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    July 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in concert on Sunday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.

    Herb Alpert — the iconic trumpeter, composer, record label executive, artist and philanthropist — has had five #1 hits, released fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. After more than 50 years of ground-breaking accomplishments, he continues to be a prolific musician. He recently released a Grammy-nominated album of new material, inspired by electronic and dance music, called “Human Nature” – his fourth album of new music in just three years. It features five new original compositions and Alpert’s signature re–imagining of classics like Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and Bacharach and Elvis Costello’s “Look Up Again.”

    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled Alpert’s sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10– and five in the Top 20. Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single.

    To honor this landmark year, 24 of his classic albums were remastered from the original analog tapes and reissued for the first time, several of which have been out of print for a number of years. On the heels of the reissues, 13 of Herb’s albums returned to the Billboard Top 50 Catalog Jazz albums chart. 11 of his titles are currently in the Top 100 Jazz albums on Amazon. Billboard also listed Herb at #7 on their Greatest Of All Time Billboard 200 Artists list this year. Summer, 2017, Herb releases two new albums, “Music Volume 1” and “The Christmas Wish,” recorded with symphony and chorus.

    A 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alpert has also dedicated his life to philanthropy, funding programs that include arts education, jazz and support to professional artists. Through the Herb Alpert Foundation, he has endowed the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts and most recently the Music Department at Los Angeles City College. This gift to LACC provides free attendance, additional private lessons and further financial aid to music majors. Herb has also established the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists at California State Summer School for the Arts, and the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts administered by Cal Arts for the past 22 years.

    Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer Lani Hall joins her husband, Herb Alpert, on the current concert tour.

    Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966, as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. She has the distinction of recording more than 22 albums in three different languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish, and in 1983, she sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. In 1986 Hall won her first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance for her album, “Es Facil Amar”. Hall picked up her second Grammy Award as producer on Herb Alpert’s 2013 album, “Steppin’ Out”.

    While her singing career took her on the road, Hall also focused on her writing—committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her. Sergio Mendes further expanded her writing career by asking Lani to write the English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs. Her debut book, “Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories”, compiles 10 short stories from 30 years of writing short fiction and true stories from her life—all woven together by a connecting personal narrative, with the city of Chicago as the backdrop. Her characters are intelligent, modern women struggling to navigate the uncertain waters of adultery, therapy, cosmetic surgery, postpartum depression and their own sexuality.

    And now, with the release of her audio book, “Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories”, Hall has mixed her two creative expressions to make one total experience. With her emotional narration at the forefront, she has placed a unique, musically scored soundtrack, creating an emotional landscape of music, to all 10 stories, making each chosen scene come to vivid life.

    Since 2006, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall have been touring with their band to sell out performances.

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    August 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of “Otello” on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

    A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

    General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Cabaret: The Musical August 18 - August 27

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents: “Cabaret” a musical directed by Tyson Kaup book by Joe Masteroff based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood music by John Kander lyrics by Fred Ebb produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. August 18, 19, 25, 26 – 7:00 PM August 20, 27 – 2:00 PM CABARET is set in a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close. Guests are welcomed by a garish Master…

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    September 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Titus Andronicus” on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

    Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

    Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

    Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing “The Two Noble Kinsmen” (2016).

    General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Popcorn, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.

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    As a warm-up for the Washington Premiere of “A Very Sordid Wedding” on Friday, September 15, Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the cult hit “Sordid Lives” on Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

    “Sordid Lives” is an independent film released in 2000, written and directed by Del Shores, based on his play of the same name. The film follows a gay West Hollywood actor as he returns home to his small Texas town for his grandmother’s funeral. Three generations of his dysfunctional family collide and the hilariously trashy truth of their lives are revealed.

    The film’s remarkable cast includes Olivia Newton-John (Grease), Delta Burke (TV’s “Designing Women”), Bonnie Bedelia (TV’s “Parenthood”), Beau Bridges (TV’s “Masters of Sex”) and Leslie Jordan (TV’s “Will and Grace”).

