Give students the experience of a lifetime

About the Project

Help us give three students the opportunity to be immersed in professional theater!

“This has been the best theater experience of my life! I loved working with other kids who were as passionate as I am!” - Rising Star Project Student

In March 2016, the Rising Star Project will mount an all-student production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, performed and produced on The 5th Avenue Theatre's stage by an exceptionally talented group of nearly 100 participants (age 14-19) from the local area. Students are currently working very hard to ensure that the show is a success, but we need your help as well!

The Rising Star Project is now in its fifth year: our previous shows including Oklahoma (2012), The Music Man (2013), Monty Python’s Spamalot (2014) and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (2015). RSP allows young adults to engage in all aspects of live theater; from the actors on stage and the musicians in the orchestra pit, to the tech crew backstage and the students in the administrative offices; talented young people fill every role in this production!

As participants in the Rising Star Project, students not only gain valuable theater skills under the mentorship of theater professionals, but also gain an appreciation for collaboration while building self-confidence, developing critical thinking skills, learning to work as a team and exploring their passions.

“As a part of the Rising Star Project I was able to see firsthand what it is like to work for a major theater like The 5th. If you are an artist or technician, public speaker or writer, there is a place for you. I left the project feeling accomplished, confident, and driven–empowered to use my new skills to better myself in education and in life.” - Rising Star Project Student

To ensure that all students are able to participate and discover these new skills, Rising Star Project is tuition-free, but the cost to run this program is $2,500 per student. Your support will help guarantee that every deserving student is able to have this opportunity. Please donate today to give three students an experience of a lifetime as Rising Stars!

Project Budget

$2,500 per student x 3 students = $7,500

Power2Give Administrative Fees (7%) = $525


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Our generous sponsors will contribute $0.50 for every $1 donated to this project up to $2,500 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $25 or more

    Make a gift of $25 and receive a handwritten thank you note from one of our Rising Star students.
    (197 of 200 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    Make a gift of $50 and you will receive updates from the students about their progress.
    (98 of 100 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Make a gift of $100, and our Rising Star students will send you a video message from behind the scenes of the production. Also receive recognition in our Rising Star program.
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    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Make a gift of $250 and we will offer personal concierge service for your ticket purchase to attend the performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Also receive recognition in our Rising Star program.
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    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Make a gift of $500 and you can join us onstage after the opening night performance for a photo with the cast. Also receive recognition in our Rising Star program.
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    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Make a gift of $1,000 and have the opportunity to meet with Rising Star Project students to hear more about their experiences in the program. Also receive recognition in our Rising Star program.
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    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $2,500 or more

    Make a gift of $2,500 and sponsor one student through the Rising Star Project. Receive a handwritten note, email updates and videos specifically from your student. Join your student for an in person meeting to her more about their experiences. Also receive recognition in our Rising Star program.
    (2 of 2 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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