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 for the 2023 Season:

2023 Season Sponsor

Elliott Bay Dental

COVID-19 Update

Masks for our audience members are now optional. Please remember that this is musical theatre and the production of aerosols while singing is inevitable. Our theater is small, though well ventilated. Masks are encouraged but not required. We reserve the right to change our masking policy based on community transmission rates.

MainStage Summer 2023

Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Performances: July 22-23 and 28-30, 2023


DownStage Center Summer 2023

Disney's Frozen KIDS

You’ll love this fanciful and heartwarming stage adaptation of the celebrated animated film. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love.

Performances: August 25-27, 2023


Lights Camera Action Sponsor

Monarch Collision

Previous 2023 Season Productions:

DownStage Center Spring 2023

Newsies JR.

Performed: April 28-30, May 5-7 and 12-14


Showtime Sponsor

Kamila Kennedy Homes

DownStage Center Winter 2023

Beauty and the Beast JR.

Performed: January 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22


Showtime Sponsor


Show Programs

April–May, 2023: Newsies JR.

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January, 2023: Beauty and the Beast JR.

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August, 2022: Disney's Moana JR.

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July, 2022: Disney's Descendants The Musical

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April–May, 2022: Roald Dahl's Matilda JR.

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January, 2022: High School Musical Jr.

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August, 2021: She Kills Monsters

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July, 2021: Could You Hug a Cactus?

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January, 2021: Emma: A Pop Musical

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August, 2020: Super Happy Awesome News

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July, 2020: The Show Must Go Online

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January, 2020: Legally Blonde The Musical JR.

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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.