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Workshops for High School Students 

Hey Musical Theater heads... Fridays @ The 5th doesn’t stop just because we’re all stuck inside!

Join us for FRIDAYS @ THE 5TH: Long Distance!
A FREE online event for students

4 PM every Friday


with Sophie Franco, Nik Hagen, Rico Lastrapes, & Sarah Russell




The ensemble is the backbone of a show—filled with tireless, magic chameleons who are vital to the storytelling and are constantly juggling tracking sheets, quick changes, swing tracks, and alto harmonies—all the while, seamlessly inviting the audience to suspend their disbelief and jump into the world of the show.

Panelists Sarah Russell, Nik Hagen, Rico Lastrapes, and Sophie Franco know that being an “ensemblist” takes strength, determination, creativity and patience—and this group of ENSEMBLE ALL STARS will be giving us the inside scoop.

Remember there are no small parts—and most likely it's 50 different exits and entrances, 6-minute dance combinations and miraculous costumes changes… you get the point.

Join us for this special Q&A and tech-facilitated “group hug” for Washington state theater teens. Rehearsals and performances might be cancelled, but the spontaneous musical numbers MUST GO ON!


SOPHIE FRANCO is a Latinx actor/director/playwright working in the Seattle area. As an artist activist, Sophie prioritizes centralizing the narratives of people of color, the LGBTQIA community, and other marginalized folx. Recent credits include Viola in an English/Spanish bilingual production of Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company) and Elena in Las Mariposas y Los Muertos (Forward Flux Productions). Other companies Sophie has worked with include: ACTLab, eSe Teatro, The Horse in Motion, and the Seattle Fringe Festival. This fall she dons her directing hat with Book-It’s The Upside Boy, an Educational Tour that will be seen by over 15,000 students across Washington state. In addition, Sophie is on staff at Seattle Public Theater as the Associate of Education and Community Engagement Programs, and an ensemble member with Washington Ensemble Theater.

NIK HAGEN is a Seattle based performer who most recently was on the 5th’s stage in West Side Story (A Rab), Rock of Ages (Franz), Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, and How to Succeed… He has a BA in Theatre from Whitman College and has performed at Village Theatre: Mary Poppins (Neleus), STAGEright: Into the Woods (Baker), and the Can Can Cabaret. He believes that any successful piece of art is at its core honest. Even in the most exaggerated circumstances, with the most extravagant elements art must remain truthful to the creators/performers. IG: @NikHagen.

RICO LASTRAPES is a Seattle based actor who has been fortunate enough to perform internationally. He toured the United States co-hosting SeaWorld Kid's Generation Nature LIVE with Bindi Irwin and has also appeared in Nantes, France, originating the role of Chief Saturiwa in La Caroline: A New Rock Opera. He spent a summer in Chillicothe, OH, riding horses and swinging war clubs as Kitate in Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama, danced and played saxophone as a “Wonderer” at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA and Idlewild in Ligonier, PA, tap danced in Gyspy (Tulsa) at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine, FL and crossed swords with Lancelot in Camelot  (Ensemble) at the Baton Rouge Little Theatre in Louisiana.

SARAH RUSSELL is a Seattle based performer, teaching artist, and advocate for racial equity and social justice. Sarah has been performing professionally for the last 10 years! You may have recently seen her onstage in The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee at Village Theatre, Urinetown at ACT, and Kiss Me Kate at The 5th Avenue Theatre. She has also worked as the Casting Associate at Taproot Theatre Company, and she is currently the Director of Signature Entertainment for NM Entertainment. When she's not working, Sarah enjoys playing the ukulele, taking naps, and being apart of Jesse Mercury's Space Nerds Podcast.

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Past Episodes...

WATCH previous episodes and read show notes

Episode #2: "Raise Your Voice: Powerful Music calls for Powerful (healthy) Singing!"

March 27, 2020 - Explore the building blocks of performing show-stopping numbers. Gain the tools to access your healthiest voice, for singing and beyond.

In this episode Sarah Rose Davis (How to Succeed in Business..., Austen's Pride, Urinetown) tells the story of her successful career following vocal injury.  Students learn vocal techniques to build stamina, warm up gently and find their unique powerhouse sound. 

Panelists: Megan, Trenton, and Seattle Favorite, Sarah Rose Davis 

Discussed this week: 



Episode #1: “Make ‘Em Laugh! Musical Comic Relief in Uncertain Times”

March 20, 2020 - Our favorite shows have a remarkable way of bringing up important issues while never forgetting that humor and joy are a crucial part of the human experience.  How have musicals brightened your day? Who are your favorite musical theater sidekicks? What’s feeding YOUR musical theater spirit these days?

