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    October 2018

    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, 2018

    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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    Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to a cinema near you, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation), and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein (Darius Campbell).

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    Just Us Girls Sharing (J.U.G.S.) invites you to an EP Release Party for indie folk duo Sound and Stone at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit J.U.G.S. Brothers Nico and Bash Evans have been making music as Sound and Stone for more than a decade, and only recently decided to record their first studio work, an EP titled “The Vardo,” with Dave Tate at Red Earth Recording Studios.

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    November 2018

    EmiSunshine November 3, 2018

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents country music prodigy EmiSunshine in concert on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m.

    “Just an incredible talent!  I’m so proud for her and I’m probably her biggest fan!”
    – Tanya Tucker

    “The young country singer is no tween novelty. The pint-size Tennessee native is a hard-country belter; she’s a star on the rise.”
    ~Chicago Tribune

    The exceptional talents of critically-acclaimed teen music prodigy, EmiSunshine has captured the nation’s attention. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has been hailed by outlets such as No Depression, Billboard and Rolling Stone: “Sounds like the spunky, intense little sister to artists Iris DeMent, Natalie Maines, Nanci Griffith and Janis Joplin.”

    EmiSunshine has already graced some of the most-prestigious stages–from the “Today Show,” to the Grand Ole Opry (more than a dozen times) and most recently, “Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey” last April. Additionally, EmiSunshine stars in and performs three songs in her latest film appearance on “The King,” alongside such celebrities as Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin, and more. The film featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and premiered at Cannes Film Festival, where Emi performed.

    A well-crafted storyteller, Emi’s music has been described as an “old-timey,” unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a sprinkle of blues.

    “A very talented young lady, …EmiSunshine is taking the nation by storm, and if you ever get the chance to see them, by all means…you must.” – No Depression

    Reserved seating tickets ($35-$30) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Walla Walla Valley Academy Drama Department presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a rollicking comedy of gender switching, mistaken identity, a love triangle, and various schemes to entangle the vain and foolish in ridiculous situations. Set in the Renaissance, this lightly trimmed version preserves the most memorable and hilarious lines but keeps the story moving at a clear and lively pace. Believing that Gesa Power House Theatre was made for plays like this, we are thrilled to bring our production there and share it with the valley. 

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    Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

    Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch of US television drama series “How to Get Away With Murder” as his assistant Ken. MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs this production which went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

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    Winter is just around the corner, and Bluewood Alpine Race Team (BART) is working with Warren Miller Entertainment to bring you its 69th annual ski and snowboard film, Face of Winter, presented by Volkswagen. The late, great Warren Miller built his legacy capturing the essence of winter magic, and the 69th feature film is a visual journey to many of the best skiing locations in the world and a celebration of the man who became known as the face of winter throughout the industry and the places and people he influenced along the way.

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    The Walla Walla Choral Society’s 2018-2019 concert season begins with “Peace & Goodwill” at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m.

    Peace and Goodwill. What two words better describe the historical Christmas season? This quiet, white light-filled time, “gentle on the ear,” calls for reflection and introspection. It is also an occasion for great joy, “fire and powerful grace,” “songs of hope everlasting,” and care. Joining us will be guest cellist Sally Singer Tuttle, and the Sharpstein Elementary School Choir as we join together to tell of the season’s wonderful themes and deeds.

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    The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas – recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium. Making their West End debuts are the original Broadway stars: Kelli O’Hara (Anna) reprising her Tony Award-winning performance, and Tony and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (The King). Also returning to her Tony Award-winning role Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang).

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    December 2018

    When one of Santa’s reindeer suddenly announces his retirement, he needs to find a replacement and fast! Against all odds, Elliot and his best friend Hazel set out to prove that he is the horse for the job. As Elliot and Hazel take on the North Pole reindeer try-outs, Hazel learns that Christmas as we know it may be headed for disaster. Meanwhile, back at the farm a potential new owner has plans that threaten the lives of their friends. Elliot is faced with the biggest decision of his life: save his friends or follow his dreams and save Christmas. Maybe he doesn’t have to choose; after all, big dreamers dream big! Featuring the all-star voice talent of Josh Hutcherson, Samantha Bee, Martin Short, Morena Baccarin, Jeff Dunham and John Cleese.

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    Popovich, a fifth generation circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals, has rescued a majority of his performers from shelters all over the country, and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. He is a gold medal winner in Paris France and a special award winner in Monte Carlo. Gregory and his pets were finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” were guests on TV shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, have been featured on Animal Planet and many, many more. Do not miss this opportunity to see this unique family-friendly show featuring this legendary circus entertainer and his furry friends.

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    Ireland’s foremost Celtic classical trio Affinití returns to Gesa Power House Theatre for their annual Christmas show that is well loved by the community and sells out every year. This year’s concert will take place on Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m. Howard Crosby, nephew of the legendary Bing Crosby, joins them on their annual Christmas Tour. This concert is SOLD OUT.

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    Tis the Season – 2018 December 15, 2018

    Gary Hemenway, Mark Brown, and friends come together for a fun evening of holiday music.

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    One of Canada’s busiest comedians, Mike Delamont has appeared on Halifax Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, The Debaters, and tours North American with several one-man comedy shows, including “God is a Scottish Drag Queen” which he performed in Walla Walla earlier this year – a show that has broken comedy festival ticket sales records, and earned Delamont 18 “Best of the Fest” Awards.

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    January 2019

    In this Live Cinema screening of a current Royal Ballet production, choreographer Natalia Makarova brings the 19th-century Russian classic “La Bayadère” to life in her adaptation of Marius Petipa’s original choreography. Highlights include the Kingdom of Shades scene in Act III, a showcase for the corps de ballet as they perform arabesques across the moonlit stage. The cast will feature Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez as Nikiya, Vadim Muntagirov as Solor and Natalia Osipova as Gamzatti.

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    We Three January 19

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents We Three in concert on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. We Three (siblings Joshua, Bethany and Manny) warmed hearts with their unforgettable 2018 America’s Got Talent audition in which they poured all their emotions into an original song, which they dedicated to their late mother, who passed away two years ago after a battle with cancer. They went on to become semi-finalists.

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    Completing the 2019 Winter Fest experience is the Festival Series performance at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Schumann’s masterpiece of melody and invention, the Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47, anchors the program. Also on tap is music for two violins by Hungarian master and WWCMF 2019 Poster Composer, Béla Bartók.

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    Meet at Whitman College, in the Reid Campus Center foyer at 4 p.m. for a peace march. Following the march, there will be a short program at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Refreshments will be provided.

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    Mad Max meets Ancient Greece in Shakespeare’s play of love, war and celebrity. Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences. Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

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    February 2019

    Comedian, author, lecturer, host, and actress Paula Poundstone returns to Walla Walla to perform at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Paula is known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit. She is also a popular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

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    The world’s most unmistakable voice returns to the big screen when Josh Groban’s Bridges Tour from Madison Square Garden comes to select cinemas nationwide for a spectacular one-night concert event with special guest appearances by Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles.

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    In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

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