Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company

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 20' x 20'. We suggest that students sit on the floor directly in front of the performers for the best view.


About the Show

In 1855, young Charles Mitchell was brought to the tiny town of Olympia in Washington Territory as a slave in the household of Surveyor-General, James Tilton. Two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision held that a man's property--his slaves--belonged to him wherever he traveled within the United States. While he yearned for freedom, 13 year old Charles Mitchell was not free.

Based on the book by Seattle historians Lorraine McConaghy and Judy Bentley, Free Boy tells the tale of his harrowing escape from Washington Territory in 1860. Hiding as a stowaway aboard a steamer bound for Victoria, British Columbia, his journey and the obstacles he faced along the way dramatize how Civil War era issues in the United States affected the West Coast. The war's battlefields were far away but the war's problems were right here in the Pacific Northwest.

Featuring engaging music and powerful lyrics, this brand new, original musical tells a little-known and important piece of the history of the Northwest. It is a story of hope, risk, perseverance and above all, the quest for freedom.

Download the Curriculum Guide
To learn more about Free Boy and engage your students in learning activites about the show, click here to download a free PDF of the 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 in Western Washington    $699

  • Double performance in Western Washington  $849

  • Single performance outside Western Washington  $949

  • Double performance outside Western Washington  $1,199

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.

In-class Workshops

In-class workshops are available to further engage students adn explore themes and concepts in depth. $100 per workshop.

Please give us your feedback
If your school has already seen an Adventure Musical Theater production, please take a few minutes to let us know what you thought. Your responses are valuable to the program and we appreciate your time in taking the survey. To complete the survey, click here.


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.

Rising Star Project: The Pajama Game

Friday, March 17, 2017 10:30AM

Book by George Abbott & Richard Bissell
Music & Lyrics by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott & Richard Bissell
Based on the novel 7 ½ Cents by Richard Bissell
Directed by Hattie Andres

About the Show

This Tony Award-winning musical drops a romantic comedy in the middle of the Sleep-Tite Pajama factory and its workers’ struggle for a 7 ½ cent raise.  In 1954, this show introduced timeless songs, groundbreaking characters, and a rollicking examination of labor issues.  Today, this story of creating common ground between two opposing sides continues to resonate in a profound way.

Curriculum Connection: A fun and engaging introduction to the concepts of labor movements, capitalism, and gender roles; presented by the amazing cast and crew of the Rising Star Project.

About the Rising Star Project:
The Rising Star Project is a tuition-free education program unlike any other in the country. Teenagers from across Washington State produce, perform, market and fundraise a musical on The 5th Avenue stage. They receive direct professional mentorship and build life skills they carry with them always, no matter what career they pursue.

Rising Star Project: The Pajama Game is recommended for grades 6-12*

The Secret Garden

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:30 AM

Music by Lucy Simon
Lyrics & Book by Marsha Norman
Directed by David Armstrong

A co-production with Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company

About the Show

Welcome to the hauntingly beautiful world of The Secret Garden, where hope is found blooming in the discovery of a magical garden long locked away. Based on the beloved early 20th century novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden follows recently orphaned ten-year-old Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion on the Yorkshire moors. When she discovers the key to a neglected garden, Mary unearths renewed spirit for herself and her sickly cousin, bringing the weary estate and its occupants back to exuberant life with the full force of spring. This captivating show will mesmerize your students and transport them to a world where beauty and love blossom, and forgotten seed of life can still flourish.

Curriculum Connection

Explore classic English children’s literature through this moving and uplifting tribute to the power of both the natural world and the human spirit to overcome adversity and loss.

The Secret Garden is recommended for grades 3-12*

*Some content may not be appropriate for all grades. Please check the Content Advisories for each show.

How to purchase tickets for your students:

  • Student Tickets to School Performances are $15 each (includes service fees).
  • Groups will receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets purchased.

To purchase tickets contact our Group Sales Team:

By phone:  1-888-625-1418

By Email: or



The 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater

Welcome to our 15th year of The 5th Avenue Awards! 

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

High School  Directors! We are excited to support you in all that you do.  Here is what you will need if you would like to invite us to evaluate your musical production this year:

Click here to download the 16-17 Application Information Packet!

Click here to download the 16-17 application in pdf form.
Click here to fill out the 16-17 application on line.

What a celebration! The 2015-16 5th Avenue Awards:Honoring High School Musical Theater was celebrated June 6th at our ceremony at McCaw Hall! Click here to watch the ceremony on YouTube: The 14th Annual 5th Avenue Awards

Congratulations to all of the schools, students, teachers and parents who participated in the 2015-16 5th Avenue Awards 

Click here to read the 2015-16 5th Avenue Awards recipients.

Click here to read the 2015-16 5th Avenue Awards nominations.

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 and The Boeing Company.


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