Buyer Beware: It’s Scalper Season

How to guarantee you are getting the best prices when you buy tickets for a family outing this holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: twinkly lights are on the trees, your favorite peppermint and eggnog beverages are on sale at all the coffee shops, family and friends are coming to visit and there is a multitude of festive events to choose from to put you all in the spirit. It’s always exciting to plan a trip to downtown Seattle with the family—an afternoon of shopping, a ride on the Westlake carousel, a fancy dinner at one of the stellar area restaurants, and tickets to a spectacular show like Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

This is also an exciting time for ticket re-sellers to prey on families trying to plan special occasions just like this. These brokers (also called scalpers) buy tickets to entertainment events all around the city and then sell them to unsuspecting consumers at more than 100% markup. This practice is legal in the state of Washington, but can be very hard on the wallet!

Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the best deal on tickets to shows like Holiday Inn this winter!

        1. Start with the right website: When you’re looking for tickets to a show, always start with the organization’s website. If you Google “Holiday Inn tickets Seattle,” The 5th Avenue Theatre (as of this posting) is actually the THIRD result you’ll get. That’s because scalpers have large budgets for Google ads, guaranteeing that they will get top billing in search results. Non-profits like The 5th frequently cannot compete with that kind of money. So start by looking for the official website of the company producing the show you want to see. We guarantee you that a company’s official website will tell you how to buy tickets!

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          Make sure to look past the first blocks with the box reading “Ad” before the url.
        2. Be price conscious: Tickets can definitely be pricey, particularly if you want to sit in aisle seats close to the stage! But performing arts organizations want to be accessible to the whole community, and while we think our productions are pretty spectacular, we know we’re not selling tickets to Adele or Beyoncé. The 5th Avenue Theatre has tickets starting as low as $29, with top dollar tickets around $175. Scalpers have been known to re-sell those $29 tickets for $200-$300 a piece! So use your best judgment: if the prices seem absurdly high, there’s a good chance you’re right.

          Broker Prices
          A screenshot from a broker page shows top level tickets for Holiday Inn as high as nearly $650. Our top price is less than $200.
        3. Select your seats: If the site doesn’t quote you exact seat locations when you purchase, there is a good chance you are buying from a broker site, and that’s because the broker doesn’t have the ticket yet. In most cases, you choose the area of the theater you want to sit in, and they turn around and buy tickets from the theater directly based on your general preference. The 5th Avenue Theatre (and most other large performing arts organizations) will allow you to chose exactly where you plan to sit when you come to the show.

          Broker Prices
          All of these colored dots indicate an available seat. Just click on one to learn the price.
        4. Look closely at your tickets: When you buy a ticket from The 5th, you can choose to receive your tickets via email. Scalpers alter these tickets, removing key information so the unsuspecting consumer won’t know they’ve been tricked. The 5th puts the price paid for the ticket on the ticket itself—info a scalper doesn’t want you to know! We also put the name of the purchaser on the ticket as another means to verify its authenticity.
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          You should find the cost of the ticket on the top portion of your e-ticket.

           

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          You should find the name of the purchaser toward the bottom of your e-ticket.

           

        5. Ask for help: Sometimes guests don’t know that they’ve bought tickets from a re-seller until they arrive at the theater. Imagine going to Will Call and picking up tickets you spent $200 apiece on, only to find a $29 price printed on the ticket once it’s in your hand. Or maybe you have an e-ticket, and you walk into the theater only to find someone is in your seats—some brokers will sell the same pair seats two or three times to turn an extra profit! At most theaters, including The 5th, the Box Office and Guest Services staff will do their utmost to help fix the problem. While we cannot refund money that you paid to a re-seller, we can supply you with any necessary info to cancel charges on your credit card and do our utmost to get you in affordable seats so that you and your family can still have a wonderful time at the show.

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          Our Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong doesn’t always work in the box office. But you can always expect the highest levels of customer service. That’s our promise to you.

Theaters like The 5th are doing everything we can to prevent brokers from buying and re-selling tickets. Brokers have no investment in your satisfaction with your experience at the theater, but we care very deeply. Families have been making holiday memories at The 5th Avenue Theatre for generations, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We want to do everything in our power to make sure that the magic of a fantastic story performed brilliantly is the biggest part of what you and your loved ones take away from a night at The 5th.

To get tickets for your family to see Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, click here.