In this episode we talk to local students and Broadway's Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin), Orlando struggles with HD, and we all become more familiar with the mute function. 

Panelists: Ava, Diego, and special guest, Don Darryl Rivera

Discussed this week:


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We Came to Slay
With Stacey Bush

In the new musical Bliss, four unique royal sisters live a sheltered life inside their castle walls, but soon boldly venture out to discover the world outside. The eldest sister, Princess Faye, is a master swordswoman and fierce protector of her family. In this thrilling and active workshop, students channeled their “inner protector” through learning the basics of stage sword combat. With a focus on safety, students explored sword techniques, practiced fight choreography, and discovered how to express the action in a given scene. 

Mrs. Doubtfire
Make 'em Laugh, Dearie!
with Rich Gray

A comedic actor needs to understand timing, risk-taking, delivering a punch line, and never underestimates the value of a comedic quick-change. In Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel, after losing custody of his children, disguises himself as a Scottish nanny in order to spend time with them. Throughout the show he constantly flips between a middle-aged, out of work actor, and a stout, elderly woman, often within the same scene! In this interactive workshop, students learned how to make all of that look seamless from local comedy expert and 5th Avenue Theatre favorite, Rich Gray!  

Austen's Pride
First Impressions
With Manna Nichols

What do the characters in Austen's Pride learn about the dangers of first impressions? How do actors use first impressions to tell a story and engage an audience? 
These are questions that were explored in our workshop with cast member Manna Nichols, making her debut at The 5th in the role of Jane Bennet. Students learned the songs, the choreography, and got to know the classic characters who came to life on stage in this new musical. 

West Side Story
Something’s Coming: The Stories within the Music of West Side Story

With Matt Perri

Student gathered for an informative and interactive workshop with the show’s Music Director and The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Resident Music Supervisor, Matt Perri. In this workshop, students explored the music and the meaning behind the lyrics of some of the best songs ever written. learning how to create authentic and meaningful vocal performances.

Urinetown The Musical 
Acting, Physicality Forward

With Chris Ensweiler

The darkly comic musical Urinetown is set in a dystopian city where water is scarce and citizens are forced to use public toilets operated by a greedy corporation. At the heart of the story is an idealistic young man, Bobby Strong, who fights for freedom, inspired by the young, Hope Cladwell. Together these two are part of a quirky mash up of characters that live within the story. In this interactive workshop, students will learn from Urinetown cast member, Chris Ensweiler, techniques for developing characters. Using Laban Movement Analysis students explored ways to express characters through physicality, rather than emotion. 

Marie, Dancing Still—A New Musical
A Muse-ical

Marie, Dancing Still-A New Musical tells the story of ballet dancer Marie van Goethem and her relationship with the French artist Edgar Degas. Marie was his model and the inspiration for his famous statue, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (Little Dancer of Fourteen Years). In this unique workshop, students worked with a teaching artist to explore figure drawing, sculpture, and the complex relationship of an artist and his or her muse.

Rock of Ages
We Wanna Rock!
With Gretta Harley

Told through the songs of popular 1980s rock bands such as Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Twisted Sister, the show, Rock of Ages, takes us on a musical journey to the world of 1980s rock and roll clubs and the vibrant characters that inhabit them. While male dominated rock bands held the spotlight in the 1980s, women were making music just as loud and rockin’.  In this fun and engaging workshop, local singer, music director, and instructor Gretta Harley explored the history of rock and roll including the amazing women. Students learned techniques for performing rock and roll, as well as the style and culture of 1980s. 


Tomorrow – A Song for Today
With Cayman Ilika

5th Avenue Theatre star, Cayman Ilika (Lilli/Kate, Kiss Me Kate) and Annie cast member, looks at how singer-actors infuse new life into musical phrases which have become so familiar we’ve forgotten the heart that made them vocal standards.  Students worked with Cayman to discover how to use their voice to best bring out the truthful storytelling which these famous lyrics and beloved tunes contain.

Come From Away
People are the Story
With Kendra Kassebaum

September 11, 2001 is branded forever as a horrific date in United States history, but Come From Away is born not out of that horror, but out of the humanity that followed in a small Canadian town.  Real people rose to meet the needs of real people, in a spirit of kindness and community.  5th Avenue Theatre star, Kendra Kassebaum (Mamma Mia, Ragtime) was a member of the original Come From Away Broadway cast and knows firsthand what it meant to bring  a moment in history to life using the stories of the people who experienced it.  Students joined Kendra explore how to develop a stage character based on an actual person. 

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. 


