Sept. 22 – 25, 2022


6pm on September 22 to 6pm September 25, 2022


We are back for 2022! Join us for a world-class event that includes independent and arthouse films that will delight, engage and entertain! The theatre experience is enhanced by our famous VIP and filmmaker parties, VIP Lounge, special events, and Q&A sessions with directors.


IMAX Theatres

The Griswolds Broadway Vacation The Musical

The Griswolds Have Been To 

Wally World! 


Las Vegas! 

Next Stops: Seattle and Houston! 

to be Produced by 

The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle


Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars

Fall 2022

Prior to Broadway

Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen

Scenic Design by Jason Sherwood

Costume Design by Tina McCartney

Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter

Sound Design by Kai Harada

Music Arrangements by Glen Kelly

  Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements by 

Greg Anthony Rassen  

Direction and Choreography by Donna Feore

Load up the family car! Producer Ken Davenport today announced that The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical will make its debut this fall at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre from September 10 – October 1, followed by an engagement at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars from October 25 – November 6 prior to its arrival on Broadway (date and theatre to be announced).

Ken Davenport said, “I couldn’t think of a better place for the Griswolds to start their journey to Broadway than Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, and taking a cue from this adventurous crew, continuing the developmental journey at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars.  Can’t wait to throw our bags in the family truckster and head out!”


The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical was formerly known by a working title, Broadway Vacation.

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical features a book, music, and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen; direction and choreography by Donna Feore; scenic design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Tina McCartney; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; sound design by Kai Harada, music supervision and additional arrangements by Greg Anthony Rassen; and music arrangements by Glen Kelly.

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical is based on the characters from the Warner Bros. Vacation franchise.

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical marks the 26th new musical to be produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre. “The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation is joyful and heartwarming, I can’t think of a family better than the Griswolds to tag along with as they embark on this brand-new Broadway adventure. We could not be more thrilled for this wildly fun production to kick off our 2022/23 Season,” said The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry.

“We’re so excited to be part of the team that is bringing this new musical to life and to share it with our audiences before sending it off to Broadway!” said Theatre Under the Stars Artistic Director Dan Knechtges.

About The 5th Avenue Theatre 

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theater company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state. Each year, we reach 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow’s audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this art form to lift the human spirit. 

For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit











Tickets are available on-line at,, by calling 1-800-982-2787 or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 6pm). Tickets will be available for performances from August 3 – September 11, 2022.

There is a maximum purchase limit of nine tickets per account/person for the engagement. When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $49 – $189 with a select number of premium seats starting from $299 for all performances. There will be a lottery for 40 $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

Jeffrey Seller notes, “It’s tempting to get tickets any way you can. There are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Seattle engagement should be made through

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTONis based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical In the Heights.


HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by The Telsey Office, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.


COVID-19 Health and Safety Update – Vaccine and Mask Requirements Remain:

There are currently no changes to the Premera Blue Cross and Seattle Theatre Group’s (STG) COVID Health Protocols. Due to our partnerships and commitments, and in alignment with many local arts and culture organizations, proof of vaccination OR negative PCR test (with results received within 48 hours of show-time) and masking are still required for patrons of all ages at the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres through May 31, 2022. STG Management is continually assessing the changing guidelines, artist contracts and local government updates.  We will proactively communicate any change in health protocols with adequate notice.

STG staff will check for proof of vaccination and negative Covid tests at the doors as a condition of entry. Please visit Seattle Theatre Group’s COVID-19 Resources page on their website at  Reopening – About STG ( for more information.

HAMILTON is part of the 2021/2022 Premera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount series, presented by Seattle Theatre Group, with support from Premera Blue Cross as the series title sponsor. Brotherton Cadillac is the official auto sponsor and PNC Bank is the official financial institution sponsor.

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“A Magic Show Worthy of Our Video Game and Instagram Times”
–Paper City Magazine Houston


CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC Tour Makes Its Debut at

Seattle’s Moore Theatre, September 23-24


“You HAVE to check them out! That was tremendous!”  –Access Hollywood Live

“That’s incredible… you guys are rock stars” –FOX 8 Cleveland

“I’m amazed… a one of a kind show” –FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth

The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are back on tour in 2022, following sell out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. Catch this incredible show for the whole family as it debuts at The Moore Theatre on Friday, September 23 (7:30 PM) and Saturday, September 24 (2:30 PM). Tickets start at just $25.

There are a limited number of VIP Packages available per performance. Get closer to the magic with the Champions Of Magic VIP Add-On – includes a t-shirt, exclusive signed poster and VIP laminate to get access to the meet & greet with the cast which follows the performance.

