Rising Star Project Recap! 10-Minute Musicals

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

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Ride the Cyclone: Behind the Scenes

Our annual co-production of Ride the Cyclone starts performances this weekend, and after spending some time observing rehearsal, we could not be more excited to see this show come to life in the Falls Theatre at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes images of a recent rehearsal.   For tickets

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Fasten Your Seatbelt: The History of Ride the Cyclone

Guest post by Tracy Hyland, ACT Theatre Education and Engagement Manager The thrill of Ride the Cyclone onstage is equally matched by the story of how this new musical came to be. From a small fringe theater production in Victoria, BC to a recent Off-Broadway run, Cyclone has enjoyed several iterations across the continent before

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We are the Believers: A New Works Program Transition

By Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director At some point, every musical ever was simply this: an idea. Every musical began its journey as a few words on paper, poured from the hearts and souls of its creators with the support of a few critical individuals who believed in that story enough to help bring it

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Meet the Illusionist: The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin

British Born daredevil and escape artist Jonathan Goodwin is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world. Goodwin has been hanged, buried alive, hung by his toes from helicopters, burned at the stake, attacked by sharks, and even sewn up inside a dead cow to name just

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Meet the Illusionists: The Deductionist, Colin Cloud

Look at your hands. Your nails. The heels of your shoes. What do you see? Nothing? Imagine someone who could look at those details and see everything. Everything. Only, you don’t have to imagine. Because this is precisely what Colin Cloud does. He’ll know what you’ve had for lunch, where you’ve been that day, what

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NextFest: Day 1

By Erin Nieuwenhuis, Marketing & Communications Intern On Monday, February 19th, it was a chilly 33 degrees in downtown Seattle, but in the rehearsal space of the 5th Avenue Theatre, NextFest was just starting to warm up. A pot of coffee brewed as fuel for the long day ahead, actors were warming up their voices,

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