A Letter from David Armstrong

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with very mixed emotions that I announce that I have decided to step down from my position as the Executive Producer and Artistic Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre at the end of the 2017/2018 season.  After nearly 18 amazing years leading this organization, I have decided it is time to let go of the day-to-day burdens and responsibilities of running a large theater company so that I can focus more effectively on my creative work as a director and a writer. I will be transitioning to the new position of Artistic Director Emeritus and for at least the next three seasons I will continue to be employed by The 5th as a consultant, advisor, and frequent director.

The time that I have devoted to this theater company has truly been the highlight of my nearly 40 years of working in the American theater, and no other job has been nearly as meaningful or rewarding.  I could not be more proud of what I have accomplished during my time at The 5th, first as Producing Artistic Director, working in partnership with Marilyn Sheldonn; and then in my current role in collaboration with Bernie Griffin and Bill Berry.

My only regret in taking in this job was that it quickly became apparent that I would have to put my writing career on hold.  The work of running a major theater company and directing at least one production each season has been a thrilling, but all-consuming endeavor that made it impossible for me to find the time and focus necessary to devote to any significant writing projects. In my new position, I will have the opportunity to pursue other directing opportunities and resume my work as a playwright, and perhaps even write a history of the musical theater.

From the first day that I walked into this glorious historic building, I had a vision that The 5th could become a truly significant theater company. Today I am stunned that we have achieved even more than I thought possible.

I am very happy to say that during my tenure The 5th Avenue Theatre has become one of America’s leading musical theater companies acclaimed for both our new and vibrant productions of classic musicals, as well as our extensive development and production of new work.  Since 2001, The 5th has produced 18 new musicals, nine of which that moved from our stage to Broadway, including two that received the Tony Award for Best Musical.  It gives me great personal satisfaction to know that at least 7 of those shows have entered the standard repertoire of the musical theater and now receive hundreds of amateur and professional productions around the world each year.

Early on I recognized that Seattle possessed something that almost no other city in America can claim—a deep and large pool of gifted and talented theater artists and craftspeople.  One of my greatest pleasures has been to discover, champion, develop and employ this local world-class community of actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers, and backstage workers of all kinds, and to partner them with the finest theater practitioners from New York, and place them at the center of our brand and our mission. This virtual “rep company” is an irreplaceable asset to this theater.  They have become my cherished friends and trusted colleagues, and it has been a joy and a privilege to work with every one of them.

I have been equally honored to collaborate with so many wonderful administrative and production staff members over the years.  Your dedication, commitment and belief in the power of musical theater has been an inspiration to me and we could never have achieved so much without your enormous contributions.

I was trusted with the opportunity to work professionally as a director at a very young age and I am especially proud of the opportunities and nurturing that we have provided to talented young people, both on and off the stage.  Many of them created significant work for The 5th, and have gone on to noteworthy positions with theaters and productions both in Seattle and New York.

School field trips to theatrical productions, along with music, dance and drama classes changed my life as a child so it was important to me that The 5th become a leader in arts education initiatives for both young people and adults.  Over the past 17 years, we created a host of celebrated programs including our High School Musical Theatre Awards, Fridays At The 5th, the Rising Star Project, Spotlight Nights, Show Talks, and our greatly expanded Adventure Musical Theater Touring shows. It has been particularly gratifying over the years to watch talented young people participate in one or more of these programs, go off to college, and then come home and begin outstanding professional careers on our stage.

It has been very rewarding to collaborate with our region’s many world-class arts organizations, most notably the Seattle Men’s Chorus and ACT Theatre.  I am very proud to have spearheaded our citywide Seattle Celebrates Bernstein festival back in 2010, as well as the upcoming Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare festival.  We have also had the opportunity to partner and co-produce with many of America’s leading theater companies, and I have been very pleased to share so many of our productions, artists, and staff with other theaters and audiences across the country.

My greatest passion, however, has been for our large and loyal 5th Avenue Theatre audience. We are blessed with one of the smartest, most passionate, musical theater savvy audiences in the world.  This includes, of course, our season ticket subscribers (still one of the largest theater subscriptions in America,) our patrons, sponsors, donors, and Board of Directors.  It is because of their outstanding commitment and enthusiasm that we have been able to so consistently produce work of such high quality and level of achievement. Theater only exists in that space between the edge of the stage and the front row where the consciousness and energy of the audience and the actors meet.  There would be no 5th Avenue Theatre without our audience, and it has been a great pleasure to get know and interact personally with so many individual members over the years.

