Sarah Rose Davis on Holiday Inn

What was the first show you were in at The 5th?

My first show at the 5th was  A Christmas Story in 2010. I was the swing, which meant I understudied eight women in the ensemble. It was my first professional job out of college and I had never even understudied one person in a show, let alone eight. I was terrified.

How many shows have you done at The 5th in total?

I had to actually go back through the season archives to figure out how many exactly. I have done 22 productions with The 5th and Holiday Inn will be my 23rd. That is only counting the mainstage productions. I have also done over a dozen new works and readings with the 5th.

1. Sarah Rose Davis as Linda Mason in Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

How do you feel you have evolved as an artist over the years?

I have grown immensely as a performer over the years. The 5th really pushed me to develop my dance skills by simply giving me numerous opportunities to dance in the ensemble and also in leading roles, encouraging me to become a stronger more confident performer all around. Dance was always something I considered to be my fourth or fifth threat (ha) but now I feel pretty confident as a singer, actor and a dancer, making me much more well rounded and versatile. I love playing a leading role, but dancing in the ensemble of shows can be incredibly difficult and demanding work, and I absolutely love having the opportunity to do both.

Who are some of the people you have acted for or with who have inspired you or motivated you to be better, particularly at The 5th?

It’s funny, when I started working at The 5th I was consistently one of the youngest people in the cast, starting when I was 21, and I would look up to people like Trina Mills, Taryn Darr and Billie Wildrick and admire their focus and professionalism, and now I not only do I get the opportunity to work and dance alongside them, but they are now some of my greatest friends. Eric Ankrim directed me in ELF and Grease, and now we are starring opposite each other for the second time! It’s just awesome that I get to work with people I have admired for so long that are now such a huge part of my life. The 5th feels like family, no matter what your role in a production is.

4. Eric Ankrim as Jim and Sarah Rose Davis as Linda in Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaWhat are you looking forward to about Holiday Inn?

I’m looking forward to working my butt off! I love working hard in a show, and this show is jam-packed with all the good stuff -beautiful classic holiday music and tap dancing to name a few. Being in a show around the holidays means guaranteed hangouts with some of my closest friends. Taryn, Matt, Eric and I are all really great friends and already have such a strong connection that I am excited to bring that to the show and our characters relationships. Also, Holiday Inn is one of my Dads favorite movies!

 

Lightning Round:

  • Favorite holiday? A tie between Halloween and Christmas!
  • Favorite cold-weather beverage? Hot chocolate with a million mini marshmallows
  • Cake or pie? Cake, unless it’s pumpkin pie aka the only pie I like.
  • Underrated musical? I Love You Because!
  • Favorite thing about Seattle at the holidays? The festive lights downtown, downtown shopping, and being in the Christmas show at the 5th.

Holiday Inn plays November 24 – December 31. Click here for tickets.

Photo credit Mark Kitaoka


 

Matt Owen on Holiday Inn

5. Matt Owen as Ten Hanover in Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaWhat was the first show you were in at The 5th?

The first show was Anything Goes in 2000. Where has the time gone???

How many shows have you done at The 5th in total?

I think Holiday Inn makes 20…or 21? Not exactly sure!

How do you feel you have evolved as an artist over the years?

Hmmm…tough question. I feel like I basically grew up performing at the 5th. My first show I did here was when I was 17 years old. I think with age comes confidence—knowing where my strengths lie, understanding how to better communicate with my fellow artists both on and off the stage. And like anything…the more you do something, the better you get. I feel like I should have a deeper more profound answer for this, but I’m sure Eric Ankrim’s answer will be very impressive…so…maybe I’ll just go with, “Whatever Eric said.”

7. Matt Owen and Taryn Darr in Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaWho are some of the people you have acted for or with who have inspired you or motivated you to be better, particularly at The 5th?

Working with a truly amazing group of people. I adore these folks. David directed my first professional show (Anything Goes 17 years ago), and Jamie Rocco and I have worked together many times. Also this cast, crew, and orchestra? C’mon! I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with. The 5th has always been my home away from home, and I feel so lucky to get to spend the holidays here.

What is it like to be in a holiday show at The 5th?

Holiday shows are always great. There’s just a positive energy in the air. The audiences really get excited, and being in Seattle (where I grew up, but no longer live) during the holidays is just special. Also, there are usually FAR more delicious backstage sweets. And seeing as I’m playing the “dancing role” in this show…I think I’m entitled to a cookie…or 50.

Lightning Round:

  • Favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving. Hands down.  Perfect excuse to eat my face off.
  • Favorite cold-weather beverage? Does Scotch count?
  • Cake or pie?  No question.
  • Underrated musical?  One of the best books of a musical ever written.
  • Favorite thing about Seattle at the holidays? Getting to spend time with my wonderful family…and pie.

Holiday Inn plays The 5th Avenue Theatre November 24 – December 31. Click here for tickets.

Photo credit Mark Kitaoka

Taryn Darr on Holiday Inn

What was the first show you were in at The 5th?

My first show was Gypsy in 2001(with Matt Owen!) I played a Hollywood Blonde and the front end of the cow, respectively.

2. Taryn Darr as Lila Dixon in Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaHow many shows have you done at The 5th in total?

