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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 Theatre to teenagers throughout Washington State.  This season, we are excited to begin a new chapter in our story.

The 2017-18 Rising Star Project focuses 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.  APPLY TODAY.


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, and supporting 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 with deadlines.

THE ARTS ADVOCACY + DEVELOPMENT TEAM is mentored by members of The 5th’s development department and is responsible for raising awareness and 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 will work to document and record the workshop and rehearsal process while working on a campaign to raise awareness and support for the original work produced by the project cohort.  Students with a passion for the arts, and are interested in the new works process and creating digital media are strongly encouraged to apply.  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, Videographer, Graphic Designer, Public Relations


PERFORMING ARTS

THE CAST actors who are cast in a new works process take on a very distinct roleThey are responsible for bringing the writers’ work to life—but in a way that allows the text to communicate as clearly as possible.  The actor’s performance and occasional feedback can a writer understand how the story can be told more effectively.  New works actors need to adjust quickly, embrace changes, and be willing to try multiple approaches with constant enthusiasm.  General auditions for student performers will take place October 23-24, 2017.  Strong candidates will demonstrate commitment to the project schedule and a passion for collaboration.

STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM is responsible for rehearsal preparation, coordinating rehearsals, tracking changes to the script and score, running rehearsals, and overseeing any 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 in the new works process.

REHEARSAL MUSICIANS

are present during workshops, rehearsals, and the final presentations.  Ideal candidates are interested in professional music careers, have experience playing in advanced ensembles, and have an interest in learning diverse musical styles.  Students who are interested in learning about the role of a rehearsal piano accompanist are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Musicians should submit a complete application including a music resume.  Strong candidates will be invited to also submit a video audition or to audition in person.This year’s project will need rehearsal musicians who play the following instruments:  piano, drum set, guitar.

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 throughout the fall and winter, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.  The project culminates in a five-week long workshop and rehearsal process, and a stage reading presented as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual NextFest new works festival.  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 throughout the fall and winter, collaborating with peers and creating an original 10-minute musical.  The project culminates in a five-week long workshop and rehearsal process, and a stage reading presented as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual NextFest new works festival.
 

CREATIVE + ARTISTIC

The Creative Team is responsible for leading the cast and company through the workshop and rehearsal process, and for devising a final presentation.  

DIRECTORS -  Each original 10-minute musical will be directed by a student director under the mentorship of a professional director.  Strong candidates will have specific interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater director as well as developed knowledge and expertise, and demonstrated experience in a leadership position. 

MUSIC DIRECTORS -  Each original 10-minute musical will have music direction from a student musical director under the mentorship of a professional music director.  Strong candidates will have specific interest in pursuing a career as a professional musical director as well as developed knowledge and expertise, and demonstrated experience in a leadership position.