And the Winners Are…

The winners of the 2016/17 Subscriber Choice Awards have been announced.

At the end of every season, we ask our subscribers to vote for their favorite performers, designs, and musical moments from throughout the last season. We are proud to share the winners of the 2016/17 Subscriber Choice Awards.

The cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaFavorite Production
The Little Mermaid

Diana Huey as Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaOutstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role
Diana Huey as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Richard Gray stars in Murder for Two - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaOutstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Gray as The Suspects in Murder for Two

Fun Home
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Abby Corrigan as Medium Allison in Fun Home

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Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho Panza in Man Of La Mancha

Greg McCormick Allen and Shaunyce Omar in The Pajama Game - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka
Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured Role
Shaunyce Omar as Mabel in The Pajama Game

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Outstanding Male Actor in a Featured Role
Melvin Abston as Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Bea Corley stars as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka
Outstanding Performance by a Child Actor
Bea Corley as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden

Dynamic Duo Chris DiStefano and Richard Gray in Murder for Two - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka
Outstanding Direction
Daniel Knechtges for Murder for Two

Sarag Rise Davis and the company of The Pajama Game - Photo Credit Tracy Martin
Outstanding Choreography
Bob Richard for The Pajama Game

20161007_TMartin_0119Outstanding Music Direction
Cynthia Kortman Westphal for Man Of La Mancha

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Outstanding Set Design
Anna Louizos for The Secret Garden

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Outstanding Lighting Design
Mike Baldassari for The Secret Garden

20161123_TMartin_4817Outstanding Costume Design
Amy Clark & Mark Koss for Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Musical Moments
“The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
Performed by Rufus Bonds Jr.

Outstanding Musical Moments
“Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game
Performed by Taryn Darr with Ryan Patrick Kelly and Davione Gordon

Outstanding Musical Moments  
“Hernando’s Hideaway” from The Pajama Game
Performed by Sarah Rose Davis and the company of The Pajama Game

Outstanding Musical Moments
“Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden
Performed by Tam Mutu and Josh Young

2017 Theatre Impact Award
Deborah Engelbach

2017 Theatre Impact Award
Misha Berson

 


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Spotlight Night Remix: A Celebration of RAGTIME and Community

Ragtime is a musical that inspires each and every one of us to imagine a more hopeful future: a story about people of different backgrounds, cultures, and ideas united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. And in this spirit of togetherness and community, on Wednesday, October 4, The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Northwest African American Museum partnered to put on an event that would celebrate Ragtime and history of our region and diversity: an evening of music, dance, poetry, conversation and remembering.


Photo credit Lauren Wolbaum

Ragtime plays October 13-November 5. Click Here for Tickets to Ragtime.


 

Celebrating PRIDE at The 5th

By KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist

During the run of the Tony Award winning musical, Fun Home, The 5th Avenue Theatre hosted a series of insightful free-to-the-community events. Featuring presentations, spoken word performances and guest panels with Gay City, PFLAG, ArtsWest and other community leaders, these events explored themes from the show and discussed topics related to the Seattle LGBTQ community and experiences. A huge thanks to our amazing community partners and sponsors, Bank of America and Virginia Mason, who helped make these special community events possible. Below are few moments captured from our Celebrating PRIDE at The 5th event series:

The 5th and the National Endowment for the Arts

Located in Seattle, The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies with a deep commitment to creating Broadway-caliber productions and developing the nation’s new musical theater. Since 2011, The 5th has premiered 17 new musicals, nine of which have gone on to Broadway including Best Musical Tony Award-winners Hairspray and Memphis. Creating live theater that serves our community is expensive, and like most theaters in the country, cannot be funded through ticket sales alone. We are proud to say that the NEA has been with us, supporting us along the way. Their financial support has been invaluable, allowing us to engage and entertain an audience of over 300,000 each year. Over 11 years, the NEA has provided us with 11 unique grants totaling $435,000 that support our projects. Some of these include our 2011 commission, Rosie the Riveter, which traveled to elementary and middle schools across Washington; our 2016 “revisal” of Paint Your Wagon that featured a brand new book; and our 2017 reimagining of The Secret Garden, currently poised for a Broadway revival.

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Northwest Women’s Show

The 5th Avenue Theatre spent the weekend at the Northwest Women’s Show, talking to attendees about our upcoming shows in the 2016/17 season. Folks were really excited to hear about our World Premiere musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion! Based on the popular 1997 movie about quirky best friends on their way to their 10 year high school reunion, we are proud to present the musical’s premiere to Seattle audiences first!

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Accessibility at The 5th

Did you know that The 5th has sign language interpreted performances? How about Braille programs? Or large print programs, audio described performances, assistive listening devices, captioned performances, and wheelchair seats? All of these are true! At The 5th Avenue Theatre, we are committed to making our theater as accessible as possible for all of our guests. In pursuit of that goal, we are constantly expanding our offerings. Read below to find out more about each of these services, and to be directed to more information.

American Sign Language-Interpreted Performances

We have an ASL-interpreted performance for each production that we present, usually the last Sunday evening of the production run. Ticket prices for ASL performances vary based on seating location close to the ASL interpreters. Click here to find out more and learn how to purchase tickets. Continue reading “Accessibility at The 5th”

The 10-Minute Musical Project: THE RECAP!

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.

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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. Continue reading “The 10-Minute Musical Project: THE RECAP!”

The 10-Minute Musical Project

By ORLANDO MORALES, Director of Rising Star Project and Internships

Eight high school students and two adult mentors are seated around a large table in The 5th Avenue’s Rehearsal Studio B. Everyone has a freshly photocopied script in hand. Old scripts and well-worn notepads are strewn across the table. Otherwise, the fluorescentlylit studio is an unassuming space, furnished with some chairs, a large folding table and an upright piano waiting in the corner. Yet the room transforms as the students begin to read from the draft of a recently written scene.

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The 5th Generates $27 Million a Year for the Local Economy

Originally published on Puget Sound Business Journal on September 7, 2016
By Patti Payne, Columnist at Puget Sound Business Journal

The 5th Avenue Theatre, one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies, has significant economic impact on the Seattle area. A numbers study done by the theater, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, indicates that The 5th infuses $27.3 million annually into the local economy.

For every dollar spent on tickets, an additional 73 cents is spent on a variety of goods and services in King County, amounting to $13.3 million in the 2015-16 season. Continue reading “The 5th Generates $27 Million a Year for the Local Economy”

By the Numbers: Wrap Up of the 2015/16 Season for the Education Department

Thank you to the generous corporations, foundations, government agencies, board members, and countless individual donors who supported our education programs this season. With your help we reached over 83,000 students across the Pacific Northwest region, increased our service by 14% and kept our thriving programs accessible to all students.

Here’s a closer look….
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