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    May 2018

    In their 2017-2018 finale concert, The Walla Walla Choral Society – following two sold-out shows conducted by new Artistic Director Gary Hemenway – presents a “Light, Life & Home” concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Monday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.

    This concert presents a collection of songs that are rooted in musical and lyrical motifs that speak of endearing and foundational parts of our lives. “Light, Life & Home” will feature the poignant photography of local photographer Mark Van Donge. The Choral Society will be joined by The Crimson & Black Choir from McLaughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, under the direction of Melissa Cunnington. This last performance for the season is a true celebration of the many reasons we are grateful to live in the Walla Walla Valley!

    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. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

    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 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m and again on Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit Shakespeare Walla Walla.

    This contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company. Eccleston is known for portraying the Ninth Doctor in the British television series “Doctor Who” and Matt Jamison in the American drama series “The Leftovers” on HBO.

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    The Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) returns to Gesa Power House Theatre with a concert titled “Beatles: Number Ones” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.

    Taking inspiration from the popular Beatles compilation album “1,” SRO celebrates the band’s broad swath of No. 1 hits that reigned on both the U.K. and U.S.charts, along with their charming B-Side companions (many of which are hits in their own right). Featuring the songs “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eight Days A Week,” “Yesterday,” Penny Lane,” “Hey Jude,” “Something,” “Let It Be,” and many more.

    Seattle Rock Orchestra doesn’t hide behind a rock band … it is the rock band! SRO utilizes strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and rotating cast of exciting guest vocalists to deliver tribute shows unlike any other. Each SRO show juxtaposes a dynamic plethora of possibilities: the infectious energy of a dance party with a classy night out at the symphony; searing rock solos with intimate orchestral moments of staggering beauty; fan favorite sing-alongs with lesser known ‘deep cuts,’ all combining to create a fun yet profoundly moving night out that honors the featured artist’s lasting legacy.

    SRO was founded in 2008 by bassist and composer Scott Teske. In the years since, SRO has racked up an impressive resume that includes collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello, Macklemore, DeVotchKa, Jeremy Enigk, Damien Jurado, D.R.A.M, Jesse Sykes, Rosie Thomas, Allen Stone, Jason Webley, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and members of Big Star, The Posies, R.E.M., Harvey Danger, The Long Winters, Vendetta Red, Nada Surf & Pearl Jam), on stages across Washington State, including Seattle’s Paramount, Moore & Neptune Theatres, Sasquatch Music Festival, Summer Meltdown Festival, and Timber Outdoor Music Festival.

    Reserved seating tickets ($50-$40) 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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    “Bernstein Centenary” is a mixed program honoring the creative genius of Leonard Bernstein as part of the special worldwide centennial celebration of works created in response to his music.

    Continuing his distinctive creative collaborations beyond the world of dance, Wayne McGregor’s new ballet “Yugen” incorporates designs by artist Edmund de Waal, and is set to Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” Liam Scarlett’s ballet “The Ages of Anxiety” is set to Bernstein’s “Symphony No 2” with design by John Macfarlane. Christopher Wheeldon collaborates with award-winning fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu to create the costumes for the world premiere of “Corybantic Games.”

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    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m and again on Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit Shakespeare Walla Walla.

    This contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company. Eccleston is known for portraying the Ninth Doctor in the British television series “Doctor Who” and Matt Jamison in the American drama series “The Leftovers” on HBO.

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    Local singer, songwriter, and producer Carson Schmidt will be live in concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature performances from his recent studio albums: “Watching Heaven Burn,” “Identity,” “Blindside,” and more.

    The concert will also feature guest vocalist Riley Hardy and guest cellist Sophie Naden-Johns.

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

    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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    June 2018

    Kick off Pride Month in Walla Walla with a party at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, June 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The fun begins with the screening of the new film “Saturday Church”, followed by a drag show hosted by Chardonnay and a few of her friends, and finally a dance party with music by DJ Lotek.

