Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical has introduced millions of young children worldwide to the power of music. Last week, we were honored to continue that tradition at The 5th Avenue Theatre. On Thursday, December 10, approximately 2,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools from as far as Yakima came to a special school matinee performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music in downtown Seattle. For many, it was their first experience seeing a live theater performance and their first visit to the historic 5th Avenue Theatre. It was a thrilling day for the students, teachers and parents in attendance.
We’ve received overwhelming responses from educators and students alike regarding their experience. One 6th grade student said, “I knew the story but never saw it on a stage. It was really cool how it was different but I still knew a bunch of the songs. I liked this even more than the movie.” An elementary student said, “I liked the singing but the dancing was my favorite!” With support from many generous donors we were able to provide free tickets for 350 students from underserved schools to attend Thursday’s performance. A beloved musical that features the power of music and reminds audiences to seek courage in the face of adversity, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was an incredible show for this audience to experience live. It’s an experience these students won’t soon forget!
Entai Educator Meg Pearson said, “On behalf of all the 4th grade and Enatai Elementary, we want to thank you for this tremendous opportunity of seeing The Sound of Music. The sets, music, and acting were incredible and our kids were spellbound. We thoroughly enjoyed the production and are so grateful to have had this opportunity. For many students, this might have been their first time ever to a production of this caliber. Many, many thanks.”
The mission of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Education Department is to engage students in the power of musical theater, educating audiences about the American musical’s past, present and future. Serving nearly 65,000 students throughout the Pacific Northwest through programming for youth, schools and the community, The 5th is committed to nurturing and fostering talent in the greater Seattle area.
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