By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern Stage managers are the glue that holds a show together. In charge of making sure the process runs smoothly, the RSP stage managers work nonstop—coming into a five hour rehearsal an hour early, leaving an hour late—to make sure that West Side Story is flawless. Maya Bhat, the Production
Category: 2018-19 Season
By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern West Side Story is known for its music. Without student music directors, our RSP production would be without iconic numbers like “I Feel Pretty” and “America.” A music director, someone who teaches a show’s music to the cast, is a vital, yet often overlooked part of the creative team.
By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern Some Rising Star Project cast members have been in musicals since elementary school, but this is Alia Antón’s first professional show. But that doesn’t mean Alia, who plays Maria, isn’t ready to take on the challenge. Although she had always thought of herself as a mezzo-soprano, when offered her
By Bridget Morgan, Associate Director of Branding & Communications Bill Berry is meeting with me in his office to talk about West Side Story and why it is such an important musical to do now. “If you say ‘so why are we doing West Side Story now?’ as your first question, I’m going to be
The 5th Avenue Theatre spreads the joy of musicals to even the youngest members of our community—from kids in the far corners of our state to the teens right here in our own backyard. By growing a community of musical lovers who see and participate in performances early and often, we ensure a vibrant future
By Anya Shukla, RSP Marketing Intern This summer, nearly 100 high school students from all over Washington State will convene at The 5th Avenue Theatre for Rising Star Project: West Side Story. West Side Story, the awe-inspiring musical, beloved by many, reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the context of gang violence and racial prejudice.
We recently sat down with four of this year’s students to ask them questions about musical theater, West Side Story and their hopes for Rising Star Project’s seventh year…
How did the concept for this musical and this exceptional collaboration of Broadway visionaries come about? For a long time I had wanted write a theater piece that was not only set in the world of dance but one which used dance as a principal means of storytelling. Though the score would feature songs, it
How did the concept for this musical and this exceptional collaboration of Broadway visionaries come about? I’d seen Degas’s famous sculpture many times in various museums, and I always paused to admire it. But I happened to visit the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA one summer, and for the first time I started to
By Lynn Ahrens Many people are familiar with Edgar Degas’s ground-breaking sculpture, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans. There’s the original wax figure at Washington’s National Gallery, as well as a number of finely-wrought bronze castings at other art institutions around the world. This unique masterpiece has been copied, analyzed, critiqued, and even X-rayed. But