Meet the Factory: Strikers and Scabs

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.

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Richard recently returned from Tucson where he was a featured dancer in Fiddler on the Roof at the Arizona Theatre Company. You may have seen earlier this season at The 5th in Man of La Mancha, last season in How to Succeed…, or in A Christmas Story and A Chorus Line.

pg_paul-flanagan-webPaul Flanagan

Like many of our motley crew, Paul was in our production of How to Succeed… last season. Or perhaps you saw him in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, or in one of his numerous previous roles at The 5th. He was also recently in SCT’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Find out more about Paul at his website.

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McKayla was also seen last season in our production of How to Succeed…, and earlier last season in The Sound of Music. Other 5th Avenue credits include A Christmas Story and A Chorus Line. She’s also been out on the road several times in National Tours of Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Wizard of Oz.

pg_lauren-du-pree-webLauren Du Pree

Lauren graced our stage earlier this season in Man of La Mancha and was part of the steno pool last season in How to Succeed… She’s been seen regionally at Village Theatre, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre. Lauren has also been seen on TV in Biz Kid$. Find out more about Lauren at her website.

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Ryan is making his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! Ryan performed on Broadway in Wicked, and has been seen regionally in productions of Cats, Music Man, Sweet Charity and Pippin. He’s performed in a Radio City Christmas Spectacular and at Tokyo Disneyland. Film and television credits include Smurfs, Across the Universe, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Two and a Half Men, Mozart in the Jungle, America’s Got Talent and Nurse Jackie.

pg_carolyn-willems-van-dijk-webCarolyn Willems Van Dijk

Carolyn is returning to The 5th after having previously trod the boards in productions of Paint Your Wagon, The Sound of Music, ELF, Oklahoma! and Cinderella. She received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Operators and Stitchers

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.

pg_trina-mills-webTrina Mills

Trina was seen at The 5th last season in Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon and How to Succeed… Other 5th Avenue credits include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story, RENT, ELF and Spamalot. Trina is a native Seattleite who earned her BA in acting from WWU. She is pulling triple duty in this production; in addition to her role in the ensemble, Trina is also the Associate Choreographer and the Dance Captain.

pg_katherine-strohmaier-webKatherine Strohmaier

Katherine is returning to The 5th after having last performed on our stage as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, among others. She has worked regionally at Village, SCT, Showtunes, Harlequin, Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Symphony, Pasadena Pops and Opera de Rennes. She is a soloist with pianist Peter Nero, and an instructor at Cornish.

pg_emily-ann-johnson-webEmily Ann Johnson

Emily made her 5th Avenue debut as a performance intern last season in How to Succeed… Regional credits include Village Theatre, SecondStory Rep, Leavenworth Summer Theater (where she was Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain) and others. To find out more about Emily, visit her website.

molm_davione-gordon-webDavione Gordon

Most recently, Davione was on stage at The 5th in our production of Man of La Mancha earlier this season. Prior to that, he made his debut at The 5th in Carousel the season before. Davione has been part of the company at Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, and is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland.

Aaron Shanks

Like many of our amazing cast members, Aaron was part of the How to Succeed… cast last season. He was also in Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include A Christmas Story, Carousel, Oliver! and Pirates of Penzance. Aaron has worked regionally at Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes Theatre and Spectrum DAnce Theatre.

pg_greg-stone-webGreg Stone

Greg is no stranger to The 5th. You may have seen him in Pirates of Penzance, Music Man or Titanic in Concert. Greg has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Urban Cowboy and The Pirate Queen. He toured extensively with Les Misérables as Jean Valjean and as Chris in Miss Saigon.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Time Study Guys and Union Gals

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.

pg_eric-ankrim-webEric Ankrim

You may have seen Eric earlier this season as the Duke in our production of Man of La Mancha. Or perhaps you saw him last season as J. Pierrepont Finch in our blockbuster production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, also directed by Bill Berry, or in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon.  Eric also returned to the role he originated in First Date on Broadway. In addition to being a Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory worker, Eric is also serving as the Associate Director of this production.

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Kevin makes his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! He’s had an extensive career on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including A Little Night Music, Most Happy Fella, Juno, On the Town, Lost in the Stars, Applause, Fiorello!, Stairway to Paradise and Paint Your Wagon. Kevin has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and Omaha Symphony.

pg_matthew-posner-web Matthew Posner

Many of our amazing How to Succeed… cast members are returning for The Pajama Game, and Matthew is one of them. In addition to How to Succeed… last season, you may have seen him previously at The 5th in Damn YankeesPirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions, Oliver! and A Christmas Story. He’s also been seen at Village in Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof and Billy Elliott. His tour/regional credits include Camelot and Les Miserables, and also has a prominent voice over career. You can hear his voice over work at!

pg_hannah-schuerman-web Hannah Schuerman

Hannah is returning to The 5th after making her mainstage debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music last season. Hannah recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University.

