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    September 2016

    Entertainer Adam Trent will bring his modern brand of “magic show” to Gesa Power House Theatre on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.

    Trent began performing for friends, families, and birthday parties at young age, was performing on the streets of L.A. by age 14, and while still a teenager became the youngest and only magician to ever win back to back medals in the P.C.A.M. Pro Magic Challenge – one of the most prestigious magic competitions in the world. Trent has performed all over the world as a professional magician, and was recently one of seven magicians to perform in the Broadway show “The Illusionists” where he was billed as “The Futurist”.

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    October 2016

    Walla Walla celebrities take to the stage at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 8 at 7:00 p.m. for the first ever “Dancing with the W2 Stars” – a fundraising event for Valley Residential Services. Local participants will be paired with professional dancers and have a week of rehearsals to learn a ballroom dance routine before the live performance and a judging panel.

    Valley Residential Services has enlisted participation from a fantastic lineup of local “celebrities”.

    W2 Stars Dancers: Katie Christianson, Dean of Students – Willow Public School; Amy Figgins, Leonetti Cellar; Terra Luthi, General Manager of Courtyard Marriott Walla Walla; Andrae Bopp, Owner of Andrae’s Kitchen; Lawson Knight, Co-founder of Intermountain Impact Investments; Nabiel Shawa, Walla Walla City Manager

    W2 Stars Judges:
    Janet Byerley, Jazzercise; Zachary Frasier, President of Walla Walla Sweets Baseball; Damien Sinnott, Washington State University

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    Aaron Nigel Smith will perform a reggae concert for families at Gesa Power House Theatre on Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Smith‘s simple mission is to connect and empower children, families and communities through music. In 2002, he founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now the program of choice to over 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston. His fun, inspired, and lively show is guaranteed to get the audience off their feet.

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    Shakespeare Walla Walla presents the Fourth Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Gesa Power House Theatre Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23. This free, family-friendly event is a collaboration between many local businesses and community partners, and is inspired by the Hispanic “Day of the Dead” holiday where people throughout Latin America gather to celebrate the lives of departed friends and family.

    The street in front of Gesa Power House Theatre will be closed to accommodate the festival on both days (6th Avenue from Rose to Sumach). Admission to the Fourth Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival and all activities are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be setup nearby.

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    LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will perform at the Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.

    Most people know about singer-songwriter LeRoy Bell from his 2011 appearance as one of the top performers on Season 1 of “The X Factor”, but long before televised competitions, LeRoy Bell had already achieved success as a musician. In the ’70s he wrote hit tunes for other artists including “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” for Elton John, which went to the Top 10 in the general charts and #1 the Adult/Contemporary chart and in the fall of 1979, earned Elton a Grammy Nomination for “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance”. LeRoy’s own band, Bell and James, also reached the top of the pop charts with their 1979 hit, “Living it Up Friday Night.”

    LeRoy Bell stood out on “The X Factor” for his his talent and maturity, and finished 8th overall when he was eliminated in the fifth live show.

    LeRoy Bell is a passionate Soul/R&B singer, a powerful blues/rocker, and equally at home as an acoustic folk/soul singer, capable of captivating an audience with intimate performances. He currently records and performs at the head of LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends with bassist Terry Morgan, keyboardist Daniel Walker, and drummer Bill Ray.

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    November 2016

    Collision of Rhythm is what you get when you combine a tap dancing percussion virtuoso with a beatbox juggling motivational speaker. Think Blue Man Group meets Stomp! Bronkar and Aaron are multiple world-record holders, have worked with companies like GoPro, Coca Cola, and Google, and have been featured on television programs such as The Tonight Show and America’s Got Talent.

    It’s not just a performance; it’s an inspirational experience full of music, laughter and excitement. Bring the whole family!

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    Quartetto Gelato November 19

    Canadian ensemble Quartetto Gelato will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

    Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.

    For 25 years, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.

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    December 2016

    The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites, Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season.

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    Gary Hemenway & Mark Brown continue to make their holiday appearance at Gesa Power House Theatre a dynamic and much-loved tradition! Highlighting the Walla Walla Valley’s local professional talent, punctuated by Clipper Anderson on upright bass, and Daniel Cox on drums, this show will have you dancing in your seats and singing along to many well-known songs of the season. It’s a perfect way to ring in the season!

    All proceeds go to the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.

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    The 2016 Little Watts Series of Children’s Entertainment concludes with a live theatrical production of a holiday classic. “A Christmas Carol” is presented by Travelling Lantern who performed this play to a sold-out crowd at Gesa Power House Theatre in 2014. This play is suitable for all ages.

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