Box Office – A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

Sep 3 – Sep 28, 2014

A Chorus Line is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this singular sensation is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Now A Chorus Line returns to The 5th. This mega-hit is simply an emotional experience with raw stories and stunning dance that follows a cast of hopefuls in search of their dreams. A Chorus Line features some of musical theater’s favorite music including “I Can Do That,” “What I Did For Love,” “At The Ballet,” and “One.”

A CHORUS LINE CONCEIVED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND

CHOREOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL BENNETT

BOOK BY JAMES KIRKWOOD AND NICHOLAS DANTE

MUSIC BY MARVIN HAMLISCH

LYRICS BY EDWARD KLEBAN

CO-CHOREOGRAPHED BY BOB AVIAN

A Chorus Line runs 2 hours, 10 minutes with no intermission. 

Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail info@5thavenue.org.

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.

Weather

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

Children

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older.  Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 5th Avenue productions are generally suitable for ages 8 and above. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check & Assistive Devices

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats and Braille playbills are available at no charge.  Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Food and drinks, except for bottled soft drinks and water, are not permitted inside the auditorium.

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets, if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date.  Subscribers may exchange tickets for free.  Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee.  Please note:  Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit  5th Avenue Theatre and receive a donation receipt for your income taxes. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets

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Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Rating: PG-13

Adult Language

A Chorus Line tells the story of a group of dancers auditioning for the chorus of a Broadway musical.  The characters consist of 24 dancers, the choreographer who will make the final selection, and his assistant.  The action takes place in “real time” – several hours – and in the process, the group of auditioners will first be narrowed down to 17 and finally winnowed down to the eight people who will actually be cast.  Since A Chorus Line offers a realistic portrayal of how these characters would behave in a high-pressure, competitive situation, the dancers often make use of frank language to relieve the tension.  Some of this language is relatively mild (a few uses of “hell,”  “God,” “goddamn,” “Jesus Christ”) and some of it is a little stronger (three uses of the “f” word as a swear word).  At one point, Diana, describing the exercises in her acting class, asserts that “This bullshit was absurd.”  At another moment, Richie tells of rejecting his original ambition to be a kindergarten teacher, and the other dancers echo his remark to himself (“Shit, Richie!’) as a kind of choral refrain.  A Chorus Line also occasionally makes use of slang words for body parts: Val, in her song, “Dance:10; Looks: 3,” tells about how plastic surgery saved her career.  Sample lyric: “Tits and Ass. / Bought myself a fancy pair. / Tightened up the Derriere. / Did the nose with it / All that goes with it.”

Violence

None.  Toward the end of the show, one of the dancers misses a turn and falls, injuring himself; after he is taken to the hospital, the other auditioners wonder if he will ever be able to dance again and speculate about what they will do when their careers are over.

Drugs/Alcohol

Bobby refers to his father’s drinking: “This big corporation . . . used to send him out into the field a lot – to drink.  Better that than to find him lying on his office floor.”

Sexual References

The choreographer (Zach) asks the auditioners to tell him about themselves.  Because he asks most of them when they first decided they wanted to dance, many of the dancers share stories about their adolescent years.  This leads to a number of disclosures about their first awkward and guilt-ridden sexual feelings and experiences.  Mark, for instance, tells about how his mistook his first wet dream for the symptoms of gonorrhea (described in an anatomy book, which was his primary source for sex education).  Other dancers confide about seeing their parents having sex, discovering masturbation (“locked in the bathroom with Peyton Place”), and trying to hide signs of sexual stimulation while in high school (“I’d have to lean up against the desk like this, walk like this with my books stacked up in front of me”).  Two of the dancers discuss what it was like realizing their sexual orientation as teenagers: Greg tells a story about being with his girlfriend, “feeling her boobs,” and discovering for the first time that he was gay.  Paul confides that he dropped out of school to escape being bullied and laughed at because he was a sissy; his first job was performing in drag at sixteen, a career that he desperately tried to hide from his parents.

Important Themes

A Chorus Line was one of the first “concept” musicals; that is, it is based on an idea rather than a plot. A number of themes are examined in this musical, among them:

The brevity and insecurity of a dancer’s life.  Even the eight dancers who are cast in the show at the end of A Chorus Line will be employed only as long as this particular show runs.  In addition, the auditioners are painfully aware that dancing, like athletics, is a young person’s game, and that a dancer’s career is a short one.

