What a thrilling summer it was atThe 5th Avenue Theatre! Over four weekends in July and August, The 5th held its first-ever New Works festival–NextFest! Circles donors had the opportunity see and hear eight new musicals at various stages of development—from a first read-through to a fully staged studio presentation. The festival allowed our donors a chance to see and hear the work of established and up-and-coming writers, lyricists, & composers while fully engaging in the development of new musicals.
NextFest invited donors to witness the different stages of creating a new show and be directly involved in how the show will continue to be shaped. This year, we were able to showcase a variety of table readings, read/sings, a pitch session, and even an early presentation of a show that will hit our stage next summer, Paint Your Wagon. The new shows developed during NextFest include, Clowntown, The Fourth Estate, Fixing Einstein, Persuasion, Beatsville, A Single Girls Guide, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Paint Your Wagon.
A special thank you to our NextFest creators, Beth and Buzz Porter, Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, Cynthia Stroum and Bonnie and Jim Towne for their leadership, support and for making this festival possible. And thank you to our amazing Circles donors that joined us for NextFest! We are grateful that with your support, we are able to continue our mission to promote the growth of the next generation of musical theater.
For information on Circles Membership benefits, please see our Individual Giving page here.
By CAMILLE GOMEZ, Individual Giving Officer