Meet the Pioneers: Silas, Timberline and Merchant Reed

Three more pioneers pursue the American Dream: Silas (Paul Flanagan), Timberline (Trina Mills) and Merchant Reed (Aaron Shanks). Silas is an immigrant from London who has come to find his fortune. Timberline arrives with the other girls with an iron will and a drive to make money. Merchant Reed is a hard working man who sells mining equipment to prospectors.



Paul is returning to The 5th Avenue stage after two forays earlier this season in How to Succeed… and The Sound of Music. Before that, Paul was already a regular on our stage before this season, having been in productions of Oliver! and A Chorus Line. You may also recognize him from The Fiddler on the Roof or Chicago at Village.


Trina Mills Web

Trina is a well-known face at The 5th, also having performed in How to Succeed earlier this year. She’s also been in our productions of West Side Story (Velma), A Chorus Line (Sheila), A Christmas StoryELF and Spamalot. Trina is pulling double duty in this show as the Dance Captain in addition to her role as Timberline. She also choreographed our production of The Sound of Music this past winter.

Aaron Shanks Web

Aaron is rounding out this trio nicely by also having been in How to Succeed…! What a reunion! Before that, you may have seen him in A Christmas StoryCarousel or Pirates of Penzance. Audiences may also recognize him from other regional roles at Village, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Spectrum Dance Theatre, or numerous cabarets and concerts.

Don’t miss Paul, Trina, Aaron, and the other dreamers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Nathaniel, Lotta and Vlad

Three more No Name City citizens join the ranks: Nathaniel (Ethan Carpenter), Lotta (Sarah Rose Davis) and Vlad (Eric Esteb). Nathaniel travels from Cleveland to find a new home (and hopefully gold) in California. Lotta arrives with several other ladies, all of whom are entertainers for Jake’s Palace of Pleasure on Main Street. Vlad is an immigrant from Poland who is driven and determined to make his way in a new country.

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Ethan is returning to our stage after making his debut last season in A Chorus Line. His other Seattle credits include Les Miserables, Funny Girl and My Fair Lady at Village, and The Fantasticks at Showtunes.



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Sarah is no stranger to The 5th: she was seen earlier this season as lovelorn secretary Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other favorites at The 5th include A Chorus Line (Maggie) and Grease (Frenchy), among others! Sarah has also been seen at Village in Funny Girl as Fanny Brice.

Eric Esteb Web


Eric is a regular here, having most recently been in our production of A Chorus Line last season. Other 5th Ave credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot, Secondhand Lions and others! Eric is also an aerialist with his partner Quynbi, who perform together under the name Duo Reves.


Don’t miss Ethan, Sarah, Eric, and the other new California citizens in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Deza, Angus and Chee Weng

Three more hope to strike it rich in California: Deza (Kyle Bernbach), Angus (Jared Michael Brown) and Chee Weng (Ulyber Mangune). Deza hails from Peru who was already a miner in Chile, and arrives carrying lots of knowledge of how to be effective at mining. Angus has traveled across the country from the mid-West in hopes of finding gold. Chee Weng is originally from Hong Kong, where he first learned English, and hopes to achieve the American Dream.

Kyle Bernbach WebKyle was seen earlier this year in our production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as last season’s productions of Jasper in DeadlandCarousel and A Chorus Line. He was part of the Broadway and First National Tour casts of Memphis.


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Jared (who is pulling triple duty by playing Angus, understudying Jake AND serving as Fight Captain for the show) was at The 5th earlier this season in The Sound of Music. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jasper in DeadlandOliver!Secondhand LionsPirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!.

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Ulyber is returning to The 5th after previous performances in A Christmas Story and Secondhand Lions. He was trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center, as well as Benjamin Bentler and Marianna Groves.



Don’t miss Kyle, Jared, Ulyber, and the other prospectors in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Life of A ‘Revisal’: An Interview With the Paint Your Wagon Creative Team


Over the course of several years, Director David Armstrong, Writer Jon Marans, Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger Ian Eisendrath and Choreographer Josh Rhodes worked together to develop and re-write a new version of the Lerner and Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon. I sat down with them recently to talk about the process of recreating a classic. Continue reading “The Life of A ‘Revisal’: An Interview With the Paint Your Wagon Creative Team”

What Is A ‘Revisal’?


Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon is being revived-brought back to life-on our stage, but it is also going through an extensive revision. When we combine a revival and revision, we get a revisal!

This is not the first musical from the past to receive this kind of renovation. The current Broadway smash Shuffle Along is a revisal of a legendary 1921 Broadway hit. The new version dynamically incorporates the original show’s classic songs into a brand new book that was just nominated for a Tony Award. Continue reading “What Is A ‘Revisal’?”

Meet the Pioneers: Jameson, Mary and Craig

Three more pioneers journey west: Jameson Woodling (Allen Fitzpatrick), Mary (Taryn Darr) and Craig (Eli Lotz). Jameson Woodling is the husband of Cayla, until she frees herself from him. (Allen is pulling double duty, also portraying Craig’s Dad.) Mary is one of the ladies who comes to town after the miners have set up camp. (Taryn is also pulling double duty, starting out as Sarah Woodling, the second wife of Jameson Woodling.) Craig is a young man who travels west with his father, both hoping to make a new start for their family.

Allen Fitzpatrick WebPortraying Jameson Woodling is 5th Avenue veteran, Allen Fitzpatrick. Most recently on our stage, Allen was seen as big boss himself Biggley in How to Succeed… He has over forty appearances on Seattle stages, including 21 here at The 5th. Allen was also a regular on Broadway, having performed in ten shows on the Great White Way. He is also the Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek New Play Festival. You can find out more about him at

Taryn Darr WebTaryn Darr is also no stranger to our stage, having also been seen earlier this season in How to Succeed… Some of her other favorite roles at The 5th include A Chorus Line (Val), White Christmas (Judy), Jasper in Deadland (Secretary Hathaway), ELF, Catch Me… and Spamalot. Taryn has also been seen regionally in Chicago (Roxie), Legally Blonde (Brooke), South Pacific (Nellie) and Something Rotten (NYC Lab).

Eli Lotz Web

Eli is returning to The 5th for the first time this year, but he’s practically a veteran of our stage at this point: he has been in our productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver!, as well as the Rising Star Project: Spamalot. Eli has also been seen in A Christmas Carol at ACT, and has been involved with over 30 shows at Edmonds Heights K-12.

Don’t miss Allen, Taryn, Eli, and the other pioneers, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: William, H. Ford and Guang-Li

There is no shortage of adventurers in this show, and here are three more of them: H. Ford (Rodney Hicks), Guang-Li (Mikko Juan) and William (Eric Ankrim). H. Ford is a free black man from New York City who heads west to make his fortune, as so many others did. H. Ford focuses more on the entrepreneurial side than the gold side, though. The younger brother of previously announced character Ming-Li, Guang-Li is curious and determined to learn English and more about the American people. He and his brother butt heads over their differences as Ming-Li stays razor focused on getting money for their family and Guang-Li wants to do more to fit in. William is an Irishman hoping to raise enough money to bring his wife and baby from Ireland, but gets a bit waylaid by his own vices.

Rodney Hicks WebRodney Hicks is stepping in as H. Ford. Previously seen on our stage in Hair, Rodney may be familiar to Seattle audiences from his recent role in Come From Away at Seattle Repertory, which he will be accompanying to Broadway. Other Broadway credits include the original cast of RENT (as well as the closing cast!), Scottsboro Boys and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rodney has also been seen Off-Broadway in Scottsboro Boys, Jacques Brel…, From My Hometown and RENT. You may have seen him on television in episodes of Leverage, Grimm, Law & Order: CI and Hope & Faith. Adding to his list of talents, Rodney is also a playwright, having recently completed a long journey with a show called NC-17.

Mikko Juan Web


Mikko Juan is making his 5th Avenue debut with Paint Your Wagon. He is currently a University of Washington student, graduating next spring from UW’s Musical Theater Program. We’re so thrilled to have him as part of our cast during his professional debut on our stage!




Eric Ankrim starred earlier this season Eric Ankrim Webin How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Eric also starred in Come From Away earlier this season at Seattle Repertory. Eric is a regular on our stage (and other stages around Seattle), having been seen previously in our productions of Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. Eric trod the boards on the Great White Way in First Date, in the role that he originated here.