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

2019/20: RadioActive Musicals (10-Minute Musicals)

7 PM, Friday, May 8, 2020
7 PM, Saturday, May 9, 2020
on Facebook Live

What do you get when you take four captivating stories created by teen radio producers, let another team of teens adapt them into original musicals, and bring in even more teens to remotely direct, produce, and perform these new musicals—during a pandemic? We’re about to find out!

At 7 PM on May 8 and May 9, The 5th’s Rising Star Project, in collaboration with KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media, will present a two-day festival of new musicals via Facebook Live. This event will be the culmination of eight months of collaboration between 45 Rising Star Project teens, working together to create, produce, and present these new works—inspired by 21 Chump Street, a 2014 Lin-Manuel Miranda mini-musical based on a 2012 NPR This American Life episode, as well as the interview-devised storytelling that shaped Broadway sensation Come From Away.



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 Hearst Foundations, The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Susie and Phil Stoller, RealNetworks Foundation, Michael Amend and Jeffrey Ashley, Linda and Kevin Cheung - Start It! Foundation, GM Nameplate, The Jean K. Lafromboise Foundation, Tom and Judi Lindquist, Claudia and Bob Nelson, Todd and Donna Rosenberg, Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, Elizabeth and Gary Sundem, and Becca and Bill Wert.



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:


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 fall and winter, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical. The project culminates in a five-week long workshop and rehearsal process, and stage readings at The 5th and community venues.

PLAYWRIGHTS (BOOK WRITERS, LIBRETTISTS) - A musical theater bookwriter (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 fall and winter, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical. The project culminates in a five-week long workshop and rehearsal process, and stage readings at The 5th and community venues.


THE CAST - In the world of musical theater, a new work requires adaptable and versatile actors to bring a writer’s visions to life.

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!



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 management team 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.


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

THE PRODUCING + COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM is mentored by the Casting Associate, Associate Production Manager, and Company Manager. Projects include facilitating general auditions and casting, and supporting 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 with deadlines.

THE ARTS ADVOCACY + DEVELOPMENT TEAM is mentored by members of The 5th’s development department and is responsible for raising awareness and 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.

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. 


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.


Develop your skills and learn from professional musical theater artists with our Musical Theater Classes. With offerings in dance, voice, audition skills, and even conducting, there is something for everyone and for all ages.

Need something to do?  Take a look at Fridays @ The 5th: Long Distance! happening every Friday at 4PM!

Check in here fofuture classes at The 5th Avenue Theatre to keep you singing and dancing.  

Past Classes

Get to Know Your Voice
November 5, 2019 with Austen's Pride cast member Sarah Rose Davis

Vocal health is usually summed up in a few sentences: Drink lots of water. Warm up your voice. No yelling or screaming. For performer Sarah Rose Davis there is much more to consider.  In this workshop, Sarah shared her personal experience with surgery, and her speech therapy and the vocal rehabilitation process she used to return to a full professional career. During the 90 min class, students learned techniques for proper vocal health including warmups and skills for using their voices safely. 

Giving Your Best Audition
Saturday, October 19, 2019 with Brian Curl, Austen’s Pride Education Director

Auditioning for a musical doesn’t need to be scary or stressful. In this interactive workshop, participants were led through a Broadway-style audition and callback. Using material from Austen’s Pride, students learned vocal and movement techniques to bring authenticity to their auditions. 

Musical Theater Performance Technique
July 29,2020 with James Rocco

Musical Theatre emerged from the vibrant and chaotic convergence of artists from all over the world who were living in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It grew up to become one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment and is continually evolving in content and style. This workshop offered a quick overview of the art form and an opportunity to receive one on one coaching on a 2 minute selection of the student's  choice. Students learned how to explore the text, bring physical life to the material, and how to “road map’ a song to create dynamic and truthful performances.

Landing the Role: Audition Skills for High School Students
July 31, 2019 with James Rocco

Auditions are an essential part of any actor’s career. Mastering audition technique is the first step toward landing a role. Designed specifically for young performers, this fast paced workshop will teach 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. Students received feedback on their audition skills as well as insight into how to make an even stronger impression. Topics included: choosing audition material, preparing for auditions, making the most of your 3 minutes of audition time, audition Composure & Wardrobe, and observations from the other side of the table  

Broadway Boot Camp at Vashon Center for the Arts
July 29-August 2, 2019 Vashon Center for the Arts 

Last summer we partnered with Vashon Center for the Arts on beautiful Vashon Island to offer a week-long summer camp for teens, ages 13-18. Students joined us for a deep dive into the world of musical theatre. Instructors Nikki Long and Orlando Morales guided students in musical theater skills with an emphasis on developing healthy habits for empowering performances. Students participated in daily skills-building classes, including proper techniques for vocal health and body alignment. Additional classes in audition and performance skills rounded out the week. Focus was on integrating singing, dancing, and acting while creating musical theater performances that are empowering, dynamic, and grounded in emotional truth. The week culminated in an informal presentation for family and friends. As an added bonus, Boot Camp students had free admission to a workshop with Broadway actress and singer, Christine Andreas.