Tickets for Champions Of Magic go on sale this Friday, March 25 and can be purchased online at

With more than 50 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award-winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen on screen around the world with appearances on The CW’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, NBC’s ‘Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon’, ‘The Today Show’ & ‘Access Hollywood Live’.

The Champions Of Magic team perform incredible interactive illusions, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. The show features spectacular magic that can’t be seen anywhere else.

Now’s your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again.

Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the greatest magicians on the planet in Seattle, with a show that never fails to amaze.


Taste NW
Since 1986, The Taste of Tacoma has been the South Sound’s “Ultimate Summer Get Together.” This year, get ready for a new tradition as the event moves to its new home at the Washington State Fair Events Center.
Now known as The Taste Northwest, the event will continue to feature great food from around the Puget Sound, nearly 200 food and specialty vendors, live entertainment on three stages, local chef cook-off battles, outdoor beer gardens, a retro roller rink and fun for the whole family!

Summer Nights Outdoor Concert Series

Set up lawn chairs or throw down a blanket and enjoy live music at Fort Steilacoom Park! Lakewood’s outdoor concerts follow the farmers markets on Tuesdays this summer. Bring a snack from the market, claim your spot, enjoy a great performance, and “cut a rug” on the dance floor. These live concerts are family-friendly, and they feature a variety of musical genres.

Team RED: Resourceful • Experienced • Dedicated

Results of a recent survey found that nearly one in four seniors felt they could not move, either because they couldn’t afford moving costs or because they didn’t believe they could sell their home. Local Keller Williams Realtor and founder of Team RED, Kathy Kleber, and her team of nine real estate agents have created a plan to tackle issues specifically facing transitioning seniors.

Team RED agents, an acronym for Resourceful, Experienced and Dedicated, offer special services to support seniors. They help with each step of the selling process from getting the senior connected with services in the community and locations for their next home to supporting them in any upgrades their property needs to maximize the selling price.

“Almost every senior specialist I know has come from a senior association, including me,” said Kleber recently. Nearly 20 years ago, Kleber and her parents were facing their own housing dilemma. Kleber’s dad’s health was failing but her mom was very active and social. A move to Wesley Homes, a United Methodist Community for active senior living in Des Moines, became their home. Kleber’s father passed a year or so after the move, but her mom lives there to this day where she is active, travels and serves on the board of everything.

“That experience taught me to understand the journey and love on seniors as they work through this time in their lives,” she said. “And, it became my heart’s work,” she added. Team RED is a family affair with her husband, Kirk Kleber, a founding member, and daughter, Ellisa Greer, as part of the team. Greer’s background in geriatric nursing is a huge benefit to the Team RED organization. Plus, her service in the Army and that of her Dad, Kirk, in the Navy, adds to their concierge-level service for all veterans.

The biggest difference in Team RED’s approach is to get the seniors moved and settled first. According to Kleber, “We always start with the person — where are you going and what are you taking with you?” Once that is settled, then a project manager steps in to oversee necessary renovations by one of their three sets of general contracting teams. Then it is time to stage the home and implement a successful sale.

“Serving with heart, homes for all life’s seasons,” remains Kleber’s motto.

For Additional Information
Team RED


FULL STEAM AHEAD for Olympia Harbor Days

Olympia Harbor Days, a waterfront maritime festival, is expected to be a welcome opportunity to reconnect with friends, stroll the beautiful downtown waterfront, and have a whale of a good time. Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend, September 2 to 4. The South Sound Maritime Heritage Association invites you to celebrate the 49th year with festivities for the whole family. We have missed many gatherings over the past two years. Musicians, craft vendors, tugboats, kid’s activities, and much more will vibrate with a joyful energy we have been longing to feel.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Port of Olympia and the Steamer Virginia V. The ship is a National Historic Landmark undergoing renovations but is expected to sail proudly into Olympia for Harbor Days. The Lady Washington, which has also been undergoing restorations, will hopefully arrive as well.

Did you know that Olympia Harbor Days’ tugboat races are a reminder of our past? At the turn of the century, tall ships sailed to Olympia to pick up exports like shellfish and wood. The ships required guidance to navigate into Budd Bay from Boston Harbor. This was accomplished with tugboats, who at that time did not have the luxury of ship-to-shore radio. When a tall ship was sighted, the steam engines were fired up and the tug captains raced out. “The first to arrive got the job!” explains Carol Riley, Olympia Harbor Days event producer. We get to relive the excitement.

