The 5th Avenue Theatre Excellence Award Honoring Patti Payne

Friday, October 5, 2018

The King Street Ballroom & Perch
255 South King Street
Seattle, WA

Evening's Schedule:
Cocktails: 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Dinner & Entertainment: 7:15 PM - 9.30 PM

About the Event:
We're proud to announce the inaugural 5th Avenue Theatre Excellence Award, a fundraising event that honors the award-winning broadcaster, newspaper columnist and business leader Patti Payne, and benefits one of The 5th's education programs that Patti is most passionate about: Rising Star Project.

Two Ways to Honor Patti and Support The 5th Avenue Theatre's Rising Star Project:

  • Be Part of the Celebration!
    Join us for cocktails, seated dinner, entertainment and a special tribute to our honoree. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today! Click the Purchase Your Table button to the right for more information.
  • Write a Tribute!
    Add your voice to the commemorative Tribute Journal in celebration of and honoring Patti! Purchase space and include a message, artwork and/or photo in the keepsake journal for Patti to cherish for years to come! Click the Tribute Journal button to the right for more information.

A Different Type of Fundraising Event:
We are pleased to present this new model for fundraising in Seattle. No auctions. No raffles. No Raise the Paddle on the night of the event. Just bring yourself and your friends, "leave your checkbook at home" and get ready to enjoy a delightful evening celebrating one of Seattle's original women of influence: Patti Payne!

About Rising Star Project:
All fundraising for this event benefits The 5th Avenue Theatre's Rising Star Project, the cornerstone of The 5th's education programs since its inception in 2011. Completely tuition-free, Rising Star Project immerses high school students in the world of musical theater and, through director mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities, they emerge as confident leaders, competent professionals and connected human beings.

2018 Excellence Award Co-Chairs
Sheri Biller
Bonnie Towne

For further information or to purchase tickets:
The 5th Avenue Theatre Excellence Award
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 735, Seattle, WA 98101


Behind the Scenes Tours

Grand Tour

Patron-level members ($600+) will visit the spaces rarely seen by the public: our Costume Shop, Hair and Makeup areas, and the actors' dressing rooms and more. Travel the path of an actor, peek into the normally closed doors, and find out even more about the historic 5th Avenue Theatre on this exclusive look behind the scenes.


Backstage Tour

Friend-level members ($125+) join us for a guided tour of the theater--including backstage and the opportunity to come onstage for a closer look at the sets and props.

Our tour guides will lead you through the history of the theatre, dive into fun facts about the current show, and share some of the magic of how The 5th Avenue Theatre puts on a musical.

Warehouse Tour

Come enjoy a guided tour of our two warehouses in Kent with 5th Avenue Theatre Production Manager and Tech Director. You’ll get up close and personal with a treasure trove of props, sets, and costumes from your favorite productions. 



Exclusive Access for Members

Designer Download

Partner-level members ($300+) enjoy a wine and cheese reception and hear from members of the creative team about their artistic vision. Writers and composers delve into the process of a show from day one, designers share the decisions and processes to creating the sets, costumes, or lights for a show, or directors describe the show from rehearsals to the final product.



Tech Week Rehearsals

Friend-level members ($125+) will join us at working rehearsals in the theater and watch as the final pieces of the show all come together to create the final product presented to our audiences. Before we head into the theatre, artistic leadership for the production will give pre-rehearsal talk to share even more details. 

Patron-level members ($600+) are invited to come to the theatre early for a reception before the rehearsal begins.

Adventure Musical Theatre Performance

Friend-level members ($125+) watch our touring company, Adventure Musical Theatre, perform the show that they bring to schools throughout the Northwest. Our touring company comes home for the day to share this unique performance with our members.

Since 1994, the Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company has brought the wonder and joy of live musical theater to students throughout Washington state. Adventure Musical Theatre musicals engage students through storytelling, song, and dance. Our productions are created by local composers and writers and are designed to incorporate standards-based educational content.

This year’s production will be Northwest Bookshelf.

Check back soon for our performance date. Children and grandchildren are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Events Exclusively for Circles Members

Honors Dinner

This yearly event honors those who help create theater behind-the-scenes. Donors, creators, Board Members, and executive staff join together to celebrate the power of live theater.


Directors Dinner

Featuring special guests and hosted by Bill Berry, guests will learn more about our talented guest artists, the process and development of adapting a musical, and the collaboration of the creative team for a 5th Avenue Theatre production. 


Season Preview Dinner

Enjoy lively commentary and entertaining musical performances as Bill Berry and Bernie Griffin announce the line up for our next season. Featuring many of The 5th’s favorite performers, this is an evening not to be missed.