Meet the Students of RSP: West Side Story—Maya Bhat

By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern Stage managers are the glue that holds a show together. In charge of making sure the process runs smoothly, the RSP stage managers work nonstop—coming into a five hour rehearsal an hour early, leaving an hour late—to make sure that West Side Story is flawless. Maya Bhat, the Production

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Meet the Students of RSP: West Side Story—Alia Antón

By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern Some Rising Star Project cast members have been in musicals since elementary school, but this is Alia Antón’s first professional show. But that doesn’t mean Alia, who plays Maria, isn’t ready to take on the challenge. Although she had always thought of herself as a mezzo-soprano, when offered her

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The 5th Avenue Theatre Award Nominees

The 5th Avenue Theatre spreads the joy of musicals to even the youngest members of our community—from kids in the far corners of our state to the teens right here in our own backyard. By growing a community of musical lovers who see and participate in performances early and often, we ensure a vibrant future

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Rising Star Project Puts Theater in the Hands of Youth

Rising Star Project

By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern This summer, nearly 100 high school students from all over Washington State will convene at The 5th Avenue Theatre for Rising Star Project: West Side Story. West Side Story, the awe-inspiring musical, beloved by many, reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the context of gang violence and racial prejudice.

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Creative Conversations: Stephen Flaherty on MARIE, DANCING STILL

How did the concept for this musical and this exceptional collaboration of Broadway visionaries come about? For a long time I had wanted write a theater piece that was not only set in the world of dance but one which used dance as a principal means of storytelling.  Though the score would feature songs, it

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MARIE, DANCING STILL: Fact, Fiction, and Imagination

By Lynn Ahrens Many people are familiar with Edgar Degas’s ground-breaking sculpture, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans. There’s the original wax figure at Washington’s National Gallery, as well as a number of finely-wrought bronze castings at other art institutions around the world. This unique masterpiece has been copied, analyzed, critiqued, and even X-rayed. But

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Creative Conversations: Susan Stroman on MARIE, DANCING STILL – A NEW MUSICAL

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty in the sumptuous world of Marie, Dancing Still – A New Musical, the twentieth new musical to grace The 5th Avenue Theatre stage since 2001. Five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal

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