I have no doubt that my most cherished memories of my time at The 5th will be the same as those of many of our staff, artists and audience — the thrilling productions and unforgettable moments of musical theatre magic that still give me goosebumps.  These include my first production as Producing Artistic Director, Anything Goes starring Dee Hoty and the irrepressible Bronson Pinchot, our perfectly cast A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC that opened just days after 9/11, our blockbuster production of HAIR that introduced a whole generation of future 5th Avenue stars, and the spellbinding first preview of our world premiere of HAIRSPRAY.  Other favorites of mine include our outstanding revivals of Gypsy, 1776, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show, Wonderful Town, The Most Happy Fella, West Side Story, Cabaret, On The Town, Candide, Oklahoma, Sunday In The Park With George, The Pirates of Penzance, How To Succeed, Paint Your Wagon, The Secret Garden, and Ragtime.  And, of course, some of the terrific musicals that we introduced to Seattle: White Christmas, ELF, and the world premieres of Memphis, First Date, Disney’s Aladdin, and A Christmas Story.

In my new position, I will have the opportunity to continue working at my artistic home and to, hopefully, create other memorable productions.  Meanwhile, The 5th will be in good hands.  As I step down, Bill Berry and Bernie Griffin will expand their roles as Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director, respectively, and I have no doubt that they will lead the organization to new heights and achievements.

To Bill, Bernie, our Board Of Directors and all of you,  I would like to pass on this vision:

That one day soon The 5th Avenue Theatre will join the short list of things that everyone knows about this city.    Seattle – that’s where they have all that rain, and that incredible natural beauty, and Amazon and Starbucks and Microsoft — and that theater company that produces all of those great musicals.

Thank you to everyone who over the past 17 years helped me to bring The 5th at least part way toward that goal.  It has been a great pleasure.

 

David Armstrong

Executive Producer and Artistic Director
The 5th Avenue Theatre

 

 

 

The Golden Door

By Albert Evans, Artistic Associate

In 1949, Irving Berlin added a new song to his soon-to-open Broadway musical, Miss Liberty, a fictional account of the sculpting of the Statue of Liberty.

Instead of writing his own lyric, Berlin borrowed lines from “The New Colossus,” a sonnet by Emma Lazarus engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted on the statue’s pedestal.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

These words held a special meaning for Berlin. In 1893, when he was five years old, his family fled Tsarist Russia—along with the many thousands of other “homeless, tempest-tost” refugees driven from their homes by brutal anti-Jewish pogroms.

Berlin’s last memory of Russia was watching his house burn down while his mother held him and wept. His first memory of America was seeing the Statue of Liberty, her torch lifted to welcome him and his family as their crowded boat arrived in New York Harbor.

Twelve million immigrants—Irish, Jewish, Chinese—arrived in the United States in the late 1800s. Some came with money; others, like Berlin, came with little more than the clothes on their backs.

As difficult as immigration was, assimilation proved even harder. Firmly shut out from most professions by the “old-money” Protestant establishment, some new Americans seized on the opportunities provided by the theater.

The Irish were the pioneers. Vaudevillian George M. Cohan and symphony conductor Victor Herbert invented early musical comedy and American operetta. But by the second decade of the twentieth century, most of the writers and producers of musical theater (and many of the performers) were Jewish.

Irving Berlin was the first of the great Jewish success stories.

As “Izzy Baline,” he was raised in dire poverty in the stinking New York slums. He peddled newspapers and sang for pennies on the street. His father was a cantor who died when Izzy was young, leaving behind his mother, two sisters and a brother. Izzy left home at 13—the pennies he earned weren’t enough to pay for his keep.

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Irving Berlin circa 1910

Although Izzy Baline was a musical illiterate with only crude piano skills, he somehow taught himself to write music and lyrics (someone else had to write down his tunes). In 1907 he changed his name to the American sounding “Irving Berlin,” and in 1911 “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” propelled him into the top rank of songwriters. He remained America’s Songwriter Laureate until his death in 1989, aged 101.

Berlin’s story became the mythic template for the lives of all Jewish songwriters: early poverty, entertaining on the street, living on dreams, name change, sudden success, fur coat for Mama (optional).