The trauma of making it through puberty, especially when one is somehow marked as “different.”  Many of the auditioners disclose that their dedication to dance provided them with a lifeline during a bumpy adolescence and helped them survive to full-fledged and fully-functioning adulthood.

The distinctions made between chorus members and stars and the different demands made on each.  Cassie, who has appeared in featured roles, has an especially hard time adjusting to being back in the line; every move she makes that is right for a star is totally wrong for the chorus.  A Chorus Line is thus a tribute to those in the background who provide support for the stars who bask in the spotlights.

Learn more:

Two Singular Sensations: Michael Bennett & Marvin Hamlisch (to open a PDF)

Videos:

Click here to watch Chryssie Whitehead discuss her role as Cassie and her experience working on the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.

Click here to watch choreographer Kerry Casserly open up about her experience studying with Michael Bennett, as well as starring in the 1975 original Broadway production of A Chorus Line.

Click here to see cast members Sarah Rose Davis, Taylor Niemeyer, and Trina Mills perform "At the Ballet" from A Chorus Line.

Cast:



Andrew Palermo
Zach
 


Chryssie Whitehead
Cassie
 

Greg McCormick Allen
Larry

 


Katrina Asmar
Diana

 


Kyle Bernbach
Ensemble
US Richie, Mike, Larry

 


Scott Brateng
Greg



 

Sydney Buckley
Swing
US Connie, Kristine

 

Ethan Carpenter
Swing
US Mark, Al

 


Gabriel Corey
Mike

 

Taryn Darr
Val
 

Sarah Rose Davis
Maggie
 


Stephen Diaz
Paul

 

Eric Esteb
Don
 

Paul Flanagan
Al
 


Meaghan Foy
Ensemble
US Maggie, Val

 

Charlie Johnson
Bobby

 

Carly Hebert
Swing

 


Mallory King
Kristine


 

Ulyber Mangune
Ensemble
US Paul
 

McKayla Marso
Judy
US Cassie
 


Trina Mills
Sheila

 

Taylor Niemeyer
Bebe
 

Richard Peacock
Richie
 


Nick Perry
Ensemble
US Don

 

Connor Russell
Mark

 

Sarah Shepler
Ensemble
US Sheila, Judy
 


Michael Stumpfig
Ensemble
US Bobby, Greg

 

Momoko Sugai
Connie

 


Indeah Thomaier
Ensemble
US Diana, Bebe
 

Cast & Creative Bios:

ANDREW PALERMO (Zach) Direction and/or choreography highlights: Allegiance (The Old Globe), The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill, SoHo Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus). Conceiver/director/choreographer of Nickel Mines (UC Irvine), Let Loose The Horses (in development). Past life performing highlights: Original Broadway companies of Wicked and Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler in the Bernadette Peters revival), as well as How To Succeed…(Matthew Broderick revival), national/international tours of West Side Story, Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (2nd Stage), numerous regional and concert productions.  Andrew is the Co-founding Artistic Director of dre.dance (with Taye Diggs) and an Assistant Professor of Drama at UC Irvine.

CHRYSSIE WHITEHEAD (Cassie) is excited to be back performing in Seattle after playing Lola in The 5th's Damn Yankees. Broadway/NY Theatre: A Chorus Line (Kristine, Broadway Revival/Cast Album/Every Little Step Documentary), Company filmed live with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center now in PBS Great Performances (Kathy with Neal Patrick Harris, as Bobby) Television: Grimm, Private Practice (recurring), Warehouse 13 (recurring), Happy Endings, Switched at Birth, Castle, The Mentalist, Melissa and Joey, In Plain Sight, Grey’s Anatomy, Two and a Half Men (choreographer). Regional Theatre: Cats (Bombalurina), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Gigi (Liane), The Studio (Lisa), The Producers, All Shook Up, Fosse, The Radio City Rockettes, Paul McCartney’s Driving Rain tour. Film: Lucky Stiff (releasing soon with Jason Alexander), Revenge of the Bridesmaids (ABC Family movie with Raven Simone), Save the Last Dance (Julia Stiles' dance double). "God, I'm a dancer! My heart on the dance floor... for you, Momma." www.chryssiewhitehead.com

GREG McCORMICK ALLEN (Larry) is thrilled to be performing A Chorus Line at the 5th again. Most recently, he portrayed Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot with the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and Patsy in The 5th Ave's production of Monty Python’s Spamalot! This holiday season, Greg will be traipsing through England for the fourth time in 2014, this time as Bert in Mary Poppins at the Village Theatre. Love and thanks to friends and family!

