Box Office – Oliver!


Nov 29 – Dec 31, 2013

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart

Directed by David Armstrong

Running Time:  Oliver! runs 2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission.

Fun, Glorious Fun.  It's a Dickens of a Tale!
The Tony Award-winning classic returns to The 5th Avenue stage! Come and hear the captivating story of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist set to Lionel Bart’s unforgettable score. You'll be delighted by such timeless favorites as "Consider Yourself," "Who Will Buy?," "Food, Glorious Food" and many more, sung by the likes of Fagin, The Artful Dodger, and Oliver himself. It's true holiday treat for viewers young and old alike.

Yes, There Are Great Seats Still Available
Holiday shows at The 5th Avenue Theatre are incredibly popular and Oliver! is no exception.  But we still have plenty of great seats available in a variety of prices.  For best seat selection right now, check out these performances:

  • Tuesday, December 24, 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 26, 7 PM
  • Friday, December 27, 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 28, 1:30 PM and 7 PM
  • Sunday, December 29, 1:30 PM
  • Monday, December 30, 6 PM
  • Tuesday, December 31, 1:30 PM

Availability changes daily, so check the website regularly for the best seat locations, prices, and special offers.

Two Olivers Star in This Year's Holiday Production
We are thrilled to be featuring two talented young actors -- Jack Fleischmann and Mark Jeffrey James Weber -- who will be performing the role of Oliver, with two groups of exceptional kids joining them as Fagin's gang of pickpockets and ragamuffins.  
Their alternating schedule of performances is as follows:

Jack Fleischmann as Oliver
With Fagin’s Gang - Green
Eli Barnett, Gavyn Brayman, Chris Coon, Daniel Geiszler, Bryan Kinder, Christopher Murray, Seth Remington, Naeem Shook, Soren Smith, Cameron Supplee, Christian West

Performance Dates

  • 11/29, 12/3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 14, 19, 20, 23, 27, 28 evening
  • 11/30, 12/8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 28 matinee

Mark Jeffrey James Weber as Oliver
With Fagin’s Gang - Red
Callan Barth, Tyler Bocock, Jaden Bolibol, Caden Brauch, Jake Carlos, Taylor Clark, Dexter Johnson, Jaryn Lasentia, Eli Lotz, Derek Mulkins, Anthony Rosenthal

Performance Dates

  • 11/30, 12/1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 26, 30 evening
  • 12/1, 7, 21, 22, 24, 29, 31 matinee


Cast & Crew:  Who's Who

JACK FLEISCHMANN (Oliver Twist) is very excited to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre after performing here last winter in ELF The Musical. A sixth grader at Seattle Academy, he began performing at the age of four. Some of his selected credits include: Willy Wonka (Charlie), Shrek The Musical (Lord Farquaad), Peter Pan (Michael), and Cinderella (Prince). Film credits: Switchmas (Von Piglet Productions), Committee for Children PSA. You can see him next at Book-It Repertory Theater in Frankenstein. Love to Mom and Dad, and my big sister Hannah.


MARK JEFFREY JAMES WEBER (Oliver Twist) is ecstatic to appear in his first major musical at The 5th. A 7th grader at King's Schools, he has sung with jazz diva Carmen Bradford, Dove-winner Brandon Heath, Seattle Children's Chorus, and at the Hampton and DiMiero Jazz Festivals. Big shout out to God, Mom, Dad, Mackenzie and Allie.



DAVID PICHETTE (Fagin) has appeared at The 5th in 1776 (John Adams), My Fair Lady (Higgins), Candide (Pangloss/Voltaire), Wonderful Town (Apopolous), Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), and most recently in The Pirates of Penzance (Major-General Stanley). He has been seen regularly at ACT Theatre, Seattle Rep, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, and, in times gone by, at the late, lamented Empty Space and Tacoma Actors Guild. He recently portrayed Ludwig van Beethoven with the Seattle Symphony’s Beyond the Score series.


