Waterfall: A World in Transition

Everyone enjoys a good love story told well and on this alone, Waterfall delivers. But beyond its captivating story of forbidden love, Waterfall possesses a socially conscious essence as it moves from Bangkok to Tokyo in the 1930s, exploring issues of culture and identity, race, globalization, immigration and the eternal tug of war between tradition and modernity. These themes not only capture the tensions of the

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Harmony in the Hallways: Connecting High School Students to Musical Theater

Kent Meridian High School

Last season, the Rising Star Project welcomed nearly one hundred students into The 5th Avenue Theatre to mount a full-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. The theater also partnered with educators to bring nearly 2,000 students from over 20 local schools to see the production created by their peers. None of this would be

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Member Events Provide a Unique Look Behind the Scenes!

All season-long our 5th Avenue Members have special access to events that bring them closer to the art on our stage. These opportunities allow our Members to explore productions beyond the performance, and literally bring them on stage, backstage and into the rehearsal process.

Why Do New Musicals Matter?

TAK VIRAVAN ON HIS LOVE OF MUSICAL THEATER Musical theater is one of our great indigenous art forms, born entirely of an American culture of entertainment and exported around the world. It has the power to tell incredible stories, touch the soul and bring light to joy. It is this gift that Waterfall co-director Tak Viravan loves, and

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Member Spotlight: Cynthia Stroum

A native of Seattle, Cynthia Stroum has been an angel investor, philanthropist and U.S. Ambassador. Previous to her business and political ventures, Cynthia worked in the film industry and has continued her commitment to the arts, making her Broadway producing debut in 2004 with Broadway hit, A Raisin in the Sun, earning her a Tony® nomination.

NextFest at The 5th

What a thrilling summer it was atThe 5th Avenue Theatre! Over four weekends in July and August, The 5th held its first-ever New Works festival–NextFest!  Circles donors had the opportunity see and hear eight new musicals at various stages of development—from a first read-through to a fully staged studio presentation. The festival allowed our donors

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Learning Through the Arts: Spotlight On Kirsten deLohr Helland & Shaye Hodgins

This holiday season, The 5th will present a sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Two of the principal actresses in the show are also former students and participants in 5th Avenue Education programs, one of whom has become one of the hottest young stars in Seattle and the other who is ready to

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From an Artist’s Perspective: Thom Sesma on Waterfall

“I’ve been associated with Waterfall from its initial reading around a coffee table in Manhattan in 2011,” says Thom Sesma, the Broadway star who plays the role of Chao Khun, Katherine’s older husband in the romantic new musical. Sesma fell in love with the work and participated in several subsequent readings and workshops in the years that followed, leading finally to a collaboration between Pasadena Playhouse and The 5th Avenue Theatre this year.