KATRINA ASMAR (Diana) is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of A Chorus Line at the glorious 5th Avenue Theatre! She recently toured Australia and the US with In the Mood! (Nurse), a 1940’s musical revue. Hippodrome State Theater credits include Carrie, a Comedy (Norma) and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy-Lou). University of Florida credits include Chicago (Velma Kelly), Damn Yankees (Lola), City of Angels (Alaura Kingsley), and Baby (Pam) presented at Edinburgh FRINGE Festival.

SCOTT BRATENG (Greg) is the luckiest man alive. After acting all around the world, it's his dream come true to portray this role, in this show that he's wanted to do since he started performing! Additionally, that this opportunity came at home, in a theater that is as much "home" as Seattle, is nothing short of incredible. Many thanks to his family in life and at The 5th, including David and Bill, for allowing me to grow and making my dreams possible.

GABRIEL COREY (Mike) is honored to be part of the amazing cast of A Chorus Line!  Corey is also excited about being a founding member and teaching at the Studios, opening this fall in downtown Seattle. Recent 5th Avenue shows include Hello, Dolly; ELF – The Musical; Damn Yankees;  Guys and Dolls; Oliver!; Spamalot (Minstrel, Mime) and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas).  Love to Rianna, family and friends.

TARYN DARR (Val – Sept. 3-13) Honored to once again stand on the line! 5th Avenue favorites: Tapping on snowflakes as Judy Haynes in White Christmas, ruining a different Christmas as Charlotte Dennon in ELF – The Musical, and completely breaking up laughing onstage with the cast of Spamalot. Village Theatre: Chicago (Roxie Hart, 2013 Gregory Award Nomination). Love and appreciation to my family and to family here at the beautiful 5th Avenue Theatre. UW grad, AEA proud, and "Go Hawks!" www.taryndarr.com

SARAH ROSE DAVIS (Maggie) is thrilled to be playing Maggie! Davis recently starred as Fanny Brice in Village Theatre's production of Funny Girl. Davis is a Seattle native with a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. This will be her 13th production at The 5th Avenue Theatre! Favorites include A Christmas Story, Cinderella, Oklahoma!, ELF – The Musical, RENT, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray in Concert, Pirates of Penzance, and Spamalot.  Next up - A Christmas Story (again!) Thank you to Mom, Dad, Calvin and The 5th!

STEPHEN DIAZ (Paul) Broadway: West Side Story (Revival, dir. Arthur Laurents), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (dir. Linda Haberman). Regional: Disney’s Aladdin (Hyperion Theatre), Cats (West Coast Premiere). Choreographers worked with: Patrick Delcroix (NDT), Stephen Petronio (NY), Donald McKayle (CA). As well as danced the works of: William Foresythe, Alonzo King, Matthew Bourne. Thank you Polaris Dance Theatre and Cami Curtis PAC. To You who sit there reading this, this is For You. 

ERIC ESTEB (Don) is honored to join the cast of A Chorus Line once again.  This show has a special place in his heart, as it was the first show he performed on The 5th Ave stage back in 2003.  When not performing with 5th Ave, he performs as part of the aerial duo, The Innamorati, with his partner and true love, Quynbi. You can see their aerial work at www.TheInnamorati.com.

PAUL FLANAGAN (Al, Dance Captain) is humbled and thrilled to be reprising his role from the Broadway revival national touring company of A Chorus Line. You might remember him from Oliver! at The 5th, Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago at Village Theatre. Flanagan is so excited for the Studios opening this fall: www.thestudios.org. I love you mom and dad. I couldn’t do this show without your support. 

MEAGHAN FOY (Val – Sept. 14-28, Tricia, Maggie/Val Understudy) is pleased as punch to be back home at The 5th! Previous 5th Ave credits: Memphis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice), and Mame. Other credits: Cloaked, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Annie at The Village Theatre, The Producers and Evita at Point Park University. Meaghan graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park and now lives in New York City. Love to Mom & family. For Dad, as always.

CHARLIE JOHNSON (Bobby) is thrilled to be returning to The 5th Avenue stage! His past credits here include Spamalot, ELF – The Musical, and Hairspray in Concert. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theater, North Carolina Theater, and Flat Rock Playhouse. He recently debuted his one-man show, Charlie, or Change, in New York to critical acclaim (His parents loved it). BFA: Elon University. Thanks to David and Bill for this incredible opportunity, and thank YOU for supporting live theater!