Riley is working diligently to offer a fabulous array of vendors and activities. It’s a weekend of art, celebration, history, and also marks the ending of the summer season. The festival, along with all participating vendors, will follow all rules for safety and health protocol and guidelines in place at the time of the event.

“I think it will be a fun time and a great time for people to reconnect,” Riley says. Both residents and tourists are in for an energizing time. You won’t want to miss a thing. “Think great weather,” she advises. Rain during Olympia Harbor Days has been rare. Come to downtown Olympia, celebrate Olympia Harbor Days, and remember one of the many reasons you love the Pacific Northwest.

For Additional Information
Olympia Harbor Days


GATHER at Tacoma Art Museum 27 Years of Hilltop Artists

The newest exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum is a collection of work from 21 alums of the Hilltop Artists program. On exhibit March 26 through September 4, 2022, GATHER: 27 Years of Hilltop Artists features over 30 pieces of art in a variety of media.

Challenging the status quo by questioning who an authentic artist is and who has value in museum spaces, GATHER primarily features artists of color. It also highlights the outcomes and reach of the Hilltop Artists program while shining a light on opportunity gaps faced by these artists, many of whom have not yet been included in exhibitions on this scale.

According to TAM’s executive director, David F. Setford, “This is an inspiring exhibit with an outburst of passion by artists we haven’t heard much about before now.”

Artists like David Rios are featured with his work Ofrenda, a spectacular display of orange blown glass flowers mixed with elements of a traditional ofrenda including salt, conchas bread and personal images. “I grew up in a Mexican American home where an ofrenda was part of life following the passing of a loved one. This display reflects that part my life,” said Rios prior to the opening of the exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum.

Other works in the exhibit, curated by Trenton Quiocho, Hilltop Artists alum (2008) and current Teaching Artist and Hot Shop Manager, include more glass works, but also paintings, sculptures and even a melted fax machine that is surprisingly gorgeous, by artist Zane Scott.

Co-founded by Dale Chihuly and Kathy Kaperick in 1994, Hilltop Artists was developed as a community organization that provided a creative space for “at risk” youth from the Hilltop neighborhood to assist well-known artists in producing their works.

Exhibiting Artists in GATHER are Douglas Jan Burgess II, Nancy Burgess, Candida Delgadillo, Edelmira Jimenez Gallegos, Daria Hembree, Jessica Hogan, Dani Kaes, Cassandra Kuring, Emily Martin, Jason McDonald, Shayne Nutter, Trenton Quiocho, David Rios, Luis Sanchez, Samantha Scalise, Evan Schauss, Zane Scott, Ellye Sevier, Jesse Sorgenfrei, Tony Sorgenfrei, Jack Spitzer, Edgar Valentine, Keiko Wesley and Jacob Willcox.

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Winners of Reel Life 96 Revealed

During a gala and screening event held on Saturday, March 19 at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood, winners of the first annual Lakewood Film Festival were announced. Reel Life 96 was a fun, short film competition for filmmakers of all ages and experience levels.

Participants wrote, shot, and edited five-minute films in just 96 hours.

A number of films were selected to honor the recently celebrated 25th anniversary of the City of Lakewood in 1996. The event kicked off on February 10 at 5pm when 38 entrants received their starting email that contained the three elements every film would need to incorporate into their story. The story had to show a dance (action), a lit candle (prop) and a line of dialogue “sometimes you have to be happy for what you don’t get.”

Following the screening of each film throughout the six-hour festival, an awards ceremony recognized thirteen award categories and eleven different teams of filmmakers. Categories ranged from Best Use of Elements (Blind Duet by Oly Film) to Best Actor (Kevin Leung for Reverse by Empower Films) and Best Actress (Sheila Luong for Reverse, also by Empower Films). Reverse continued the sweep by being selected for the Audience Choice Award.

Linda McDermott, Director of Reel Life 96 and Chair of the Lakewood Arts Commission, recently laid out the reasons for the festival this way.

“The thing about Reel Life 96 is that it is not just a great community event that brings people together from different backgrounds and experiences to tell their stories, it is the place where some filmmakers will find their inspiration to begin a lifelong career in filmmaking, that may one day propel them to the heights of their profession. Everyone gets their start somewhere in life and we would like to do our part to grow independent filmmaking in the South Sound. Films have the ability to inspire us, to connect us with characters outside our own experience, to make us laugh and to make us cry; Reel Life 96 is where audiences and filmmakers meet to share the joy of film.”

Reel Life 96 was made possible through the generous support of Twin Star Credit Union, the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, and NWEtch.

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Reel Life 96