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    September 2018

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the recent documentary film “I’ll Push You” on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.

    It all started with three little words.

    “I’ll Push You” is an up-close and personal look into the dynamics of a life-long friendship between two best friends – Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray – as they travel across El Camino de Santiago. This feature-length documentary covers the struggle of the 35-day, 500-mile wheelchair journey across mountains, deserts, hills, and valleys and features perspectives from family and friends. Even though the story begins with the challenge that comes with Patrick’s willingness to push Justin in a wheelchair across northern Spain, “I’ll Push You” also explores the struggles related to Justin’s rare neurological disease. The parallel paths of Patrick’s experience in Spain and Justin’s life journey come together in a singular moment to reveal their similarities where Patrick discovers he’s both the pusher and the pushed. The story’s beautiful cinematography is set to poignant music tracks that underscore, perfectly, the inspiring example of love and vulnerability on display.

    Their trek in 2014 captivated individuals around the world and was featured in the Huffington Post, The Meredith Vieira Show, Der Spiegel, Fox & Friends, and many other outlets. Since returning from Spain, Justin and Patrick have been sharing their message of hope, faith, and community worldwide.

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults; $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents two screenings of An American in Paris: The Musical on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m.

    This breathtakingly-beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the “City of Light” in 1945. An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer in Paris becomes the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.

    An American in Paris features the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is an “old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance” (The Wall Street Journal).

    “Full of dance, romance, and glorious Gershwin.”
    – The Sunday Times

    Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet). Runtime: 160 minutes. Beer, wine, snacks and popcorn will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

    Reserved seating tickets (Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Students: $10 in advance, $15 at the door) will be available to Members on Friday, May 18, to Email Subscribers on Friday, May 25, and to the public on Friday, June 1, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents two screenings of An American in Paris: The Musical on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m.

    This breathtakingly-beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the “City of Light” in 1945. It features the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography.

    An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer in Paris becomes the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.

    With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is an “old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance” (The Wall Street Journal).

    “Full of dance, romance, and glorious Gershwin.”
    – The Sunday Times

    Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet). Runtime: 160 minutes. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.

    Reserved seating tickets (Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Students: $10 in advance, $15 at the door) will be available to Members on Friday, May 18, to Email Subscribers on Friday, May 25, and to the public on Friday, June 1, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a screening of the new documentary film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. A community conversation will be held following the screening.

    “This film will save lives.”
    – Dr. John Draper, Director National Suicide Prevention Lifeline USA

    At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms that led him to attempt to take his life, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. Kevin has also been one of the key catalysts in helping end a nearly 80-year long fight to construct suicide prevention net on the iconic San Francisco bridge.

    Kevin takes a journey to better understand the ripple effects his suicide attempt had on his family, friends, and the first responders who helped save him. He’s also working to shine light on inspirational individuals, families, and organizations who are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal.

    People around the globe are uniting and responding to calls for change with the goal of having a tremendous positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world.

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 adults, $10 students) will be available to Members on Thursday, May 31, to E-mail Subscribers on Thursday, June 7 and to the public on Thursday, June 14, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

    This event is held in honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you are struggling with mental health or contemplating suicide, please call the Walla Walla Crisis Response Team at (509) 524-2999 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Every Brilliant Thing starring Kevin Loomer and directed by Nancy Simon, with performances Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m.

    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 response to his mother attempting suicide. He starts the list at age seven with items like “ice cream” and “staying up past your bedtime,” and as the narrator grows older, the list grows longer.

    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 during the performance 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. The play will be performed “in the round” with on-stage seating.

    Kevin Loomer is a familiar face on Walla Walla’s many stages – under the spotlight and behind the scenes. He performed this role on the Gesa Power House Theatre stage last September, and is active in local theater productions, including at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla. Kevin is the Director of Theatre Arts at Walla Walla Community College.

    Director Nancy Simon is Professor Emerita at Whitman College where she taught theater classes and directed at Harper Joy Theatre for nearly 50 years. Following her retirement, she remains active in the local theater scene. She recently directed Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

    Reserved seating tickets ($20 Adults; $15 Students) will be available to Members on Thursday, May 31, to e-mail subscribers on Thursday, June 7, and to the public on Thursday, June 14. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Invite your friends and let them know you are going on Facebook!

    This event is held in honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you are struggling with mental health or contemplating suicide, please call the Walla Walla Crisis Response Team at (509) 524-2999 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Chase Padgett in his one-man show “Nashville Hurricane” on Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.