MALLORY KING (Kristine) is honored to be a part of this show. King grew up training at PNB with summers in NY at SAB. She received her BFA in musical theatre from BYU. Theatre credits include Oklahoma!, Music Man, Oliver! (5th Avenue) Funny Girl (Village) Singin' in the Rain, High Society (Showtunes Theatre Company). Favorite roles include Mary Poppins, Dorothy Gale and Olive Ostrovsky (CST). Grateful to call this dream her job. Many thanks to those that helped along the way!

McKAYLA MARSO (Judy, Cassie Understudy) is originally from Pierre, SD and excited to make her 5th Avenue debut! National tours: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Ensemble/us Lady of the Lake), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/us Glinda). Regional: Swing! (Lead Singer), Chicago (Velma Kelly), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), Norwegian Cruise Lines. Thanks to my mentor and friend Kerry Casserly for this opportunity, and love to mom, dad, Nick and Liz.

TRINA MILLS (Sheila) is beyond ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to play Sheila on The 5th Avenue stage! From Seattle, Mills started studying ballet at British Dance Academy when she was 3. Mills earned her BA in acting from WWU. 5th Avenue: West Side Story, Mame, Joseph..., White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, RENT, ELF, Oliver!, Spamalot. Thank you 5th Avenue Theatre, David Bennett and the A Chorus Line creative team for this honor! Love to Josh.

TAYLOR NIEMEYER (Bebe) is ecstatic to be a part of this wonderful production! She was last seen on the 5th Avenue stage as Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man. Other favorite roles include Mary Jane Wilkes (Big River) and Winnie Tate (Annie Get Your Gun) at Village Theatre and Janet Van De Graaff (The Drowsy Chaperone) at SMT. Next up Mary Poppins at Village Theatre! Love and hugs to The Adams family and Tim!

RICHARD PEACOCK (Richie) is ecstatic to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Previous regional theatre credits include Terpsichore in Xanadu. Peacock has recently received his BFA in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts, where he has worked with esteemed choreographers Camille A. Brown, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Timothy Lynch and Wade Madeson. He is honored to work on A Chorus Line with such a wonderfully talented group of people!

CONNOR RUSSELL (Mark) Credits include Disney’s Aladdin, Music Man, Hairspray in Concert (5th Avenue), Funny Girl, 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre), Gypsy (Capital Rep), White Christmas (Arkansas Rep), A Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO), High School Musical (Seattle Children’s Theatre), and Zanna Don’t! (Contemporary Classics). Readings: Jasper in Deadland (RSO Fest at 54 Below). Film: Paul in The Hinterlands (IAWTV Award nomination Best Leading Actor), The Brand Upon the Brain. Russell is a BFA graduate from Point Park University. www.connorrussell.net

MOMOKO SUGAI (Connie) is thrilled to be making her debut at this beautiful theater in her favorite city! Previous credits:  Olney Theater Center: A Chorus Line (Connie) [2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical], The King and I (Little Eva), Seacoast Repertory Theater: HAIR (Crissy/Dance Captain), Performance Riverside: How to Succeed in Business… (Dance Captain), Mysterium Theater: The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), Godspell (Gilmer), Nunsense (Amnesia), Once on this Island (Erzulie), Theme Parks: Disneyland (Fantasmic!), Knott’s Berry Farm.  Much thanks and love to my family.

KYLE BERNBACH (Butch, Richie/Mike/Larry Understudy, Dance Captain) is proud to join the cast of A Chorus Line in his first season with The 5th Ave since bringing Memphis (1st NTL) here as its Dance Captain. Other credits: Memphis (Broadway). Instructor at Urban Yoga Spa. Namaste!

SYDNEY BUCKLEY (Swing, Connie/Kristine Understudy) is thrilled to be back at The 5th in A Chorus Line following her theater debut, Secondhand Lions. Recently married and a 2013 UW graduate, Buckley teaches dance nationally. Love to God, her family, and friends!

ETHAN CARPENTER (Swing, Mark/Al Understudy) 5th Avenue debut! Seattle credits: Combeferre in Les Misérables and John in Funny Girl (Village Theatre). Regional favorites: Grantaire in Les Misérables, Freddy in My Fair Lady. Proud graduate of Indiana University. Enjoy! 

CARLY HEBERT (Swing) couldn't be happier to be a part of this phenomenal cast! Favorite credits: Elle in Legally Blonde, the title role in Peter Pan, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Amber in Hairspray. Love to John & Boo.

ULYBER MANGUNE (Tom, Paul Understudy) Trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center and Marianni Magnuson through Core Theatrics, "UJ" would like to thank them, the cast, his parents, Sierra, and The 5th Avenue Theatre for this opportunity.

