The 5th Avenue hosts Curtain Up! — a weekend of fun free events

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The 5th Avenue Theater again opens its doors to the public at Curtain Up! A Celebration of Musical Theater at The 5th.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is hosting a free performance of “The Music Man” February 10 at 7 p.m.   A total of 2,100 tickets will be given away to those who come in person to The 5th Avenue Theatre box office on Saturday, January 26, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (limit 4 tickets per household).

Attendees are expected to range from families who may never have been to the theater, to members of underserved populations who could not otherwise afford a ticket.

Other events for the weekend of Feb. 9-10: IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

Curtain Up! visitors will have the opportunity to step into the spotlight. Participants of all ages and performers of all skill levels can learn a song from “The Music Man” or take a spin at a Broadway dance combination in the cast’s rehearsal space. Families can jump into endlessly entertaining crafts and activities throughout the weekend. Families and patrons of all ages will be welcomed at The 5th to sing, dance, learn, and most of all, have fun.


Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the creative team for “The Music Man” brings the show to life with costume sketches and set designs on display.  The display will also explore the history of musical theater and its evolution from “The Pirates of Penzance” to “Next to Normal.”

Additionally, participants will have the chance to tour The 5th Avenue Theatre.  Built in 1926 with a design inspired by royal sites in China, the theater is a stunning piece of Seattle history.  Tours will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning in the theater lobby at 10 a.m.


Attendees will have the chance to hear from community experts, as well as students from The 5th Avenue’s Rising Star Project: “The Music Man.”  Throughout  the weekend, Curtain Up! guests can immerse themselves in the world of the musical through informative show talks with Albert Evans, The 5th’s resident expert on all things musical, as well as special guests.

The talks will focus on the American musical and its impact on our culture, with topics including “American Choreographers,” “Composer and Lyricists of Musical Theater,” and “Women in Musical Theater.”  Visitors can also watch a panel discussion with musical theater luminaries, hosted by David Armstrong.

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