The 10-Minute Musical Project: THE RECAP!

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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!

Read this post on the process and development the students in the project went through before the presentation phase.

To find out more about the 10-Minute Musical Project, visit our website.

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