MERIDETH KAYE CLARK (Nancy) 5th Avenue debut! Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Clark studied neuroscience at Emory University before earning an MFA in musical theater at San Diego State University. Her credits include major roles at NY Theatre Workshop, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Northern Stage, Irish Repertory, Portland Center Stage, and the Goodspeed Opera House. She has participated in numerous developmental readings and has originated roles in two Off-Broadway musicals. Clark performed the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of the Broadway musical Wicked more than 150 times in 35 major US cities.

GRAYSON J. SMITH (The Artful Dodger) 12, is excited to spend another Christmas with The 5th!  His 5th Avenue credits include Secondhand Lions as Walter Understudy/Ensemble, and ELF The Musical as Michael Hobbs. Theater: The Sound of Music as Kurt and Friedrich in Leavenworth Summer Theater, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol at Central Washington University.  Film: 3 Gobblers as Ralph.  This performance is dedicated to the memory of my Grammy.  Love to my whole family and a big thank you to my sister Victoria. Merry Christmas!


HANS ALTWIES (Bill Sikes) Recent credits include American Buffalo (Teach, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Antony, Seattle Shakespeare), and Damn Yankees (the Devil, here at The 5th).  Other credits: world premiere production of An Iliad (the poet, Gregory Award), God of Carnage, The Seafarer, and This (all at the Seattle Rep). Romeo and Juliet, Othello (Iago), Macbeth (Macbeth), Henry V (Henry V), all at Seattle Shakespeare.  Altwies recently directed his first film, Taste, with MJ Sieber.  He is the proud father of Charlotte and Stella and married to actor Amy Thone.  Altwies is the owner of LCM Builders, LLC.

ALLEN FITZPATRICK (Mr. Sowerberry, Mr. Brownlow) Allen’s ten Broadway shows include Les Misérables; 42nd Street; Memphis; and The Scarlet Pimpernel.  5th Avenue: Sweeney Todd; Hairspray; ELF The Musical; Damn Yankees; Titanic The Concert; Oklahoma!; Cinderella; Candide; On the Town; Sunday in the Park with George; Cabaret; Memphis; Into the Woods.  Other Seattle appearances include Grey Gardens; Mary Stuart; Opus; Romeo and Juliet; Private Lives; Christmas Carol; Uncle Vanya.  National Tours: Six Degrees of Separation; Aspects of Love; Guys and Dolls; Sunset Boulevard.  Numerous films/commercials/TV.  Fourteen Off-Broadway plays.

CAROL SWARBRICK (Mrs. Sowerberry, Mrs. Bedwin) Broadway: Side By Side By Sondheim, 42nd Street and the revivals of Eddie Cantor’s Whoopee! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.   The 5th Avenue Theatre: Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Sunday in the Park with George (George’s Mother), Mame (Vera Charles), White Christmas (Martha Watson),  Damn Yankees (Sister),  the concert version of Titanic: The Musical (Mrs. Ida Strauss), the world premiere of A Christmas Story The Musical (Miss Shields) and many more.


HUGH HASTINGS (Mr. Bumble, The Beadle, Ensemble) has previously been seen at The 5th Avenue as Olin Britt in The Music Man, Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees, Isidore Strauss in the concert version of Titanic, Jacob in Joseph…, and Dr. Lyman Hall in 1776. Other recent Seattle roles include James Watt in Village Theatre’s production of Watt?!?, and Capt. Longstocking in Pippi Longstocking at SCT (one of many pirates he has played there).


CHERYL MASSEY-PETERS (Widow Corney, Ensemble) is happy to be spending the holidays with her 5th Avenue family. Last seen as Alma Hix in The Music Man, she has also performed at Village, SCT, ACT and the Seattle Rep.



KEATON WHITTAKER (Bet) is thrilled to return to The 5th! Broadway: A Little Night Music, Off-Broadway: Camp Wanatachi, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Regional: Carrie The Musical, Next to Normal (Balagan), Sunday in the Park with George, Whistle Down the Wind, White Christmas (5th Avenue), To Kill a Mockingbird (Intiman). Love and thanks to the fam and Sam.


