Box Office – Rising Star Project: The Pajama Game

Rising Star Project: The Pajama Game

Mar 17 – Mar 18, 2017


Music & Lyrics by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott & Richard Bissell
Based on the novel 7½ Cents Richard Bissell

This is your chance to applaud an amazing group of students who strive to make a positive impact in our world.

Rising Star Project offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing and performing a musical on The 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage. 

Beyond being entirely student performed, this production of The Pajama Game will be run by a student technical crew and supported by a team of students who have taken on roles in the marketing, development, producing, creative and casting departments.  All participants are trained and mentored by dedicated theater professionals at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

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

Take a look behind the scenes on our 5th Avenue blog!


Things are getting steamy at the Sleep-Tite Pajama factory where handsome new superintendent Sid Sorokin is falling hard for Babe Williams, the feisty firebrand heading the union grievance committee. But sparks really fly when the workers go on strike for a 7½-cent pay raise, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. The show that defined Fosse style with seductive dance numbers such as “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” this critically acclaimed musical won three Tony Awards® including Best Choreography and Best Musical. The swinging score includes the timeless hits “Hey There” and “There Once Was a Man” performed by a sensational Seattle cast. Don’t miss The Pajama Game as only The 5th can do it.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

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TOM BENTSEN (Ensemble) " If a script is the recipe, the actors the ingredients, then hair & makeup is the seasoning which adds flavor to the performers and performance." - Bentsen is ecstatic to be in this incredible program. Thank you to the best friends ever, the whole RSP cohort and my family for the constant love and support. Enjoy the show!

MAX BOONE (Mr. Hasler) Boone is thrilled to be back at the 5th Avenue Theater for this goofy but very important show! Many thanks to his own family, the Biller Family Foundation and The 5th for this incredible experience!

EMILY BROOKS (Ensemble) Brooks is so grateful for this exciting experience! Favorite performances include Elf, RSP: Carousel, RSP: How To Succeed, the 10-Minute Musical Project (5th Avenue) and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) at Studio East.

TATE BUSBY (Sid Sorokin) Busby is very excited to be playing one of his dream roles on The 5th Avenue stage. Credits include Bert Bratt in RSP: How To Succeed (5th Avenue) and Lockstock in Urinetown (Edmonds Heights). Thanks to Nick, and Kevin.

GRAYCE CRICK (Babe Williams) Crick is thrilled to be participating in Rising Star Project for the first time! She attends Roosevelt High School and would like to thank all her family and friends for getting her here.


SARAH DENNIS (Ensemble) Dennis is elated and beyond grateful to be a part of this incredible program again. Previous RSP credits: How to Succeed. Thank you to The 5th Avenue Theatre for spearheading such an amazing project. Love to Mom, family and friends!

ALEXSAIR FARIAS (Hines) Farias is a senior from Yakima, WA and has been involved in theater since 2015. Much love to God, his family, Deb, the Akins, the Taylors, Janey, Stephen and Laurel for helping him get here.

SOPHIA HALL (Ensemble) Hall is thrilled for her first production with RSP! Other credits include Hairspray (Dynamite) at Seattle Children’s Theatre and The Piano Lesson (Maretha’s Understudy) at Seattle Rep. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Gabby and God!

EMILIE HANSON (Gladys) Hanson is thrilled to be back with Rising Star Project in their production of the Pajama Game. She was last seen in How to Succeed (Miss Krumholtz). She would like to thank everyone for their love and support.

KATERA HOWARD (Mabel) Howard is a quirky ball of energy. Meeting new people is her thing. She likes to describe herself as the comedic theater kid who just wants to make it big.

MAYA L’ABBE (Ensemble) 15, is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic program. Some of her favorite past shows include Beauty and the Beast, The Addam's Family (SE) and Peter Pan (LLO). Thanks to M&D. Enjoy the show!

JUSTIN LI (Ensemble) Li is a senior at Interlake High School. He hasn’t been in very many productions and is excited to see what he will learn from the experience The 5th Avenue Theatre has provided him.

ATREAL LOYD (Ensemble) Loyd is a junior at Marysville Pilchuck High School. He plays four sports basketball, football, track and baseball. He also has a passion for musical theater.

JAVIER LUNA (Ensemble)

MIA LUNA (Ensemble)

MAYA McQUEEN (Ensemble) McQueen is thrilled to be a part of the RSP cast of The Pajama Game. She is a senior at The Overlake School. McQueen sends thanks to her friends and family for their endless love.