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Jasmine is also making her 5th Ave debut! However, you may have seen her around town: she is a member of ACT Theatre’s Core Company 2016, and has been seen regionally in Dangerous Liaisons, Winter’s Tale, Bonnie & Clyde, Stupid F*cking Bird, 9 to 5 and A Christmas Carol. Find out more about Jasmine at her website.

pg_alexandria-henderson-webAlexandria Henderson

Like Eric and Matthew, Alexandria is returning to The 5th after appearing in How to Succeed… last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include Little Shop… and Hairspray in Concert. Regional credits include Stardust Christmas Enchantment with Harlequin, Working with Seattle Musical Theatre, Hairspray with Twelfth Night Productions and The Wiz with Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Your Man of La Mancha Is…

We are thrilled to announce that Broadway’s Norm Lewis will star in the iconic dual roles of Cervantes/Don Quixote in this legendary Broadway musical. He will make his 5th Ave debut in Man of La Mancha.
Continue reading “Your Man of La Mancha Is…”

Meet the Director: Allison Narver – Man of La Mancha

Allison Narver will be directing the first show of our 2016/17 season, Man of La Mancha. Allison directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers here at The 5th during our 2008/09 season, but has directed many other productions at theaters around town in between, most recently Sherlock Holmes & the American Problem at Seattle Rep.
Continue reading “Meet the Director: Allison Narver – Man of La Mancha

Aspiring to Our “Impossible Dream”

Do you know that feeling when your heart quickens and pounds because a theatrical experience has touched you to your very core?  I can honestly say that the first time I experienced theater with that power, it was while watching Man of La Mancha.  There is something so profoundly hopeful in hearing a tale where the giving of love is not about selfish expectation, but about respecting and honoring others;  that in seeking to be pure in our hopes and dreams,  we can succeed in our quest to make this world a truly better place.

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Announcing Our 2016/17 Season!


Man of La Mancha

Not Seen on Our Stage in 20 Years!
October 7 – 30, 2016

Book by: Dale Wasserman
Music by: Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by: Joe Darion
Directed by: Allison Narver

One of the most epic and enduring musicals of all time, Man of La Mancha is a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit that will leave you breathless.

Inspired by one of the greatest novels in Western literature, Man of La Mancha enters the mind and world of the mad knight Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. In a tale told by Cervantes himself in defense of his life’s work, Quixote is, against all odds, a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair.

Featuring stirring classic songs including “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha is a multi-Tony Award®-winning theatrical masterpiece that blurs the line between dreams and reality in a powerful celebration of the imagination.



Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney’s Classic Brought to Life
November 23 – December 31

Music by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Doug Wright
Directed by: Glenn Casale

This holiday season, join us “Under the Sea” at The 5th Avenue Theatre for this spectacular production of the Broadway musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Headstrong Ariel is no longer content to live on the ocean floor under her father, King Triton’s, rule. Convinced she’ll only find happiness on land, she sets off to find a world where she belongs, battling a sea witch and finding true love along the way.

Adults and children alike will revel in the Academy Award®-winning hits by the legendary Alan Menken including “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” This spectacular new production will feature dazzling costumes, a stunning pop-up book inspired set and visual effects that are pure magic. So trade in your fleece for flippers this winter and make Disney’s The Little Mermaid part of your world.



The Pajama Game

First Time at The 5th!
February 9 – March 5, 2017

Music & lyrics by: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Book by: George Abbott & Richard Bissell
Based on the novel 7 ½ cents by: Richard Bissell
Directed by: Bill Berry

Things are getting steamy at the Sleep Tite Pajama factory where handsome new superintendent Sid Sorokin is falling hard for Babe Williams, the all-too-alluring union rep. But sparks really fly when the workers go on strike for a 7½-cent pay raise, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

The show that defined Fosse style with seductive dance numbers such as “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” this critically acclaimed musical won three Tony Awards® including Best Choreography and Best Musical. The swinging score includes the timeless hits “Hey There (You with The Stars in Your Eyes)” and “There Once Was a Man” performed by a sensational Seattle cast. Don’t miss The Pajama Game done as only The 5th can do it.



Murder for Two

Northwest Premiere!
A Co-Production with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
March 25 – June 4, 2017

Book by: Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair
Lyrics by: Kellen Blair
Music by: Joe Kinosian

Get ready for a musical comedy to die for!

Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two—a drop-dead funny murder mystery musical with a twist: One actor investigates the crime; the other plays all the suspects—and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this ninety-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Called “Ingenious” by The New York Times, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of murder, music and mayhem!



The Secret Garden

A Co-Production with D.C.’s The Shakespeare Theatre Company
April 14 – May 6, 2017

Book & lyrics by: Marsha Norman
Music by: Lucy Simon
Directed by: David Armstrong
Based on the novel by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Welcome to the hauntingly beautiful world of The Secret Garden, where hope is found blooming in the discovery of a magical garden long locked-away. Based on the beloved novel, The Secret Garden follows recently orphaned ten year old Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion on the Yorkshire moors. When she discovers the key to a neglected garden, Mary renews life for herself and her sickly cousin, bringing the weary estate and its occupants back to exuberant life with the full force of spring.

With book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, this captivating show will mesmerize audiences of all ages and transport you to a world where beauty and love blossom, and a forgotten seed of life can still flourish.



Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

World Premiere!
June 8 – July 2, 2017

Music & lyrics by: Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay
Book by: Robin Schiff
Directed by: Kristin Hanggi
Choreographed by: Kelly Devine

Two of the quirkiest and most endearing best friends in pop culture will make their musical theater debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre this season. Join us at the world premiere of the totally awesome new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Romy and Michele are two inseparable best friends whose relationship is put to the test when they invent fake careers to impress people at their 10-year high school reunion.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion features a creative team including Rock of Ages’ Kristin Hanggi and Kelly Devine, as well as a book by the film’s screenwriter, Robin Schiff. With an all new ‘80s and ‘90s pop-rock-inspired score, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is totally, like, the coolest thing since the invention of Post-its®.



Fun Home

2015 Tony Award® Winner
July 11 – 30, 2017

Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Book & lyrics by: Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by: Alison Bechdel
Directed by: Sam Gold

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (New York Times).

You can get seven shows for the price of 6, and FREE parking, if you subscribe to our full season! We also have special subscription prices for those under 35. For more information, and to subscribe to our 2016/17 Season, click here.