There are 104 children standing on risers, curved around a choir director, their arms raised in joy as they sing. Their faces reflect a broad spectrum of identities—skin color, gender expression, financial security—each beaming with confidence, and pride. Their peers are on their way to fill the auditorium of Kentridge High School. The students all
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
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
We announced all the recipients from The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards right after the event on Monday, June 3. But this event is one of our favorite nights of the year! And when we got these incredible photos, we knew we had to share! Special thanks to the team at Jazzy Photo for all the
The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards kicked off tonight with over 200 kids lifting their voices to the rafters together as they welcomed their peers to a night of celebration! For the 2018/19 high school musical theater season, The 5th had a record-setting 128 productions at 106 schools participating this year. 167 nominations and 178 honorable
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…
For the last three years, The 5th Avenue Theatre has partnered with high schools in Kent to support students as they write and produce a rally sharing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The residency began at Kentridge High School in 2016 and last year expanded to include Kent Meridian High School. This