MIA MOOKO (Ensemble) Mooko is thrilled to be in her first RSP production! Recent credits include Catherine in Pippin at Village Kidstage and Cinderella in Into the Woods at DWP. She sends love to friends & family!

SOPHIE POOLE (Ensemble) Poole is thrilled to be part of Rising Star Project!  5th Avenue Theatre: RSP How to Succeed in Business, Carousel, Oliver!  She also loves to play guitar, write music and read poetry.


MATT SEIB (Ensemble) Seib is ecstatic to be part of this year's RSP production of The Pajama Game! He is so excited to be back on The 5th Ave stage after last year's RSP. Love to Ben and M&D.


PHILLIP SOLHEIM (Ensemble) Solheim is thrilled to be in RSP this year. Credits include Medea, Macbeth, Cinderella (Prince) and Merrilly We Roll Along (Franklin Shepard). Love to his family, friends, teachers and to the true MVP, MOD Pizza.

JALEN TAYLOR (Pop) Taylor loves being on this stage! 5th: The Sound of Music, RSP: Carousel and How to Succeed. High school favorites: The Sound of Music (Maria), White Christmas (Betty Haynes), Grease (Patty Simcox). Philippians 4:6-7.

SAM TEBB (Ensemble)

BRANDON WEGLIN (Ensemble) Weglin is thrilled to be back at The 5th  after last working on NextFest! Select credits include: Merrily We Roll Along (Charley Kringas), How to Succeed (Mr.Tackaberry) and Hairspray (Wilbur). Love to M&D and Spencer.




KATJIA CALLICOAT (Stage Management) Callicoat adores people. So many things make her happy but theater is number one. Shout out to her cat Bichael Mublé who loves mashed potatoes.

ESME DeCOSTER (Stage Management) DeCoster is super excited to do another year of RSP. Stage management credits include Strawberry Theater Workshop, Jet City Improv, Janis Findley Productions, Lucia Neare Theatrical Wonders and Seattle Academy. Enjoy the show!

MADELINE HARJO (Assistant Director)

MATTHEW LEWIS (Stage Management)

ZHIYU MAILE (Assistant Director) Maile is excited to be directing and participating in RSP for her first time. She usually acts in her school plays but wanted to experience putting on a musical from behind the scenes.

NOAH SARKOWSKY (Stage Management) is thrilled to be here for his fourth year as a part of the Rising Star Project. Credits include: 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 14/48 Projects and Seattle Academy.

BENJAMIN SAWREY (Assistant Music Director) An aspiring pianist and business major, Sawrey has participated twice as a keyboardist in the pit. He is humbled and excited to take on a role as assistant music director in this year’s production.

CARIN YOUNG (Assistant Choreographer) Young is 16 and attends NKHS in Poulsbo. She has been in theater for nine years and doing choreography for five. This is her first time working with RSP, and she loves it!



VALERIA AGUILERA (Costume & Wardrobe)

SAMANTHA BARTLETT (Costume & Wardrobe) Bartlett is a hardworking individual who loves learning new things. In her spare time she works on making costumes for herself to feature at conventions.

SOPHIE BURNETT (Stage Crew) Burnett is excited to be in Rising Star Project for the last time in her senior year before she moves on and starts working professionally.

AMBRIA CAMPBELL (Stage Crew) Campbell is currently a junior at ICS in Kirkland and has participated in theater since the age of nine. Though most of her theater experience has been on the stage, she has loved being in RSP.

STELLA CHAMBERLIN (Stage Crew) Chamberlin is in 8th grade. She started stage crew in 6th grade and she has been in it ever since.



ERIN DARLING (Stage Crew) Darling is excited to be on stage crew for the second time! When she’s not at 5th Ave you can catch her onstage through her high school’s theater program.



OLIVIA JOHNSON (Hair & Makeup) Johnson has taken a Theatrical Hair and Makeup class at Cornish University. She joined Rising Star Project to expand her knowledge and use it in a professional environment.


GABRIELA LOPEZ JIMENEZ (Hair & Makeup) Lopez is a young Latina girl who loves to dance, do makeup and help others. She is someone who wishes to one day be a part of the business industry.

JONATHAN LY (Stage Crew)

KIKI MANNING (Costume & Wardrobe) The Pajama Game is Manning’s first production with Rising Star Project. She has previously worked at Seattle Children’s Theatre as a summer season costume assistant. She is a Running Start student at Seattle Central.

