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    March 2018

    Gesa Power House Theatre and Walla Walla Valley Honda present the Mud Bay Jugglers on Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. This Little Watts production is suitable for all ages, and runs about an hour.

    This startlingly inventive troupe juggles genres as easily as objects, weaving theater, dance, physical comedy, and juggling into a creative and infectious entertainment experience. Based in Olympia Washington the Mud Bay Jugglers work their choreographic and juggling magic to lively music for a mesmerizing and emotional performance. Since 1980, these master of levity – Doug Martin, Alan Fitzthum, and Harry Levine – have captivated audiences of all ages at theaters, universities, festivals and events through out the United States and Canada. About the only thing predictable about their constantly evolving material is that there will always be plenty of music and mirth – and lots of surprises. No wonder Jugglers World Magazine called them, “One of the most original and creative juggling troupes performing today.”

    Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adults, $8 Youth) will be available to Members on Friday, January 26, to Email Subscribers on Friday, February 2, and to the public on Friday, February 9 – online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    You never forget your first crush and we certainly haven’t forgotten ours. Last July, we launched the Walla Walla Movie Crush and on Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m., curator Warren Etheredge will host a showcase of some of our favorite short films from 2017. Over the course of two hours, you’ll see some of the finest shorts and the audience’s favorite along with a few approved by our Oscar®-winning and Oscar®-worthy jurors. Fine wines improve with age. The best shorts just get better. (Titles will be…

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    April 2018

    This Spring Break Party with Baby Bash as his tour makes his way through the Northwest. He’ll be performing new and well-known hits. Special guests include Rasheed with The Purp Gang and Hood Made Empire.

    Tickets ($35-$75) are available at the door. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Carmen by The Royal Opera on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

    This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

    For this production, Jakub Hrůša conducts the following cast:

    MORALÈS – Gyula Nagy
    MICAËLA – Kristina Mkhitaryan
    DON JOSÉ – Francesco Meli
    ZUNIGA – David Soar
    CARMEN – Anna Goryachova
    FRASQUITA – Jacquelyn Stucker
    MERCÉDÈS – Aigul Akhmetshina
    ESCAMILLO – Kostas Smoriginas
    DANCAÏRO – Pierre Doyen
    REMENDADO – Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
    VOICE OF CARMEN – Claude de Demo

    This screening runs approximately 3 hours 50 minutes including one intermission and an onscreen introduction.

    NOTE: Carmen is sung in French with English surtitles. 

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) 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 all-female country group Farewell Angelina in concert on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

    Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is comprised of four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and badass multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board. Roughstock calls them a “Superstar Act… with Killer Songs.” Rolling Stone says, “Wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass… deft playing… into one sonic knockout punch.”

    A band of longtime friends, Nicole Witt, Andrea Young, Lisa Torres, and Lauren Lucas all met pursuing their dreams in Nashville, TN. Each had deeply respected and admired each other while they were building successful solo careers, touring and recording with top artists, and writing songs for some of Country Music’s biggest hitmakers. When they heard the undeniable magic of their voices together for the first time, they couldn’t wait to take their show on the road. Major opportunities soon followed including singing the National Anthem for Thursday Night Football, The Unbridled Eve Gala for the Kentucky Derby, and The Trails West Festival among many others.

    Farewell Angelina’s chemistry lives in watching each other shine, and most of all, creating moments every night with the country music fans they love so much. They’ve been named among Rolling Stone’s “New Artists You Need To Know,” and Roughstock’s “Ones to Watch” with a tour schedule to prove it. They have opened for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Frankie Ballard, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, and Trace Adkins, to name a few.

    Reserved seating tickets ($45-$35) 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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    Celebrating 5 years of supporting youth ballet in Walla Walla
    Gala benefit for Danza Classica Ballet Foundation

    Tutus & Tapas, a gala evening of ballet, will return to Gesa Power House Theatre for a 5th year on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  This event features local food and wine; dining, wine, and activity items for auction; and a chance to see the Valley’s only classically trained youth ballet company present the repertoire for their summer 2018 trip to Italy.  All proceeds benefit the Danza Classica Ballet Foundation whose mission is to foster and advance the art of ballet in the WW Valley.

    Festivities begin when the doors open at 7:00pm.  Your ticket provides you with tasty small bites and a complimentary glass of local, award-winning wine (or non-alcoholic beverage if you prefer).  Mingle with friends and browse the themed, silent auction baskets or check out our marvelous wine wall.  Then “take a chance” at the Tutu Board where your donation gets you the pick of what’s behind the mini tutus on display:  it could be a gift certificate at a local business or a special prize item.  Enjoy the eclectic sounds of the musical duet, My Sister Linoleum, performing on stage as you sample the local culinary creations.

    Then at 8:00pm come have a seat and watch the beauty and variety of five specially choreographed dances performed by the youth dancers of the Danza Classica Ballet Company. These young ballet dancers, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, will be presenting five new works with choreography by Idalee Hutson-Fish, Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti of Ballet Idaho, and Natascha Greenwalt, director of Coriolis Dance Collective in Seattle.

    Our entertaining Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Thomas Beebe, is returning for the evening to introduce the program and assist with the live auction bidding for items like: 

    four tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s June production Love & Ballet in Seattle;
    a cheese & wine pairing for 6-8 people with tour of the farm at Monteillet Fromagerie in Dayton;
    a 6-month family pass for unlimited visits to Walla Walla Fight Factory gym and fitness center;
    a season pass for two to the Live Cinema screenings from the Royal London Opera/Ballet/Shakespeare Companies at the Gesa Power House Theatre.

    Tickets are $25/person and are available online, from Danza Classica Ballet Company dancers, and at the door.  Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

    Contact Information:  info@dcbfww.org

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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Carmen by The Royal Opera on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

    This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

    For this production, Jakub Hrůša conducts the following cast:

    MORALÈS – Gyula Nagy
    MICAËLA – Kristina Mkhitaryan
    DON JOSÉ – Francesco Meli
    ZUNIGA – David Soar
    CARMEN – Anna Goryachova
    FRASQUITA – Jacquelyn Stucker
    MERCÉDÈS – Aigul Akhmetshina
    ESCAMILLO – Kostas Smoriginas
    DANCAÏRO – Pierre Doyen
    REMENDADO – Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
    VOICE OF CARMEN – Claude de Demo

    This screening runs approximately 3 hours 50 minutes including one intermission and an onscreen introduction.

    NOTE: Carmen is sung in French with English surtitles. 

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) 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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    Returning for its fourth year, Pitch It! was created to inspire and celebrate young entrepreneurs in the Walla Walla Valley by providing a platform for area students to test out their ideas, develop entrepreneurial skills and compete for investment funding.

    ​Inspired by the TV show Shark Tank, students develop an idea, create a business and marketing plan and pitch their idea to a panel of judges.  Local Walla Walla business leaders contribute as mentors, coaches and judges for contestants grades K-13+.  The series of events culminates in a final event at Gesa Power House Theatre. 

    Join us for this year’s final event:
    Thursday, April 19th, 2018
    ​Gesa Power House Theatre
    ​5:30-8:00pm

    The preliminary competition for all contestants will be held:
    Thursday, March 29th, 2018
    Walla Walla Community College, Water & Environment Center
    ​5:30-8:00pm

    Pitch It! is made possible through the generous support of: Baker Boyer Bank, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Emberfuel Coworking.

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