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Rising Star Project


Placing musical theater in the hands of tomorrow's leaders. 

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Rising Star Project


Placing musical theater in the hands of tomorrow's leaders. 

 

A new chapter begins... 

Since 2011, the Rising Star Project has opened the doors of The 5th Avenue Theater to teenagers throughout Washington State.  Next season, we are excited to begin a new chapter in our story.

The 2017-18 Rising Star Project will focus on the development of new work.  In February and March 2018, under the mentorship of theater professionals, the 2017-18 Rising Star Project cohort will mount a festival of 10-minute musicals written, workshopped, directed, and performed by teenagers. 

This is a chance to find your voice and tell a new story.

THE 2017-18 RISING STAR PROJECT APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE JUNE 21, 2017.  SIGN UP TO RECEIVE TO MORE INFORMATION. 


Rising Star Project is a tuition-free program made possible through a generous grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

 
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Discover your role


Rising Star Project focuses on career exploration and the development of professional skills.  Participants are embedded within a working department at The 5th Avenue Theatre.  Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks that are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a regional theater company.

Discover your role


Rising Star Project focuses on career exploration and the development of professional skills.  Participants are embedded within a working department at The 5th Avenue Theatre.  Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks that are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a regional theater company.

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

A professional musical would not be possible if not for dedicated teams who cast, produce, secure funding for, and market the production.

THE PRODUCING TEAM is mentored by the Casting Associate, Associate Production Manager, and Company Manager,  Projects include facilitating general auditions and casting, producing the Rising Star Project cabaret fundraiser, and attending to the needs of the Rising Star Project cast and company,  Strong candidates have a strong interest in the theater industry or business (thespians, FBLA), are good collaborators, have leadership experience (student government, team athletics), and are comfortable working under deadlines.

THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM is mentored by members of the theater’s Development department and is responsible for raising funds for the Rising Star Project production.  This team will set a fundraising goal and then create and execute various campaigns to reach their goal.  Strong candidates are interested in professional networking and Arts advocacy, are involved in fundraising and service clubs (Key Club, ASB), and are passionate about the Arts and its impact on our community.

THE MARKETING + COMMUNICATIONS TEAM is mentored by the Senior Marketing Manager and the PR & Communication Manager—with opportunities to shadow graphic designers and production photographers.  Projects include writing press releases, designing marketing, and coordinating social media campaigns. Strong candidates are interested in marketing and advertising careers, are involved in marketing clubs (DECA), and are strong writers or have graphic design, photography, and digital video production skills.  Specific roles on this team include:  Production Photographer, Graphic Designer


THEATER DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY

Behind the scenes, professional musicals require the technical expertise of dedicated craftspeople who take on the additional role of mentoring Rising Star Project participants.

HAIR & MAKEUP TEAM will learn essential skills and industry best practices for hair, wigs and makeup. In addition, Hair & Makeup students will put wigs and makeup on actors and perform changes during performances.

COSTUMES & WARDROBE TEAM will learn how to fit costumes on actors, alter pieces and “rig” them for quick changes as well as have the opportunity to analyze costume designs and learn about the design process. Students will also iron and prep costumes for the show, assist with quick changes, and “run” the wardrobe aspects of the show backstage during performances.

THE STAGE CREW will learn industry safety standards and best practices need to run all technical aspects of a professional musical.  Specific roles on this team include:

Deck Carpenter, Props, Light Board Operator, Electrics, Automation, Flyrail, Sound

 

CREATIVE + ARTISTIC

Theater relies on artistic leadership from directors, music directors, and writers.

COMPOSERS, LYRICISTS, SONGWRITERS - Musical theater employs many kinds of songwriters who contribute music to a new show.  Some write music only, others write lyrics only, and many do a combination of both.  Student composers and lyricists will participate in songwriting workshops, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.

*For this project, the ability to read and write music is not required, but helpful.

PLAYWRIGHTS (BOOK WRITERS, LIBRETTISTS) - A musical theater book writer (or librettist) writes dialogue and scenes, but is also often responsible for shaping the dramatic arc of a show and for coordinating how music is integrated into a story.  Student book writers will participate in workshops, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical. 

THE CREATIVE TEAM will by mentored by members of the Rising Star Project creative team.  Strong candidates will have specific interest in pursuing a career in their respective field as well as developed knowledge and expertise, and demonstrated experience in a leadership position.  Interested students will apply for one of the following roles:  Directing, Music Direction


PERFORMING ARTS

THE CAST will be mentored primarily by theater professionals working on the Rising Star Project creative team—with opportunities to work with members of the professional cast of The Pajama Game.  General auditions for student performers will take place in October and November 2016.  Strong candidates will demonstrate commitment to the project schedule and a demonstrated passion for collaboration.

STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM will be mentored by a professional 5th Avenue stage management team and will be responsible for rehearsal preparation, coordinating rehearsals, running technical rehearsals, and overseeing technical aspects of performances. Ideal candidates are passionate about being organized, experienced leaders, detail-oriented, and interested in learning one of the most crucial roles of putting on a show.