She has a BA in Music (UC San Diego), an MFA in Voice and Speech Training (National Theatre Conservatory), and has taught theater and voice skills in many a theater outreach program.  She retains a love for music history and a large stack of classical piano repertoire. Join Marta at a special Show Talk event on Thursday, July 23rd at 7PM.

Eric Ankrim -- Director
Grease is the second show Ankrim has had the honor of directing at The 5th. His first was ELF in 2012, which he recently remounted at the Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey). A husband to the hardest working wife and mother in the world, Michele, and a father of three (with a fourth due in November!), Eric is a Seattle-based actor/director. In Seattle, he has also directed Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q (Balagan Theatre); Trails and In the Heights (Village Theatre). Next, Eric will direct the Northwest premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot at ArtsWest and now that you've seen Grease at The 5th, he highly encourages you to attend that show! Upcoming: appearances in Bloomsday at ACT Theatre, Come From Away at Seattle Rep, and as J. Pierpont Finch in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  



Want to know more about the show you just saw?  Join the cast and creative team for a FREE talkback after a selected Sunday evening performance for every production.  You'll hear from the performers and creative team, and they'll take your questions, too!

Looking ahead to our 2015/16 season? Mark your calendars!

  • Matilda - August 30, 2015
  • Waterfall - October 15, 2015
  • The Sound of Music - December 6, 2015
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - February 14, 2016
  • Sleeping Beauty Wakes - April 10, 2016
  • Paint Your Wagon - June 19, 2016
  • A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - July 16, 2016

All dates are subject to change.

If you are interested purchasing a Sunday Night Talkback subscription package, please contact the Box Office at 206-625-1900.