Workshops for High School Students

If you are a high school student with a strong interest in technical theater, then TECH TUESDAY is for you!

Tech Tuesdays - the tech rehearsals you love and the skills you need.  Learn from the professionals!  

Tech Tuesday: Kiss Me, Kate
TUESDAY, April 3, 2018

Ever wondered how those miraculously fast costume changes happen during a show? Join us as we examine the “quick change” in a hands-on workshop with wardrobe professionals!  This practical and fun workshop will be followed by the unique opportunity to tour backstage, observe during technical rehearsal, and meet more working theater professionals and technicians. All high school students (ages 14-18) are welcome.

At this workshop, you will also enjoy a pizza party and receive one ticket to the April 10th or 11th evening preview performance of Kiss Me, Kate.


*Scholarships Available

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Tech Tuesday workshops!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  Kiss Me, Kate
Tuesday, May 29, 2018  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

At these workshops, you will tour backstage, observe the various teams setting and adjusting cues at rehearsal, and meet working theater professionals and technicians. You will also enjoy a pizza party and receive a ticket to a preview performance of the mainstage production which you observe in rehearsal. All for $25!

Join us for Tech Tuesday to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn by watching the detailed work done in professional technical rehearsals.  

Registration forms for each upcoming workshop will be posted four weeks prior to the Tech Tuesday event date!



Workshops for High School Students 

Especially for high school students with an interest in musical theater, these workshops give students the opportunity to create the characters, sing the songs, learn the choreography, and meet with the cast and crew for the productions on our stage. At each workshop, the participants enjoy a pizza party, see the show, and attend a talkback with the cast after the evening's performance--all for only $25! *


Taking Direction/Taking Action
With Mamma Mia! Associate Director, Billie Wildrick
An acting workshop for students, ages 14-18
Friday, February 16, 2018  4:00 PM-11:00 PM

Constantin Stanislavski once said, “Acting is action.” Mamma Mia! is a about characters taking action: action to create relationships, action to create family, action to connect to past and create future.  Billie Wildrick, a popular and much loved performer on The 5th Avenue stage (Evelyn Nesbit, Ragtime; Babe, The Pajama Game) is also well known as a director, and has been Associate Director for our production of Mamma Mia!.  As an actor herself, Billie can share unique insights from both sides of the creation process, helping students learn to embrace, rather than be intimidated by, a director’s vision.  Using scenes from Mamma Mia!,  students will discover how director and actor work together to bring action to the characters and relationships on stage. 

Mark your calendars for our next events this season:


  • Kiss Me, Kate - April 20, 2018
  • Ride the Cyclone - April 27, 2018
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - June 15, 2018

​Fridays at The 5th workshops are for students ages 14-18
Registration for each workshop opens approximatelyfour weeks prior to the workshop. 

* Scholarships are available.  Contact us at 206-625-1418


Placing musical theater in the hands of tomorrow's leaders...

Since 2011, the Rising Star Project has opened the doors of The 5th Avenue Theatre to teenagers throughout Washington State.  This season, we are excited to begin a new chapter in our story.

The 2017-18 Rising Star Project focuses on the development of new work.  In February and March 2018, under the mentorship of theater professionals, the 2017-18 Rising Star Project cohort will mount a festival of 10-minute musicals written, workshopped, directed, and performed by teenagers. 

This is a chance to find your voice and tell a new story.





Rising Star Project is an educational program offered tuition-free to Washington State students. Please note that participants are responsible for expenses associated with day-to-day transportation and meals. 

Rising Star Project is made possible by a generous grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and with additional support from The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation, Susie and Phil Stoller, The Boeing Company, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the ArtsGM Nameplate, Jean K. Lafromboise Foundation, Nichols Foundation, and Promotion Arts (in-kind).



This program is available to all Washington State students ages 14-19.  Eligible participants are within this age range for the majority of the project timeline.


Rising Star Project focuses on career exploration and the development of original musicals through a professional workshop and rehearsal process.  Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks which immerse students in the nationally recognized new works initiatives of The 5th Avenue Theatre. 

Students have the opportunity to apply for roles in the following areas:


COMPOSERS, LYRICISTS, SONGWRITERS - Musical theater employs many kinds of songwriters who contribute music to a new show.  Some write music only, others write lyrics only, and many do a combination of both.  Student composers and lyricists will participate in songwriting workshops throughout the fall and winter, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.  The project culminates in a five-week long workshop and rehearsal process, and a stage reading presented as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual NextFest new works festival.  

