Meet the Dreamers: Brandon and David

Two more cast members are dreaming “The Impossible Dream” with us: David Quicksall as the Captain of the Inquisition and Brandon O’Neill as Pedro! Find out more about them below.

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We’re pleased to have David back on our stage! You may have seen him previously in Titanic in ConcertCompanyThe Sound of Music and 1776. He has also appeared at Seattle Repertory, Intiman, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Seagull Project.

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Brandon is also returning to The 5th! Most recently, you saw him in Assassins, last season’s co-production with ACT. Other 5th Avenue credits include: CarouselPirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls. He was in the Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s Aladdin; he joined the Broadway show after being part of the cast when it started here at The 5th. Other regional credits include: A View From the Bridge at Seattle Rep; Cat on a Hot Tin RoofRamayanaFirst DateMiss SaigonJoseph… and Cabaret. His voice can be heard nightly on Broadway, in London, and Australia as the Voice of the Cave of Wonders. Find out more about him at his website.


Don’t miss David, Brandon and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, inspirational musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers

Our final trio of pioneers join the wagon train today: Pearl (Brenna Wagner), and a special treat: our two Swings, Nicholas Tarabini and Carolyn Willems van Dijk! Pearl joins Timberline, Lotta and Mary as an entertainer in the area, as well as playing the character of Elisa. Swings act as understudies to basically all of the ensemble roles, which is no mean feat for Nicholas and Carolyn with such a well-rounded ensemble! (Read this great article from Playbill about the importance of a swing to any show.)

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We are thrilled to have Brenna here for her debut at The 5th with Paint Your Wagon! Although this is her first show here, Seattle audiences may have seen her recently in ArtsWest’s production of Violet as Violet or in Village’s productions of Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady.

 

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Nicholas is stepping in as our male swing. You may have seen him earlier this season in our production of The Sound of Music. He’s also been seen regionally in American Idiot at ArtsWest and Next to Normal at Second Story Rep.

 

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Carolyn is stepping in as our female swing. She’s no stranger to this particular challenge – she was also the swing for Cinderella and ELF, as well as being seen regularly onstage in Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music.

 

 

Don’t miss Brenna, Nicholas, Carolyn, and the other gold diggers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Deza, Angus and Chee Weng

Three more hope to strike it rich in California: Deza (Kyle Bernbach), Angus (Jared Michael Brown) and Chee Weng (Ulyber Mangune). Deza hails from Peru who was already a miner in Chile, and arrives carrying lots of knowledge of how to be effective at mining. Angus has traveled across the country from the mid-West in hopes of finding gold. Chee Weng is originally from Hong Kong, where he first learned English, and hopes to achieve the American Dream.

Kyle Bernbach WebKyle was seen earlier this year in our production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as last season’s productions of Jasper in DeadlandCarousel and A Chorus Line. He was part of the Broadway and First National Tour casts of Memphis.

 

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Jared (who is pulling triple duty by playing Angus, understudying Jake AND serving as Fight Captain for the show) was at The 5th earlier this season in The Sound of Music. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jasper in DeadlandOliver!Secondhand LionsPirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!.

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Ulyber is returning to The 5th after previous performances in A Christmas Story and Secondhand Lions. He was trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center, as well as Benjamin Bentler and Marianna Groves.

 

 

Don’t miss Kyle, Jared, Ulyber, and the other prospectors in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Armando and Jennifer

Joining Robert Cuccioli and Kendra Kassebaum are our younger couple-in-love: Armando (Justin Gregory Lopez) and Jennifer (Kirsten deLohr Helland). Armando is an arriero–which is kind of a pioneer-style mailman–who is begrudgingly befriended by the surly Ben Rumson (Cuccioli). Armando is down on his luck having recently lost his mule when Rumson stumbles upon him and helps him get to No Name City. Turns out, Ben has a young, beautiful, assertive daughter called Jennifer. When Jennifer gets to town, it’s basically love at first sight between her and Armando. Gorgeous duets follow. But will Ben be on board with their love? How will Armando tell his new best friend Ben that he’s in love with Ben’s daughter? These are the questions.

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We are pleased to welcome Justin Gregory Lopez, making his 5th Avenue debut! Justin worked on our developmental lab of Paint Your Wagon last fall, but is an actor and award-nominated nightclub entertainer usually based in New York. Justin has been seen in the Off-Broadway production of bare, and regionally in productions of In The HeightsEvitaThe Fantasticks. Justin also worked on the Broadway megahit Hamilton when it was still in development and called The Hamilton Mixtape. Justin can be seen in film and TV as a guest star on Law & Order: SVU and in the film Learning to Drive starring Ben Kingsley.

