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The 5th avenue theatre's Rising Star Project


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

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The 5th avenue theatre's Rising Star Project


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

 

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 focus on the development of new work. In Spring 2020, under the mentorship of theater professionals, the Rising Star Project cohort will mount a festival of 10-minute musicals written, workshopped, directed, and performed by teenagers.


TUITION & ELIGIBILITY

This program is available to all Washington State students ages 14-19.  Eligible participants are within this age range for the majority of the project timeline.

Rising Star Project is an educational program offered tuition-free to Washington State students. Please note that participants are responsible for expenses associated with day-to-day transportation and meals.

Rising Star Project is made possible by a generous grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and with additional support from The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation, Susie and Phil Stoller, The Boeing CompanyWashington State Arts CommissionNational Endowment for the ArtsGM Nameplate, Jean K. Lafromboise Foundation, Nichols Foundation, and Promotion Arts (in-kind).

 
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Discover your role


Rising Star Project focuses on career exploration and the development of original musicals through a professional workshop and rehearsal process. Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks that immerse students in the nationally recognized new works initiatives of The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Discover your role


Rising Star Project focuses on career exploration and the development of original musicals through a professional workshop and rehearsal process. Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks that immerse students in the nationally recognized new works initiatives of The 5th Avenue Theatre.

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 stage readings at The 5th and community venues.

PLAYWRIGHTS (BOOK WRITERS, LIBRETTISTS) - A musical theater bookwriter (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 stage readings at The 5th and community venues.

PERFORMING ARTS

THE CAST - In the world of musical theater, a new work requires adaptable and versatile actors to bring a writer’s visions to life.

ACCOMPANISTS - The workshop process requires adaptable and resourceful musicians to help bring a writer’s visions to life. Adventurous pianists, drummers, and guitar players are strongly encouraged to apply!

CREATIVE + ARTISTIC

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.

STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM will be mentored by a professional 5th Avenue stage management team and will be responsible for rehearsal preparation and coordinating rehearsals. 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.

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

THE PRODUCING + COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 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.

MARKETING + PR 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.