You Are Cordially Invited to BASEBALL SAVED US!

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Since 1994, The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company has brought the wonder and joy of live musical theater to students (grades K-8) throughout Washington State. Adventure Musical Theatre musicals engage students through storytelling, song, and dance. Our productions are created by local composers and writers and are designed to incorporate standards-based educational content. This year, Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company will bring Baseball Saved Us to more than 120 schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Seattle author Ken Mochizuki, Baseball Saved Us follows the journey of young Shiro who, along with his family, is imprisoned in an incarceration camp. In 1942, just two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced relocation of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast—including Washington State—to incarceration.Taking only what they could carry, they were forced to leave their homes and communities, imprisoned behind barbed wire, and guarded by soldiers. Most were American citizens and many were children. As Shiro struggles to learn how to play baseball on the hot dusty fields, he learns more than just the game—he learns how to survive.

We are thrilled to announce that Baseball Saved Us will present six public performances this year. We encourage you to find a performance that works for you! And while this is a show that is very welcoming for children, this is a powerful story that is deeply relevant for people of all ages. Bring your friends and come and see the show!

The public performances are as follows:

Sunday, February 16 at 12:30 PM
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
Cost: $20 per adult, $10 per child
Tickets are available at the door or online.
Note: This performance is part of the Day of Remembrance Taiko Drum Festival and is a fundraiser to support the Minidoka Pilgrimage Youth and Elder Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 PM
Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109)
Cost: FREE

Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 PM
University Heights Center (5031 University Way, Seattle, WA 98105)
Cost: FREE

Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 AM
Nisei Veterans Committee (1212 S. King Street, Seattle, WA 98144)
Cost: FREE

Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 PM
The Museum of Flight (9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, WA 98108)
Cost: FREE with admission to the museum

Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 AM
Wing Luke Museum (719 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98104)
Cost: FREE with admission to the museum

The cast includes Jason Bui as Shiro, Laura Dux as Mom, Terry Kitagawa as Dad, Sage Suzerris as Teddy, and Cole Zieser as Chester, Mr. Dewitt, Guard, and Woody. Aaron Jin is the touring music director. Cori Campbell is the Adventure Musical Theatre tour manager. All photos credited to Mark Kitaoka and Tracy Martin.

For many children, Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company is their first exposure to live theater. We are grateful to the sponsors who help The 5th expand our reach and bring live theater into the lives of more than 40,000 children each year. Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company’s production Baseball Saved Us is made possible by numerous generous sponsors, including the following major donors: Dawkins Charitable Trust, Macy’s, Loeb Family Charitable Foundation, U.S.Bank Foundation, Mary See Foundation, Min Park and Eric Blom, Alfred and Patricia Friedrich, Porky and Terri Tho​msen, Jean K. LaFromboise Foundation, D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, and Washington State Arts Commission.

To learn more about how you can support Adventure Musial Theatre Touring Company, click here.

To learn about how you can bring Adventure Musical Theatre into your school or community, click here.

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