    About 40 years ago, a mysterious acoustic guitarist appeared from nowhere, conquered the music industry, and vanished without a trace… until now. Chase Padgett becomes a manager, a mother, a mentor, and the guitar prodigy himself as each one tells their side of the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of: the Nashville Hurricane.

    “If this isn’t worth 75 minutes of your time than I don’t know what is.”
    Houston Press

    During the course of this one man masterpiece the audience learns about Henry Waltrip (the Nashville Hurricane) from his humble trailer park beginnings with his mother, Brenda, to crazy gigs on the road with his blues-playing mentor, Tyrone. The stories and songs unfold into hilarious rants on love and music, a riveting tale involving the dark side of show biz, and blazing guitar work leading up to the finale: a one-man acoustic rendition of “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

    Reserved seating tickets (Adults $35-$25; $20 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Every Brilliant Thing starring Kevin Loomer and directed by Nancy Simon, with performances Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m.

    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 response to his mother attempting suicide. He starts the list at age seven with items like “ice cream” and “staying up past your bedtime,” and as the narrator grows older, the list grows longer.

    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 during the performance 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. The play will be performed “in the round” with on-stage seating.

    Kevin Loomer is a familiar face on Walla Walla’s many stages – under the spotlight and behind the scenes. He performed this role on the Gesa Power House Theatre stage last September, and is active in local theater productions, including at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla. Kevin is the Director of Theatre Arts at Walla Walla Community College.

    Director Nancy Simon is Professor Emerita at Whitman College where she taught theater classes and directed at Harper Joy Theatre for nearly 50 years. Following her retirement, she remains active in the local theater scene. She recently directed Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

    Reserved seating tickets ($20 Adults; $15 Students) will be available to Members on Thursday, May 31, to e-mail subscribers on Thursday, June 7, and to the public on Thursday, June 14. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Invite your friends and let them know you are going on Facebook!

    This event is held in honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you are struggling with mental health or contemplating suicide, please call the Walla Walla Crisis Response Team at (509) 524-2999 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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    October 2018

    The Live Cinema Series continues with the current production of The Merry Wives of Windsor by The Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. This performance is filmed live in Stratford-upon-Avon and rebroadcast to select theaters. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit Shakespeare Walla Walla. 

    Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

    David Troughton returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus.

    Runtime: TBA. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662.

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    For the third year in a row, Walla Walla celebrities will take to the stage at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 13 at 7:00 p.m. for the annual “Dancing with the W2 Stars” 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.

    Give your favorite dancer a leg up in the competition. You can help support the cause by donating money in the name of your favorite dancer! This will give them extra points and help them in the competition. All the proceeds from donations, ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisements from Dancing with the W2 Stars go to benefit Valley Residential Services in Walla Walla. For more information on this year’s Stars, go to www.w2stars.com.

    Enjoy the competition and then join us after the winner is announced for our FREE after party. Join W2 Stars and professional dancers upstairs in the Electric Lounge for some high energy dancing from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    In addition to seeing the Walla Walla Stars dance, the professionals teaching the stars will perform excerpts from their award-winning showcase “Ballroom Fever.” Audiences can expect to see breath-taking lifts, hundreds of costumes, theatrical story lines, and a variety of ballroom dance styles, from the sexy Cuban Salsa to the energetic American Swing to the elegant Viennese Waltz.

    The professional dance ensemble are members of the United States National Formation Championship company in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing, and their company tours internationally, with more than 100 performances each year.

    Valley Residential Services provides personalized support in safe, comfortable, home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residences for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services.

    Reserved seating tickets ($40) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. 

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    Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “The Zaniac Comedy Show” – as part of the 2018 Little Watts Children’s Series of Family Entertainment – on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m.

    With the energy of 1,000 suns, The Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Jaws will drop, and drool will fly as Alex juggles bowling balls, flaming torches and slices vegetables in half with a flying playing card. Every volunteer the Zaniac brings on stage becomes a hero and leaves with a memory that they’ll have for the rest of their life. Alex has mad skills, killer dance moves, and the comedy is always 100% clean.

    Awards and Accomplishments:
    Two Guinness World Records
    Voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comedian
    Appearances on America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing
    Hacky Sack World Champion and Seattle’s 3rd Best Air Guitarist!

    Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adult, $8 Youth 12 and Under) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.

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