The Entirely Student-Produced Rising Star Project: West Side Story to Play The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Stage

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The 5th Avenue Theatre is currently bustling with nearly 100 high school students from all over Washington State who are hard at work in the rehearsal hall and backstage for Rising Star Project: West Side Story, which will play for three performances only from July 12 – 13, 2019. Rising Star Project, a 5th Avenue Theatre education program that places musical theater in the hands of tomorrow’s artists, innovators, and leaders, allows teenagers to develop professional skills by producing and performing a musical on The 5th’s mainstage.
Seven Northshore School District students are included in the cast.  Performers from Bothell High School are Bryan Kinder and Ella Murphy in the Shark Ensemble.  Students from Inglemoor High School include Abigail Reed performing with the orchestra and Caden Brauch performing as Riff and Sam Trott performing as Doc.  From Woodinville High School, Audrey Szot is on the creative team in stage management and Mesgana Teklu is performing as Shark Girl (Rosalia).  
This year, which marks the seventh Rising Star Project production, students are in the process of remounting The 5th’s professional production of West Side Story, created by an all-student cast and crew, as well as students working in producing, development, marketing, and casting departments, with guidance and mentorship from The 5th’s staff.
Playing July 12 - 13, 2019 at The 5th Avenue Theatre, tickets for Rising Star Project: West Side Story are on sale now at, by phone at 206.625.1900, or in person at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.

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