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    July 2018

    Following its successful launch in 2017, the Walla Walla Movie Crush returns to the Gesa Power House Theatre July 6-8, 2018 for the second annual celebration of the best of American short cinema.

    This year’s festival will screen 129 films (click here for the complete lineup), including 15 World Premieres, over the course of 3 days, plus will include a new art film installation and a revamped Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.

    Short films will be shown in one-hour, themed blocks:

    Friday, July 6 – 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, July 7 – noon-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, July 8 – noon-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Content advisory: all content is unrated and may not be suitable for younger viewers.

    The Walla Walla Movie Crush receives support from The City of Walla Walla, Washington FilmWorks, and Gesa Power House Theatre. Proceeds from the Walla Walla Movie Crush benefit The Red Badge Project.

    Tickets to the 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush are available at: www.wallawallamoviecrush.com.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Good Co – an electro swing band – in concert on Friday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

    Six-piece band Good Co is the United States’ first live Electro Swing Band. Electro Swing combines the era of illicit booze, jitterbugging flappers, and underground speakeasies with the funky beats and the electric sound of today’s dance music – pounding dance beats and gypsy jazz guitar riffs. Samples from the past are turned on their heads along with a live horn section creating the best sounding dance party this side of the 1920s. At Good Co performances, beatboxing harmonica jams, onstage dance parties, and crowd sing-alongs may spontaneously break out.

    Reserved seating tickets (Adults $35-$30; $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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    Annie: The Musical July 27 - July 29

    Gesa Power House Theatre launches the new Walla Walla Summer Stage Series with two musicals scheduled for Summer 2018. First up is Annie, with performances July 27 through August 5. The production will include modernized choreography and other updates to that will give audiences a fresh perspective to the well-known tale. The cast includes a crew of Walla Walla’s youngest actors as Annie’s orphan friends, as well as local and regional talent in other roles.

    Annie is directed by former New York director and Walla Walla native Tyson Kaup (The Last Five Years, Cabaret), who graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has acting and production experience in film, television, Off-Broadway, and many regional theaters around the country. Kaup says he gravitated towards Annie because of its youthful optimism and hopes that seeing young children being hopeful about the future will help the audience move towards a more positive mindset. 

    Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin includes popular hits such as “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

    With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC, and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

    The cast of Annie is as follows:

    ANNIE – Abigayle Rolfe
    OLIVER WARBUCKS – Thomas Beebe
    MISS HANNIGAN –  Jimmy Vaughan
    GRACE FARRELL – Cari Wilton
    ROOSTER – Daniel Rose
    LILY – Chanel Finnie
    MOLLY – Mae Blethen
    KATE – Frances Lastoskie
    TESSIE – Sydney Bridgeland
    JULY – Claire Marr
    PEPPER – Catie Allen
    DUFFY – Libby Drabek
    GERTRUDE – Caroline Blethen

    ENSEMBLE:
    Nathan Loomer
    Anthony Ochoa
    Peter Hoffman
    Romey Drabek
    Amanda Loney
    Lola Bloom
    Alyssa Shenefield

    Musicians:
    Bryson Jacob (VIOLIN)
    Collin Iedema (REED)
    Skyler Mendell (TRUMPET)
    Rachel Prull (BASS)
    Carson Schmidt (KEYBOARD)
    Paul Vandervort (TROMBONE)
    Thorin Zanger (DRUMS)

    Performance schedule:
    July 27 – 7:00 p.m.
    July 28 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    July 29 – 2:00 p.m.

    Aug. 3 – 7:00 p.m.
    Aug. 4 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Aug. 5 – 2:00 p.m.

    Reserved seating tickets ($35-$25 Adults; $20 Students; $15 Youth 17 and under) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662.

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

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    August 2018

    Annie: The Musical August 3 - August 5

    Gesa Power House Theatre launches the new Walla Walla Summer Stage Series with two musicals scheduled for Summer 2018. First up is Annie, with performances July 27 through August 5. The production will include modernized choreography and other updates to that will give audiences a fresh perspective to the well-known tale. The cast includes a crew of Walla Walla’s youngest actors as Annie’s orphan friends, as well as local and regional talent in other roles.

    Annie is directed by former New York director and Walla Walla native Tyson Kaup (The Last Five Years, Cabaret), who graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has acting and production experience in film, television, Off-Broadway, and many regional theaters around the country. Kaup says he gravitated towards Annie because of its youthful optimism and hopes that seeing young children being hopeful about the future will help the audience move towards a more positive mindset. 

    Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin includes popular hits such as “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

    With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC, and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

    The cast of Annie is as follows:

    ANNIE – Abigayle Rolfe
    OLIVER WARBUCKS – Thomas Beebe
    MISS HANNIGAN –  Jimmy Vaughan
    GRACE FARRELL – Cari Wilton
    ROOSTER – Daniel Rose
    LILY – Chanel Finnie
    MOLLY – Mae Blethen
    KATE – Frances Lastoskie
    TESSIE – Sydney Bridgeland
    JULY – Claire Marr
    PEPPER – Catie Allen
    DUFFY – Libby Drabek
    GERTRUDE – Caroline Blethen

    ENSEMBLE:
    Nathan Loomer
    Anthony Ochoa
    Peter Hoffman
    Romey Drabek
    Amanda Loney
    Lola Bloom
    Alyssa Shenefield

    Musicians:
    Bryson Jacob (VIOLIN)
    Collin Iedema (REED)
    Skyler Mendell (TRUMPET)
    Rachel Prull (BASS)
    Carson Schmidt (KEYBOARD)
    Paul Vandervort (TROMBONE)
    Thorin Zanger (DRUMS)

    Performance schedule:
    July 27 – 7:00 p.m.
    July 28 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    July 29 – 2:00 p.m.

