An Evolving Friendship: An Interview with Robin Schiff and Barry Kemp

By ORLANDO MORALES, Director of Education and Outreach

“The Blonde Leading the Blonde.”

This was the original tagline of the 1997 blockbuster film on which the musical Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is based. Since its premiere 20 years ago, countless fans and audience members (regardless of generation, gender or hair color) have inevitably asked themselves which of the two iconic blondes they identify with more.

Are you a Romy or are you a Michele?

When this question is posed to the bookwriter of the film and the musical, Robin Schiff, her immediate answer isn’t surprising.

“I’m both!” Schiff exclaims with a laugh. It is delightfully surprising when she begins to introduce a Freudian analysis of her two well-known characters. “They’re such naked representations of…” Schiff pauses momentarily. “Now, is it ego… or id?”

Robin Schiff with Barry Kemp

Barry Kemp, who produced the film and is a producer on the musical, can’t help but interrupt his friend and longtime colleague.

“Robin just gave you a great example of why she’s both,” he says. “Romy and Michele would say something exactly like that. Which is it, ego or id? They would use the terms, but they wouldn’t know which one was which.”

Schiff adds, “Romy and Michele like to sit indoors on a sunny day and watch a movie with a best friend. I like to do that. But they are so matter of fact about their thoughts and their desires—they’re almost like kids in that regard—they’re guileless. That is id, actually.”

Romy and Michele represents just one bullet point on an astounding list of Hollywood writing, producing and directing credits accumulated by Schiff and Kemp over the years. Yet the characters also represent a phenomenon that continues to amaze both their creator and their early proponent, especially when reflecting upon the origin of the two friends.

“They were like the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of Ladies Room,” Schiff explains. Her aptly titled play—which takes place in the ladies room of a Mexican restaurant called the Green Enchilada—first introduced the two loveable misfits in 1988.

“They were recognizable,” Schiff continues. “Their life started because I could hear them. And it’s the only experience that I’ve had of that—where I just heard these two characters talking in my imagination and decided to put them in different situations. And from their first entrance, they got laughter and applause—more or less as typical girls who you might encounter at a club…But they’ve evolved so much since then.”

Producer Barry Kemp, Bookwriter Robin Schiff and Composer and Lyricist Gwendolyn Sanford

Kemp adds, “One of the jokes in the original piece, and how [Robin] originally conceived of the two characters in [Ladies Room]—was that they were almost the same person. Each thought that the other one was the funniest person. They always laughed at each other—when no one else around them was laughing—and the two ladies were almost a single character. When [Robin] did the movie, she started finding what made them different. When we got to the musical—those differences became clearer—and more emotional. Not only are they different, they each have an Achilles heel that [Robin] has discovered. Now, they both have a vulnerability that they did not have in either the play or the movie.”

“We really looked to the essence of who Romy was,” explains Schiff. “She is a very insecure person who wanted to fit in. And it became clear that this wasn’t important to Michele. Michele wants to go to the reunion for fun. She goes along with all this other stuff because Romy says that it’s important.”

“For Michele it sounds like a fun time, and for Romy it’s a wake-up call,” adds Kemp.

Schiff continues, “In the movie they’re just kind of shocked that they hadn’t accomplished anything in ten years. It’s momentary. There isn’t any real panic bubbling up. But now in the musical, we get to explore this more. There’s a song called ‘Ten Years’ where we are really able to dig into Romy’s deeper fears. As a bookwriter, I find that a musical pushes you to ask yourself, ‘What’s really going on in this moment? What is she really feeling—and does that mean we’ll have a song or just a few lines of a scene?’ And we felt that that moment especially was a potential song with a lot of depth and a reason for her to sing her inner thoughts.”

With Romy and Michele now in their third iteration, both Schiff and Kemp are thrilled by the opportunity to continue discovering more of their story.

“I’m beside myself with excitement,” says Schiff. “I just think it’s going to be so much fun to go in and have time to dig in deeper and I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with the audience.”

When asked to explain Romy and Michele’s continuing appeal, Kemp offers this thought: “Everybody has an innate longing to have a best friend. Sometimes that best friend is a platonic friend and sometimes that best friend is a lover—sometimes male, sometimes female—but the fact is it doesn’t really matter. Every person wants to have somebody who gets them on a level that is not judgmental, someone who accepts flaws as well as attributes… And who see attributes that others do not. That’s what is at the core of this story.”

Schiff adds, “I think the other part of it is… they’re different. They’re weird. They’re the weird people at school and I think that’s one of the reasons for their longevity. So many of us have felt like the other. And so I think we relate to Romy and Michele. And we’d like to see them triumph.”

Merchandise for Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

We are eager to present the world premiere of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion! In preparation, we have assembled an exciting collection of merchandise, available for purchase in our lobby when you attend a performance of the show! Scroll through the gallery below to see the options.

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Click here to find out more about Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion.

Behind the Curtain: In Rehearsal with Romy and Michele

We are so excited to be presenting our eighteenth new musical in a couple short weeks! Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is based on the cult film of the same name, but puts a whole new spin on it: a musical! This show will remind musical theater fans of Legally Blonde with its pop-rock new songs and its important messages of acceptance and friendship.

Scroll through the gallery to see behind-the-scenes photos from a rehearsal of Romy and Michele!

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Don’t miss this world premiere musical, running June 8 to July 2 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Find out more and purchase tickets here.

Special thanks to Jeff Carpenter Photography for these awesome rehearsal shots.

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


We apologize for any typos or misspellings. For corrections, please email ccorrick@5thavenue.org.

Find out more about 5th Avenue Awards here.

The 2017 Tony Award Nominations and The 5th!

By DAVID ARMSTRONG, Executive Producer and Artistic Director

As always, there are many connections this season between the shows and artists that are nominated for Tony Awards and The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Come From Away PC Matthew Murphy

310 - Ian Eisendrath, Caitlin Warbelow and Ben Power. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Topping the list, of course, is Best Musical nominee Come From Away.  We are so proud to have co-produced with Seattle Rep the developmental lab production of this show as part of our New Works Program — and there are many, many other 5th Avenue connections as well: The show’s Music Supervisor is our own Resident Music Director Ian Eisendrath, ably assisted by Chris Ranney, who is a regular at The 5th. Several long-time 5th Avenue favorites are featured in the cast including Kendra Kassebaum, Rodney Hicks, and Chad Kimball. Continue reading “The 2017 Tony Award Nominations and The 5th!”

Meet the Class of 1987 – The Ensemble

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Meet more of the class of 1987 with the A-Group, all of whom are making their 5th Avenue debuts! Tess Soltau (Christie Masters) Tess is taking on the role of lead mean […]

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Meet the last class of 1987 reunion-goers! Continue reading “Meet the Class of 1987 – The Ensemble”

Meet the Class of 1987 – The A-Group

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Meet more of the class of 1987 with the A-Group, all of whom are making their 5th Avenue debuts!

Continue reading “Meet the Class of 1987 – The A-Group”

Meet the Class of 1987 – Heather, Sandy and Toby

We’re ramping up to the World Premiere of the new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Beginning today, we’re introducing you to the class of 1987. First up, Heather, Sandy and Toby!

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Musical Round Up: Musicals Led by Young Actors

By JORDAN LUSINK, Communications Coordinator

In The Secret Garden, the lead character Mary Lennox is played by a young woman, usually 12 or under. In this video round up, we’re celebrating other shows led by young actors. Continue reading “Musical Round Up: Musicals Led by Young Actors”