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Highlights from the Rising Star Project Kick Off Weekend

Last weekend, teens representing over 40 Washington high schools gathered at The 5th to celebrate the start of Rising Star Project rehearsals.  In March they will present their own production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and members of the professional cast and crew also joined in the festivities.


Such an auspicious occasion, always calls for a “kick off” dance routine:

A little extracurricular choreography at last week's #RSP2016 kickoff 🎈

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Professional company members, Kyle Carter (left) and Nik Hagen (right) had no shortage of wisdom to begin dispensing. 

The Rising Star Project: Leadership Workshop

The Rising Star Project production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying goes up in March, but this season’s student team is already gearing up for the challenge!  The second annual Rising Star Project Leadership Workshop took place the theater last Saturday.  It was an opportunity for this season’s students to meet, begin building skills for the future, and talk leadership with Les Biller—local philanthropist and member of The 5th Avenue Theatre Board of Directors.

Here are a few highlights:

The 2015/16 Rising Star Project team will be composed of over 90 students from all over Washington State- future leaders in their respective communities. 

Objectives for the day included talking about different leadership styles and reflecting on one's own default style. 


“A leader is someone who inspires others to do things that they would not naturally do, if left to their own devices.” – Les Biller

We are grateful to Les Biller for taking the time out to share his experiences and reflections with this year's Rising Star Project team!