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    July 2018

    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?

    Read more »
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