Mastering Style -  Musical Theater Dance
April 17, 2019  with Nikki Long

Designed for intermediate/advanced dancers interested in musical theater dance, this master class focued on building strength, technique, and choreography. During the two hour class, choreographer, dancer, and instructor, Nikki Long guided students through advanced dance techniques based on ballet and jazz, finishing with choreography from the world of musical theater. Nikki is an inspiring teacher who brings a wealth of dance knowledge and performing experience.

Singing for Social Change—a Master Class
February 11, 2019  with Felicia Loud

Music has the power to bring together communities, and create positive change in our world. On February 11, 2019, join us in a powerful master class with Rock of Ages cast member, Black Stax co-founder,  local performer, vocalist, and activist, Felicia Loud.  Learn about Felicia’s unique style and techniques. This will be a fun, interactive class where participants will sing together and learn about the work and musical styles of Felicia Loud and her musical group, Black Stax. 

Smart College Planning for Acting and Musical Theater 
November 5, 2018 with Caryl Fantel 

Are you a high school senior, junior or even sophomore? - It is never too early to start planning for college—especially for students interested in musical theater performance. Join us for an informative workshop designed for high school students and a parent or guardian. High school educators and career counselors are also welcome. Taught by the award-winning Music Director of Annie and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Caryl Fantel, this workshop will provide participants with helpful tips for navigating the often daunting process of pursuing a degree in acting and/or musical theater.

Landing the part: Audition Skills for High School Students
August 6th, 2018 Taught by Kelsey Thorgalsen

In this class, designed specifically for young performers, students learned 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. 

Gospel for Musical Theater!
July 30-31, 2018 Taught by Shaunyce Omar

This energetic and uplifting vocal master class exploreS the history and influence of gospel music in musical theater. In this two-part course students 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. 

Sing Out! Vocal Technique and Song Interpretation for Middle School Students
July 25, 4 PM-6 PM Taught by Jeannette d'Armand

How do musical theater artists present strong, character-driven performances through song? In this master class, students learn the fundamentals of singing--from breath support to articulation and diction. Students work on their own pre-selected songs to develop techniques for healthy vocal practice and strong performances. 

Making Intentions Clear:  Directing for Musical Theater
Tuesday, July 24, 2018Taught by Ruben Van Kempen

Communication is key when directing!  In this class, the recipeint of The 5th Avenue Theatre Award for Outstanding Educator, Ruben Van Kempen, helped high school students learn the skills for guiding and inspiring actors in telling stories on stage, and in  learning the craft of creating clear pictures and clear motivations. No Small Roles: Creating Memorable

No Small Roles: Creating Characters Through Movement and Play 
Monday, July 23, 2018 Taught by Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

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

Musical Theater Dance 
July 16-19, 2018 Taught by Nikki Long

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. 

Conducting for Musical Theater 
A Master Class for ages 16-20
July 17, 2018 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. 

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. 



Tech Tuesdays are suspended for now, but if you are looking for something to do, check out Fridays @ The 5th: Long Distance! happening every Friday at 4PM

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.

*Scholarships Available - Call 206-625-1418 for information.

** PIzza is traditonal wheat crust with cheese and pepperoni options. Gluten free and vegan options available on request.

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


Rock of Ages: We Built this Frizzy, or, Waiting for a Curl Like You
With Hair and Makeup Artist Leah Culala
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 

The styles of the 1980s were all about excess—extra wide shoulder pads, neon bright colors, acid washed denim, and big hair. And nowhere was the hair bigger than on the heads of the stars of rock and roll! The bigger, flippier, and more feathered, the better. Come experience the age of big hair in a fun and interactive Tech Tuesday workshop. Students will work with designer Leah Culala to learn how to create the big hairstyles and makeup of the 1980s as seen on stage in the musical Rock of Ages. 

Annie: Lighting the Way, or, The Way to Light!
with Lighting Designer Andrew D. Smith
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Find your light!" is a frequent cry from directors during tech rehearsals.  Whether you are the actor finding their mark or the designer creating the playing area with light, this workshop will enhance your skills. Our “hands on“  workshop examines the world of theater lighting, with instruments of various types being examined for their best use practices.  Discover how your school’s tools and resources can be used most effectively! 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Sound and Signs
with Audio Technician, Johnny Baca
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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 meet the Sound Designer of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Kiss Me, Kate: Costume Magic
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.