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FRIDAYS AT THE 5TH:

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! *

Fridays at The 5th workshops are for students ages 14-18

NOW REGISTERING:

High School Students! 
Summer is the perfect time for Fun (Home)

Fridays at the 5th: Fun Home
Graphic Novel to Novel Musical
With Ellen Forney
July 14, 2017  3:30PM-11:00PM

Graphic novels, comics and cartoons allow the reader to experience a story in both written and visual formats, delving deeply into characters’ emotions and experiences. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the Tony Award® winning FUN HOME is a biographical depiction of a family—one with mysteries and challenges, but also love and understanding. For this Fridays at The 5th workshop, join Ellen Forney, Seattle artist and writer of the graphic novel MARBLES, in a hands-on workshop that will explore the impact of comics from Marvel to FUN HOME. Ellen will lead the class in a series of activities to understand how comics work to tell stories of depth and emotion, and, along the way, share her personal stories of working with and learning from Alison Bechdel.

No experience is necessary, just a willingness to jump in and have a good time.

Bring your friends, engage in the workshop, enjoy a pizza dinner, see the show and meet the cast and crew—all for only $25.

Click here to register. *

AND FOR MORE SUMMER FUN, CHECK OUT OUR MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES!
 

Mark Your Calendar:
UPCOMING FRIDAYS AT THE 5TH WORKSHOPS 2017

  • Fun Home - July 14, 2017

Registration for each workshop opens one month prior the workshop date. 
* Scholarships are available.  Contact us at 206-625-1418

 

SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES

Essential Skills for Middle and High School Students

PLUS  - A Master Class with Producing Artistic Director, Bill Berry
for YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (ages 18-25)*

REGISTER NOW!

Spend your afternoons with us brushing up on essential musical theater skills  Check out our schedule of classes for middle and high school students in voice, dance, acting and auditioning skills. Taught by some of the best teaching artists in Seattle, these classes are sure to inspire. Learn a new dance, master a new song, practice some new scenes and have fun with us this summer.



Songwriting for Musical Theater

For ages 14-18
June 28, 29 and 30 2pm-5pm
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Orlando Morales
$150

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 26TH!

Class Description:

Interested in writing the songs you sing? In this 3-day intensive, high school students interested in songwriting will explore the tools that writers use to communicate ideas and meaning to an audience. Through listening, writing, and discussion, students will understand the musical theater genre and identify characteristics that make the genre unique. At the end of the workshop, students will produce an original song.

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Audition Skills for Middle School - THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT! Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list
For ages 11-14
Thursday, July 6, 3pm-6pm
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Kelsey Thorgalsen
$40

Class Description:

Get ready for your next audition! In this class, designed specifically for young actors, students will learn the essential skills for auditioning for musical theater. Students will understand how to prepare for an audition, what to expect in the audition room, what to do when they receive sides, and how to be honest and true in their performance in order to present their best selves. Parents will also receive information on the best techniques for preparing their children for auditions. Taught by The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Casting Director and Artistic Associate, Kelsey Thorgalsen, this class will give young actors an inside view of the audition process.

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Musical Theater Scene Study
A master class for ages 14-18
Monday, July 10, 4pm-7pm
The 5th Avenue Theater
Taught by David Quicksall
$55

Class Description:

In the first part of this 3 hour intensive, students will participate in improvisation and ensemble-building theater games and exercises, create intriguing characters and develop basic story lines. Building on these skills, in the second half of the workshop, students will explore scenes from classic musicals and learn how to use the text to build strong, fully realized characters.

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Acting Through Dance
For intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 11-18
Monday, July 17, 4pm-7pm
The 5th Avenue Theater
Taught by Brittany Jamieson
$55

Class Description:

Acting Through Dance is designed for the intermediate to advanced dancer who wants to work on communicating character, intent, and story without saying a word.  Technique is crucial, but for the musical theatre dancer, the ability to take on a variety of styles and portray people of different ages and backgrounds in the way they stand, pose, and execute dance steps is equally important. In this class we will explore several different ways to do just that!  