MATTHEW POSNER (Dr. Grimwig, Ensemble, Bumble/Brownlow/Sowerberry Understudy) 5th Avenue: Secondhand Lions, The Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees. BA, Musical Theatre, PSU. Credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Show Boat, Saint Heaven, Gypsy King (Village Theatre); Camelot (National Tour); Rocky Horror (SSR). Thanks Matt #1 and SHMILY.


NAOMI MORGAN (Charlotte Sowerberry, Ensemble) Excited for Oliver! 5th Avenue: RENT (Mimi), Cinderella, West Side Story (Rosalia). Village Theatre: The Full Monty, The Gypsy King. Always grateful to The 5th for the opportunities! Love to Jamison and RJ!



KAREN SKRINDE (Old Sally, Ensemble) Past shows at The 5th include Mame, Sweeney Todd, Candide, and The Music Man. She is the company manager for the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and on the board of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts ( 



ANDREW DAVISON (Noah Claypole, Ensemble) was most recently seen in The Pirates of Penzance here at The 5th Avenue Theatre (it’s great to be back!) and in (dis)Order, created by Mirum Mirum Productions, of which he is a co-founder.



ANDI ALHADEFF (Ensemble, Bet Understudy) is thrilled to be in Oliver!.  She played Joanne in The 5th Avenue’s RENT.  Readings: LouLou, The Giver, Island Song, Chasing the Song, JIMB, and Eastland. Thank you to friends and family. Go NU!



SCOTT BRATENG (Ensemble) New York/Tours: Sugar Babies (2012 workshop), White Christmas. Favorite regional credits include Secondhand Lions, Damn Yankees, Spamalot, Hello Dolly, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story (A-rab), Cabaret (Two Ladies), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Evita. Training: BFA NYU/Tisch/CAP21.



BLAINE BOYD (Ensemble, Swing) is thrilled to be returning to The 5th Avenue stage. Previous credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Music Man, ELF The Musical, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma! (5th Avenue), Johnny Baseball (Village Theatre New Works), Jekyll & Hyde and The Light in the Piazza. BFA: Wright State University. Endless love and gratitude to my mom and dad. 


JARED MICHAEL BROWN (Long Song Seller, Ensemble, Fagin/Sikes Understudy) 5th Avenue Theatre: Secondhand Lions, The Pirates of Penzance, First Date, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Saving Aimee, A Christmas Story The Musical, Journey West and Northwest Bookshelf. Love and thanks to my family and The 5th.



TY CHENG (Ensemble) Former principle artist for the Spectrum Dance Theater. Trained at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. He danced globally with MOMIX Dance Theater. 5th Avenue: West Side Story, On the Town and Oklahoma. Seattle Opera: Julius Caesar and Aida.



GABRIEL COREY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of the amazing cast and crew of Oliver! Past 5th Avenue shows include ELF The Musical, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas).  Love to family and friends.




JEANNETTE d’ARMAND (Old Lady, Rose Seller, Ensemble) Credits: Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére, 5th Avenue’s Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, and The Sound of Music, Village Originals, Balagan Theatre’s Spring Awakening.  Founding member of female vocal trios The Daffodils and The Riveting Rosies. BFA/NYU.


SARAH ROSE DAVIS (Milkmaid, Ensemble) 5th Avenue: RENT, Oklahoma, ELF The Musical, Hairspray, The Pirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions. Next up at The 5th: Spamalot. Village: Trails. Davis will be starring as Fanny Brice in Village Theatre's production of Funny Girl this spring. Thanks to The 5th and her family!



PAUL FLANAGAN (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making his 5th Avenue debut! National Tours: A Chorus Line (Al), The Backyardigans Live (Pablo). TV: The Backyardigans (Pablo). Village Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof (Fiddler), Chicago. Love to all.



CAYMAN ILIKA (Milkmaid, Ensemble, Nancy Understudy) 5th Avenue: The Pirates of Penzance, Saving Aimee, Candide, Buddy.  Other favorites include Vanities (Kathy) at ACT, The Gypsy King (Anastasia) and Show Boat (Julie, Footlight Award) at Village Theatre.  Love to Teddy.