For the most part, this is a myth, encouraged by Hollywood rags-to-riches tales. Although they had to struggle to succeed, nearly all theater songwriters came from comfortable, even privileged backgrounds. Most of them were second-generation Americans whose immigrant parents had done the hard work of establishing themselves in the New World.

George and Ira Gershwin’s father was a successful dreamer who loved to start new businesses, and when George showed a precocious musical talent he was immediately provided with good teachers. By his mid-teens, he was working for a Jewish-run music publishing house, where he made valuable contacts with theater producers and Broadway stars.

Jerome Kern’s father was a Jewish German immigrant who became a stable owner and a prosperous merchant. The Kerns sent Jerry to the best schools, and even to Germany to study piano and composition.

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Irving Berlin with Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers at an audition.

Richard Rodgers and his two future collaborators, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, wrote varsity shows at Columbia University. Hammerstein’s grandfather, Oscar I, built theaters and opera houses; his father managed the largest vaudeville palace in Manhattan.

Dorothy Fields—a rare female lyricist for Broadway and Hollywood who wrote everything from “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” to Sweet Charity—was the daughter of the retired vaudeville headliner Lou Fields.

The most notable non-Jewish songwriter was the Episcopalian Cole Porter, grandson of the richest man in Indiana. While a student at Yale, he became determined to write musical theater songs. He tried for ten years to place his sophisticated pieces on Broadway. Finally, one day he confided to Richard Rodgers, “I think I’ve found the key to success. I’m going to write Jewish tunes.”

Nowadays we’d call that cultural appropriation. But Porter was on to something. Musical theater songs had undergone a striking change since the influx of Jewish composers. Consciously or not, Jews had brought the flavor of temple chants and klezmer tunes to Broadway melodies: modal scales, “bent” notes and major/minor ambiguities.

By a remarkable cultural coincidence, some of those Hebraic influences corresponded with root elements of African-American blues, making Jewish-inflected tunes irresistible to jazz artists.

Harold Arlen made the “Jewish blues” his signature style in songs like “Stormy Weather,” “Blues in the Night,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road),” “The Man That Got Away” and dozens more.

And of course, Gershwin mastered the hybrid style. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” borrows its melody from a Jewish prayer. That clarinet solo that kicks off “Rhapsody in Blue”—is it a blues riff or a klezmer wail? The creations of these and other Jewish songwriters (and musical convert Cole Porter) form the basis of the Great American Songbook, the “standards” that are rediscovered and reinterpreted by every generation.

What writers avoided in their musicals was the long, painful Jewish history of persecution and exile. Instead, they disguised their concerns by telling stories of other cultures and races and classes in conflict. So instead of Jews versus goyim, we get musicals about Sharks and Jets, an Oklahoma farm girl and a “Persian” peddler, an upper-class gentleman and a Cockney flower girl, an English schoolmistress and an Asian king—et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

In the 1960s, Fiddler on the Roof—a musical that ends with the destruction of a Russian shtetl—finally broke the taboo against telling the true Jewish story. It could have been about Irving Berlin’s early childhood.

Berlin, like many immigrant Jews, struggled to leave behind his past, though the old melodies sometimes crept into his tunes. He genuinely loved his adopted country and aspired to write not just its popular songs, but its anthems: “Easter Parade,” “White Christmas,” “God Bless America.” Berlin even wrote the theater anthem, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Finally, in 1949, at the pinnacle of his fame and secure in all he had achieved, he wrote his majestic Statue of Liberty song, perhaps addressing it to the frightened young Izzy Baline:

“Give me your tired, your poor . . .
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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For tickets to Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at The 5th Avenue Theatre, click here.


 

Volunteer Spotlight: John Sigala

When did you start volunteering at The 5th?

I’m a new volunteer and started volunteering at The 5th with The Sound of Music.

Why do you love musical theater?

I was introduced to musical theater in 1968 when I went to London through my high school summer foreign study program.  I saw Man of La Mancha and loved it and see a musical whenever I can.

What makes coming to The 5th special?

The 5th has a reputation for musicals and the theater is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen and gives the feeling of something magical. Also, its programs introduce young audiences to both the venue and to participation in all facets of theater, which makes it a special place to volunteer.

What’s your favorite memory here?

If had to name one in my short history with The 5th it probably would be seeing the reaction of the kids watching The Little Mermaid and the excitement when asked if they wanted a Little Mermaid tattoo.

Where are you from?

I was born in Fresno, California but raised and went to school in the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay area.

