By ORLANDO MORALES, Director of Rising Star Project and Internships
This fall marked the premiere of the 10-Minute Musical Project, The 5th’s newest education initiative focused on empowering Washington state students (ages 14-19) and supporting their future achievement by introducing them to the process of writing, workshopping and presenting brand new musicals.
This year involved 34 students presenting four original 10-minute musicals. Above, students rehearse Meant to Be, a new musical which explored the themes of high school romance and fire-breathing monsters.
Students were involved in a three-week workshop and rehearsal process that culminated in a presentation on October 15, during The 5th’s NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals. Above, students rehearse Superficial, a new musical which reexamined the roles of heroes and villains and the trials of being stuck on a hero’s journey.
This year’s cohort included three student directors…
…three student music directors…
…and three student stage managers.
A stadium full of screaming fans is hypnotized by the title character in KazooMan!
A focused and dedicated team of 15 student actors brought the original work of their peers to life—dealing with evolving scripts and characters until the day of the presentation. Above: The cast of The Tragic Truths.
The 10-Minute Musical Project bookwriters, composers and lyricist began meeting and developing their original ideas in June.
This year’s cohort brought together a group of students representing 23 local schools as far away as Marysville-Pilchuck High School and as close as Rainier Beach High School.
A final bow with NextFest creators Buzz and Beth Porter!
To find out more about the 10-Minute Musical Project, visit our website.