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    February 2018

    The Choral Society, conducted by new Artistic Director Gary Hemenway, presents a “Songs of Cole Porter” concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Monday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.

    When speaking about great American composers, Cole Porter stands among the greatest. His music has influenced generations and has made its way into the performance libraries of some of the world’s greatest vocalists. We look forward to honoring Cole’s art and sharing it with you. 

    Guest instrumentalists for this concert include: Michael Agidius (sax), Dick Counsell (trombone), Gary Gemberling (trumpet), Nate Miller (trumpet), Doug Morasch (upright bass), and Wil Spears (drums).

    Reserved seating tickets ($17 adults; $12 youth 17 and under) are available online or by calling the Gesa Power House Theatre box office at 509-529-6500. The Choral Society’s 2017 Holiday Concert sold out in advance, so don’t wait to purchase your tickets!

    The Walla Walla Choral Society, a non-profit volunteer organization, promotes and performs accessible quality choral music for the Walla Walla Valley and collaborates with other artistic groups, enriching the community’s cultural life.

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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Tosca by The Royal Opera on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

    Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

    A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

    Simon Shibambu – Cesare Angelotti
    Jeremy White – Sacristan
    Joseph Calleja – Mario Cavaradossi
    Adianne Pieczonka – Floria Tosca
    Gerald Finley – Baron Scarpia
    Aled Hall – Spoletta
    Jihoon Kim – Sciarrone
    Edward Hyde – Shepard Boy
    John Morrissey – Gaoler

    This screening runs approximately 3 hours including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

    NOTE: “Tosca” is sung in Italian with English surtitles. 

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

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    March 2018

    Just Us Girls Sharing (J.U.G.S.) presents Mandy Harvey in concert on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

    Mandy Harvey is a deaf American singer-songwriter. She was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer Winner in the most recent season of “America’s Got Talent”. Mandy lost her residual hearing due to a connective tissue disorder at age eighteen. She left the Vocal Music Education program at Colorado State University, and pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver (Top 100 Jazz venues in the world).

    Mandy Harvey’s Golden Buzzer moment on “America’s Got Talent” has over 25 million views, CNN’s Great Big Story captured over 10 million hits on social media, Burt’s Bees signed her up for their “Remarkable Women” campaign, NBC Nightly News profiled her, and she has started performing at the world’s most prestigious clubs, concert stages and festivals.

    “From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz standard to growling blues…. At show’s end the audience is on its feet. Some know the secret. Harvey has not heard any of it – not the applause, not the talent of the musicians who shared the stage, not her own incredible voice.” – Los Angeles Times

    A limited number of VIP tables ($100/seat) are available and include side-stage and side-balcony table seating, a souvenir CD, and a private meet-and-greet with the performer. Reserved seating tickets ($65-$50) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

    Since 2009, Just Us Girls Sharing (J.U.G.S.) has been making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families in the Walla Walla Valley and beyond. The locally-formed and operated cancer survivor support network raises funds to directly benefit cancer survivors through cash assistance, the purchase of household items and appliances—basically, those things not covered by insurance.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will hold auditions in March for the new Walla Walla Summer Stage Series, with two musicals scheduled for Summer 2018 (Annie and 9 to 5). Both plays will be directed by former New York director and Walla Walla native Tyson Kaup (Rocky Horror, The Last Five Years, Cabaret). All principal and ensemble roles are open.