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Kirsten deLohr Helland is portraying Jennifer Rumson in this production, and will be quite familiar to 5th and Seattle audiences. Kirsten joined us earlier this year as Maria in The Sound of Music and last season as Rizzo in Grease. Around town, she was recently seen in American Idiot at ArtsWest and in Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep (written by and co-starring Kirsten’s bestie Justin Huertas). Kirsten is also half of the folk-rock duo Hanschen & Ilse with Justin.

Don’t miss Justin and Kirsten, and all the other gold rushers, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Photos by MARK & TRACY PHOTOGRAPHY

Circle Members Spotlight: The Beguns

An interview with Shayna and Andrew Begun, Circles Members at The 5th on why they love it here and why supporting The 5th is important to them.

Beguns at First Date

Shayna and Andrew Begun
Subscribers – 8 years
Donors – 7 years

What does coming to The 5th mean for you?

Andrew bought me season tickets for my birthday in 2008, and Cabaret was our first show. We have been hooked ever since! It started as just a guaranteed “date night” once in a while, and with two toddlers at home that was much needed! Now with the kids getting older, we are enjoying introducing them to our love of musical theater with shows like The Sound of Music, Oliver!, A Christmas Story and Les Miserables. We are so lucky to live in a community with such an amazing arts and music community, and we have loved becoming a part of that through our contributions to The 5th.

What do you enjoy most about The 5th?

From the second we walk in the door of The 5th we feel right at home. We are always greeted with a warm smile from the staff and volunteers, and then we sit down and are amazed at the beauty that happens on the stage and in the pit for each show.

Why do you support The 5th?

We believe that music and the arts are a critical part of our community. Our children are lucky to attend a public school that has a focus on the arts/drama, but we know that sadly this isn’t common across the country. The 5th Avenue’s Education and Outreach programs are phenomenal and we support The 5th so that they can continue to offer and expand these programs.

What has been your favorite musical at The 5th?

It is so hard to pick just one! Shayna’s favorites were Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and First Date. Joseph brought back great memories because it was a musical production that she played in the pit of during a summer performance in high school, and First Date because it had her laughing from start to finish. Andrew has particularly enjoyed the development of 5th Avenue premieres including A Christmas Story, Memphis, and First Date from The 5th Avenue stage to their Broadway and traveling incarnations.

Andrew and Shayna live in Redmond and have two young children. Andrew is originally from Princeton, NJ and Shayna is from Fargo, ND, but they moved to the Seattle area after college and began careers at Microsoft. Shayna later left Microsoft to spend more time with the kids and has become very involved in volunteering at their school while pursuing her interest in yoga. When not at The 5th, the entire family loves enjoying the Pacific Northwest, skiing and cycling.

Click here to find out more about Circles Membership.

Interview by CHRISTINE JOHNSON, Circles Manager

Our Favorite Things of 2015—From Your Education Department at The 5th Avenue Theatre

2015 has been a truly incredible year full of engaging and inspiring educational programming for audiences of all ages. Each of us in the Education Department here at The 5th is grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing community of students, patrons and donors who support our work year after year. Continue reading “Our Favorite Things of 2015—From Your Education Department at The 5th Avenue Theatre”

Flashback Friday: The Time Seattle Got TRAPPed

The von Trapps Visit the Emerald City
While on Tour in the 1940s

Recently, Marlys McDonald, the Wardrobe Master here at The 5th, discovered a rare and auspicious gem amongst her family archives: original programs from the 1940s when the real-life Trapp Family Singers visited Seattle. And she found them just in time for our revival of The Sound of Music!

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Local Students “Spellbound” by School Matinee of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music 

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical has introduced millions of young children worldwide to the power of music. Last week, we were honored to continue that tradition at The 5th Avenue Theatre. On Thursday, December 10, approximately 2,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools from as far as Yakima came to a special school matinee performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music in downtown Seattle. For many, it was their first experience seeing a live theater performance and their first visit to the historic 5th Avenue Theatre.  Continue reading “Local Students “Spellbound” by School Matinee of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music 

The Sound of Austrian Music

People who meet the von Trapps via The Sound of Music may be surprised that the repertoire of the real-life Trapp Family Singers was unlike the jolly musical theater songs that Rodgers & Hammerstein created. The real von Trapps sang mostly art music—madrigals, religious pieces and classically-arranged folk music. In a 1998 interview, one of Georg and Maria’s sons said, “We were about good taste, culture, and all those wonderful upperclass standards that people make fun of in movies.”

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Anne Allgood: An Interview with Mother Abbess from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

Anne Allgood is a beloved and exceptionally talented actress in Seattle’s vibrant and thriving theater scene. The 5th Avenue Theatre has been lucky enough to count her as one of our favorite performers to work with, and anyone who has ever heard her sing and perform can understand why; Allgood brings a depth and richness to every character she brings to life onstage, and her vocal power is second to none. Allgood has appeared in three of our recent Rodgers & Hammerstein productions – as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, as Nettie in Carousel, and now as Mother Abbess in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Allgood about these fantastic female characters.

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