What do you do outside of volunteering here?  

I’m retired but am a volunteer for Sound Generations, Fremont Fair and Festivals and Bumbershoot.

And the Winners Are…

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.

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The Little Mermaid

Diana Huey as Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaOutstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role
Diana Huey as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Richard Gray stars in Murder for Two - Photo Credit Mark KitaokaOutstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Gray as The Suspects in Murder for Two

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Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Abby Corrigan as Medium Allison in Fun Home

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Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Don Darryl Rivera as Sancho Panza in Man Of La Mancha

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Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured Role
Shaunyce Omar as Mabel in The Pajama Game

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Outstanding Male Actor in a Featured Role
Melvin Abston as Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Bea Corley stars as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka
Outstanding Performance by a Child Actor
Bea Corley as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden

Dynamic Duo Chris DiStefano and Richard Gray in Murder for Two - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka
Outstanding Direction
Daniel Knechtges for Murder for Two

Sarag Rise Davis and the company of The Pajama Game - Photo Credit Tracy Martin
Outstanding Choreography
Bob Richard for The Pajama Game

20161007_TMartin_0119Outstanding Music Direction
Cynthia Kortman Westphal for Man Of La Mancha

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Outstanding Set Design
Anna Louizos for The Secret Garden

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Outstanding Lighting Design
Mike Baldassari for The Secret Garden

20161123_TMartin_4817Outstanding Costume Design
Amy Clark & Mark Koss for Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Musical Moments
“The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
Performed by Rufus Bonds Jr.

Outstanding Musical Moments
“Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game
Performed by Taryn Darr with Ryan Patrick Kelly and Davione Gordon

Outstanding Musical Moments  
“Hernando’s Hideaway” from The Pajama Game
Performed by Sarah Rose Davis and the company of The Pajama Game

Outstanding Musical Moments
“Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden
Performed by Tam Mutu and Josh Young

2017 Theatre Impact Award
Deborah Engelbach

2017 Theatre Impact Award
Misha Berson

 


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The 2017 5th Avenue Awards Nominees Are…

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Congratulations to all of our hard working high schoolers and educators on another fantastic year of musicals! Here are the nominees for this year’s 5th Avenue Award nominations. We hope to see you at the ceremony at Benaroya Hall on June 12!

Outstanding Overall Musical

Eastmont High School, The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Redmond High School, Chicago

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Outstanding Direction

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Chelan High School, Disney’s The Lion King JR

Eastmont High School, The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy

Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Meadowdale High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Roosevelt High School, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella

Sammamish High School, Shrek The Musical

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Sunnyside High School, Zombie Prom

Thomas Jefferson High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Timberline High School, Young Frankenstein

Outstanding Music Direction

Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Olympia High School, The Pirates of Penzance

The Overlake School, Big Fish

Redmond High School, Chicago

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Honorable Mention

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Edmonds Heights K-12, Jane Eyre

Inglemoor High School, Annie

Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Sequim High School, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Thomas Jefferson High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

University High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Outstanding Choreography

Capital High School, Grease

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Kentridge High School, A Year with Frog and Toad

Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Redmond High School, Chicago

Ridgefield High School, Urinetown

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Auburn Riverside High School, 42nd Street

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Clarkston High School, Singin’ in the Rain

Ferndale High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Ingraham High School, Hairspray

Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Sequim High School, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Timberline High School, Young Frankenstein

Woodinville High School,  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Orchestra

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Meadowdale High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Redmond High School, Chicago

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Auburn Riverside High School, 42nd Street

Bellarmine Preparatory School, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

HM Jackson High School, Hot Mikado

Liberty High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Monroe High School, Little Women

Roosevelt High School, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

WF West High School, The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree

Outstanding Scenic Design

Auburn High School, Hairspray

Hanford High School, Seussical

Kentlake High School, A Christmas Story, The Musical

Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Lincoln High School, Hairspray

Sequim High School, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Skyline High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Capital High School, Grease

Eastmont High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Eisenhower High School, Guys and Dolls

Enumclaw High School, Urinetown

Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Gig Harbor High School, My Fair Lady

The Overlake School, Big Fish

Redmond High School, Chicago

Sultan High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Outstanding Lighting Design

Auburn High School, Hairspray

Eastmont High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Kamiak High School, Footloose

The Overlake School, Big Fish

Redmond High School, Chicago

Roosevelt High School, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Sultan High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Honorable Mention

