Youth

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! *

REGISTRATION FOR RIDE THE CYCLONE HAS SOLD OUT! 
Watch for our next event:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Registration begins May 18th.


Fridays at The 5th: Ride the Cyclone
Create the world, and sing it!

With cast member Lillian Castillo
For high school students ages 14-18 ***
Friday, April 27, 2018 4:30PM-11:00PM (Check in begins at 4:00PM) 

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.  

Learn to be in the scene, enjoy a pizza** dinner, see the show and meet the cast--all for only $25!*  No previous experience necessary. Register Now!

***This show has content which may not be appropriate for younger students.  Please read the content advisories here.

* Scholarships are available.  Contact us at 206-625-1418 for information
** Pizza dinner options include traditional crust cheese and pepperoni pizza

Mark your calendars for our next event this season:

FRIDAYS AT THE 5TH WORKSHOPS FOR OUR 2017/18 SEASON

  • 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. 


PAST WORKSHOPS:

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.

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.  

NEW EXPANDED PROGRAM! BUT TUITION IS STILL $25.00* 

Mark your calendar for upcoming Tech Tuesday workshops!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

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


PAST WORKSHOPS:

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. 
 

 

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.

The 2018/19 Rising Star Project Application will be available in May 2018

 

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 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:


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 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 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.
     

 

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