Click the "Recipients" box to the right to view the 2018 list of recipients.
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.
This year's 5th Avenue Awards ceremony will be at The 5th Avenue Theatre on Monday, June 11! We can't wait to celebrate the fantastic musical theater being produced in Washington high schools this year!
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Do you want to particpate in our 16th annual 5th Avenue Awards program in the 2017/18 school year? We would love to have you!
2016/17 was our biggest and most thrilling year so far, with 100 schools participating with 122 productions across Washington State. Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and families who made musical theater happen in their high school communities! Click on the icon at the right to see the nominees and recipients for 2016/17. The ceremony was streamed live on The 5th Avenue Theatre Facebook page.
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.
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.
We are now booking for our Spring 2019 tour of Northwest Bookshelf.
When you open a book, you start an adventure! In the musical review 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.
DON’T WAIT. NORTHWEST BOOKSHELF SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR. BOOK TODAY!
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 Northwest Bookshelf before November 30, 2018 and receive $100 off!
In-class workshops are available to further engage students and explore themes and concepts in depth. $100 for a one-hour workshop.
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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 bookAMT@5thavenue.org to book a performance.
About the Show
During World War II, manufacturing plants that produced munitions and war supplies were in desperate need of workers. As many men were off at war, women, who typically worked in other trades or in the home, were asked to join the factory workforce to help the U.S. with the increasing demand of supplies. “Rosie the Riveter” became a cultural icon representing the female worker—loyal, efficient, and patriotic. The can-do spirit of the Pacific Northwest in the 1940s comes to your school in this fast, funny, and inspirational musical. Follow the adventures of young Rosie as she goes to work in a Seattle aircraft manufacturing plant to assist with the war effort and pursue her own dreams.
Your students will learn about WWII and will be inspired by the story of the trailblazing women who joined the workforce and stood up for their rights when the men marched off to war.
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, OCT 31, 2018, 11:00 AM
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical - THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019, 11:00 AM
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 5-12*
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:00 AM
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 at www.5thavenue.org/content.
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.
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3-12*
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Music & Lyrics by: Rob Rokicki, Book: 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 for each show at 5thavenue.org/content.
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.
"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
Any teacher from a middle or high school within 30 miles of downtown Seattle may apply to participate in the I AM ISLANDER project. Due to capacity, a limited number of classes will be selected to participate.