The 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater

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. 

Announcing the 2015 5th Avenue Awards Nominees!

Congratulations to all! This year, our evaluators saw 104 productions, each and every one of which was worthy of our applause.

Click here to read the nominees for the 2015 5th Avenue Awards. 

The awards will be presented on Monday, June 8, 2015 at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

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


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 square feet. We suggest that students sit on the floor directly in front of the performers for the best view.


About the Show

In 1942, just two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066, authorizing the deportation of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast to internment camps in the desert. Taking only what they could carry, they were forced to leave their homes, imprisoned behind barbed wire, and guarded by soldiers. Two thirds of these people were American citizens and many were children.

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Ken Mochizuki, Baseball Saved Us follows the journey of a young boy named Shiro who, along with his family, is imprisoned in a “camp” unlike any other. As Shiro struggles to learn how to play baseball on the hot dusty fields he learns more than just the game, he learns how to survive. Featuring powerful music and engaging lyrics, this original musical teaches students about an important piece of American history.

This season's tour of Baseball Saved Us is sold out.


About the Show

On May 16, 1864, the first eleven “Mercer Girls” reached the new city of Seattle. The women had been recruited by then University of Washington President Asa Shinn Mercer and sailed to the Puget Sound region from the East Coast to work as teachers in the Washington Territory. The people of Seattle were happy to welcome these highly educated women into their community while finding them new homes and jobs in schools. The women were full of hope and aspiration, but life in the new city was often difficult. 

Told primarily through the detailed journal entries of the eldest Mercer Girl, Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ordway (who became the first public school teacher in the city), this original musical follows the journey of the Mercer Girls and their experiences in the fast growing town of Seattle.

Your students will travel on an unforgettable journey from Massachusetts to Washington during a time when the city of Seattle was new and hopes were high. Enjoy a lively, entertaining musical that tells the story of the women who became the teachers, wives, mothers and grandmothers of the founding families of the Puget Sound region.

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

Early birds
Book The Mercer Girls before November 27, 2015 and receive $100 off. 

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.


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