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Intermediate/Advanced Vocal Technique and Song Interpretation
A master class for ages 14-18
Wednesday, July 19, 4pm-6pm
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Mary Jo Dugaw
$40

Class Description:

Designed for intermediate/advanced singers, students will learn vocal technique and song interpretation in a master class setting. From breath support to articulation and diction, students will develop the fundamentals for healthy vocal practice and strong performance. Using these vocal techniques, students will work on a pre-selected song to understand how text and musical structure work together and how to deliver honest, character-driven performances. Students must come to class with sheet music for a musical theater song on which they would like to work and be prepared to sing.

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Singing with Heart
For ages 11-14
Monday, July 24, 4pm-6pm
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Jeannette d’Armand
$40

 Class Description:

How do musical theater artists present strong, character-driven performances through song? In this master class, students will learn the fundamentals of singing--from breath support to articulation and diction. Students will work on pre-selected songs to develop techniques for healthy vocal practice and strong performances. Designed for beginning to advanced singers, all students should bring a song to work on and be prepared to sing.

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Text = Action = Character
*A master class in Text Analysis

For ages 18-25
Tuesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 31
4:00pm-7:00pm
Taught by Bill Berry


Class Description:

In this two day master class, director Bill Berry will lead students through an intensive process, exploring the text of a musical to understand critical moments of the play and to develop strong, fully realized characters on stage through the understanding of action.  Students must attend both days of the class and be prepared for homework between classes. Scripts will be provided.

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The Rising Star Project welcomes a remarkable team of teenagers into the our theater to remount a full-length musical on our historic stage. 

Beyond being entirely student-performed, the 2016/17 Rising Star Project production of The Pajama Game will be run by a student technical crew and supported by a team of students who have taken on roles in the marketing, development, producing, creative and casting departments.  All participants are trained and mentored by dedicated theater professionals at The 5th Avenue Theatre.  

Download the Curriculum Guide
To learn more about RSP: The Pajama Game and engage your students in learning activites about the show, click here to download a free PDF of the Curriculum Guide.

 

TUITION

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).

 

ELIGIBILITY

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.

 

TEAMS & ROLES

Rising Star Project TEAMS & ROLES Photo Gallery

Rising Star Project focuses on career exploration and the development of professional skills.  Participants are embedded within a working department at The 5th Avenue Theatre.  Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks that are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a regional theater company.  Students have the opportunity to apply for vocational teams in the following areas:

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

A professional musical would not be possible if not for dedicated teams who cast, produce, secure funding for, and market the production.

THE PRODUCING TEAM is mentored by the Casting Associate, Associate Production Manager, and Company Manager,  Projects include facilitating general auditions and casting, producing the Rising Star Project cabaret fundraiser, and attending to the needs of 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 under deadlines.

THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM is mentored by members of the theater’s Development department and is responsible for 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.

THE MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS TEAM is mentored by the Senior Marketing Manager and the PR & Communication Manager—with opportunities to shadow graphic designers and production photographers.  Projects include writing press releases, designing marketing, and coordinating social media campaigns. Strong candidates are interested in marketing and advertising careers, are involved in marketing clubs (DECA), and are strong writers or have graphic design, photography, and digital video production skills.  Specific roles on this team include:  Production Photographer, Graphic Designer

 

THEATER DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Behind the scenes, professional musicals require the technical expertise of dedicated craftspeople who take on the additional role of mentoring Rising Star Project participants.

HAIR & MAKEUP TEAM will learn essential skills and industry best practices for hair, wigs and makeup. In addition, Hair & Makeup students will put wigs and makeup on actors and perform changes during performances.

COSTUMES & WARDROBE TEAM will learn how to fit costumes on actors, alter pieces and “rig” them for quick changes as well as have the opportunity to analyze costume designs and learn about the design process. Students will also iron and prep costumes for the show, assist with quick changes, and “run” the wardrobe aspects of the show backstage during performances.

THE STAGE CREW will learn industry safety standards and best practices need to run all technical aspects of a professional musical.  Specific roles on this team include:

  • Deck Carpenter
  • Props
  • Light Board Operator / Electrics
  • Automation
  • Flyrail
  • Sound

 

PERFORMING ARTS

THE CAST will be mentored primarily by theater professionals working on the Rising Star Project creative team—with opportunities to work with members of the professional cast of The Pajama Game.  General auditions for student performers will take place October 24-30.  Strong candidates will demonstrate commitment to the project schedule and a passion for collaboration.

