Hi-Liners Musical Theatre in Burien, WA: Putting People Downstage Center Since 1966! Our productions, classes, workshops and camps are open to students ages 3 to 22. We are a non-profit youth theatre dedicated to providing professional direction to our young cast members to develop their talents with the backdrop of quality sets, costumes and a live orchestra, to give both the performers and the audience a genuine Broadway musical experience.

Tickets: Summer DownStage Center

Shrek the Musical JR.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek the Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek the Musical JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Performance Schedule
  • Thursday, July 11, 7pm
  • Friday, July 12, 2pm: Campers' Matinee*
  • Friday, July 12, 7pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 7pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 7pm

*Contact us for information about bringing your summer camp!

Performance Venue

The Burien Annex  Map & Directions

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Tickets: Fall MainStage

Mamma Mia!

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Performance Schedule
  • Saturday, September 7, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 8, 1:30pm
  • Saturday, September 14, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 15, 1:30pm
  • Thursday, September 19, 9:30am: Student Matinee*
  • Saturday, September 21, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 22, 1:30pm

*Contact us for information about bringing your student group!

Performance Venue

The Highline Performing Arts Center  Map & Directions

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Performance Opportunities for Developing Voices

DownStage Center produces several "low tech" shows each season for which the key word is "nurturing." DSC programming features a "no tears" workshop style audition, a rehearsal schedule tailored to the needs of our youngest actors, and performance opportunities in small venues just right for developing voices. Additionally, alumni and MainStage performers are used as mentors and in production roles. Students ages 7 and up participate in DSC shows.

The DownStage Center Education Division offers year round camps, and classes for students ages 3 to 18. Musical Theatre Goes to School is our DSC outreach program.

The Hi-Liners MainStage

MainStage produces a major Broadway musical each year featuring a live music and high-end production values. Students ages 9-22 participate in a rigorous audition and rehearsal process based on the Actor's Equity Association model. Members of the cast are mentored and supported by local professionals in all fields of the theatre arts. In these productions we strive to meet the highest artistic standards in every way, and to provide our young actors with a truly memorable, quality experience.

Policies & Procedures

View The Hi-Liners Policies & Procedures (PDF) regarding auditions, casting, non-discrimination and tuition.