NICK PERRY (Frank, Don Understudy) is overjoyed to be making his 5th Avenue debut in A Chorus Line! Nick is studying dance and kinesiology at Western Washington University. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Adrienne for all their support.

SARAH SHEPLER (Vicki, Sheila/Judy Understudy) Thrilled to be back at The 5th Avenue Theatre and in this amazing show! Broadway Tour: Chicago (Swing/Hunyak). 5th Avenue: Spamalot (Ensemble). Other favorites: A Chorus Line (North Shore Theatre, Lois), How to Succeed…(Depot Theatre).

MICHAEL STUMPFIG (Roy, Bobby/Greg Understudy) is way too excited to be performing in A Chorus Line! This is Stumpfig’s first show in Seattle since moving here last year. He would like to thank Tom and Kathy for their massive support.

INDEAH THOMAIER (Lois, Diana/Bebe Understudy) is excited to be back with 5th Avenue, previous productions include Secondhand Lions, Oliver!, Cinderella (5th Ave), Chicago, and Big River (Village)“ Thank you family, friends, the Lord and my wonderful husband, Ryan Harris.”



DAVID BENNETT (Director) Previously directed Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, The Most Happy Fella and Buddy for The 5th Avenue.   Other favorite Seattle productions include Man of La Mancha and Once On This Island (Village Theatre), Neverending Story, Bunnicula and June B. Jones (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Osborn New Play Award winner, Torso, by Keri Healey (Printer’s Devil). His work has also been seen at Casa Mañana, Peterborough Players, North Carolina Theatre, Gateway Playhouse and Ordway Theatre, among others. Upcoming projects: The Fantasticks with Showtunes Theatre Co. at Benaroya Hall, and Sarah Rudinoff’s new solo piece, Is This Real Life?, recently part of On The Board’s Northwest New Works Festival. No relation. 

KERRY CASSERLY (Choreographer) is honored to be joining the production team at The 5th Avenue Theatre to restage Michael Bennett’s choreography for A Chorus Line with David Bennett and Angelique Ilo.  She is a veteran of the Broadway National and International companies of A Chorus Line.  Casserly played the role of Kristine in the record-breaking Broadway gala performance. Other credits include Pippin with Bob Fosse; My One and Only with Tommy Tune; Annie and Annie Warbucks with Martin Charnin and Peter Gennaro.  TV and film credits include Baryshnikov on Broadway and All That Jazz. Casserly has directed and choreographed for Music Theater Wichita; Casa Mañana Theatre; University of Michigan; and serves as artistic director at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. She considers it a unique opportunity to pass on this classic, inspiring, and timeless piece, and share her memories of working with Michael Bennett with this wonderful talented cast.

W. BRENT SAWYER (Music Director) This native Texan is thrilled to be back at 5th Ave after music directing A Chorus Line and The Most Happy Fella here previously.  Broadway: Annie Get Your Gun (starring Bernadette Peters), A Chorus Line (2006 Revival). Off Broadway: Seussical The Musical! (Drama League Award & Lucille Lortel Award nominated best revival), Junie B. Jones, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey, Anne of Green Gables, and the acclaimed revival of William Finn’s Falsettoland. Regional: the regional premiere of Titanic, Blood Brothers, Hairspray, Always Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers, Jekyll & Hyde, Big River, The Who’s Tommy. Workshop:  IN TRANSIT, at the renown O’Neill Theater Center and The York Theater in Manhattan. Teacher: Marymount Manhattan College, The Actor’s Studio Drama School at The New School, NYU Playwrights Horizon’s Studio, The American Music and Dramatic Academy. As a private vocal coach, he has worked with many of Broadway’s top talents. Big thanks to David Bennett, David Armstrong and Bill Berry. 

TOM STURGE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to work with director David Bennett having previously collaborated on Most Happy Fella, Miss Saigon, Buddy! and My Fair Lady at The 5th. Other 5th Ave credits: A Room with a View, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Cinderella (Gregory Award),  A Chorus Line (2003), Oliver! (Footlight Award), Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Hair. Village Theatre: The Foreigner, Les Misérables, Chicago (Gregory Award). ACT: Mojo and the Sayso. Seattle Children's Theatre: A Tale of Two Cities. Broadway: Those Were the Days, Gypsy Passion. NY Public Theatre, Circle Rep, Circle-in-the-Square, Irish Arts, LaMama ETC, Huntington Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alvin Ailey Dance, Spectrum Dance, Denver Center, Papermill Playhouse and Spoleto Opera Festival.

