Loading Events

Shows

    April 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents The Young Irelanders on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

    The Young Irelanders is comprised of eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song and dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them they have performed for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, US Presidents, the Queen of England, the President of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, Empress Michiko of Japan, performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the US Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A . The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, been soloists on PBS Special’s, shared the stage with Bono, and have recorded with Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and been chosen by Sting to perform for his exclusive private parties.

    The Young Irelanders was formed not only to merge the significant creative ideas and talents of a select group of young Irish performers who are unique among their peers but also in the hope that given their combined youthfulness and ability, their existence in the music business would act as a catalyst in attracting more young people to the world of traditional Irish music at home in Ireland and through out the world.

    The sound the band creates is best described as eclectic, where traditional Irish music, Celtic music, folk music, world music, jazz music, country music and popular music all come together to give rise to a very unique and multi-faceted sound. The Young Irelanders also sets out to reflect an Ireland of today where many of Ireland’s finest exponents of Irish traditional music are second generation Irish or reside out side of Ireland. Two such musicians and members of the group, Colin Farrell and Damien Mullane, were brought up in Britain to Irish emigrant parents and both have gone on to become amongst the most revered Irish traditional musicians in the world while they have also been drawn to these strong Irish roots and have spent many years living in Ireland.

    Between them, members of The Young Irelanders, despite their youthfulness, have performed with The Chieftains, Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, the Dubliners, Martin Hayes, Máirtín O Connor, Lúnasa, Michael Mc Goldrick and many more of the leading names in the Irish music business. Three of the 8 performers also hold Masters Degrees in Music. Female dancer Siobhán Manson was the principal dancer with Riverdance for 10 years and male dancer, Cathal Keaney, won the World Dancing Championships two consecutive years in a row.

    If you want to see and hear what Ireland’s traditions of music, song & dance look and sound like like in the hands of some of the most talented young performers in the world then don’’t miss the opportunity to get to see this sensational act. The future of Ireland’ s culture is undoubtedly in safe hands with The Young Irelanders.

    Read more »

    Echo Chamber is a collective theater piece written and produced by Whitman students under the direction of Ludmila de Brito. The production takes as inspiration recent political events in Brazil and the United States and considers our own biases in order to voice and discuss the diverse identities and paradigms that together form our community. Echo Chamber engages through music, dance and dialogue in order to address the dangerous polarization present in our concentric communities and across our nation.

    There will be two performances at Gesa Power House Theatre, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Free admission.

    Read more »

    Echo Chamber is a collective theater piece written and produced by Whitman students under the direction of Ludmila de Brito. The production takes as inspiration recent political events in Brazil and the United States and considers our own biases in order to voice and discuss the diverse identities and paradigms that together form our community. Echo Chamber engages through music, dance and dialogue in order to address the dangerous polarization present in our concentric communities and across our nation.

    There will be two performances at Gesa Power House Theatre, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Free admission.

    Read more »

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Ballet production of “The Sleeping Beauty” on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.

    Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells. A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers.

    First choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet’s landmark staging was revived for the Company’s 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006.

    The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colorful characters in this famous fairy tale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.

    This screening runs about 3 hours including two intermissions plus a 15-minute introduction. General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) will be available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

    Read more »

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents “John Muir: Watch, Pray, Fight” a play written and performed by Mark Raddatz on Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.

    In order to capture the essence of the legendary mountaineer, naturalist, and founder of the Sierra Club, Mark Raddatz composed the script entirely from Muir’s own words. This is not a biographical essay or paraphrase of an animal story. This is Muir as he would have appeared and spoken to an audience in his own time.

    “I went to the University of the Pacific’s library for the bulk of my research,” Raddatz says. “They have all the Muir’s journals and other papers. Despite his having spoken before innumerable gatherings in the last 30 years of his life, I was assured that there were no actual printed speeches.”

    After strenuous research in the newspaper of the period and Muir’s own papers, Raddatz found three. Traveling to Stockton, California, where the University of the Pacific’s Holt-Atherton Collections are housed, involved crossing and re-crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains that Muir did so much to preserve. Raddatz took advantage of this to explore and camp where Muir did a century before.

    “I spent every summer of my boyhood in the Sierras and Yosemite,” says Raddatz. “It was good to renew the contact and a great place to read Muir.”

    Of this project, Raddatz says, “During my lifetime, I’ve noticed popular culture has tended to tame John Muir, to rub the rough spots smooth and portray him as a warm and fuzzy eccentric; someone to take to our hearts, but not take too seriously. This was no Disney character chatting with the birds and squirrels; what Muir had to say back then is startlingly meaningful even now.”

    Without explanation or exposition, Raddatz launches into the sort of talk Muir might have made during the fight for Yosemite and the national park idea. For just over an hour, the audience is treated to the poetry, wit, insight and passion that made John Muir the most effective voice for preservation in his own time and a remarkably pertinent voice in ours. His portrayal is thoughtful, thorough and humorous – and makes a very entertaining evening.

    Read more »

    Mission Church presents “Death Defeated” – an Easter program at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m.

    Childcare provided through age 4. Kids 5 and up are invited to join the grown-ups in the service.

    For more information visit www.missionchurchww.org.

    Read more »

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m.

    Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production.

    The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists’ romanticized views of Japan. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

    Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

    This screening runs about 2 hours 45 minutes including one intermission, plus a 15-minute introduction. Beer, wine, and popcorn 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.

    SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Read more »

    Walla Walla Valley Honda presents the second show in the 2017 Little Watts Children’s Series of Family Entertainment – “Robin Hood” – Friday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

    Bring the kids to enjoy a live theatrical presentation of the exuberant tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, who are ever jauntily escaping from the clutches of the ill-disposed Sheriff of Nottingham. Heroic deeds and jolly adventures!

    This play is presented by Traveling Lantern who have been entertaining children all over the country since 1985. Their mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations. This production is geared towards gradeschool audiences and will run just about an hour.

    Reserved seating tickets ($10 Adult, $7 Youth 12 and Under) will be available to Members on Friday, February 10, to our e-mail subscribers on Friday, February 17, and to the public on Friday, February 24, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

    Read more »
    May 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents acoustic jazz ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. The group performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both gypsy jazz standards and original compositions…

    Read more »

    The Baudboys will return for another a cappella concert in Walla Walla on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. They last performed here in 2015.

    The Baudboys are an 8-part a cappella group of Microsoft employees (aka “geeks”). With a rotating membership of 7-9 members, The Baudboys competed or performed at the Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes for a record nine years running, claiming the top spot in 2008 and again in 2011.

    Reserved seating tickets ($29-$24 Adults, $18 Students) will be available to the public on January 23, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

    Read more »
111 North 6th Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362 Box Office: 509.529.6500 Contact Us