THE ORCHESTRA will be mentored by musicians who play for the professional production of The Pajama Game.  Students will rehearse and perform the score for the Rising Star Project production.  Ideal candidates are interested in professional music careers, have experience playing in advanced ensembles, and have an interest in learning diverse musical styles. Musicians should submit a complete application.  Strong candidates will be invited to also submit a video audition or to audition in person.

Pajama Game instrumentation:  piccolo, flute, clarinet, all saxophones, oboe/English horn, trumpet, french horn, trombone, bass trombone, violin, viola, keyboard, percussion, drum set, guitar, bass

THE CREATIVE TEAM will by mentored by members of the Rising Star Project creative team.  Strong candidates will have specific interest in pursuing a career in their respective field as well as developed knowledge and expertise, and demonstrated experience in a leadership position.  Interested students will apply for one of the following roles:  Choreography, Directing, Music Directing

STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM will be mentored by a professional 5th Avenue stage management team and will be responsible for rehearsal preparation, coordinating rehearsals, running technical rehearsals, and overseeing technical aspects of performances. 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 RISING STAR PROJECT MISSION

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.


2015/16 STUDY GUIDE

In March 2016, following the professional production, Rising Star Project presented an all-student production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on the 5th Avenue stage.

A study guide for How to Succeed is available for download.

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

 

TECH TUESDAYS

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!

Future dates to be announced!

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!

 

The 5th Avenue Theatre's 10-Minute Musical Project is a new tuition-free education program which connects local students to the process of creating new works in the musical theater genre.

The overarching mission of this program is to empower students and support their future achievement by introducing them to the crafts and skills associated with songwriting, book writing, directing, and the workshop process. 

Approximately 30 local students will have the opportunity to participate in the program and in multiple ways:

  • Book writers, composers, lyricists 
  • Student directors and music directors 
  • Student stage managers 
  • Actors 
  • Marketing & PR
  • Photographer/videographer 

Original work produced by this cohort was performed as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual NextFest in October 2016.

 

APPLICATION

The Application period is closed. The following information is available for students interested in applying for a future cohort.

Before filling out this application, please make sure to do the following:

  • Review the project overview (above)
  • Review the project dates carefully and identify any potential scheduling conflicts
  • Create PDFs of your cover letter AND resume
  • WRITERS:  Prepare work sample(s) per the guidelines below.

Writing Sample Guidelines (for Writers)

Writers (composers, lyricists, playwrights) must submit at least one sample of your recent work.  Two samples are highly recommended.

COMPOSERS please submit a recording (MP3, M4A, AIFF) and/or sheet music (PDF) for an original song that you have written recently.  Recordings DO NOT need to be produced, "clean," or professional.  Basic DEMO recordings are more than acceptable.  Recordings can be uploaded (5MB maximum for each file) or provided as a link to a website hosting the file (Soundcloud, Youtube, etc)

LYRICISTS please submit a copy of original lyrics (PDF) that you have written recently.  You may also submit a recording.  Please include the name of a writing partner (if applicable) in your writer's statement.

PLAYWRIGHTS please submit at least 10 pages (PDFs) of original work from a play or scene(s) that you have written recently.  

 

TUITION

The 10-Minute Musicals 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. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

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.

 

TEAMS & ROLES

The 10-Minute Musicals 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:

WRITERS

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 summer, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.  The project culminates in a two 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 summer, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.  The project culminates in a two week long workshop and rehearsal process, and a stage reading presented as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual NextFest new works festival.

PERFORMING ARTS

THE CAST - in the world of musical theater, a new work requires adaptable and versatile actors to bring a writer's visions to life.  Auditions will be held as needed after first drafts of scripts are completed in late August.  CAST applicants will be contacted in August and informed of whether or not roles are available.

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!

CREATIVE & ARTISTIC

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.

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

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.

 

IMPORTANT 2016 DATES

  • June 15, 2016 - APPLICATION DEADLINE for student writers
  • June 27 - July 2, 2016 - WRITER'S INTENSIVE #1
  • July 11 - July 16, 2016 - WRITER'S INTENSIVE #2
  • August 10 - APPLICATION DEADLINE for student directors, music directors, stage managers, cast, and marketing team 
  • September 28 - October 7, 2016 - WORKSHOP (all participants)
  • October 11 October 14 - REHEARSALS (all participants)
  • October 15 - Final Presentation of 10-Minute Musicals (NextFest)