KEN TRAVIS (Sound Designer) Broadway Designs: Aladdin; Jekyll and Hyde; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Scandalous; Newsies; Memphis; The Threepenny Opera; Barefoot in the Park; Steel Magnolias.  At The 5th Avenue: A Room with a View; Oklahoma; Saving Aimee; Aladdin; Vanities; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Guys and Dolls; Candide; White Christmas; Sunday in the Park with George; Hello, Dolly; Memphis; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Mame; and Into the Woods. Old Globe, KC Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, LA CTG, Seattle Rep, Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, NYSF Public Theater, CSC, Signature Theater NYC, Vineyard Theater, The Civilians and Mabou Mines.

MARY PYANOWSKI JONES (Hair & Makeup Designer) World premieres of Secondhand Lions (hair design), Aladdin (make-up design), Catch Me If You Can, Shrek, Lone Star Love, Princesses, Memphis, Hairspray, The Wedding Singer. Twenty-four seasons of 5th Avenue Theatre production designs, including the Ivey Award-winning Cabaret. Design credits for national and international productions of opera, operettas, ballet, theater, and musicals. U.S. wig supervisor for the Madness of George III tour.  Memorable film and TV credits include Northern Exposure, Orleans, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Rose Red, Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, Assassins, White Dwarf, and Book of Stars. IATSE member Local 706 and 488.

ERIK HOLDEN (Scenic Coordinator) has toured with Cirque du Soleil, built shows for Richard Foreman and the Center for New Performance, created sculptures for PepeJeans/Sienna Miller storefronts and production managed Erik Ehn’s Soulographie Cycle at LaMama Theatre in New York. His work with Lillienthal|Zamora has been seen at The Frye Museum, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and On the Boards.  He is most proud of his amazing wife Echo, who still manages to put up with him.

MICHELLE TERESE GRIMM (Costume Coordinator) grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Since relocating to Seattle she has worked in the costume shops at the Intiman, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Grimm has also been a technician and design advisor at Cornish College of the Arts since 2011. Recent 5th Avenue credits include the role of costume design assistant for ELF, The Music Man, Secondhand Lions, Oliver!, and A Room with a View in addition to working in the costume shop on Spamalot.

ANGELIQUE ILO (Associate Choreographer) Broadway: A Chorus Line, Crazy For You, Steel Pier, Contact, The Wedding Singer. Ilo is pleased to be back at the 5th Ave Theatre where she was the Dance Captain and understudy for the pre-Broadway run of The Wedding Singer. It is a special honor to collaborate on this production of A Chorus Line. I tip my hat to you Michael Bennett. XOX.

ELISABETH ELLIS (Associate Music Director), a newcomer to Seattle, is a versatile pianist who loves working with vocalists. Her most recent experience includes Seattle Opera, Vespertine Opera, Vashon Opera, and 5th Avenue, with ongoing engagements with Kirkland Choral Society, Seattle Opera BRAVO Club, Bainbridge Chorale, and several other local opera, choral and ballet groups. She also is organist at First United Methodist Church in downtown Seattle. She’s a Michigan State graduate with a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano. 

KELSEY THORGALSEN (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be working with this awesome team! Thorgalsen is also the Casting Associate and Artistic Assistant at The 5th. Most recent credits include Carrie at Balagan Theatre (AD), and Les Misérables at Village Theatre. Endless thanks to DB, The 5th Avenue staff, and her family.

TRISTAN ROBERSON (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a theatrical designer based in Seattle, and is delighted to be returning to The 5th Avenue Theatre! Past designs across Seattle include Edge of Our Bodies, Third, Little Dog Laughed, Bat Boy: The Musical, Failure: A Love Story, Fifth of July, and Shirley Valentine.

JEFFREY K. HANSON (Production Stage Manager) Previously at The 5th, Hanson was the production stage manager for Little Shop of Horrors, Oliver!, The Pirates of Penzance, Grey Gardens, Oklahoma!, Candide, Mame, Hello, Dolly! and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.  Hanson has also been stage manager for more than 70 productions at ACT Theatre since 1990.  Other regional credits include productions at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

SHELLIE STONE (Assistant Stage Manager) Credits include Oliver!, Secondhand Lions, The Music Man, RENT, Cinderella (5th Avenue Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Venus in Fur, Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, Red (SRT); Lyle the Crocodile (SCT); The Lion in Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz).

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