    “Sordid Lives” was followed in 2008 by the television series “Sordid Lives: The Series” which expanded on the events of the original film and included many of the original cast members. A sequel film “A Very Sordid Wedding” is currently in limited theatrical release and the September 15 screening at the Power House will be the official Washington Premiere of the film. Filmmakers Del Shore (writer/director) and Emerson Collins (producer/actor) will be in attendance.

    “Sordid Lives” is rated R (language, nudity) and runs approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. Snacks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will host the Washington Premiere of the 2017 independent film “A Very Sordid Wedding” on Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Two of the filmmakers, Del Shores (writer/director) and Emerson Collins (producer/actor) will be in attendance. “A Very Sordid Wedding” (2017) is a direct sequel to “Sordid Lives” (2000) and takes place seventeen years later in the same small Texas community with many of the same memorable characters. Sissy Hickey is reading the Bible, cover to…

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    Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “Micah and Me” on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. This family dance party is part of the ongoing Little Watts Series of Family Entertainment at Gesa Power House Theatre.

    Micah and Me is a band made up of three at-home dads who entertain, educate and empower young children (0-7) through the power of music. They have played hundreds of live shows throughout Oregon and Washington.

    Micah and Me play ukulele, guitar, bass drum and bass guitar while singing and dancing their hearts out. The show is 45-60 minutes long, depending on the attention span of the audience. Kids, parents, and the young at heart engage in guided and free form dancing throughout the show. Other elements, such as parachute play, scarves, bubbles and percussion instruments, are often incorporated into the fun. At the end of the show they offer an instrument petting zoo.

    Micah and Me were recently voted one of the top five Children’s Entertainers in Portland, Oregon by PDX Parent!

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Chase Padgett in “6 Guitars” on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

    “6 guitars” is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett becomes six different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country). During this 85 minute show, each of the characters ranging from a 19 year old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.

    “6 Guitars” premiered in the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival where it was greeted with sold out houses and standing ovations. Since then is has traveled internationally, becoming one of the most successful shows from the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit by breaking attendance records and receiving high praise from critics. In 2013 it became one of the top 5 highest grossing shows in the history of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival by selling nearly 3000 tickets in 12 days. In 2015 it broke that record with 3200 tickets.

    Chase Padgett has been a professional actor and musician for most of his adult life. While attending the University of Central Florida, he studied and worked at the Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando Fl, one of the best improv companies in the southeast. After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music he worked at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in various comedic and musical roles including custom song writing for special events.

    In 2014 Chase was hand picked to perform a sketch comedy showcase for NBC in Los Angeles where he got to work with some of the best comedy talent in the field. When not touring or auditioning in LA he resides in Portland, OR where he can be seen working with the Curious Comedy Theatre as a writer, performer, improviser, and musician.

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    Every Brilliant Thing September 29 - October 1

    Gesa Power House Theatre will produce “Every Brilliant Thing” under the direction of Nancy Simon, September 29, 30, and October 1.

    “Every Brilliant Thing” is a one-actor play, adapted by playwright Duncan McMillan from his own short story “Sleeve Notes”. British comedian Jonny Donahue, who originated the role, shares in the writing credit. The play’s title refers to a list – of everything wonderful in the world – that the narrator writes in an effort to combat negative feeling and depression.

    The play’s story spans nearly three decades and several life-changing events, evoking laughter and tears in equal measure. The play has received critical acclaim in London, Edinburgh, and Off-Broadway in New York City.

    “It’s the funniest play you’re ever likely to see about depression, and also the most moving” – British Theatre Guide

    “Every Brilliant Thing” invites some audience participation, primarily through asking people to read a few words aloud from slips of paper they are given as they enter the theater. A few audience members are incorporated into scenes, with the actor doing most of the heavy lifting. On-stage seating will be encouraged.

    Director Nancy Simon is Professor Emerita at Whitman College where she taught theater classes and directed at Harper Joy Theatre for more than 50 years. Following her retirement, she remains active in the local theater scene. She intends to cast the play with a local actor.

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    October 2017

    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. They previously played to a sold out Power House audience in 2014.

    For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

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