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).
Get the inside scoop! Join us during the run of Sister Act 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, March 17 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 PM
Join Albert for Sister Act: “WOW! THAT TAKES ME BACK…”
Sister Act is full of new songs that evoke musical styles of the ’70s, especially the irresistible rhythms of Disco and the smooth sounds of Philadelphia Soul.
Composer Alan Menken recreates that fabulous era by deploying his formidable talent for pastiche — the ability to mimic songs of other times and different worlds.
Pastiche is one of the most valuable skills a musical theater writer can have. In his latest Show Talk, host Albert Evans will spotlight its presence in classic musicals like South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Evita, Follies, Wicked, and many more!
Show Talks take place in Studio E at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Directions to Studio E.
ALBERT'S PAST TOPICS:
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. Patrons joined Show Talk host Albert Evans as he unpacked the folktale Trope Chest and showed how a thousand wonderful stories can be built with a few common elements.
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.
PAST SPECIAL EVENTS:
For Bliss: Patrons at The 5th joined us for special panel discussion featuring community members including Kathryn Van Meter (Interim Artist Director, Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Carole Lockhart (Financial Advisor and co-chair of the Black Professional Group, Bank of America) in conversation with 5th Avenue Theatre Direct of Education and Engagement, Orlando Morales. During the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage, we examine historical feminist milestones and contemporary struggles in our community through the eyes and experience of community leaders.
For West Side Story: 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.
Raise Your Voice: Creating Community Through Music in a Changing City
Monday, March 16, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 4th Ave, Seattle
Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1
FREE ADMISSION - Please RSVP
You are invited to a special evening celebrating the spirit of The 5th's upcoming production of Sister Act and the work of the dedicated members of our community who bring people together through music and song. What unique roles do community and faith-based music ensembles play in the cultural health of our society? How has Seattle's story been influenced and affected by community-based music groups? What challenges do these groups now face as our region experiences rapid change? Join the discussion at our next Community Conversation!
The evening will feature a panel discussion and performances from members of the Sister Act company (including local favorite, Shaunyce Omar) as well as musicians and singers representing the diversity and artistry of our city's community and faith-based music scene.
PAST CONVERSATIONS INCLUDE:
Following your Bliss: Creating New Stories For a More Inclusive World
The 5th's world-premiere production of Bliss offered an opportunity to re-examine how our 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? Patrons joined us for a special evening of conversations featuring Broadway director Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Mothers and Sons), Broadway performer Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen, Little Women, Blue Ridge), and local business and community leaders including Jennifer Williams (Operational Excellence Executive, Bank of America) and Chantey Andrews (Girl Scouts of Western Washington).
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.
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.