    Walla Walla auditions will be held at Gesa Power House Theatre on Friday, March 9 between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. with callbacks on Saturday and Sunday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Additional auditions will be held in Seattle on March 17 (by appointment). Video submissions will be accepted; however, preference will be given to those that audition in person.
    Performers are asked to prepare an audition of no more than 3 minutes in length – either one song, one song and one monologue, or two contrasting songs. Headshots and resumes are welcome but not required. If performers are called back they will be asked to sing from the score and read from the script. Some actors will be asked to attend a dance call at callbacks. All actors will be considered for both productions unless noted otherwise on their audition form. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
    Annie will be in rehearsals July 7-26 (nights and weekends) with eight performances between July 27 and August 5. The following roles are available for Annie:
    ANNIE: Female (10-12) Orphan. Tough, smart, and vulnerable with a boldly generous spirit. Vocal range: Mezzo. [Paid – $600]
    MISS HANNIGAN: Female (35-55) A disillusioned former beauty who drowns her self-pity in hooch and hot baths. Resentful and abusive towards the Orphans. Vocal range: Mezzo. [Paid – $600]
    OLIVER WARBUCKS: Male (40-60) A self-made businessman. Intentional and precise with undeniable passion. As big-hearted as he is severe. Vocal range: Baritone. [Paid – $600]
    GRACE FARRELL: Female (20-40) Mr. Warbucks’ secretary. Open and warm with a strong maternal impulse. Develops romantic feelings for Warbucks. Vocal range: Soprano. [Paid – $400]
    ROOSTER HANNIGAN: Male (20-40) A charming professional criminal. Miss Hannigan’s brother. Vocal range: Baritone. [Paid – $400]
    LILY: Female (20-40) Rooster’s girlfriend and partner in crime. Vocal range: Soprano. [Paid – $400]
    THE ORPHANS: Female (6-13) MOLLY, PEPPER, KATE, DUFFY, TESSIE, JULY. Street-smart kids with unique backgrounds and personalities. [Paid – $300 each]
    ENSEMBLE: (20-60) All must move well. [Paid – $300 each] The ensemble will cover the following roles:
    BUNDLES: A loveable laundryman
    FDR: The President
    DRAKE: Warbucks’ butler
    LT. WARD: A policeman
    BERT HEALY: A radio personality
    LOUISE HOWE: Aide to FDR
    STAR TO BE: Aspiring actress with a big voice
    BOYLAN SISTERS: Trio of singing sisters
    9 to 5 will be in rehearsals July 27-August 16 (nights and weekends) with eight performances between August 17-26. The following roles are available for 9 to 5:
    VIOLET: Female (30-50) Company secretary and Mr. Hart’s assistant. Single mother struggling to keep it all together. Ambitious. No BS. Must move well. Vocal range: Mezzo. [Paid – $1500]
    DORALEE: Female (20-40) A natural beauty with a spitfire personality. Authentic and wildly charming. Southern accent. Must move well. Vocal range: Mezzo. [Paid – $1500]
    JUDY: Female (30-50) The new girl at the office. Recently separated from her husband. Naive at times yet determined to win at life. Must move well. Vocal range: Mezzo. [Paid – $1500]
    FRANKLIN HART: Male (35-55) The boss. Devilishly charming. A notorious and unapologetic chauvinist. Vocal range: Baritone. [Paid – $1000]
    ROZ: Female (35-55) Office know-it-all and brown-noser. Mr. Hart’s eyes and ears – though she longs to be so much more. Great comedic timing. Vocal range: Mezzo. [Paid – $500]
    JOE: Male (30-45) A young office accountant and a good guy. Has romantic feelings for Violet. Vocal range: Baritone [Paid – $500]
    ENSEMBLE: (20-60) All must move very well. [Paid – $300 each] The ensemble will cover the following roles:
    DWAYNE: Doralee’s husband
    JOSH: Violet’s son
    DICK: Judy’s ex-husband
    TINSWORTHY: The chairman of the board
    MISSY: Franklin Hart’s wife
    MARIA: A sweet secretary
    KATHY: A secretary and office gossip
    MARGARET: A secretary and office lush
    Questions and video auditions may be e-mailed to artisticdirector@phtww.com.

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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Twelfth Night by The Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…

    Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of “the whirligig of time”.

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. 

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents The Phat Pack on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

    Four Broadway stars join together to perform some of the best music of Broadway and create an intimate, funny, and entertaining evening. These actors have performed in some of Broadway’s most popular shows; Jean Valjean in Les Misèrables (Randal Keith), The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Kevan Patriquin), and Jinx in Forever Plaid (Bruce Ewing) Together with Philip Fortenberry (Award winning Broadway & National Tour pianist), they are “The Phat Pack.”  This extraordinary group met while performing in PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular and together formed their own highly-acclaimed spectacle that continues to thrill audiences wherever it tours.