Ballard High School, Les Misérables

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Kentlake High School, Sister Act

Lewis & Clark High School, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Meadowdale High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sammamish High School, Shrek The Musical

Sunnyside High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Outstanding Costume Design

Capital High School, Grease

Chelan High School, Disney’s The Lion King JR

Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Kentridge High School, A Year with Frog and Toad

Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Redmond High School, Chicago

Thomas Jefferson High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Honorable Mention

Blaine High School, Seussical

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Gig Harbor High School, My Fair Lady

Kentlake High School, A Christmas Story, The Musical

Lincoln High School, Hairspray

Mount Si High School, Pippin

Newport High School, Guys and Dolls

Sunnyside High School, Zombie Prom

Woodinville High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design

Edmonds Heights K-12, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Hanford High School, Seussical

Kentridge High School, The Wiz

Lewis & Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Shrek The Musical

Sultan High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

University High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Honorable Mention

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Ferris High School, The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy

Inglemoor High School, Annie

Mount Rainier High School, The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy

Roosevelt High School, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella

Skyline High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Timberline High School, Young Frankenstein

Woodinville High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Stage Crew

Auburn High School, Hairspray

Auburn Riverside High School, 42nd Street

Eastmont High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Kentlake High School, A Christmas Story, The Musical

Lewis & Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

The Overlake School, Big Fish

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Honorable Mention

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Gig Harbor High School, My Fair Lady

Liberty High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Meadowdale High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Sultan High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Timberline High School, Young Frankenstein

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Outstanding Lobby Display

Blaine High School, Seussical

Edmonds Heights K-12, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

HM Jackson High School, Hot Mikado

Lake Stevens High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Liberty High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Newport High School, Guys and Dolls

Sunnyside High School, Zombie Prom

Honorable Mention

Eastlake High School, Urinetown

East Valley High School, Donovan’s Daughters

Glacier Peak High School, The Wizard of Oz

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Lincoln High School, Hairspray

Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Shrek The Musical

Snohomish High School, Les Misérables

Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Brooke Multrum as Ella, Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Sierra Hutton as Miss Adelaide, Eisenhower High School, Guys and Dolls

Lauren Carlos as Ariel Moore, Kamiak High School, Footloose

Aly Gutierrez as Jo March, Monroe High School, Little Women

Julie Guinasso as Miss Adelaide, Newport High School, Guys and Dolls

Lily Ray as Hope Cladwell, Ridgefield High School, Urinetown

Jessica Furnstahl as Elle, Sumner High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Morgan Roberts as Molly, Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Honorable Mention

Madison Schimpf as Miss Adelaide, Arlington High School, Guys and Dolls

Haley Hauser as Eliza Doolittle, Gig Harbor High School, My Fair Lady

Caroline Slater as Marian, Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Maya McQueen as Sandra Bloom The Overlake School, Big Fish

Elizabeth Dunn as Rose Fenny, River Ridge High School, Dogfight

Alegra Batara as Campbell, Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Crina Snyder as Fiona, Tahoma Jr High School, Shrek The Musical

Mesgana Yosief as Belle, Woodinville High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Skyler Denfeld as Gomez, Battle Ground High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Mitchell Beard as Ren McCormack, Kamiak High School, Footloose

Skyler Verity as Frank Abagnale, Jr, Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Calvin Lieurance as Officer Lockstock, Ridgefield High School, Urinetown

Charlie Stevens as Gomez, Rogers High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Matthew Hervey as Shrek, Sammamish High School, Shrek The Musical

Silas Baird as Adam Pontipee, Sequim High School, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Sam Bennett as Sam Wheat, Tahoma High School, Ghost the Musical

Honorable Mention

Diego Roberts Buceta as Jean Valjean, Ballard High School, Les Misérables

Kameron Bustetter as Danny, Capital High School, Grease

Will Johnson as Henry Higgins, Gig Harbor High School, My Fair Lady

Alex Splattstoesser as Emile de Becque, Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Dylan Sabine as Eddie Flagrante, Lake Washington High School, Zombie Prom

MJ Smith as Harold Hill, Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Alex Kilian as Pippin, Mount Si High School, Pippin

Riley O’Shea as Jean Valjean, Snohomish High School, Les Misérables

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Analei Holt as Mother Abbess, Aberdeen High School, The Sound of Music