MALLORY KING (Ensemble) considers herself blessed to be amongst such fine people. Previous 5th Avenue credits: Oklahoma!, The Music Man. Recently seen as Mary Poppins at CST. Training: PNB, BFA at BYU. Up next: Funny Girl at Village!



ROBERT KRAHEN (Ensemble) Many thanks to everyone at The 5th Avenue for this opportunity. Previous credits include Broadway/National Tours of Jekyll and Hyde, Joseph… and The Who’s Tommy. Love to Jerry and all of the Trappers!




TRINA MILLS (Ensemble, Dance Captain) From Seattle, Mills earned her BA in acting from WWU. 5th Avenue: West Side Story, Mame, Joseph..., White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, RENT, ELF The Musical. Love to Josh Perry!




RILEY NELDAM (Ensemble) is proud to be back at The 5th after a fantastic summer with The Pirates of Penzance.  Regionally, he has appeared onstage at Balagan Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Taproot Theatre, Wooden O, and Book-It Repertory. 



ALANA PETERS (Ensemble, Swing) is ecstatic to be back at The 5th! Previous shows: The Music Man and West Side Story. She has also performed at Village, SMT and SSR. Blessed to have another opportunity to perform with Mom!



AARON SHANKS (Ensemble) 5th Avenue: 13 productions beginning with Me and My Girl in 1996 and most recently The Pirates of Penzance. Regional: WWU, TIO, Kenyon Hall, SCT, SSR, Showtunes, Tacoma Opera, and Village Theatre. For Micheal always.



INDEAH THOMAIER (Ensemble) is stoked to be back with The 5th Avenue. Previous productions include Secondhand Lions, Cinderella (5th Avenue), Chicago, Big River (Village Theatre), South Pacific and The Music Man (LLO). Thank you family, friends, Ryan, and the Lord.



BILLIE WILDRICK (Strawberry Seller, Ensemble) There once was an actress named Billie/Whose bios were never too frilly/Only thirty-five words,/she said, Is for the birds./My website is MUCH more fun, silly!




Performing 11/29, 12/3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 14, 19, 20, 23, 27, 28 evenings; 11/30, 12/8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 28 matinees


Left to right:  Eli Barnett, Gavyn Brayman, Chris Coon, Daniel Geiszler, Bryan Kinder, Christopher Murray, Seth Remington, Naeem Shook, Soren Smith, Cameron Supplee, Christian West

ELI BARNETT is making his 5th Avenue debut. He will be seen next as Randolph in Bye Bye Birdie (Ballyhoo Theatre).

GAVYN BRAYMAN is thrilled to be part of Oliver! at The 5th Avenue.  Thanks to family and friends for their support.

CHRIS COON is thrilled to be in this production of Oliver! Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Shileah, Jeff, and The Rock.

DANIEL GEISZLER is excited to be part of The 5th Avenue’s production of Oliver! and is thankful to God and his family!  

BRYAN M. KINDER is 9, attends Crystal Springs Elementary, Turning Pointe Dance Center, and Applause Studio. Loves karate, soccer, and drums.

CHRISTOPHER MURRAY has performed in various school musicals. Special thanks to God for this opportunity to debut at
The 5th Avenue.

SETH REMINGTON is excited to join the cast of Oliver! He has done community theater for three years.

NAEEM SHOOK is making his professional debut. Previous experience includes school productions such as The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. 

SOREN SMITH is excited to perform at The 5th!  He enjoys geography, rollerblading and hockey. Member of NWBC. Thanks to Mom and Dad!

CAMERON SUPPLEE is 11 and loves to sing, act, dance, travel, snowboard, skateboard, surf, play soccer, baseball, parkour, trumpet and drums.

CHRISTIAN WEST 5th Avenue: The Music Man, Cinderella (delighted to be back!). SSR: Shrek, The Hi-Liners, A Christmas Carol. Love to family!


