The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards: Honoring High School Musicals

The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards honors outstanding achievement in high schools and celebrates the hard work and dedication students and educators put forth to make their schoolmusical productions a success. This program was created to shine the spotlight on musical theater similarly to the way sports are regularly celebrated in schools.


Are you a high school director who is interested in participating? The information and application packets for 2018/19 are available now. Please download the Information Packet as well as completing the Application below or in downloadable PDF version

SEE HIGH SCHOOL SHOWS! Click here to see a show near you!

Some inportant dates:
Our viewing season for awards consideration ends May 12th.
Nominations will be announced on May 21st at 5PM. 
The ceremony honoring all of our high school participants for their incredible work will be June 3rd at The 5th.

Recipients and nominations for last year's 2018 5th Avenue Awards are posted on The 5th Avenue Theatre blog and on Facebook.

Click the "Recipients" box to the right to view the 2018 list of recipients.

The 2017/18 5th Avenue Theatre Awards ceremony was held at The 5th Avenue Theatre on June 11, 2018. The ceremony was a joyous celebration of a thrilling year, with nearly 100 schools participating with 119 productions across Washington State. Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and families who made musical theater happen in their high school communities!   

To remember past honorees, please click on the date below to see a full list from that Awards year.

















The 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater is proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines.



Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company


Thursday, May 2, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of History & Industry (860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)

Enjoy a FREE community performance of Northwest Bookshelf.

Saturday, May 11, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105)

Enjoy a FREE community performance of Northwest Bookshelf. Before the performance, children, families, and the community will enjoy a reading of "The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred," by Samantha Vamos. This story is one of the many children's stories featured in the show. The reading will be done by the author herself, Samantha Vamos.


Musical Theater for Grades K-8
Since 1994, the Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company has brought the wonder and joy of live musical theater to students throughout Washington state. Adventure Musical Theater musicals engage students through storytelling, song, and dance. Our productions are created by local composers and writers and are designed to incorporate standards-based educational content.

You Provide the Place, We Provide the Magic
Our touring company brings all the necessary costumes, props, and equipment. All you need to supply is a performance space measuring approximately 30' x 30' with an approximate 20' height. We suggest that students sit on the floor directly in front of the performers for the best view.

ON TOUR SPRING 2019: Northwest Bookshelf 

We are now booking for our Spring 2019 tour of Northwest Bookshelf.

About the Show

When you open a book, you start an adventure! In the musical revue Northwest Bookshelf, six children visit their school library searching for the perfect book to read. What they discover are shelves filled with books written by authors from the Pacific Northwest. With witty lyrics and enchanting music, each story comes to life in delightfully entertaining musicals. Your students will take a musical journey, meeting zany characters, exploring the world from new points of view, and discovering the rich history and cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.


Students will enjoy a live musical theater performance that inspires a love of reading, storytelling, and pride in the Pacific Northwest region. The 2019 production will feature musical adaptations of new stories, ranging from poignant to wacky, and igniting every child’s imagination.

Click here to access the Northwest Bookshelf Curriculum Guide.




Tour Pricing

Maximum attendance is 300 students per performance. For a larger group of students, schools must book a double performance.

Prices include an accompanying curriculum guide.

  • Single performance $699

  • Double performance $849

  • Schools that are more than 125 miles from Seattle will be charged an additional $300 travel fee.

Early Birds!

Book Northwest Bookshelf before November 30, 2018, and receive $100 off!

In-class Workshops

In-class workshops are available to further engage students and explore themes and concepts in depth. $100 for a 50 minute workshop for one class (up to 30 students). A $75 travel fee will be added for schools located more than 100 miles from Seattle.

Share the news

When your school and a neighboring school book on the same day, each school receives $100 off.

Book a performance for your school
Adventure Musical Theater productions are very popular and sell out every year. Please call us at 206- 625-1418 or email to book a performance.


School Performances

Bring your students to The 5th Avenue Theatre and discover the power of live theater!

Theater is a powerful tool to connect students to new concepts, history, and literature. Recent studies show increases in knowledge retention, tolerance, and empathy in students who attend live performances. The 5th Avenue Theatre invites you to extend your classroom to the stage and use musical theater as a means to inspire and invigorate your students. 

School performances include accompanying curriculum resources designed to help educators connect their students' theater experience to classroom objectives and learning standards.

In-class workshops are also available to further engage students and explore themes and concepts more deeply.

We have two special school performances in our 18/19 season!

Come From Away - Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 11:00 AM

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical - Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:00 AM


The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Recommended for grades 3-12*

Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki, Book by Joe Tracz

A musical adventure based on the New York Times Best-Seller. This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania).

*Some content may not be appropriate for all grades. Please check the 2018/19 content advisories if you may have concerns.

Curriculum Connection

Students will explore Greek mythology and fantasy-adventure literature in this thrilling musical adaptation of the best-selling book by American author Rick Riordan. Themes include coming of age, discovering one’s identity, dyslexia, and living with attention deficit disorder.


Come From Away

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:00 AM
Recommended for grades 5-12*

Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Directed by Christopher Ashley

Broadway’s Come From Away is a Best Musical winner all across North America!

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

This show is 100 minutes with no intermission.

*Some content may not be appropriate for all grades. Please check the 2018/19 content advisories if you may have concerns.

Curriculum Connection

On September 11, 2001, America changed. Come From Away offers a hopeful introduction to the historical events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Themes include community, cultural differences, and oral history. We invite educators and students to explore recent history through this moving and thought-provoking musical.

Tickets to school performances are $30 each (service fees included). Please contact our group sales team Martha and Chad at or for more information. 



Come From Away Residency 

"Welcome to The Rock if you come from away,
You'll probably understand about half of what we say.
They say no man's an island but an island makes a man... I am an islander!"

The I AM AN ISLANDER project is a 6-8 week Arts Integrated in-class residency and cultural exchange program that connects students from the greater Seattle area with students in Newfoundland, Canada and New York City. Using the same model for gathering stories used to create the musical Come From Away, students will engage in storytelling and community building.

Students who participate in this project will learn more about:

  • The historical events of September 11, 2001
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Storytelling Techniques
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Collaboration

Taught by professional teaching artists, students will learn and practice interviewing and storytelling skills - collecting stories from family , friends, and members of their community about their experiences surrounding the events of September 11, 2001. With support from The 5th Avenue Theatre Education staff and teaching artists, students will create a unique presentation to be shared online through social media, and both the Come From Away and The 5th Avenue Theatre websites. projects may include:

  • Original music or songs
  • Multimedia presentation
  • Podcast
  • Poetry
  • Theater or dance performances

Throughout the program, students in participating Seattle classrooms will be partnered with students from Newfoundland and/or New York City to discuss their processes and what they are learning.

Benefits and Support

Participating classrooms will receive a 6-8 session in-class residency with professional teaching artists. Schedule will be determined with teaching artists and classroom teachers. Each student and teacher from participating classrooms will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the 11 AM performance of Come From Away at The 5th Avenue Theatre on October 31, 2018.

All collaborative projects will be featured on the Come From Away and The 5th Avenue Theatre websites. Selected projects will also be presented at a Come From Away community event.

The I AM AN ISLANDER project is offered at no cost to participating schools.

Project Timeline

June - August 20, 2018

Teachers apply to participate in the I AM AN ISLANDER residency.

August 24, 2018

Selected teachers will be notified.

September 2018

In class residencies begin. Residencies will be 6-8 weeks and will be scheduled in consultation with the classroom teacher and the teaching artist(s).

October 31, 2018

School performance of Come From Away

October - November 2018 

Come From Away Community Event - Date TBD