*For this project, the ability to read and write music is not required, but helpful.

PLAYWRIGHTS (BOOK WRITERS, LIBRETTISTS) - A musical theater book writer (or librettist) writes dialogue and scenes, but is also often responsible for shaping the dramatic arc of a show and for coordinating how music is integrated into a story.  Student book writers will participate in workshops throughout the fall and winter, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.  The project culminates in a five-week long workshop and rehearsal process, and a stage reading presented as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual NextFest new works festival.


THE CAST - in the world of musical theater, a new work requires adaptable and versatile actors to bring a writer's visions to life. 

ACCOMPANISTS - The workshop process requires adaptable and resourceful musicians to help bring a writer's visions to life.  Adventurous pianists, drummers, and guitar players are strongly encouraged to apply!


DIRECTORS -  Each original 10-minute musical will be directed by a student director under the mentorship of a professional director.  Strong candidates will have specific interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater director as well as developed knowledge and expertise, and demonstrated experience in a leadership position. 

MUSIC DIRECTORS -  Each original 10-minute musical will have music direction from a student musical director under the mentorship of a professional music director.  Strong candidates will have specific interest in pursuing a career as a professional musical director as well as developed knowledge and expertise, and demonstrated experience in a leadership position.

STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM will be mentored by a professional 5th Avenue stage manager and will be responsible for rehearsal preparation and coordinating rehearsals. Ideal candidates are passionate about being organized, experienced leaders, detail-oriented, and interested in learning one of the most crucial roles of putting on a show.


THE PRODUCING TEAM is mentored by the Casting Associate, Associate Production Manager, and Company Manager.  Projects include facilitating general auditions and casting, and supporting the Rising Star Project cast and company.  Strong candidates have a strong interest in the theater industry or business (thespians, FBLA), are good collaborators, have leadership experience (student government, team athletics), and are comfortable working with deadlines.

THE ARTS ADVOCACY + DEVELOPMENT TEAM is mentored by members of The 5th’s development department and is responsible for raising awareness and raising funds for the Rising Star Project production.  This team will set a fundraising goal and then create and execute various campaigns to reach their goal.  Strong candidates are interested in professional networking and Arts advocacy, are involved in fundraising and service clubs (Key Club, ASB), and are passionate about the Arts and its impact on our community.

MARKETING & PR will work to document and record the workshop and rehearsal process while working on a campaign to raise awareness and support for the original work produced by the project cohort.  Students with a passion for the arts, and are interested in the new works process and creating digital media are strongly encouraged to apply.



The Rising Star Project uses the resources and professional knowledge that exist at The 5th Avenue Theatre to help every young person achieve a fulfilling career, a stronger sense of self, and confidence in their ability to inspire positive change in the world.

Within this mission, we endeavor to:

  1. take a proactive role in creating  a theater community which is inclusive and representative of our region;
  2. provide students with direct mentorship from working theater professionals, introducing them to the diversity of viable careers in the theater industry;
  3. create a collaborative and authentic learning environment in regard to professional practices and expectations;
  4. connect students to American musicals not only as vehicles for self-expression, but also as significant artistic achievements, rich texts, and unique expressions of our nation’s history and heritage; and
  5. support classroom learning by providing quality arts-based education experiences for students—both at The 5th and in-residence throughout the community and in areas where opportunities for arts education are limited.


The Rising Star Project is made possible through a generous grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.



Smart College Planning for Acting & Musical Theater Students

A workshop for high school students, their parents, and educators.

Monday, December 4, 6:30-8:30
The 5th Avenue Theatre
$50 for student/parent team
$25 for educators

It is never too early to start planning for college—especially for students interested in musical theater performance. Join us for an informative workshop designed for high school students and a parent or guardian. Taught by the award winning Music Director of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn Caryl Fantel and percussionist/instructor Roy Fantel, this workshop will provide participants with helpful tips for navigating the often daunting process of pursuing a degree in acting and/or musical theater. Based on their experiences as musical theater professionals as well as parents of children pursuing theater degrees, Caryl and Roy Fantel bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to this information-packed presentation. High school educators and school counselors are also encouraged to join us.

Click here to download registration form

Please return registration forms by December 1, 2017. The workshop requires a minimum of 10 registered participants. Participants will be informed by December 1, 2017 if the class will be cancelled due to low enrollment.  

Click here for more information about Caryl and Roy Fantel.