Category: 5th Avenue Supporters

Volunteer Spotlight: John Sigala

When did you start volunteering at The 5th? I’m a new volunteer and started volunteering at The 5th with The Sound of Music. Why do you love musical theater? I was introduced to musical theater in 1968 when I went to London through my high school summer foreign study program.  I saw Man of La

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Behind the Scenes at Ragtime Rehearsal

The stellar cast of Ragtime, stripped down to an essential 17 members, is currently deep in rehearsal for the production which begins performances next week. Take a peek behind the curtain at these rehearsal shots.

Sounds Good to Me!

Karen Katz has had a remarkable year. Being the Head Sound Engineer at The 5th Avenue Theatre is no small undertaking during any given season, but this year, in particular, Karen took a ride on a technological rollercoaster following The 5th Avenue Theatre’s transition from an analog sound system verging on antique in technological years

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Spotlight on Our Circles Members

Our Circles Members help make The 5th’s new musical productions possible A BIG thank you to our Circles Member donors, who through their gifts help support all of the artistic work of The 5th: on stage, in new work development and for our education programs—which served nearly 75,000 young people in our community last year.

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A Beloved Family Member Retires: Deb Engelbach Departs The 5th After 28 Years

By BRIDGET MORGAN, Senior PR & Communications Manager For the last 28 years, any actor who has crossed the stage in a 5th Avenue Theatre production has at some point or other worked closely with Deb Engelbach in our costume shop. Very closely. Deb has a curious specialization in the world of costumes: shoes and

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Things You Learn as a Directing and Artistic Leadership Fellow

By HATTIE CLAIRE ANDRES, 2016/17 Directing and Artistic Leadership Fellow As I wrap up my year-long fellowship at The 5th Avenue, I look back on my experience assistant directing five shows this season, directing Rising Star Project and shadowing my mentor Bill Berry to gain Artistic Leadership experience and insight. Planning Is Everything So much

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A Reimagined Ragtime Comes to The 5th

By KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist On December 8, 1996, Ragtime, a musical based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, had its world premiere at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Fourteen months later, it would make its Broadway debut. Staged in the newly opened Ford Center for the Performing Arts, January 18, 1998 marked

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Project Reprise: Searching for New Intersections Between Musical Theater and Dementia

By ORLANDO MORALES, Director of Education and Outreach and JEN KULIK, Project Reprise Artist Project Manager How can musical theater play a role in enhancing the quality of life for people with dementia? This past season, The 5th Avenue Theatre partnered with the University of Washington’s Musical Theater Program and Division of Gerontology and Geriatric

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