Performing 11/30, 12/1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 26, 30 evenings; 12/1, 7, 21, 22, 24, 29, 31 matinees

Left to right: Callan Barth, Tyler Bocock, Jaden Bolibol, Caden Brauch, Jake Carlos, Taylor Clark, Dexter Johnson, Jaryn Lasentia, Eli Lotz, Derek Mulkins, Anthony Rosenthal

CALLAN BARTH is 9 years old and enjoys singing, dancing, musicals and being a little sneaky pickpocket in Oliver!

TYLER BOCOCK is excited to be in this 5th Avenue production! Thanks Mom, Dad, Tessa, Ms. Arnold, Mrs. DeLeon and Jessi.

JADEN BOLIBOL 11, from Woodinville, WA. Jack in the Beanstalk (Jack, Missoula Theater Company). Loves music, singing, sports, family, and God.

CADEN BRAUCH has performed in shows with Evergreen Family Theatre and Studio East. He is excited to be part of Oliver!

JAKE CARLOS is excited for his 5th Avenue debut! Recently seen as Gavroche in Les Misérables (Studio East). Love to family and friends!

TAYLOR CLARK is thrilled to be in his first performance at The 5th!  He would like to thank Studio East and his family.

DEXTER JOHNSON, age 15, attends Juanita HS and is an avid Ultimate player (Go Gents!) Thanks to family, 5th Avenue, and Studio East.

JARYN LASENTIA is thrilled to be here!  He would like to thank Alina Gibitz and Kenneth Martinez for their support.

ELI LOTZ Credits include A Christmas Carol at ACT and The 5th. Thanks to Shileah, Mariah, Grandma, Mom, Dad, and brothers.

DEREK MULKINS is excited to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Special thanks to family, friends, and teachers for their support.

ANTHONY ROSENTHAL is in fourth grade, attends Pacific Northwest Ballet, loves musical theater and is thrilled to make his 5th Avenue debut.



AMALYA BENHAIM is thrilled to debut here! Favorite role: Golde (Fiddler on the Roof, BBCT).  Love and gratitude to family and friends.

ABI BRITTLE returns to The 5th after appearing as Amaryllis in The Music Man. She humbly considers herself "part of the family."

BENICIO BRYANT is 9 years old and in 3rd grade at Lake Wilderness Elementary School in Maple Valley, WA. He loves to sing, play drums and is thrilled to be part of the Oliver! cast!

TRUETT BURNETT is a fifth-generation Seattle native.   He is in 7th grade and loves skiing, fly-fishing, and performing on stage.  

ELIANA COE is a 6th grader at Highland Middle School, active in choir. Credits include The Sound of Music, Annie, and Wicked.

GAGE DESOTO New to the theater, he is thrilled with Oliver!  He loves horses, scuba diving, documentaries, comedy and being free.

MONTSERRAT FLECK is delighted to be performing at The 5th. Previous credits: Grey Gardens and A Christmas Carol (ACT),
Anna Karenina (Book-It). 

ELIJAH JOSEPH GOODMAN loves the outdoors and dogs, and is thrilled to be making his theatrical debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

DELANEY GUYER was last seen as Fiona in Shrek The Musical at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. Love and thanks to M, D, L, and A!

ELIANA HARRICK 8, is stoked to sing about saveloys in her 5th Avenue debut. Love to Mom, Dad and sister, Jasmine.

JASMINE HARRICK 10, is honored to return to The 5th after The Music Man (Gracie Shinn). Recent: The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox) at Kitsap Forest Theater.

ETHAN LECH) is making his 5th Avenue debut.  Credits: A Christmas Carol (SecondStory Repertory), Twilight Zone Live (Theater Schmeater). Love to sister, Savannah.

BOAZ MALAKOFF makes his 5th Avenue debut. He thanks his family, cast and crew. He couldn't have done it without them.

ABIGAIL McDANIEL is thrilled to be in her first theater production at The 5th!  Lots of love to my family.

ELLA MURPHY has acted since the age of five and dances with Kaleidoscope Modern Dance Company. She is grateful and thrilled to be in Oliver!

ERNIE MUSSER is excited to be in his first 5th Avenue production. Special thanks to my family and Kelly Willis.

