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.
We are now booking for our Spring 2020 tour of Baseball Saved Us.
In 1942, just two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced relocation of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast—including Washington State—to incarceration camps in desolate or remote areas. Taking only what they could carry, they were forced to leave their homes and communities, imprisoned behind barbed wire, and guarded by soldiers. Most were American citizens and many were children. Based on the award-winning children’s book by Seattle author Ken Mochizuki, Baseball Saved Us follows the journey of young Shiro who, along with his family, is imprisoned in an incarceration camp. 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.
Students will enjoy an engaging musical theater performance that teaches about an important time in American history. Through powerful music and storytelling, students will have a unique look into the experience of Japanese Americans who were held in incarceration camps during World War II.
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.
Book Baseball Saved Us before November 29, 2019, and receive $100 off!
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.
When your school and a neighboring school book on the same day, each school receives $100 off.
Adventure Musical Theater productions are very popular and sell out every year. Please call us at 206- 625-1418 or email bookAMT@5thavenue.org to book a performance.
The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards honors outstanding achievement in high schools and celebrates the hard work and dedication the Washington State high school 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.
The 18th annual 5th Avenue Theatre Awards ceremony will be held on June 1, 2020 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Our 2019-20 viewing season will end on May 10, 2020.
PLEASE, JOIN US! If you are an educator who would like to have their high school musical theater program participate, please click here for a pdf version, or submit the online form below. All schools must review and agree to the guidelines in the 2019/20 Information Packet
See the 2018/19 Nominees and Recipients here!
The 2018/19 5th Avenue Theatre Awards ceremony was held at The 5th Avenue Theatre on June 3, 2019. The ceremony was a joyous celebration of a thrilling year, with over 100 schools participating with 128 productions across Washington State. Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and families who made musical theater happen in their high school communities! Watch the 2019 ceremony here!
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.
For a look at last year's Information Packet and Application, use the following as reference. Our 2019/20 application will be available soon.
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.
While we won’t have any dedicated student matinee performances in our 2019/2020 season, we will have student group pricing available for most productions. Please contact Chad & Martha in Group Sales at 888-625-1900 to learn more about bringing your student group to The 5th Avenue Theatre. Learn more...
School and student groups are invited to apply for free tickets to a special dress rehearsal of Bliss, a new musical premiering at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Tickets to this event are available on a "first come, first served" basis. Groups in attendance will also be met by the director and choreographer of Bliss during a special Q&A session.
Is a dress rehearsal different than a performance?
Yes! It is an exciting "behind-the-scenes" opportunity to see how we put the final touches on a production before its first public performance. For the most part, it is like any other preview performance, except theater professionals and designers are present in the audience--and there is a possibility of brief pauses in the performance as small adjustments are made.
"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:
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:
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.
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.
June - August 20, 2018
Teachers apply to participate in the I AM AN ISLANDER residency.
August 24, 2018
Selected teachers will be notified.
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