Sophie Bustetter as Jan, Capital High School, Grease

Tea’Ning LaFleur as Alice Beineke, Eastmont High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Amanda Ades as Sister Mary Robert, Kentlake High School, Sister Act

Maleah Haverly as Marmee, Monroe High School, Little Women

Kat Rodriguez as Danielle, Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Michaela Bingham as Motormouth Maybelle, Stadium High School, Hairspray

Regina Bower as Aunt Eller, Zillah High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Honorable Mention

Addison Holloman as Little Sally, Eastlake High School, Urinetown

Darian Conn as Mrs. Fairfax, Edmonds Heights K-12, Jane Eyre

Camie Randall as Winifred, Hockinson High School, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins

Emily Vaughan as Ethel McCormack, Kamiak High School, Footloose

Angelica Hines as Evillene, Kentridge High School, The Wiz

Elle Fisher as Miss Dorothy, Meadowdale High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Paris Elliott as Brenda Strong, Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Jaidyn Lam as Linda, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Wedding Singer

Hailey Phipps as Inga, Timberline High School, Young Frankenstein

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Ryan Mayfield as Madame, Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Tristin Nelson as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Enumclaw High School, Urinetown

Caden Brauch as Rooster, Inglemoor High School, Annie

Jeff LaSorella as Willard, Kamiak High School, Footloose

Nolan Gunter as The Wiz, Kentridge High School, The Wiz

James Fahey as Farquaad, Sammamish High School, Shrek The Musical

Alex Nguyen as Wilbur, Stadium High School, Hairspray

Max Tammen as Gaston, Woodinville High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Honorable Mention

Ammon Palmer as Benny, Burlington-Edison High School, In the Heights

Alberto Lechuga as Nicely Nicely, Eisenhower High School, Guys and Dolls

Micah Robertson as Lord Sebastian, Ferndale High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Tru Stites as Lt. Cable, Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Max Kendall as Snail, Kentridge High School, A Year with Frog and Toad

Nathan Vincenti as Donkey, Sammamish High School, Shrek The Musical

Raviv Cohen as Ali Hakim, Skyline High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Jacob Polley as Lord Sebastian, Sultan High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role

Jade Guillory as Alma Hix, Lake Stevens High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Emmaline Savidge as Pinocchio, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Shrek The Musical

Cassidy Huff as Grandmama, Mount Rainier High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Kennedi Bartell as Ethel Toffelmeier, Omak High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Betsy Button as Jenny Hill, The Overlake School, Big Fish

Monty Rozema as Bridget, Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Jade Hill as Little Inez, Stadium High School, Hairspray

Katy Payne as The Witch, Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Denver Rogers as Andie, Auburn Riverside High School, 42nd Street

Olivia Elliott as Helen, Edmonds Heights K-12, Jane Eyre

Lucy Guyer as Brooke, Everett High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Katie Orr as Molly, Inglemoor High School, Annie

Brittney Cash as Madame De Le Grande Bouche, Squalicum High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Lauren Nelson as Matron, Stadium High School, Hairspray

Taylor Johnson as Grandmama, Stanwood High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Lexie Love as Dragon, Tahoma Jr High School, Shrek The Musical

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role

Clayton Lukens as Lord Pinkleton, Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Austin Ipsen as Chef Louis, Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Trevyn Wong as Henry/Sailor, Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Simon Jones as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Inglemoor High School, Annie

Matthew Silva as Monsignor O’Hara, Kentlake High School, Sister Act

Jake Mangino as Sergeant of Police, Olympia High School, The Pirates of Penzance

Nick Griep as Grandmaster Chad, University High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Peter Hoffman as Ensemble Dancer, Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Carlos Roques as Sonny, Burlington-Edison High School, In the Heights

Robert Jones as Harry/Zoltan, Gig Harbor High School, My Fair Lady

Emilio Torres as Gatekeeper, Kentridge High School, The Wiz

Robert Clifton as James, Klahowya Secondary School, Disney’s High School Musical

Will Matney as Zeke Baylor, Klahowya Secondary School, Disney’s High School Musical

Tiger Trac as Principal/Spritzer/Mr. Pinkey/The Flasher, Lincoln High School, Hairspray

Bailey DePuis as Hotel Manager/Dr. Wanamaker, Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Austin Fuentes as Bidwell, WF West High School, The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree

Mason Bower as Andrew Carnes, Zillah High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role

