Meet the Director: Glenn Casale – Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Kim Huber, Glenn Casale, Adrienne Barbeau
Kim Huber, Glenn Casale, and Adrienne Barbeau. Opening Night of Billy Elliott at La Mirada Theatre. Photo from

Glenn Casale will be directing our holiday production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Though this is Glenn’s first time at The 5th, he has quite a history with The Little Mermaid. After the show was less successful than hoped on Broadway, Glenn got his hands on it and reinvented the show to bring you the version you’ll be seeing this holiday season. (Check out this HuffPo article about the process.)

Is this your first time working with The 5th?
This is my first time. However, I have been with the Peter Pan tour through Seattle a couple of times.

What has been your favorite directorial experience?
I think it has to be doing Beauty and the Beast in Paris. It is a French story and the first time it was produced professionally in France.

Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
I had the opportunity to rework The Little Mermaid four years ago at Paper Mill. The creators added new material and changed the book. Now it is not about a girl looking for a prince; now it is about a young woman who is different and wants to find out who she is.

Dream show to direct?
I would love to do Light in the Piazza.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to live in Amsterdam. I love the people, atmosphere and lifestyle.

Join us “under the sea” this holiday season! Tickets for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are swimming away incredibly fast, so buy yours early so you don’t miss out. The show runs November 23-December 31, with a matinee recently added on Christmas Eve due to demand! Click here to find out more and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game

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Bill Berry will be directing our spring production of The Pajama Game. He recently directed another workplace comedy for The 5th-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Find out more about Bill below!

Is this your first time directing at The 5th?
This is not my first time directing here, as Producing Artistic Director I have the privilege and honor or shepherding one or more projects each year at The 5th Avenue.  What keeps me excited and constantly engaged is the level of talent and the craftsmanship that The 5th is able to bring to the work on the stage- and this is largely about the designers, the crew, the artisans, the actors, musicians and admin teams at The 5th. All of them are top notch, and bring such dedication to the work, and always invest fully whether we are producing a new show, a revival of a well known title, or a little known show from the past.

What has been your favorite directorial experience, either here or elsewhere?
That question is hard- each thing I have directed in the past 20 years have been my favorites for various reasons-  but a constant theme in my favorite experiences has to do with the people I get to work with. That is what turns a good experience into a great experience.

Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
I love the score, I love the story, I find the show so relevant to the world we live in, including union vs. management, Fair Pay (what constitutes fair pay?).  These are things we are still talking about today, and getting to engage in that dialogue through a fun musical- that is really exciting for me. Continue reading “Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game

Renovation Update: Kicking Down Walls and Taking Names!

Things are moving right along with our scheduled renovations. This summer we’re working on installing the all-new, state-of-the-art digital sound system; updating the mezzanine-level restrooms; and going retro (in a good way) with the lobby carpeting.

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Renovations are Underway!

The updates to our beautiful, historic theater have started.Some destruction has to happen in order to accommodate our brand new digital sound system, and our fearless leaders were only too happy to help it get started!
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Teen Writers Take Charge as 10-Minute Musical Project Takes Off

For the past month, the inaugural class of The 5th Avenue’s 10-Minute Musical Project has been meeting at the theater to learn the ins and outs of creating original musicals.  Though the musicals that they have been tasked with writing will only be about as long as an NFL halftime, the process is still intense.  Luckily they’ve found help and mentorship along the way from local theater artists including Malika Oyetimein, Brendan Milburn, and Makaela Pollock.

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Your Man of La Mancha Is…

We are thrilled to announce that Broadway’s Norm Lewis will star in the iconic dual roles of Cervantes/Don Quixote in this legendary Broadway musical. He will make his 5th Ave debut in Man of La Mancha.
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Meet the Director: Allison Narver – Man of La Mancha

Allison Narver will be directing the first show of our 2016/17 season, Man of La Mancha. Allison directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers here at The 5th during our 2008/09 season, but has directed many other productions at theaters around town in between, most recently Sherlock Holmes & the American Problem at Seattle Rep.
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