Don’t miss Rodney, Mikko, Eric, and the other gold diggers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

The 2016 5th Avenue Awards Nominees Are…

Congratulations to all of our hard working high schoolers and educators on another fantastic year of musicals! Here are the nominees for this year’s 5th Avenue Award nominations. We hope to see you at the ceremony at McCaw Hall on June 6!

Continue reading “The 2016 5th Avenue Awards Nominees Are…”

Meet the Pioneers: Jake Rutland, Wesley and Ming-Li

Joining our previously announced cast members are three more intrepid pioneers: Jake Rutland (Louis Hobson), Wesley (Kyle Robert Carter) and Ming-Li (Steven Eng). Jake leaves his home to try and get some independence from his older brother. Jake becomes a proprietor around town, choosing to focus on business (and fleecing the miners) rather than gold mining. Wesley is Jake’s slave who journeys with Jake across the country to start a new life, aspiring to purchase his own freedom through a secret career as a milliner. Ming-Li comes to America with his younger brother, planning on staying only long enough to raise money to support their family back in China.

Louis Hobson just finished up a run in our annual ACT co-production, Assassins, in which he portrayed the infamous John Wilkes Booth. In addition to Assassins, Louis has been in a number of other shows at The 5th including Jacques Brel…, A Room with a View, Spamalot, West Side Story, Miss Saigon and Hair. Louis played the role of Doctor Madden on Broadway in Next to Normal, and was also seen on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde, Leap of Faith and People in the Picture. His film and TV credits include C.O.G., Laggies, Lucky Them, The Man in the High Castle and Captain Fantastic. Louis is the cofounder of Indie Theatrical.

Kyle Carter WebKyle Robert Carter was most recently seen on our stage during this season’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Kyle also joined us last season in both Grease and Jasper in Deadland. He portrayed Benny in both the national tour and regional productions of In the Heights, and has been seen as Eddie Souther regionally in Sister Act. Off-Broadway, Kyle was in Storyville.

Steven Eng Web

Steven Eng is joining us again after his 5th Avenue debut earlier this season in Waterfall. Based out of New York, Steven has entertained audiences nationally and internationally. He was in The King and I in London, and has been seen in regional productions of Pacific Overtures, Richard II, Henry IV, Parts One and Two and Miss Saigon. (Steven has a Masters degree in Classical Acting which means lots of Shakespeare!) He has performed regionally at NY Philharmonic, Pasadena Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, ShakespeareNYC and many others. Steven is the co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project, and is a member of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts faculty.

Don’t miss Louis, Kyle and Steven, and the other prospectors, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Armando and Jennifer

Joining Robert Cuccioli and Kendra Kassebaum are our younger couple-in-love: Armando (Justin Gregory Lopez) and Jennifer (Kirsten deLohr Helland). Armando is an arriero–which is kind of a pioneer-style mailman–who is begrudgingly befriended by the surly Ben Rumson (Cuccioli). Armando is down on his luck having recently lost his mule when Rumson stumbles upon him and helps him get to No Name City. Turns out, Ben has a young, beautiful, assertive daughter called Jennifer. When Jennifer gets to town, it’s basically love at first sight between her and Armando. Gorgeous duets follow. But will Ben be on board with their love? How will Armando tell his new best friend Ben that he’s in love with Ben’s daughter? These are the questions.


We are pleased to welcome Justin Gregory Lopez, making his 5th Avenue debut! Justin worked on our developmental lab of Paint Your Wagon last fall, but is an actor and award-nominated nightclub entertainer usually based in New York. Justin has been seen in the Off-Broadway production of bare, and regionally in productions of In The HeightsEvitaThe Fantasticks. Justin also worked on the Broadway megahit Hamilton when it was still in development and called The Hamilton Mixtape. Justin can be seen in film and TV as a guest star on Law & Order: SVU and in the film Learning to Drive starring Ben Kingsley.


Kirsten deLohr Helland is portraying Jennifer Rumson in this production, and will be quite familiar to 5th and Seattle audiences. Kirsten joined us earlier this year as Maria in The Sound of Music and last season as Rizzo in Grease. Around town, she was recently seen in American Idiot at ArtsWest and in Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep (written by and co-starring Kirsten’s bestie Justin Huertas). Kirsten is also half of the folk-rock duo Hanschen & Ilse with Justin.

Don’t miss Justin and Kirsten, and all the other gold rushers, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.