SOPHIE POOLE is thrilled to be in her first show at The 5th Avenue!  She loves being part of Village Theatre KIDSTAGE shows and Institute and lives for musical theater!

SAM PRICE Oliver! is his Seattle debut. Smaller Stages: Peter Pan, Caractacus Pott. He embraces acting, singing, reading, swimming, his family and dog.

LAUREN RAABE is 8 and excited to be in Oliver! She is a competitive gymnast and loves to sing and dance.

NATHANIEL SHIPLEY (Children’s Ensemble) has performed with Seattle Children's Theatre, Lyric Light Opera, Everett KidStage, and META.  He is excited to be part of Oliver!

MATTHEW WILES Theater: The King and I, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, The Miracle Worker. Film:  The Rogue Saints.

KYAN ZIELINSKI is excited for his 5th Avenue debut following four years at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE!  Love to all family and friends!

SKYLER WYATT ZIMMERMAN, 13, enjoys voice lessons with Troy Fisher, basketball, and friends.  Credits include Oliver! (Oliver) and Les Misérables (Gavroche) in Olympia.



DAVID ARMSTRONG (Director) is the executive producer and artistic director of The 5th Avenue Theatre where he has directed acclaimed productions of Candide, Sweeney Todd, HAIR, Hello, Dolly!, Mame, White Christmas, A Little Night Music, The Secret Garden, Company, The Rocky Horror Show, Pippin, Vanities and Anything Goes. His direction and choreography have been seen in New York, Los Angeles and at many leading regional theaters including The Kennedy Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ordway Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, St. Louis Rep, Ford’s Theater and Paper Mill Playhouse. In 2012, Armstrong made his Broadway debut as director of Scandalous (formerly Saving Aimee). As a playwright, he created the book for The 5th’s world premiere musical Yankee Doodle Dandy!, and for two musicals for Theatreworks/USA: Gold Rush!, which premiered at New York’s Kaye Playhouse, and A Christmas Carol, which ran Off-Broadway at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre. His Cole Porter revue, Hot N’ Cole, which he devised and directed, has been produced by scores of theaters throughout America.

BOB RICHARD (Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning to Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre after his wildly acclaimed production of The Music Man. Richard has staged more than 35 productions as the resident choreographer at Sacramento Music Circus. Richard’s work won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award and Ivey and Houston Area Theatre Awards. Tours: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical! and the 50th Anniversary National Tour of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers. Television: LazyTown, Season 3, by Turner Network Television, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Other notable theaters: The Pioneer Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Ordway Performing Arts Center. Richard and his wife are the founding artistic directors of The American Musical Theatre Dance Company.  He is excited about premiering new work in 2014. Thank you David and Bill and all my love to Diane and Robert Henry!

JOEL FRAM (Music Director) has worked extensively in New York and London, conducting the Broadway productions of Scandalous, Wicked, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, James Joyce’s The Dead, Jumpers, and Cats; the West End company of Wicked; and Forbidden Broadway at the Menier Chocolate Factory.  He created musical arrangements for the ballet Pictures from an Exhibition at both the Young Vic and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.  U.S. national tours and regional credits include Falsettos, Cats, A…My Name Is Alice (cast album) and the world premiere of two Andrew Lippa musicals, The Little Princess (cast album) and john & jen (cast album).  At New York’s Symphony Space, he created the award-winning New Voices concert series and, for Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday, co-produced and curated the 12-hour marathon Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim. Most recently, he co-produced and conducted the Broadway cast album of Scandalous.

TOM STURGE (Scenic and Lighting Design) is pleased to continue his collaboration with David Armstrong and The 5th Avenue Theatre after designing the recent smash production of The Pirates of Penzance.  5th Avenue scenic/lighting designs include Cabaret, Pippin, On the Town, The Rocky Horror Show, Wonderful Town, and Hair!  Lighting designs include Oklahoma!, Cinderella (Gregory Award) and Candide. Recent: Scenic/lighting design for Chicago (Village Theatre/Gregory Award), lighting for White Christmas (Denver Center) and Carrie The Musical at the Moore. Other design credits include Papermill Playhouse, ACT, Seattle Children's Theatre, Spectrum Dance, Those Were the Days (Broadway), Gypsy Passion (Broadway), 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 and Spoleto Opera Festival. He lives in Issaquah with fine artist Istara Freedom and son Dylan.

