In March 2015, following the professional production, local students (ages 14-19) will work together to mount an all-student production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel on the 5th Avenue stage.

The Rising Star Project production will be entirely student-performed by a student cast and student orchestra, and  will be run by a student technical crew under the mentorship and guidance of theater professionals.  The production will also be coordinated, marketed, developed and produced by a student administrative team under the coaching of 5th Avenue Theatre staff. 


Performances of the 2015 Rising Star Project production Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel are:

  • March 12, 10:30am (School Matinee)
  • March 13, 10:00am  -  $10 tickets for school groups available through Group Sales,
  • March 13, 7:00pm  -  BUY TICKETS
  • March 14, 2:00pm  -  BUY TICKETS

For information about free or discounted tickets for school groups, please contact Orlando Morales at

For information about free or discounted tickets for youth and family service organizations, please contact Connie Corrick at

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


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.

Application deadlines and audition dates for the 2014-15 Rising Star Project have passed.  Information for applying to the 2015-16 project will be available in May 2015.



Summer Musical Theater Young Performers Intensive

August 3-28, 2015
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
For ages 16-20
Limited to 30 students. Auditions are required

The Summer Musical Theater Young Performers Intensive offers training for advanced students in an engaging and rigorous program with a focus on musical theater performance. During the four-week intensive students learn from professional directors, music directors and choreographers working on a concentrated curriculum that explores all aspects of performance. During the Young Performers Intensive the emphasis is on developing the skills to be a strong performer in all areas of musical theater—integrating acting, dance and vocal technique.

Prospective students must complete an audition where they will be asked to perform a monologue, sing and dance. Understanding that in the field of musical theater all performers must act, sing, and dance at various times, students will receive training in all the core performance areas. The program culminates in an invited performance on the final day.

It all begins with the acting. Whether delivering text, singing, or moving, a performer must learn to build strong characters and convey the story. During the Young Performers Intensive, students will learn to delve deeply into the script to find the truth behind the dialogue and to portray characters honestly and with confidence. Classes will include script analysis, ensemble building exercises, improvisational skills and one-on-one coaching with professional actors and directors.

While there are often roles for featured dancers, all musical theater performers must dance. Students will study ballet, jazz and tap, with master classes focusing on the choreography of the masters of American musical theater. Daily classes will focus on strength building and technique. Classes in Yoga and Pilates will provide students with skills necessary to keep their bodies strong and safe, and classes in vocal technique and breath control will give dancers the skills to sing while moving. Advanced dancers will have additional, higher level training.

As musical theater artists, all performers must sing. During daily classes, students will focus on the fundamentals of good vocal technique and learn to break negative habits that can damage the voice. Through group exercises and one-on-one training, students will learn to become healthier, more energized singers. In addition, students will learn how to use the music and the lyrics to explore and comprehend the meaning behind the songs, to create strong, character-driven performances.


Admittance in the Summer Musical Theater Young Performers Intensive is by audition only. To audition, students must:

  • Perform two songs in contrasting styles. Total singing time should not exceed three minutes.
  • Perform one monologue, not to exceed one minute.
  • Participate in a dance audition.

Audition dates
Monday, May 4, 2015 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00am-2:00pm (callbacks)

To schedule an audition, please call Connie Corrick at 206 260-2106.



Payment plans as well as a limited number of partial and full scholarships are available. 


Upon acceptance to the Summer Musical Theater Young Performers Institute, please submit a registration form with full tuition or 50% deposit.  Balance due by July 20, 2015.


Workshops for High School Students

Especially for high school students with an interest in musical theater, these workshops give students the opportunity to 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!

Now Registering: Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well & Living in Paris

Friday, March 27th  3:30PM-11PM

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Telling a Story Through Song!

Are you looking to develop your ability to deliver every song you sing effectively? In Jacques Brel, each and every song is a story! How does our cast approach it?  The techniques for Song Interpretation can help you convey your musical, dramatic and emotional intentions to your audience. Come meet up with your friends and have fun learning how to communicate a complete story in one song.  

No previous musical theater experience necessary! Take the workshop, enjoy a pizza dinner, see the show and meet the cast and crew—all for only $25!   Click here to register


  • Jasper in Deadland - May 15, 2015
  • Grease - July 17, 2015

Registration for each workshop opens one month prior the workshop date. 



Workshops for High School Students

These workshops are especially designed for high school students with a strong interest in technical theater. Students have the unique opportunity to tour backstage, observe during technical rehearsals, and meet working theater professionals and technicians.  At each workshop, the students enjoy a pizza party and receive tickets to a preview performance of the next mainstage production - all for only $25!

Workshops are for high school students, ages 14–18 only. Parents or chaperones who wish to attend the later performance with their students may contact the Box Office at 206-625-1900 to purchase tickets by phone or may purchase tickets online.

Upcoming Tech Workshops:

  • Jasper in Deadland- Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  • Grease - Tuesday, July 7, 2015


We are not currently offering Musical Theater Master Classes. Check this page for upcoming classes.