Why Do We Sing?

A Song Interpretation Master Class  with Jeannette d’Armand

When:  Monday April 20, 2015 from 4 PM- 6 PM
Where:  Downstairs at The 5th (DAT5)
Who:  Middle School Students  (ages 11-13) who love to sing!
Tuition: $25

Do you love to sing, but sometimes have trouble performing a song the way you would like? In musical theater, each song has a reason for being. Get together with other young singers and experience how fun it can be to sing with purpose.  Learn how lyrics can be the key to selling a song!  Find how words, together with melody, can help energize character!  As we focus on song interpretation, Master Teacher and Vocalist, Jeannette d’Armand will help you discover the way to reach the hearts and minds of your audience!


                                                             Jeannette d’Armand is a voice teacher with a thriving studio and a founding member of the sassy vocal trio The Riveting Rosies. Credits include: Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, Showtunes Theatre’s production of Nine at Benaroya Hall (Our Lady of the Spa), Fifth Avenue Theatre’s productions of Oliver! (Rose Seller), Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, Sound of Music and Beautiful Poison (workshop) as well as guest appearances with The Seattle Men’s Chorus and many of her own solo cabarets or jazz quartet performances throughout the region. Her educational voiceover work with McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin can be heard nationwide and her album Stage Road can be found on and iTunes. BFA/NYU/Tisch.                              


Workshops for High School Students

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:30PM-9PM

These workshops are especially designed for high school students with a strong interest in technical theater.

Learn from the creative team as a new musical takes shape on The 5th Avenue stage. You will have the thrilling and unique opportunity to tour backstage— in this case, a creepy crawly Underworld brought to vivid animated life through old-world stage craft. Observe the world of Deadland coming to life during technical rehearsal and meet working theater professionals and technicians.  At this workshop, you will also  enjoy a pizza party and receive a  ticket to the April 30 or May 1 preview performance of the electrifying new musical  of Jasper in Deadland—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


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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: Jasper in Deadland

Fridays at The 5th
Friday, May 15, 3:30 PM-11:00 PM

Explore the Underworld with Jasper!

An electrifying new pop/rock musical in the spirit of RENT and Spring Awakening, Jasper in Deadland takes audiences on a mythological thrill-ride through the underworld.  As teenage Jasper faces gods and monsters in search of his best friend (and true love) Agnes, he learns to let go of the demons of daily life and embrace the music within.  With a pulsating contemporary score and vibrant roots in ancient Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Norse legends and fables, this spine-tingling, hair-raising, heart-stirring show explores what it means to be truly alive.

Come to a fun and enlightening Fridays at The 5th workshop and explore the themes of the musical, learn about the myth it is based on and see first hand how a new show is created.

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


  • Grease - July 17, 2015

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


Rising Star Project offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing and performing a show on The 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage.  Beyond being entirely student-performed, the 2016 Rising Star Project production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 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 and casting departments.  All participants are trained and mentored by dedicated theater professionals at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

A full application for the 2015-16 project will be available by June 1, 2015.  If you would like to be notified when this application is posted, please e-mail  The Rising Star Project production of How to Succeed is current scheduled to perform March 3 - 5, 2016.


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.

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

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

A study guide for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel is available for download.

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


After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel our 2015 summer programs for youth. Please check this page for details about summer programs in 2016.