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Develop your skills and learn from professional musical theater artists in our Summer Musical Theater Classes. With offerings in dance, voice, audition skills, and even conducting, there is something for everyone and for all ages. Take one class, or take them all! Scroll down for the full list of offereings!

BROADWAY'S Matt Perri has recently joined the staff at The 5th!  We are thrilled to have him teaching conducting for us this summer! See below for this new and exciting opportunity on July 17th!

Musical Theater Dance - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 13th!
for intermediate/advanced dancers
Monday, July 16, 4 PM-6 PM: Ballet Technique for Musical Theater
Tuesday, July 17, 4 PM-6 PM: Jazz Technique for Musical Theater
Wednesday, July 18, 4 PM-6 PM: Tap Technique for Musical Theater
Thursday, July 19, 4 PM-6 PM: Choreography and Mastering Musical Theater Style

The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Nikki Long
$40.00/class. $35.00/class when you sign up for 3 or more classes.

Designed for intermediate/advanced dancers interested in the different styles of musical theater dance. Classes will focus on building strength, technique, and choreography. Choreographer, Dancer and Instructor, Nikki Long will guide students through advanced techniques in ballet, tap, and jazz and incorporate choreography in a variety of dance styles. Each class will be different, so take one, or take them all. Nikki is an inspiring teacher who brings a wealth of dance knowledge and performing experience.

Read more about Nikki Long

To Register:
Click here to download a registration form for Musical Theater Dance. Please complete the form and return with your payment. 

Conducting for Musical Theater - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 15th!
A Master Class for ages 16-20
Tuesday, July 17, 4 PM-6 PM
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by The 5th Avenue Theatre's Resident Music Supervisor Matt Perri

In this two hour workshop, participants will learn the skills and techniques of conducting for musical theater. Basic conducting concepts will be introduced with the goal of improving clarity and gaining tools for expressive conducting in a supportive and fun learning environment. Taught by the 5th’s Resident Music Supervisor, Matt Perri, this class will provide students the opportunity to put their skills to work and conduct a band of local professional musicians with selections from the musical theater repertoire. 

Read more about Matt Perri

To Register:
Click here to download a registration form for Conducting for Musical Theater. Please complete the form and return with your payment. 

No Small Roles: Creating Memorable Characters Through Movement and Play
A Master Class for ages 14-18
Monday, July 23, 4 PM-6 PM
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

In this workshop, students will explore the world of movement-based theater and character creation.  Through movement analysis, play, embodiment, and an exploration of archetypes, students will build skills, creating and recalling unique and delightful forms, from the body.  The techniques nurtured in this workshop will serve the actor in principal roles and chorus roles, alike.  Let's get moving! 

Read more about Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

To Register:
Click here to download a registration form for No Small Roles. Please complete the form and return with your payment. 

Making Intentions Clear:  Directing for Musical Theater
For high school students ages 14-18
Tuesday, July 24, 4 PM-6 PM
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Ruben Van Kempen

Communication is key when directing!  In this class, award winning director, Ruben Van Kempen will help students learn the skills for guiding and inspiring actors in telling stories on stage. Learn the craft of creating clear pictures and clear motivations with this nationally renowned teaching artist.

To Register:
Click here to download a registration form for Directing for Musical Theater. Please complete the form and return with your payment.

Sing Out! Vocal Technique and Song Interpretation for Middle School Students
For ages 11-14
Wednesday, July 25, 4 PM-6 PM
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Jeannette d'Armand

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 their own pre-selected songs to develop techniques for healthy vocal practice and strong performances. Designed for beginning to advanced singers, all students should bring sheet music for a song they would like to work on and be prepared to sing.

To Register:
Click here to download a registration form for Sing Out! Please complete the form and return with your payment.

Gospel for Musical Theater!
For ages 14-18
July 30 and 31, 4 PM-6 PM
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by Shaunyce Omar
$60 for both days

This energetic and uplifting vocal master class will explore the history and influence of gospel music in musical theater. In this two-part course students will work with Seattle-based singer and actress, Shaunyce Omar, to examine how gospel music has influenced both musical theater and pop music; learn the power of ensemble singing; and discover how to adapt their own personal style to gospel singing. Join us for this fun and engaging class and get singing!

Read more about Shaunyce Omar

To Register:
Click here to downlaod a registration form for Gospel for Musical Theater. Please complete the form and return with your payment.

Landing the part: Audition Skills for High School Students ages 14-18
NEW DATE! Monday, August 6th, 4 PM-6 PM
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Taught by The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Thorgalsen

Get ready for your next audition! In this class, designed specifically for young performers, 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. Each student should come prepared with a memorized 32 bar cut of an audition song for use in class. An accompanist will be provided. Taught by The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Kelsey Thorgalsen, this class will give young actors an inside view of the audition process.

To Register:
Click here to download a registration form for Landing the Part. Please complete the form and return with your payment. 


Singing with Heart: Vocal Technique and Song Interpretation  
July 9, 2018 Taught by Mary Jo Dugaw

Designed for intermediate/advanced singers, students  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 come to class prepared with the sheet music, and lyrics and notes of a musical theater song memorized.


