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    June 2018

    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Manon by The Royal Ballet on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. This performance is filmed live in London and rebroadcast to select theaters.

    Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.

    Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on March 7, 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

    MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

    Runtime: approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes, including an on-screen introduction and two intermissions. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. 

    CONTENT ADVISORY: Manon contains scenes of an adult nature, including sexual violence.

    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.

    The 2018 Live Cinema Series is sponsored by Shakespeare Walla Walla, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make Shakespeare and theater approachable and entertaining to students in eastern Washington and Oregon. 

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    Each June, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival presents over 30 events around the Walla Walla Valley. The third Festival Series Concert will take place at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight we feature music by Amy Beach, Joan Tower, Marion Bauer and Gustav Mahler.

    Gustav Mahler is known as the composer of ten-ish unwieldy Symphonies, numerous song cycles, and as one of the most polarizing musical figures of the late 19th century. Noticeably absent from his compositional output are any substantive chamber works. There is one exception, however, that of a single movement for piano quartet in A minor. We pair Mahler’s single movement with music by three American composers, Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Joan Tower.

    Originally hailing from Walla Walla (woo-hoo!), Marion Bauer made her mark in New York City as a composer, author and professor, influencing such luminaries as Aaron Copland and Milton Babbitt. She was also the first in a long line of Americans to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Her three-movement Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 22, is required listening for any self-respecting music-loving resident or visitor to the Walla Walla Valley.

    Rounding out the program are two works for flute and string quartet, the Theme and Variations, Op. 80, by Amy Beach and Rising, by Joan Tower (2009).

    Doors open at 6:30 PM.

    General Admission: $20; Family Ticket: $45 (admits two adults and up to four children); Student Ticket: $8 (under 22 with valid student ID). For more information and tickets, visit www.wwcmf.org.

    About the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival:
    Founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Timothy Christie, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF) is a non-profit organization committed to making chamber music accessible to all. In addition to tickets events, WWCMF presents extensive free children’s programming, targeted outreach events, and daily free open rehearsals throughout the Walla Walla community.

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    Each June, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival presents over 30 events around the Walla Walla Valley. The fourth Festival Series Concert will take place at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight we feature Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for violin and piano, the Popper Requiem in F Sharp minor, Op. 66 for 3 cellos and the Brahms B Flat Sextet, Op. 18.

    Festival Series IV brings the 2018 Season to a close with works by Clara Schumann, David Popper and Johannes Brahms. The Popper Requiem in F Sharp minor, Op. 66, is not a vocal work. However, it capitalizes on the vocal qualities of three cellos in perfect harmony. Balancing the valedictory gravitas of the Popper are the Three Romances of Clara Schumann and the B Flat Sextet, Op. 18 of Johannes Brahms. If the Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, represents Autumn, then surely the B Flat Sextet represents Spring. Additional work, TBD. Celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 season in grand melodic style.

    Doors open at 6:30 PM.

    General Admission: $20; Family Ticket: $45 (admits two adults and up to four children); Student Ticket: $8 (under 22 with valid student ID). For more information and tickets, visit www.wwcmf.org.

    About the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival:
    Founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Timothy Christie, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF) is a non-profit organization committed to making chamber music accessible to all. In addition to tickets events, WWCMF presents extensive free children’s programming, targeted outreach events, and daily free open rehearsals throughout the Walla Walla community.

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    July 2018

    Private Event July 4 - July 5

    A private event is scheduled at the theater on this date.

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    The 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush celebrates the most intoxicating blend of American short cinema over the course of three days (July 6-8). Once again, the festival will showcase narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in themed packages.

    Walla Walla Movie Crush will showcase nearly 100 new shorts from Oscar®-winners, household names, rising stars and wunderkinds. Movies will screen in hour-long 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.

    The Sunday evening session will feature ten brand-new short films created specifically for the Walla Walla Movie Crush in response to this prompt: Second Thoughts. The “Challenge” screening will be followed immediately by an awards ceremony during which top honors will be bestowed based on the evaluation of a jury of award-winning actors, screenwriters and filmmakers, including: Duncan Jones, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Alvaro Rodriguez, Jessica Yu, AJ Schnack and Tom Skerritt.

    In June, the full Crush line-up will be revealed at: www.wallawallamoviecrush.com

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

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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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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds ($1/ticket) will be donated to the Walla Walla Symphony.

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

    Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably one of the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

    This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. Runtime: 3 hours including an on-screen introduction and two intermissions.

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 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, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.

    The 2018 Live Cinema Series is sponsored by Shakespeare Walla Walla, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make Shakespeare and theater approachable and entertaining to students in eastern Washington and Oregon. 

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    A private event is scheduled at the theater on this date.

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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. This production is directed by former New York director and Walla Walla native Tyson Kaup (Last 5 Years, Cabaret).

    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
    JUDY – Claire Marr
    PEPPER – Catie Allen
    DUFFY – Libby Drabek
    GERTRUDE – Caroline Blethen

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

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

    Want to support our efforts to bring more live theater to Walla Walla? Contact the box office to become a Summer Stage Supporter! $150 supports one musical; $250 supports both. Includes two best-available seats, mention in the program, and a souvenir poster.

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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. This production is directed by former New York director and Walla Walla native Tyson Kaup (Last 5 Years, Cabaret).

    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
    JUDY – Claire Marr
    PEPPER – Catie Allen
    DUFFY – Libby Drabek
    GERTRUDE – Caroline Blethen

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

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

    Want to support our efforts to bring more live theater to Walla Walla? Contact the box office to become a Summer Stage Supporter! $150 supports one musical; $250 supports both. Includes two best-available seats, mention in the program, and a souvenir poster.

    Read more »
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