Free and Fun - Join us for Show Talks!

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel

Join 5th Avenue Theatre Artistic and Music Assocate, 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. Watch too, for our special Thursday visit from the wonderful Marta Zekan of KING FM!

Mark your calendars for Show Talks this week:

From Chorus to Community
With host Albert Evans
Tuesday, February 24, 2015  6:30PM-7:15PM
In the Producer’s Club 2

With his series of timeless musicals, Oscar Hammerstein II was the great innovator who refashioned the giddy, anything-for-a-laugh Musical Comedy into the mature, dramatically sound Musical Play. He transformed the singers and dancers of the chorus  into a representation of a living community integrated into the action of the show.  Join Albert Evans in his latest Show Talk, as he takes an entertaining look at the evolution of Chorus into Community.

Carousel - Richard Rodgers’s Favorite!
with Guest Speaker, Dr. Geoffrey Block
Wednesday, February 25, 2015  6:30PM-7:15PM
In the Producer’s Club 2

When asked which one of his musicals was his personal favorite, without skipping a beat Richard Rodgers invariably replied that Carousel was the one.  To steal a lyric from their South Pacific’s “Some Enchanted Evening:” “Who can explain it?  Who can tell you why?”  In this Show Talk, Professor Geoffrey Block will both explain and tell you why! 

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.

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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 2014-2015 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, February 19th at 7PM.

Geoffrey Block is on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound where he was named Distinguished Professor of Music History in 2008. He received his BA in music history and literature from the University of California at Los Angeles and his MA and PhD in music history and theory from Harvard University. A prolific and wide-ranging scholar, Block has published extensively on American musical theater, including ENCHANTED EVENINGS: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL FROM "SHOW BOAT" TO SONDHEIM AND LLOYD WEBBER (Oxford University Press, 1997; 2nd ed. 2009), which includes a chapter on CAROUSEL, two books on Richard Rodgers, and three books on the music of Charles Ives. His book RICHARD RODGERS (Yale University Press, 2003), is the inaugural volume of the seven-volume series Yale Broadway Masters, for which Block served as General Editor, and since 2010 he has served as Series Editor for Oxford's Broadway Legacy series (7 volumes published to date). He is also the composer of four full-length musicals. Last year Block was the keynote speaker at the conference, "Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen," held at Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Join Geoffrey at our Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel Show Talks on Tuesday, February 17th and Wednesday, February 25th!

Sarah Nash Gates (Carousel Costume Design) served as executive director of the School of Drama at the University of Washington for 20 years, where she led an exceptional faculty and a program that offers BA, MFA and PhD degrees. Gates is a costume designer and member of United Scenic Artist Local 829. Her designs have been seen at Seattle Opera, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT, and Seattle Children’s Theatre among others. She served as president of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the first woman to hold that office. Gates also served as president of the University/Resident Theatre Associate (U/RTA). She currently serves on The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Board of Directors and is thrilled to return to The 5th Avenue for whom she designed last year's Oliver!  Join Sarah, along with Albert at our Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel Show Talk on Tuesday, February 10th!



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 in our 2014-2015 Season?  Mark your calendars!

  • Jacques Brel  - April 12, 2015 (At ACT)
  • Jasper in Deadland - May 10, 2015
  • Grease - July 26, 2015

All dates are subject to change.

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