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
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.
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
Book The Mercer Girls before November 27, 2015 and receive $100 off.
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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.
Welcome to our 14th 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 Educators - Your program can participate by inviting us to come to see your school's musical theater production. Register by Nov. 5, 2015 for an early bird price break!
The Application and Information Packet for the 2015-16 5th Avenue Awards are available now!
Congratulations to all schools, students, teachers and parents who participated in the 2014-15 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater.
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.
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.
10 AM Thursday, December 10, 2015 SOLD OUT
1:30 PM Thursday, December 17 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein
Book by: Russell Crouse and Howard Lindsay
About the show:
Long before the legendary Julie Andrews film, The Sound of Music captured the imagination of theatergoers world-wide. Set in Austria on the eve of World War II, this is the true story of the high-spirited governess, Maria, who brings much-needed tenderness and joy to the seven children of the Von Trapp family. This multiple Tony-Award winning musical is one you and your students are sure to love.
Curriculum Connection: Connect with a significant moment in world history through the power of beautiful music and stunning live performances.
The Sound of Music is recommended for grades 3-12*
10 AM Friday, March 4, 2016
Book by: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Wade Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by: Frank Loesser
About the show:
This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is the hilarious story of a young window cleaner and his madcap quest for corporate takeover. While it is beloved for its inventive songs and its hilarious--sometimes absurd--portrait of 1960s corporate culture, it also continues to rouse new generations with its searing critique of big business.
Curriculum Connection: A hysterical and engaging gateway into the genre of social satire, presented by the amazing cast and staff 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: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is recommended for grades 6-12*
*Some content may not be appropriate for all grades. Please check the Content Advisories for each show.
Early Birds: Purchase tickets for your class before October 30, 2015 and receive 10% off your order.