NICHOLAS McCULLOCH (Stage Crew) McCulloch is a senior at Roosevelt High School and is pleased to be a part of RSP this year. His recent credits include lighting design for Medea, Macbeth and Cinderella, and stage management for Sweeney Todd.

BIJAN MITCHELL (Hair & Makeup)

CARMEN OLDHAM (Costume & Wardrobe) Oldham is a sophomore at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences who has loved fashion, design, and costumes her whole life. She is thrilled to be working with RSP!

NOAH PHILLIPS (Stage Crew) Phillips has been doing theater almost his entire life. He is thrilled to be here at The 5th as an extension of his work on directing and technical design in his hometown.

MAYA SANTOS (Costume & Wardrobe)

LAUREN SMITH (Costume & Wardrobe) Smith is a current senior at The Overlake School and will be a freshman at NYU in the fall. Past credits: RSP: How to Succeed, Pippin, 9 to 5.

MAX SORENSON (Costume & Wardrobe)

GRACE STEPHENS (Stage Crew) Stephens is a senior at Shorecrest High School and is thrilled to be a part of RSP this year. Her recent credits include being prop master for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Mary Poppins.

ANNIKA WOHLF (Hair & Makeup) This is Wohlf’s second production with RSP, and she is thrilled to be back. She thanks the RSP participants and mentors for making her experience amazing!



RYAN BARNEY (Drums) Barney is a second-year RSP participant that is enjoying his freshman year at the University of Washington. Barney has played drums in shows including Legally Blonde, High School Musical, Catch Me if You Can, 9 to 5 and School of Rock.



KAMALANI FIELDER (Violin) Previous productions include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (5th Avenue RSP), American Idiot (ArtsWest) and Violet (ArtsWest). Many grateful thanks to family and to Jo!


LANDON HALVERSON (Violin) Halverson is ecstatic to be part of The Pajama Game! Other than violin, Halverson loves political science and economics, and is an avid Jeopardy fan. He would like to thank his family for their support!


SEBASTIAN KOLDE (Oboe/English Horn) Kolde has been playing the oboe for almost four years and studies with Brent Hages. He plays in SYSO’s Debut Orchestra and takes classes at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. He also plays English horn.

EMILY KRAYNAK (Flute/Piccolo) Kraynak is a Drum Major at Eastlake High School and has enjoyed performing in RSP and Village Theatre KIDSTAGE productions. She will be a Music Education and Flute Performance Major at CWU next year.

NICK McCLATCHEY (Alto Sax/Clarinet) McClatchey is a junior at Bothell High School this year and is very excited to be involved with 5th Avenue Rising Star Program. He hopes to continue to pursue musical theater in the near future.

TYNAN McGEE (Trombone) McGee is 17 years old and a junior at Mercer Island High School. She has lived on Mercer Island her entire life and has been playing trombone for seven years.

MILO PAPERMAN (Percussion)

HEIDI RESING (Violin) With eleven years of classical playing under her belt, Resing is excited to widen the scope of her violin playing to classics of a different kind.



AEDAN SCANLON (Trumpet) Scanlon started playing trumpet in 5th grade and has been in love with it since. RSP has helped him sharpen his skills and has given him a taste of higher level theater.





ELIANA COE (Marketing) Coe is honored to be a part of the Marketing Team for RSP! Thanks to Orlando, Beth, Bridget, Reesa, Jordan, Chris and Yvonne. She is a freshman at Interlake High School in Bellevue.

ANNIE GRIFFIN (Producing) Griffin is so grateful for everyone who made this experience possible. She was on stage crew for RSP: How to Succeed and attends Edmonds Heights K-12. Love to Mom and Dad.

MADDIE HITCHCOCK (Producing) Hitchcock is so excited to be back with the Producing team for a second year. She would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for all of their support. Enjoy the show!

MATTHEW LEE (Producing) Lee is elated to be returning to the RSP Producing team for a second year. He would like to thank his mentors and his family for their love and support.

YVONNE MMATA (Marketing) Mmata is a sophomore at Global Connections High School. RSP has helped her learn more about marketing and along the way she has met so many amazing people.

BEN SANDERS (Producing) Sanders was in last year’s RSP production (H2$, Mr. Jenkins). He is on the Producing team this year to gain a new perspective on other aspects of theater.

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.

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 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

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, and Special Needs

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, assistive listening headsets, 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. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

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 with no exchange fee. 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. The 5th cannot guarantee that ticket donations are tax deductable and does not produce tax receipts for these donations. 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

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.