Category: Interview

The Music of Newfoundland and the World of Come From Away

A conversation with Ian Eisendrath, Grammy-nominated Music Supervisor and Arranger of Come From Away and former Resident Music Supervisor and Director of New Works at The 5th Avenue Theatre Can you talk a little about your earliest interactions with Come From Away? I saw the presentation of Come From Away at NAMT in my capacity

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We Got Annie’s Director, Billie Wildrick!

Billie Wildrick has been gracing Seattle stages with her irrepressible spirit and her dazzling vocal chops for years. She is also quickly becoming one of Seattle’s most sought-after musical theater directors and makes her 5th Avenue Theatre directorial debut at the helm of this season’s holiday sensation, Annie. We recently caught up with Billie to learn more

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Meet Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Thorgalsen

Kelsey Thorgalsen has been a vital part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s artistic lifeblood for nearly seven years. It started with a  10-week internship and she’s been a passionate member of the artistic department ever since, bringing a keen mind for project management, a steady, grounded voice in lofty artistic conversations, and a commitment to

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David Armstrong, a Curtain Call

By Bridget Morgan, Senior PR & Communications Manager David Armstrong has never been particularly difficult to find. From radio interviews and TV appearances to Spotlight Nights and opening nights, David is the affable, charming showman, welcoming audiences into The 5th Avenue Theatre, immersing guests in the rich and colorful history of musicals and advocating for

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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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