A Uniquely American Quilt: Partners in Empowering Youth Through Musical Theater

  The Rising Star Project was first presented in 2011, and since 2013 it has grown and developed in partnership with The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. While preparing for this year’s Rising Star Project—our fifth year mentoring Washington teenagers—we chat with Sheri and Les about their hopes and goals for the program to

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Remembering Sarah Nash Gates: Beloved Artist, Mentor, Board Member and Friend

In December of 2015, Seattle lost a treasured artist and teacher, Sarah Nash Gates. She will long be remembered by the staff of The 5th Avenue Theater as one of our greatest influences, a wonderful board member and a true friend. While 5th Avenue audiences would know her for her incredible costume designs, her devotion

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Drop Dead Dangerous: Meet The Assassins

We kick off a series of weekly casting announcements for Assassins with Rich Gray as Charles Guiteau. Learn about Gray’s career as a local actor and composer in his 22nd production with the 5th Avenue, and discover the unique presidential assassin he portrays: a man with a troubled mind and aspirations for a career in

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How to Write a Satire By Being Really, Really Smart

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a textbook example (if textbooks were hilariously funny) of the standard definition, and a sharp refutation of Kaufman’s gloomy prediction. But it’s understandable why Kaufman made his cynical joke. He was a writer and director, and satires usually appeal more to authors than to the public.

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Frank Loesser

FRANK LOESSER was a short, pugnacious tough guy who peppered his speech with New York street slang and carried himself like one of the lovable hoodlums from his own musical Guys and Dolls. Meeting him, you might assume he was a lower-class denizen of the outer boroughs, someone who had worked his way up the

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The Art of Making Music: 2016 Director’s Dinner

On January 8th, The 5th’s Executive Producer and Artistic Director, David Armstrong hosted the annual Director’s Dinner and presented a discussion on The Art of Making Music. Fifty Director’s Circle members gathered on the historic 5th Avenue stage to enjoy a festive dinner by Duos and participate in a discussion with Larry Blank, Jason deBord,

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6 Tried and True Tips for Bringing Kids to the Theatre

Is this your child’s  first time to the theater? Here are a few tips for an enjoyable experience for you and your whole family! Week of the show Tip 1: Start the conversation early You are giving your child a great learning opportunity! Help them understand your expectations for their behavior in the theatre before the

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