I’ve lost count. I do, however, remember exactly where I was when I got my first offer at the 5th. I was home for Christmas in Gresham, Oregon. I cried tears of joy. I continue to be grateful for every moment I get to spend on this stage.

 How do you feel you have evolved as an artist over the years?

When I first started my career, the “gift” I gave myself after each show was to have the poster of the production framed. Maybe I thought I wasn’t going to be doing this that long (I had initially set out to be an archeologist), but needless to say, I ran out of both funds and wall space to continue that treat-yo-self idea. So with that, I’ll say I’ve grown to have a wee more confidence in myself and to know solidly where my strengths are as an artist.  That said, there are things that still terrify me, so there’s always something to work on.

Who are some of the people you have acted for or with who have inspired you or motivated you to be better, particularly at The 5th?

Oh, there are too many to name! I’ve been so fortunate with my time here in Seattle as well as New York City to have worked with some absolutely AMAZING artists and creatives. My nearly 20-year career as a triple threat has been shaped immensely by just watching others—seeing artists work tirelessly to develop a scene, sing with grit and guts, appear to dance so tall when they’re really so short, or chew scenery like it’s taffy. So many friends in this business are, simply by just being themselves, master classes on musical theatre.

What are you looking forward to about Holiday Inn?

The fabulous dancing! The stunning costumes! My hilarious friends! This swoon-worthy era! And the cookies! Any cookies.

What is it like to be in a holiday show at The 5th

A holiday show at the 5th is truthfully very busy! My family lives in Oregon and when I’m doing a show there just isn’t quite enough time to get down there for Christmas. What’s wonderful though, is that the 5th Avenue always makes everyone feel like family with its own holiday traditions. The tree-trimming party is my favorite—just the coziest, most joyful day. Cast, crew and creative gather together in the lobby on a break during one of our long technical rehearsals. We trim the tree, take lots of “family” photos, and usually end up eating so much that when we head back to rehearsal, our costumes magically have shrunk.

6. Matt Owen and Taryn Darr in Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

Lightning Round:

  • Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. Food, friends and football! (Go Hawks!)
  • Favorite cold-weather beverage? Whatever goes with bourbon
  • Cake or pie? Peach pie and German Chocolate cake. I don’t do this one or the other nonsense.
  • Underrated musical? Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party
  • Favorite thing about Seattle at the holidays? (A show at the 5th!) The twinkly lights everywhere. The crisp, salty air coming off the Sound. Two open lanes and extra attendants in the parking garage.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn plays November 24 – December 31 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Click here for tickets.

Photo credit Mark Kitaoka.


 

Something Rotten! Will Feature Broadway Stars

Something Rotten! will be making its Northwest Premiere (finally) this fall, and we couldn’t be more pleased to announce three of the stars of the show, all of whom are reprising their roles on tour after portraying these same characters in the Broadway production!

Broadway’s Rob McClure plays older Bottom brother, Nick Bottom. He received Tony, Drama League, Astaire and Outer Critics nominations, and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for the title role in Chaplin: The Musical. He’s been seen on Broadway, including in Something Rotten!, as well as numerous appearances on film and television. (McClure is also taking the stage with his real-life wife, his “right hand man,” Maggie Lakis – he plays her husband in the show!)

Josh Grisetti is playing younger brother Nigel Bottom. His Broadway credits include Something Rotten!It Shoulda Been You and Broadway Bound. His Off-Broadway credits include Enter Laughing, Rent, Peter & the Starcatcher and more. Follow Josh on Twitter and Instagram!

And last but certainly not least, Adam Pascal is stepping into potentially the biggest shoes in the history of theater – those of William Shakespeare. Pascal will be familiar to folks as the original Roger Davis in the Off-Broadway, Broadway and London productions of Rent. (He also reprised his role in the 2005 film.) He was the original Radames in Broadway’s Aida, starred as the Emcee in Roundabout’s Broadway production of Cabaret, Huey Calhoun in Broadway’s Memphis and Billy Flynn in Broadway’s Chicago. Most recently, he was seen as Chad in Broadway’s Disaster.

Check out this video of Adam Pascal as rock star Renaissance man William Shakespeare in “Will Power.”


Find out more about the amazing cast, and purchase tickets, at our website.

Meet the Class of 1987 – The Ensemble

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Meet more of the class of 1987 with the A-Group, all of whom are making their 5th Avenue debuts! Tess Soltau (Christie Masters) Tess is taking on the role of lead mean […]

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Meet the Class of 1987 – The A-Group

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Meet more of the class of 1987 with the A-Group, all of whom are making their 5th Avenue debuts!

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Meet the Class of 1987 – Heather, Sandy and Toby

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Beginning today, we’re introducing you to the class of 1987. First up, Heather, Sandy and Toby!

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Meet The Secret Garden Principal Characters

Last week we introduced you to the members of The Secret Garden ensemble. Today, get a little more information about the principal characters in the show, many of whom are making their 5th Avenue debuts in this beautiful production!

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Meet The Secret Garden Ensemble

Spring is coming to Seattle with our upcoming production of The Secret Garden, which begins performances next week! We have assembled a fantastic cast, with a wondrous mix of local favorites and some Broadway actors as well! Today, meet the phenomenal members of the ensemble.

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