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. Continue reading “And the Winners Are…”
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:
Featuring a diverse group of spoken word artists, Gay City hosted a community talk that showcased the artistic voices of poets from the LGBTQ community as they shared their powerful stories and observations
Hosted by The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Artistic Associate Albert Evans, our Show Talks shone a spotlight on one of the most celebrated women in musical theater, composer, producer and arranger, Jeanine Tesori
Featuring guest panelists from the Greater Seattle Business Association, Pride Foundation, Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus, Bank of America and Virginia Mason, this Out in the 21st Century was an event that explored portrayals of LGBTQ people in media and art and the presence of LGBTQ people in an industry, discipline or social sphere
Titled Fun Clinic: The Personal is Clinical and hosted by Virginia Mason, this event had presenters share their personal stories and efforts to right health disparity and inequity among the LGBTQ community
Hosted by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and moderated by Viola, this community talk allowed those in the audience to hear the coming out stories of three out and proud members of Seattle’s LGBTQ community – Kevin, Sara and Ginger
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.
Continue reading “The 5th and the National Endowment for the Arts”
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!
Continue reading “Northwest Women’s Show”
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”
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.
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!”
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.
Continue reading “The 10-Minute Musical Project”
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”
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….
Continue reading “By the Numbers: Wrap Up of the 2015/16 Season for the Education Department”