Show Talk presentations take patrons deeper into the world of musical theater and our productions. 

These engaging lectures and panels are hosted by Artistic Associate Albert Evans with the occasional special guest. Show Talks are 45-minutues long and are free and open to the public (no show tickets required). 

Join us any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the 2019/20 mainstage season to hear Albert's insight about the priodcutions on our stage!

Coming for Bliss - HOW TO BUILD A FAIRY TALE 

Every culture has its wonder tales filled with giants, elves, talking animals, royalty held captive by sorcerers, and young folks on impossible quests. These take place in a “once upon a time” where magic can be a help or a curse and wishes have unintended consequences. 

The building blocks of the fairy tale are dozens of story “tropes” — narrative shortcuts with instantly understood meanings: forests are dangerous, stepmothers are wicked, mirrors are bluntly honest, frogs are enchanted princes. Join Show Talk host Albert Evans as he unpacks the folktale Trope Chest and shows how a thousand wonderful stories can be built with a few common elements. And don’t get him started on princesses!

Get the inside scoop! Join us during the run of Bliss on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 (one hour before show time) in Studio E, just a few steps away from the 5th Avenue marquee.

Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30PM
Thursday, February 6th at 6:30PM
Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30PM
Thursday, February 13th at 6:30PM
Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30PM
Thursday, February 20th at 6:30PM

Show Talks take place in Studio E at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Directions to Studio E.


For Mrs. Doubtfire: BENEATH THE MASK!|
Acting is the art of pretending to be someone else. Is it any wonder that actors relish playing roles involving cunning disguises, false names, and secret identities?  Patrons joined Show Talk host Albert Evans as he guided them through the theatrical world of role-playing and make-believe — from tricksters like The Music Man's Harold Hill to self-improvers like Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) to fugitive lawbreakers like The Scarlet Pimpernel and, of course, the ersatz Scottish nanny Mrs. Doubtfire!

For West Side Story: THE JOY OF LENNY
The spectacular music score of West Side Story — brutal and tender, angry and ecstatic — comes from the unlimited imagination of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most honored musical visionaries. From Broadway to the Philharmonic to the lecture hall to the political ramparts, Lenny always had more to write, more to say, more to give.


Representación y más allá: Being Latinx in the 21st Century
The production of West Side Story at The 5th invited all of us to take a closer look at the musical’s initial and ongoing impact on the Latinx community. Despite representing (and, in many ways, inventing) a very specific view of Latinx life, West Side Story has come to define how many Americans understand the wide spectrum of Latinx cultures and experiences. A panel of community members working in business, the arts, and social services Shared their thoughts on how far we’ve come since 1957—and what other stories are being lived and told by those around us, every day.

For Marie, Dancing Still, SUSAN STROMAN, 5-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, discussed her amazing career, her latest musical, Marie, Dancing Still, as well as past triumphs, including Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers.



Following your Bliss: Creating New Stories For a More Inclusive World

Monday, January 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 4th Ave, Seattle
Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1

Join us for a special evening of conversations featuring Broadway director Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Mothers and Sons), Broadway performer Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan HansenLittle WomenBlue Ridge), and local business and community leaders.

The 5th's world-premiere production of Bliss offers an opportunity to re-examine how are lives are affected by stories--from childhood fairytales to narratives about how one should behave and exist in our society. Yet there are increasing calls to reframe traditional narratives and imagine new possibilities. How can storytelling play a role in both creating and dismantling societal norms? How can we create a community where every person feels empowered to define who they are and to be unique? Join the discussion at our next Community Conversation!

Bliss plays at The 5th Avenue Theatre January 31 – February 23, 2020.



The 5th Avenue Theatre partners with local non-profits to provide underserved members of our community with tickets to our productions at no cost, while engaging them in educational programs such as Show Talks with Albert Evans and post-show talkbacks or discussions to provide a deeper and more meaningful theater-going experience.

For more information about our Community Partners Program, please fill out the form below.


The 5th Avenue provides accessibility services so that patrons with mild to severe disabilities can enjoy productions at The 5th, including American Sign Language-interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described performances, Sennheiser Assistive Listening system, Braille programs, large print programs, wheelchair seating and elevator assistance. Learn more about Accesibilty at The 5th.




Following select Sunday night performances, members of the audience are invited to meet the cast, crew and creative team (if available) and ask questions about the show. Post-Show Talkbacks are hosted by Education staff. Requires a ticket to the performance.

Mrs. Doubtfire - Sunday, December 15th
Bliss - Sunday, February16th
Sister Act - Sunday, Mar 29th
Once On This Island - Sunday, May 17th
Evita - Sunday, June 28th


On select dates, members of the audience are invited to participate in moderated discussion about the themes and issues that each show addresses. Post Show Discussions do not involve cast, crew or creative team members and are moderated by Education staff and special guests. Requires a ticket to the performance.