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
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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
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…
This season, 47 Rising Star Project teens from 31 different schools across the Puget Sound region immersed themselves in the complex and exciting process of creating new musicals. Students were given the opportunity to participate in multiple ways: as book writers, composers and lyricists; directors and music directors; stage managers; actors; marketing and public relations
“What’s in a name?” By Ruby Sachs, Rising Star Project Communications Student “What’s in a name?” A passionate group of high school students from all over Washington has been coming together to ask themselves that very question since mid-September, creating a series of six original ten-minute musicals based on Romeo and Juliet. This week, their
On a Thursday afternoon, over 100 teens gathered in the theater of Kentridge High School. Sitting in clusters throughout the audience seats, they chatted amongst themselves, occasionally rowdy, occasionally subdued. A well-loved baby grand piano sat onstage with a few adults checking in with each other, reviewing documents, watching the time on watches and phones
Six years ago, the first iteration of something truly special took place at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Following the mainstage production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, it was simply called “The Oklahoma Project.” The idea was to invite students from all over Puget Sound to remount our professional production on our stage under the direct mentorship