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

Through in-school residencies, workshops, and large-scale projects Rising Star Project offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing, performing, and creating musical theater.

In January, Rising Star Project made frontpage news with our residencies at Kentridge High School and Kent-Meridian High School.


2018/19: West Side Story

Something's coming...

Beyond being entirely student performed, the 2018/19 Rising Star Project production of West Side Story 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.


Auditions and callbacks for the Rising Star Project Dance Corps will be held July 30 - August 1, 2018.  The deadline to schedule an audition is July 26, 2018. 

Rising Star Project Dance Corps is an intensive track for students with advanced dance training and who are interested in learning about dance-related careers. >> LEARN MORE

Students interested in joining the Rising Star Project Dance Corps should:

  1. read the Dance Corps program overview, review the current project calender, and complete the 2019 Rising Star Project application
  2. call (206) 260-2142, Mon-Fri, 10am - 2pm, to RSVP for a dance call
  3. schedule a singing appointment online

READ the 2018/19 Rising Star Project Application Packet

APPLY for the 2018/19 Rising Star Project


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 process of mounting a production at The 5th Avenue Theatre. 

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


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



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



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 West Side Story.  General auditions for student performers will take place in July 2018 and January 2019.  Strong candidates will demonstrate commitment to the project schedule and a demonstrated passion for collaboration.

THE ORCHESTRA will be mentored by musicians who play for the professional production of West Side Story.  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.

The West Side Story orchestra will include:  piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, English horn, all saxophones, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, violin, keyboard, percussion (mallets), drum set, bass, and guitar.

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 Direction

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 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.



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! *

ALL are welcome. No experience is necessary—just a willingness to jump in and try something new!

Mark your calendar for next season!

Come From Away: October 19,  2018
Annie:  December 7, 2018 
Rock of Ages:  February 15, 2019 
Little Dancer:  March 29, 2019 
Urinetown: TBD
West Side Story: June 14, 2019 


The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

Showing Your Story
With Kellie Martin

We use body language to communicate every day. But great actors intentionally use their bodies and facial expressions to create strong characters, tell the story, and draw the audience into their world. In this fun and engaging workshop, students will work together and learn techniques to use body language, facial expression, and sign language to communicate a story. This workshop was presented with ASL interpretation.

Ride the Cyclone
Create the world, and sing it!
With cast member Lillian Castillo

In the weirdly wonderful, West Coast premiere of the musical Ride the Cyclone, six teenagers face their untimely demise when the train on the roller coaster they are riding unexpectedly derails. Stuck in a strange, carnival-like purgatory, they are each given the opportunity to tell their story of a life interrupted. Set to a rock-pop score, the musical asks the question, what gives a life value? Join Lillian (Costance Blackwood in the production)  and learn the wonderfully wacky songs featured in the show. Get to know this new musical and explore how each actor contributes to the world of the play in an ensemble cast.  

Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Conflict!
with 5th Avenue favorite, David Quicksall

Join us for an enlightening Fridays at The 5th workshop and discover how the tumultuous relationship of Petruchio and Kate in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is mirrored by Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi in Cole Porter’s musical, Kiss Me, Kate. Both the musical Kiss Me, Kate and The Taming of the Shrew, the play that serves as the inspiration for the musical, deal with a conflict—a battle of the sexes. In both stories the principal characters act out a tension-filled romance full of passion, wit, cunning, and ultimately, love. Join us in a fun and exciting workshop taught by local Shakespearean actor and teacher, David Quicksall. Learn how to play the conflict in a scene in order to heighten the tension and drive the story. No experience is necessary, just come prepared to learn a little and laugh a lot.

Mamma Mia!
Taking Direction/Taking Action
With Mamma Mia! Associate Director, Billie Wildrick

Constantin Stanislavski once said, “Acting is action.” Mamma Mia! is 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. 


TECH TUESDAYS - the tech rehearsals you love and the skills you need. 
Learn from the professionals!  

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


At these workshops, you will learn skills, 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.

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

NOW REGISTERING:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

TECH TUESDAY: Sound and Signs
TUESDAY, May 29, 2018
4:30pm-9:00pm (4:15 Check-In)

Sound and Signs – Two techniques for enhancing storytelling!  Our “hands on“  workshop will examine the world of theater sound, with microphones of various types being examined for their best use practices.  Discover how your school’s tools and resources can be used most effectively! And, along the way, meet people who use American Sign Language as a tool and resource for communicating story. You will also tour backstage, observe technical rehearsal, meet working theater professionals and technicians including the Sound Designer of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kevin Heard, who will chat with you over a pizza dinner.  You will also receive one ticket to the June 2nd or June15th  evening performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame so that you can return to see the story fully told  with both microphones and ASL interpretation.

*Tuition $25.00 Click here to register!

*Scholarships Available - Call 206-625-1418 for information.
** Pizza dinner options include traditional cheese and pepperoni pizza

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


Tech Tuesday: Kiss Me, Kate
With Emily McLaughlin
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.