Category: Interview

Meet the Staff: Shannin Strom Henry

What is your role at The 5th? Costume and Wardrobe Director Birthplace? Bainbridge Island How long have you worked here? Almost six years—six years in April! What has been your favorite show while you’ve been here? How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Paint Your Wagon and Janis Joplin What are your hobbies outside

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Mamma Mia! An Interview with Director Bill Berry

By ALBERT EVANS, Artistic Associate I sat down with Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre, to discuss his process of directing a new version of Mamma Mia! Here’s what he said. ALBERT EVANS: What’s new about this show? BILL BERRY: Well, it’s not a new version of Mamma Mia! It’s a

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Kelsey Thorgalsen is Directing ‘Anything Goes’ at the University of Washington

By Bridget Morgan, Senior PR & Communications Manager Most members of Seattle’s musically inclined theater community know Kelsey Thorgalsen. Slight in stature with curly brown hair, her gaze is direct and her demeanor is honest and non-judgmental. This last point is a critical as far as most people are concerned as typically they encounter her

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A Christmas Gift from Taryn Darr: Grandma Frances’ Wassail Recipe

Wassail ‘wäsəl,’ ‘wä-sāl’ verb To drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way. To go from house to house at Christmas singing carols. (“Here we go a-wassailing…”) noun Spiced cider or ale or mulled wine and spices drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. I grew

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A Story About Us: An Interview with Peter Rothstein

By Kwapi Vengesayi, Community Engagement Specialist On December 8, 1996, Ragtime, a musical based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Fourteen months later, on January 18, 1998, it made its Broadway debut, which marked the beginning of what would be a two-year run:

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Sounds Good to Me!

Karen Katz has had a remarkable year. Being the Head Sound Engineer at The 5th Avenue Theatre is no small undertaking during any given season, but this year, in particular, Karen took a ride on a technological rollercoaster following The 5th Avenue Theatre’s transition from an analog sound system verging on antique in technological years

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An Interview with Steve Bebout, Something Rotten!’s Associate Director

Q: Can you take me back to when you started working on the big show-stopping number “A Musical”? A: I work with Casey [Nicholaw, director & choreographer], and he has an associate choreographer John MacInnis as well. And Glen Kelly, who is the dance arranger. The authors had written this song, and it had a

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An Interview with Something Rotten!’s Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell

An interview with Something Rotten!’s Karey Kirkpatrick (Book, Music & Lyrics) and John O’Farrell (Book) Q – Can you talk about the initial idea/concept? K –I think it was a series of conversations that happened over a series of meetings, Christmas dinners, since Wayne [Kirkpatrick, Karey’s brother] and I don’t live in the same town.

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Staff Spotlight: Director of Sales and Guest Services Robert Phillips

What is your role at The 5th? I’m the Director of Sales and Guest Services.  I think it’s one of the best jobs here, as all of my departments are the ones that get to interact with our guests and subscribers on a day-to-day basis. Birthplace? New Hartford, Connecticut How long have you worked here? 16 months.

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