    The Phat Pack opened in the fall of 2012 in Las Vegas to rave reviews, and standing ovations. The show headlined for almost a year at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, followed by a highly successful run in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s Hotel And Casino, overlooking the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

    “Fabulous beyond words! Together, they create skin-tingling harmonies. Separately, they lead us on journeys through their offstage lives and onstage loves, punctuated by music and photos. As much as you can initiate friendships with performers over the course of a show, you can here.”
    – Steve Bornfeld, Vegas Seven Magazine

    “The Phat Pack is a wonderful show. Be sure to see it.” 

    Voted “Best of Vegas – Best All-Around Performers” (Las Vegas Review Journal)

    The Phat Pack is appropriate for all ages.

    Reserved seating tickets ($55-$50) will go on sale to Members on Friday, November 24, to email subscribers on Monday, November 27, and to the public on Friday, December 1 – online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Together Equal: A Gender Equity Tour of Washington to Walla Walla
    Sunday, March 18, 2018
    1:30 – 3:00 PM
    Gesa Power House Theatre

    Join us as we celebrate women leaders in our region, and learn how we can drive gender equity statewide.

    From getting more women engaged in civic leadership, to raising confident girls who lead, to creating greater economic security for all women – the Together Equal Tour will explore how communities like ours are lifting up women and girls throughout Washington with a non-partisan lens.

    Ticket ($10) are available at www.wfalliance.org. For more details call Beth Swanson at The Moms’ Network (509-301-7471).

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    Walla Walla Cannabis Company presents Planes on Paper with Jacob Navarro on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre.

    Since their last visit to Walla Walla almost a year ago, Planes on Paper has continued to make waves in the folk music world, finding themselves in uncharted territory for an Eastern Washington-based band. Their last release, “Television,” a politically-motivate single, garnered Planes on Paper an invite to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, as well as radio play across the U.S. and Europe, and a spot in Relix Magazine’s “Five Artists You Should Know.” Past local appearances range from drawing a massive crowds at the Gentlemen of The Road Festival and a sold-out Power House Theatre concert last March, down to intimate house show venues and private events at Leonetti & Kontos Cellars. They have made Walla Walla a regular tour stop, and always to rave reviews.

    For this show, Planes on Paper will be joined by their full band: Mikey Gervais (The Head and The Heart, Shallow Lenses) on bass, Faustine Hudson (The Maldives, The Grizzled Mighty) on drums, and on guitar they will be joined by Jacob Navarro, a first-call session guitarist in the Northwest, whose has recorded or performed for Eddie Vedder, The Dixie Chicks, Danny Barnes, and many more. Jacob Navarro will also open the show.

    Bar sponsorship provided by Henry Earl and Russell Creek wineries.

    Reserved Seating Tickets: $18 in advance (plus $2 ticket fee); $23 at the door (plus $3 ticket fee)

    This event is restricted to 21 and older (ID required).

    About Planes on Paper:

    As a one year-old project, Planes on Paper was already receiving high praise from a nearly endless list of media outlets across the country: The Seattle Times, American Songwriter Magazine, KEXP Seattle, WNYU New York, The Revue, Ear To The Ground, and The Stranger, to name just a few. Now several years into relentless touring, the praise continues, and the songwriting duo finds itself at home on both coasts of the US, and playing some of the area’s most noteworthy festivals… all without yet releasing an album. That unconventional path speaks volumes about the strength of Planes on Paper’s live show.

    “It’s easy to see why Planes on Paper is starting to attract serious attention on the neo-folkie scene.”
    — Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

    “There has been no shortage of bands that sound like Planes on Paper in the last 10 years of Seattle music, which makes it simultaneously delightful and frustrating when one of them is clearly a full head taller than the others.
    — Sean Nelson, The Stranger

    “This is folk music at the highest level.”
    — Greg Jones, Ear to the Ground Music

    “Planes on Paper expertly maneuvers dual vocals to produce this eerie, serene, beautiful aesthetic […] simultaneously mellow and powerful.”
    — Fallon Schlossman, WNYC New York

    This concert receives sponsor support from Walla Walla Cannabis Company, however the smoking or consumption of cannabis is prohibited at Gesa Power House Theatre per the guidelines of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (full text of Initiative 502 available here).

    Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

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    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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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of The Winter’s Tale by The Royal Ballet on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance “The Winter’s Tale” for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, “The Winter’s Tale” received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

    The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, “The Winter’s Tale” is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

    This screening runs approximately 3 hours including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

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

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