SARAH NASH GATES (Costume Design) has served as executive director of the School of Drama at the University of Washington for 20 years, where she leads an exceptional faculty and a program that offers BA, MFA and PhD degrees. Gates is a costume designer and member of United Scenic Artist Local 829. Her designs have been seen at Seattle Opera, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT, and Seattle Children’s Theatre among others. She served as president of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the first woman to hold that office. Gates also served as president of the University/Resident Theatre Associate (U/RTA). She currently serves on The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Board of Directors and is thrilled to make her 5th Avenue design debut.

TONY SMOLENSKI IV (Sound Design) Selected design credits include Broadway’s Cymbeline and off-Broadway’s 10x25, The Adding Machine (Drama Desk Nomination), Dutchman (AUDELCO Nomination), Everything Bad & Beautiful, Measure for Pleasure, Almost Maine, Mr. Marmalade. Regional work includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Williamstown Theater Festival), Working (Old Globe), She Loves Me (Huntington). Associate design work spans more than 20 Broadway shows, including Billy Elliot, The Coast of Utopia, and Bobbi Boland.

DREW LEVY (Sound Design) Broadway: Chaplin (Drama Desk Award), The Importance of Being Earnest, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: Why Torture is Wrong…, Emergence-See!, Dutchman, The Mistakes Madeline Made. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Two River Theatre Co., McCarter Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf. Additional credits: Pippin (Tony nomination), Lucky Guy, Ghost, One Man Two Guvnors (Tony nomination), Rock of Ages, That Championship Season, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Everyday Rapture (Drama Desk nomination), The 39 Steps (Tony Award), South Pacific.

MARY PYANOWSKI JONES (Hair and Makeup Design) World premieres of Aladdin (make-up design), Secondhand Lions, 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.  Some 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.

BRUCE MONROE (New Orchestrations) For The 5th Avenue, credits include new orchestrations for The Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, My Funny Valentine, and the 75th Anniversary Gala, as well as dance music and special material for countless shows since 2000. As a conductor: Cinderella, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and The Wizard of Oz. Regional credits include New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, The Ordway in Saint Paul, TUTS in Houston, AMT in San Jose, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Issaquah’s Village Theatre. Special thanks to Ian Eisendrath and the ringleader Moira Macdonald.

CHRISTOPHER D. LITTLEFIELD (Associate Music Director) National Tours: The Addams Family, 9 to 5. Off-Broadway: Naked Boys Singing, Shout! Television: My Time (Oprah Winfrey Network). Recordings: Glory Days (Original Broadway Cast), Home (Nikki Renee Daniels), What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up (Scott Alan). Regional: Hairspray (Cape Playhouse), The Fantasticks (Barrington Stage), Falsettos (George St. Playhouse), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival. Educational: Juilliard, NYU, University of Rochester. Collaborative: NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Alamo City Men’s Chorale, William Finn, Cyndi Lauper, Rue McClanahan. Nonprofit: Artists Striving to End Poverty ( S&A.

CHRISTIAN DeANGELIS (Associate Lighting Designer) Recent credits: The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, ELF The Musical,  RENT, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Saving Aimee (5th Avenue); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Bonnie and Clyde, 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse); Bonnie and Clyde (Schoenfeld Theatre); Other Desert Cities (Lincoln Center); Grease (Troika Entertainment); Through the Night (Union Square); Guys and Dolls (Nederlander Theatre). MFA, University of California, San Diego.

PAULS MACS (Assistant Director) has directed around Puget Sound at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Seattle Musical Theatre, and the University of Washington.  Favorites include Urinetown, The Musical of Musicals, and Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.  Macs holds a B.A. in drama/comparative literature from UW.  Huge thanks to Bill and David and love to Sarah and his family!

