Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of “The Magic Flute” on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.
Mozart’s glorious opera “The Magic Flute” is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets
by John Macfarlane.
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…
David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
As well as being a comedy “The Magic Flute” is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
This screening runs about 3 hours 10 minutes including one intermission and a 15-minute introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
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Gesa Power House Theatre presents Villalobos Brothers in concert on Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.
The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles, performing contemporary, high-octane Mexican fiddling. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. They deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener.
In 2013 The Villalobos Brothers performed at Cumbre Tajin, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, where they shared the stage with Regina Spector, Pet Shop Boys and Los Tigres del Norte. Later that year, they became the Ultimate winners of the “2013 Battle of the Boroughs”, one of National Public Radio’s flagship competitions in New York City.
They were the first Mexican band ever to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC, as featured guest artists, adding this historic venue to an already impressive list of credits that includes the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre in Broadway, The Miller Stage in Milwaukee, The Ford Theatres in Hollywood, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana.
The Villalobos Brothers have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians and Grammy winners, including Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dan Zanes, Jay Rodriguez, Pierre Boulez, Dolly Parton and Eddie Palmieri.
The Villalobos Brothers are: Ernesto Villalobos, lead vocals and violin Alberto Villalobos, lead vocals and violin Luis Villalobos, lead vocals and violin Humberto Flores, back-up vocals and guitar Rosa Avila, drums Leo Sherman, bass.
The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez sing and play guitar and accordion after a day’s work. They took up the violin as children and soon learned to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano.Read more »
Too old for trick-or-treating? Still love to dress up? Like horror films?
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen a classic horror film, followed by a costume contest and after party this Halloween, Tuesday, October 31 starting at 7:00 p.m.
George R. Romero’s 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” is a cult classic credited with popularizing the concept of “zombies” as we think of them today. It was criticized at the time for its explicitly gory special effects, and ushered in a new wave of “splatter” horror films. The film’s plot follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from flesh eating monsters – the dead come back to life.
Costumes will be judged following the screening at approximately 8:30 p.m. Trophies and prizes will be announced, and anyone in costume will receive drink discounts all night.
General admission tickets ($13) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Coriolanus” on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, “Coriolanus” transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.
Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (“One Night in Miami”) take on the title role.
General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.Read more »
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of “La bohème” on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group
of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting.
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.
This screening runs approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including one intermission and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
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Gesa Power House Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” performed by The Rude Mechanicals on Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m.
On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. And so begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Macbeth and his Lady fall prey to a soul-corroding guilt as they desperately try and cling to the defiled crown.
Reserved seating tickets ($25-$20 Adults, $15 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »
The Choral Society, conducted by new Artistic Director Gary Hemenway, kicks off the Walla Walla Christmas season with a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.
The “Sweet Sounds of Christmas” concert will celebrate the magic of holiday music and feature performances of “I Wish You Christmas” by John Rutter, “Feliz Navidad”, “African Noel”, “A Holiday Suite” by local composer Perry Jones, and many other favorites. Joining the Choral Society on stage will be the Sharpstein Elementary School Choir directed by Lori Parnicky.
Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults 17 and older; $10 Youth 16 and younger) are available online or by calling the Gesa Power House Theatre box office at 509-529-6500. RSVP on Facebook
The Walla Walla Choral Society, a non-profit volunteer organization, promotes and performs accessible quality choral music for the Walla Walla Valley and collaborates with other artistic groups, enriching the community’s cultural life.Read more »
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Ballet production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.
At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?
Christopher Wheeldon’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.
This screening runs approximately 2 hours 50 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »
Gesa Power House Theatre and Walla Walla Valley Honda present a live theatrical production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol” with two performances (2PM & 6PM) on Sunday, December 10. The Little Watts production is suitable for all ages, but targets ages 10 and under.
“A Seussified Christmas Carol” is a whimsical reinvention of Charles Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story performed in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story. A small troupe of local actors perform all the parts.
The performance runs about 45 minutes with photo opportunities with the characters afterwards.
Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adults, $8 Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »
Ireland’s foremost Celtic classical trio Affinití returns to Gesa Power House Theatre for their annual Christmas show that is well loved by the community and sells out every year. This year’s concert will take place on Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Howard Crosby, nephew of the legendary Bing Crosby, joins them on their annual Christmas Tour.
Affinití are a trio of classically trained musicians: soprano Emer Barry, harpist Aisling Ennis, and violinist Mary McCague, each with a graduate degree in Music Performance. Their “crossover” style is a blend of classical, rock, and Celtic music style. They have performed together and solo for Josh Ritter, Michael Buble, Disney, and more.
“Informed as much by the Chieftains as Chopin…full of soul and sass and sophistication as well as exquisite technique.”
-Kevin Cullen, The Boston Globe
Join Affinití and Howard Crosby for an unforgettable evening that will lift your spirits!
Reserved seating tickets ($28-$23) are available online or by contacting the box office at 509-529.6500.Read more »