Dylan Rivers as Ralph Sheldrake, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Elli Vegdahl-Crowell as Zazu, Chelan High School, Disney’s The Lion King JR

Kanako Kawabe as Liat, Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Sierra Noble as Betty Blast, Kamiak High School, Footloose

Collin Snell as Narrator/Jean Shephard, Kentlake High School, A Christmas Story, The Musical

Maddy Coots as Mrs. Darbus, Klahowya Secondary School, Disney’s High School Musical

Lucy Price as Dream Laurey, Skyline High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Malachi Ryan as Charlie Cowell, West Valley High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Honorable Mention

Amaya Udagar as Dora Bailey, Bonney Lake High School, Singin’ in the Rain

Caleb Macduff, Captain Brackett (Understudy), Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Tristen Yepez as Principal Clark, Kamiak High School, Footloose

Tornadoes and Poppies, Kentridge High School, The Wiz

Garrett Betzing as Jack Scott, Klahowya Secondary School, Disney’s High School Musical

Ben Broughton as MC, Redmond High School, Chicago

Hannah Frederikson as the Moon, Rogers High School, The Addams Family–A New Musical Comedy

Abby Brooks as Guard, Stadium High School, Hairspray

Marcello Russo as Harry Spritzer, Stadium High School, Hairspray

Spencer Hawkins as Kyle, University High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

Hanford High School, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Kamiak High School, Footloose

Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

The Overlake School, Big Fish

Prairie High School, Catch Me If You Can

Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical

Timberline High School, Young Frankenstein

Walla Walla High School, Big Fish

Honorable Mention

Auburn Riverside High School, 42nd Street

Camas High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Eastlake High School, Urinetown

Eastmont High School, The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy

Edmonds Heights K-12, Jane Eyre

Kentridge High School, A Year with Frog and Toad

Olympia High School, The Pirates of Penzance

Redmond High School, Chicago

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group

Bun Foo and Ching Ho, Cashmere High School, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Flotsam and Jetsam, Everett High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The Corny Collins’ Council Members, Ingraham High School, Hairspray

The Birds, Kentridge High School, A Year with Frog and Toad

The School Board Quartet, Lewis and Clark High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

The Cell Block Girls, Redmond High School, Chicago

The Brothers, Sequim High School, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The School Board Quartet, West Valley High School, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Honorable Mention

The Wedding Band, Decatur High School, The Wedding Singer

The Rebels, Eastlake High School, Urinetown

The Wedding Guests, Franklin High School, The Wedding Singer

The Orphans, Inglemoor High School, Annie

The March Sisters, Monroe High School, Little Women

The Motorwise Guys, Mountlake Terrace High School, Zombie Prom

The Rebels, Ridgefield High School, Urinetown

The Urchins, Tumwater, Little Shop of Horrors

The Greek Chorus, University High School, Legally Blonde The Musical

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast

Anacortes High School, Avenue Q School Edition

Grandview High School, Hollywood Hillbillies

Roosevelt High School, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella

Special Honors: Educational Impact

Chelan High School, Disney’s The Lion King JR

Hanford High School, Seussical

Peninsula High School, Fiddler on the Roof

Stadium High School, Hairspray

Sunnyside High School, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Wenatchee High School, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Special Honors: Student Achievement

AC Davis High School                                   Naomi Rottman

Auburn Riverside High School                       McKenna Webb

Ballard High School                                       Alex Howell

Bellarmine Preparatory School                       Elizabeth Blodgett

Cashmere High School                                   Hope Erdmann

Edmonds Heights K-12                                  Sophie Burnett

Eisenhower High School                                Citlali Mendez

Ingraham High School                                    Aidyn Stevens

Issaquah High School                                     Julia Lilly

Kentridge High School                                   Marie Gonzalez

Meadowdale High School                              Conor McLaughlin

Mercer Island High School                             Tessa Czech

The Overlake School                                       Elle Parks

Ridgefield High School                                  Michaela Cloyd

Sammamish High School                                Matthew Hervey

Stadium High School                                      Abby Miller

Tahoma Jr. High School                                  Alyssa Burkhead

Timberline High School                                  Melissa Martin

Wenatchee High School                                 Abby Phipps

Yelm High School                                          Sybil Kappert

Special Honor: Outstanding Educators

Briane Green, University High School

Greg Pschirrer, Lewis and Clark High School

Special Honor: Outstanding Parent Support

Dave Neumayer, Hanford High School


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