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The 5th Avenue Theatre Seeks Student Participants for THE MUSIC MAN PROJECT, an All-Student Production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

 

October 11, 2012



(Monday, October 8, 2012 – SEATTLE WA) The 5th Avenue Theatre is seeking the best and brightest Washington State High School musical theater students for a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. Following the massive success of last season’s Oklahoma! Project, which brought together more than 100 students to produce a staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, The 5th will remount the program around the American musical classic, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Two weeks after the mainstage production closes, The 5th Avenue Theatre will present the musical again, this time performed and produced entirely by High School students as part of a unique educational program–The Music Man Project. The Music Man Project is now accepting applications to perform, manage, produce, and even market the show.

“What makes this project truly unique is the opportunity students have to be mentored by professional artists, staff and crew,” said 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Director Bill Berry. “A learning experience like this is unlike any other student theater opportunity in the country.” Director of Education Anya Rudnick adds, “These students are involved in learning through real-life situations and in areas that are relevant to their specific interests. Not only are we teaching them about American musicals and what it takes to produce a major show, but we are also developing the next generation of artists and arts supporters.”

Talented young artists chosen from across Washington State will have the opportunity to use the sets, costumes, props, and lighting design from The 5th’s professional production, as well as to recreate the original direction, choreography, and staging through a rigorous rehearsal process under the guidance and coaching of 5th Avenue theater professionals. Over the course of this project, students with diverse interests (ranging from performing arts to stage craft, business, finance, and marketing) will meet and work together with the singular goal of recreating The Music Man on the historic 5th Avenue stage. The Music Man Project will open its doors March 22, 2013 for three public performances.

Students interested in participating in The Music Man Project may download an application at: http://www.5thavenue.org/education/youth-programs#the-music-man-project

Applications are due October 12, 2012.

Auditions will be held October 22-24, 2012.

The Music Man Project will perform March 22 and 23, 2013 for three performances at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle).

About The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation's premier incubators for new musical theater. Since 2002, the celebrated company has produced 14 new musicals. Five have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 14 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). 5th Avenue premieres number six (Saving Aimee – now called Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson) and seven (A Christmas Story: The Musical) are opening on Broadway in November of 2012. The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.

Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine Griffin and Producing Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 287,000 and ranks among the nation's largest and most respected musical theater companies.

In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is committed to encouraging the next generation of theater-goers through its extensive educational outreach programs. These include The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, the Student Matinee Program, Spotlight Nights, and now, The Music Man Project. For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit http://www.5thavenue.org.

Special thanks to The 5th Avenue Theatre 2012/13 season co-sponsors Safeco Insurance, US Bank, and The Seattle Times.

More about The Music Man Project at The 5th Avenue Theatre

WHAT: The 5th Avenue Theatre is seeking the best and brightest Washington State High School musical theater students for a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. Following the massive success of last season’s Oklahoma! Project, which brought together more than 100 students to produce a staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, The 5th will remount the program around the American musical classic, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Two weeks after the mainstage production closes, The 5th Avenue Theatre will present the musical again, this time performed and produced entirely by High School students as part of a unique educational program–The Music Man Project. The Music Man Project is now accepting applications from students across Washington State. Those chosen will have the opportunity to use the sets, costumes, props, and lighting design from The 5th’s professional production, as well as recreate original direction, choreography, and staging through a rigorous rehearsal process under the guidance of 5th Avenue theater professionals. The Music Man Project will open its doors March 22, 2013 for three public performances.

WHEN: March 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

March 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

WHERE: The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101)

 

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