    Aug. 3 – 7:00 p.m.
    Aug. 4 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Aug. 5 – 2:00 p.m.

    Reserved seating tickets ($35-$25 Adults; $20 Students; $15 Youth 17 and under) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662.

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

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    9 to 5: The Musical August 17 - August 19

    Gesa Power House Theatre launches the new Walla Walla Summer Stage Series with two musicals scheduled for Summer 2018. The second show of the series is “9 to 5: The Musical,” with performances on August 17 to 26. This production is directed by former New York director and Walla Walla native Tyson Kaup (Last 5 Years, Cabaret).

    “9 to 5” features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and is based on the 1980 hit movie of the same name. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

    Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

    The cast for 9 to 5 is as follows:
    VIOLET – Heather Johnson
    JUDY – Dani Hobbs
    DORALEE – Kristin Glaeser
    FRANKLIN HART – Chris Maxfield
    ROZ – Martina Paris-Fully
    JOE – Eric Rohde

    ENSEMBLE:
    Kory Carterby
    Oriana Golden
    Richele Heilbrun
    Peter Hoffman
    Rebecca Kelly
    Carrie LaRoy
    Sergio Muñoz
    Daniel Rose
    Janine Wheeler
    Abigail Wissink

    MUSICIANS:
    Silas Brannan
    Collin Iedema
    Nate Miller
    Carson Schmidt
    Kevin Stauffer
    Paul Vandervort
    Thorin Zanger

    Performance schedule:
    Friday, August 17 – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, August 18 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, August 19 – 2:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 24 – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, August 25 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, August 26 – 2:00 p.m.

    Content advisory: contains mild language and adult humor.

    Reserved seating tickets ($45-$25 Adults; $20 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662.

    Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater. No outside food or beverages allowed.

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    9 to 5: The Musical August 24 - August 26

    “9 to 5” features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and is based on the 1980 hit movie of the same name. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

    Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

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    September 2018

    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Romeo and Juliet” on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit Shakespeare Walla Walla. 

    Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion in this contemporary production with heartbreaking consequences. Set in a world very like our own, this “Romeo and Juliet” is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. Erica Whyman directs this production with Karen Fishwick (Juliet) and Bally Gill (Romeo) in the title roles.

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    Walla Walla Valley Disability Network presents a screening of the recent documentary film “I’ll Push You” on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre. The stars of the film, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, will be in attendance.

    “I’ll Push You” is a feature-length documentary about the struggles during a 35-day, 500-mile wheelchair journey across mountains, deserts, hills, and valleys and features perspectives from family and friends of Justin and Patrick.

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    Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

    Prince Siegfried (Vadim Muntagirov) chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette (Marianela Nuñez), he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

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    Kate & The Crocodiles will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit The Health Center.  Kate & The Crocodiles are a Portland-based quartet who perform stunning indie rock originals and covers, early jazz and jazz standards, reinventions of ‘70s and ’80s rock as ballads, classical art songs mixed with rock (yes really), and other surprises from far and wide. If the spectrum sounds broad, it is all held together by…

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    There is only one classic Batman and his name is Adam West. Growing up on a wheat ranch just outside of town, Adam West was always proud of his beginnings in Walla Walla. Come celebrate the legacy of our hometown hero with a FREE screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Starring Adam West” at 6:30 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre. This free film screening is part of the 2nd Annual Adam West Day celebration.

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    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 by Christopher Wheeldon (“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, The Royal Ballet). 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).

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    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 by Christopher Wheeldon (“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, The Royal Ballet). 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).

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    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. In this documentary film, 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.

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    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. Kevin Loomer reprises this role which he performed on the Gesa Power House Theatre stage last September.

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    About 40 years ago, a mysterious acoustic guitarist appeared from nowhere, conquered the music industry, and vanished without a trace… until now. Master storyteller 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.

    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.”

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    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. Kevin Loomer reprises this role which he performed on the Gesa Power House Theatre stage last September.

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    October 2018

    “Love, Gilda” opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. These never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story – through laughter and sometimes tears.

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    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. Filmed live in Stratford-upon-Avon and rebroadcast to select theaters.

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    Since its formation in Portland in 2006, Pigs on the Wing has steadily developed a reputation for delivering a high quality, high energy take on Pink Floyd’s music. All of the members of the band are seasoned veterans of the original rock scene and balance a decidedly un-tribute like attitude towards the music with a deep understanding of the precision and importance of Pink Floyd in many fans’ lives. The result is a sound and experience both refreshing in delivery and yet true to the original – something the band believes sets it apart from other Pink Floyd tributes.

    This time around – expect two full sets of Pink Floyd music – the first a loosely chronological retrospective of Pink Floyd’s work before becoming a household name; and the second a full performance of what many would argue is among rock music’s finest works from cover to cover, “The Dark Side of the Moon.”

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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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    Molly Tuttle October 18

    An award-winning virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly Tuttle has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship, Tuttle has been featured on the cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine (April 2017, February 2018) and Bluegrass Unlimited (July 2018).

    In October 2017, Molly Tuttle became the first woman to be named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Guitar Player of the Year.” In 2018 she won the Song Of The Year Award at the International Folk Music Awards with “You Didn’t Call My Name.”

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    The Rude Mechanicals will debut their live theatrical production of Hamlet at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 20 at 7:00 p.m. 

    One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and often quoted in popular culture, Hamlet tells the tale of Denmark’s grieving prince who seeks to avenge his father’s murder by bringing the new king, Claudius (his uncle and his mother’s new husband) to justice. Hamlet vividly portrays the power of overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of treachery, revenge, and moral corruption.

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