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FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ARMSTRONGEXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the countrys leading musical theater companies. Our mission is to advance and preserve Americas great indigenous art form The Musical. We are nationally renowned for our production and development of new musicals. Since 2001, The 5th has premiered 17 new works, nine of which have subsequently opened on Broadway. They include Disneys Aladdin, First Date, A Christmas Story, Scandalous, Shrek, Catch Me If You Can, The Wedding Singer, and Best Musical Tony Award-winners, Hairspray and Memphis.
We are equally acclaimed for our vibrant new productions of musicals from the Golden Age of Broadway and contemporary classics. These signature revivals enthrall fans of these enduring works and introduce these great shows to new generations of musical theater lovers.
The 5th is committed to achieving the highest standards of artistic excellence by employing world-class performers and creative artists, utilizing full live orchestras, and staging exceptional and imaginative productions. The 5th places a special emphasis on employing our amazing community of Puget Sound-based artists and technicians. Our celebrated educational programs serve more than 74,000 young people each year through a host of projects including our Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company, The 5th Avenue Awards, and the unique Rising Star Project. For adults, we offer free-to-the-public events such as the popular Spotlight Night series and pre-performance Show Talks with Albert Evans. We are the largest arts employer in the Pacific Northwest with more than 800 actors, singers, dancers, musicians, creative artists, theatrical technicians and arts professionals working for us each season.
As a non-profit theater company supported by the community, we enjoy the patronage of more than 25,000 season subscribers (one of the largest theater subscriptions in America). More than 300,000 audience members attend our performances each year.
OUR HISTORIC THEATER
A beautiful Seattle landmark, The 5th Avenue Theatres breathtaking design was inspired by ancient Imperial Chinas most stunning architectural achievements, including the magnificent Forbidden City. Built in 1926 for vaudeville and silent pictures, The 5th Avenue Theatre reigned for decades as Seattles favorite movie palace. In 1979, 43 companies and community leaders formed the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association. Their goal was to restore the theater to its original splendor. The 5th Avenue Theatre re-opened in 1980 as Seattles premier home for musical theater.
The 5th Avenue Theatre gratefully acknowledges our 43 original founders and sponsors. Please visit www.5thavenue.org for specific information on these important companies and individuals.
THEBOARD OFDIRECTORS Wanda J. Herndon Chairman
Stephen P. ReynoldsPresident
Margaret C. InouyeSecretary
Barbara L. Crowe B Immediate Past Chairman
Kenny AlhadeffAnn ArdizzoneClodagh AshLes BillerRobert R. Braun, Jr.Margaret ClappLarry EstradaMaria P. FerrerGary J. FullerSarah Nash GatesCyrus Habib Christopher HemanRandy HodginsRichard KaganSaSa KirkpatrickElizabeth LundJohn OppenheimerLlewelyn G. PritchardGordon ProutyDavid QuinnAnn Ramsay-JenkinsNorman B. RiceRobert A. SextonElliot SilversKirk A. SoderquistHeather Sullivan McKayBonnie TowneEric TrottTom WalshTracy WellensKenneth Willman
PAST CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDBarbara L. Crowe (2011-2013) Robert A. Sexton (2009-2011)Norman B. Rice (2007-2009) Kenny Alhadeff (2004-2007) William W. Krippaehne Jr. (2002-2004)Bruce M. Pym (2000-2002)John F. Behnke (1998-2000)Faye Sarkowsky (1996-98)Donald J. Covey (1994-96)Kenneth L. Hatch (1992-94)John D. Mangels (1990-92)Stanley M. Little, Jr. (1986-88)Robert F. Buck (1988-90)R. Milton Trafton (1983-86)W.J. Pennington (1981-83)D.E. (Ned) Skinner (1979-81)
Founding Managing DirectorMarilynn Sheldon
David ArmstrongExecutive Producer and Artistic Director
FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ARMSTRONGEXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The principal mission of The 5th Avenue Theatre is to celebrate Americas great indigenous art form, The Musicalpast, present, and future. We celebrate the past through productions of classic musicals from the Golden Age of Broadway such as our recent production of Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel, and modern classics like our current production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris. We celebrate the present by bringing to our stage current Broadway hits like next seasons Matilda, The Musical and A Gentlemans Guide to Love And Murder.
Perhaps most important, we celebrate the future of The Musical through our development and production of new musicals. I am proud to report that since 2001 The 5th Avenue Theatre has produced 17 new musicals. To date, nine of those musicals have moved from our stage to Broadway including two that received the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical. This is an incredible track record of which we are very proud.
These achievements, however, represent only the tip of the iceberg in regards to our commitment to creating the future of the musical theater. Our extensive New Works Program is dedicated to early-stage development of new musicals through a variety of initiatives including writers retreats, staged readings and developmental workshops. We currently have a host of exciting projects in various stages of incubation including three brand new musicals that we have commissioned. Much of this work will be showcased this summer in our first ever NextFest. You can find more information about this new event on page 24 of this playbill.
By the time you read this, Jasper in Deadland will have gone through four weeks of rehearsals in our rehearsal hall (lovingly known as Downstairs At The 5th or DAT5) and two additional weeks of technical rehearsals on the stage. The actors will have spent many intense weeks mastering the words, music, staging and choreography. Meanwhile our design and production teams have been creating and installing the sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound equipment. Throughout all of this the authors and creative team have been constantly rewriting and reworking the book, music, lyrics and staging as they endeavor to find the shows most perfect form.
Now we add the final and most important collaborators in this processyou the audience. It is impossible to create a new musical without the active participation of a live audience. In fact, we could rehearse this show everyday for a year in the empty theater and not lea