MATHEW WRIGHT (Assistant Director) Director: Wisemen (Rosenstock Productions), Little Women (ArtsWest).  5th Avenue Theatre: The Rising Star Project: The Music Man, The Oklahoma! Project, AMT tours of Klondike! and It Happened at the World’s Fair; Assistant Director: Cinderella, Titanic: The Concert, The Music Man.  MFA in Directing from Temple University. 

TRINA MILLS (Assistant Choreographer) Born and raised in Seattle, Mills' choreographing experience includes the Seagals and Holy Names Academy. She is extremely excited about this experience and honored to be back at The 5th Avenue. She couldn't be happier about this opportunity to work with Bob Richard again! Heel pops 5,6,7,8!

KATHERINE STROMBERGER (Assistant Set Designer) is delighted to work with The 5th again! Stromberger has worked with several local theaters, including Seattle Public Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Sandbox One Act Play Festival, and Washington Ensemble Theatre. She is a paint and props supervisor at her alma mater, Cornish College of the Arts.

JEFFREY K. HANSON (Production Stage Manager) Previously at The 5th, Hanson was the production stage manager for 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.

RACHEL BURY (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Scandalous. 5th Avenue: Secondhand Lions, The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray in Concert, The Music Man, RENT, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Saving Aimee, Disney’s Aladdin, Guys and Dolls. Regional Credits: Intiman, Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

SHELLIE STONE (Assistant Stage Manager) Credits include Secondhand Lions, The Music Man, RENT, Cinderella (5th Avenue Theatre); Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, Red (SRT); Lyle the Crocodile (SCT); La Cenerentola (Spoleto Festival ’08); The Lion in Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Amelia, Don Quixote (Seattle Opera).



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

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.  OLIVER! runs 2 hours 30 mintues including intermission.

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.

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

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older.  Children under 4, 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 on the production pages of this website.

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.

Scalpers & Third-Party Tickets
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

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.


Parental Guidelines

Rated PG

Oliver! Is based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist and concerns the adventures of an orphaned and homeless boy in 1840s London. There he encounters Fagin, a thief employing a troupe of children as pickpockets. Oliver! is a family show and suitable for most audience members; concerned parents should peruse the guidelines below.

Adult Language

Nancy, one of Fagin’s gang who befriends Oliver, is seen drinking gin; several characters are seen drinking in a tavern scene.

When the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Bumble quarrel, she kicks him downstairs. Nancy’s lover, Bill Sikes, hits her and throws her across the room when she defies him to help Oliver.

One character is murdered onstage; another dies after being shot and falling from a roof.

Sexual References

PLEASE NOTE: The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older.  Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

The 5th Avenue Holiday Line-Up

We’ll be appearing at a variety of holiday activities around town. Mark your calendars and join us for these special holiday-related events.

Snowfall Performance at Pacific Place
Saturday, December 21, 5:45 PM

The 5th Avenue Holiday Singers perform favorites from past 5th Avenue holiday shows. In the Pacific Place Atrium, located at 600 Pine Street in downtown Seattle.

Partners In Holiday Giving
We are encouraging our patrons to share the giving spirit this holiday season with our community partners.

Treehouse Warm Clothes Drive
Bring warm children’s clothes – especially warm pants in children’s and teen’s sizes – to the donation bins in the theater lobby during performances of Oliver! When you donate, you will receive a discount coupon for our upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Treehouse annually benefits more than 6,000 children living in foster care across Washington state.

Northwest Harvest Food Drive
Drop off non-perishable food in food drive bins located in the theater lobby during performances of Oliver!. Northwest Harvest provides nutritious food to hungry people statewide.

Singing, Dancing, and Chatting Behind the Scenes

Musical Theater Factory Interviews

Oliver! Interview with Choreographer Bob Richard 

2013/14 Season Spotlight Night Performances

Oliver! Season Spotlight Night "As Long as He Needs Me"

Oliver! Season Spotlight Night "Who Will Buy"

Oliver! Spotlight Night Performances

Oliver! Spotlight Night "Food Glorious Food"

 Oliver! Production Photos