    “Saturday Church” is a musical film written and directed by Damon Cardasis. It tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, who finds himself simultaneously coping with the loss of his father and adjusting to his new responsibilities as man of the house alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt. While growing into his new role, the shy and effeminate Ulysses is also dealing with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy for himself, filled with glimpses of beauty, dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to “Saturday Church,’ a program for LGBTQ youth. For weeks Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his Aunt’s desire to see him involved in her Church, while spending time with his new friends, finding out who he truly is and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene and voguing. When maintaining a double life grows more difficult, Ulysses must find the courage to reveal what he has learned about himself while his fantasies begin to merge with his reality.

    “Saturday Church” received numerous awards at film festivals and was released in January. It has a runtime of about 90 minutes.

    The fun continues with a 60-minute drag show hosted by Chardonnay and a few of her Walla Walla friends (Anita Mann, Toxic, Savarrah P. Glam). Chardonnay is a sassy drag queen with a big heart filled with love and laughs. She got her start here in Walla Walla in 2014 and is now the drag mother of the “Haus of Tannins.” Chardonnay is a frequent performer around the Pacific Northwest and in Walla Walla.

    The party continues with dancing to fun music by DJ Lotek. One low ticket price covers admission for the entire evening. All entertainment will be appropriate for ages 14 and up. The event ends at approximately 11:00 p.m.

    General admission tickets ($15) 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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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents the new documentary film RBG on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.

    At the age of 85, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive biography, the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career. 

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

    This film has a runtime of 97 minutes. From Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

    Reserved seating tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662. Adult tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Magician Kevin Allen on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.

    Magician Kevin Allen caught the magic bug at age eight, was performing publicly at age 14, and now works full time as a magician, comedian, and entertainer. Kevin’s act is family-friendly, but this show is geared towards the adults in the audience. He also appears as “Presto the Magician” with a shorter, kid-friendly show on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.

    “A real treat”
    -East Portland News

    Reserved seating tickets ($25) 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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    Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “Presto the Magician” – as part of the 2018 Little Watts Children’s Series of Family Entertainment – on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.

    Presto is Portland’s Favorite Family Magician performing comedy magic shows for birthday parties, libraries, schools, company parties, and other events. Winner of Portland’s 2016 Red Tricycle “Most Delightful Birthday Entertainer” award, Presto is able to charm audiences of all ages. Presto has been performing magic since he was a teenager, and now performs for tens of thousands of kids every year as a full-time entertainer.

    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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    Each June, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival presents over 30 events around the Walla Walla Valley. The first Festival Series Concert will take place at Gesa Power House Theatre on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight we feature a World Premiere by composer Texu Kim, plus music of Beethoven and Clara Schumann with the Volta Piano Trio.

    To kick off the 2018 Festival Series, WWCMF welcomes longtime friends, the Volta Piano Trio to perform the masterpiece by composer and pianist Clara Schumann, the Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17. It is often said that Clara Schumann took a backseat to her more famous husband, Robert. However, this is incorrect on two counts. First, Clara was known as a virtuoso pianist of the highest order throughout Europe, her fame exceeding that of her hubby during her 60-plus-year performing career. Second, you can’t take a backseat when you are the one driving the bus!

    Also on the program is the world premiere of a duo for violin and cello by the composer Texu Kim and the Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3 by Beethoven. It is a concert of firsts…

    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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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents the new documentary film RBG on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.

    At the age of 85, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive biography, the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career. 

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

    This film has a runtime of 97 minutes. From Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

    Reserved seating tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. For group ticket sales, please call 509-876-1662. Adult tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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    Each June, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival presents over 30 events around the Walla Walla Valley. The second Festival Series Concert will take place at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight we feature music of Robert Schumann, György Kurtág, Josh Burrel and Andrew Norman.

    Our second Festival Series performance invites the clarinet to the fore with works old and new. Robert Schumann, ever given to flights of fantasy, composed his Märchenerzählungen, Op.132 near the end of his compositional life. Loosely translated as “Fairy Tales,” this work for piano, viola and clarinet does not tell any specific fairy tale but rather evokes certain tropes such as sparkling elven mischief, regal pomp and the lyricism of loneliness. György Kurtág provides modernist counterpoint to Schumann’s foray into the magical with his Hommage à Robert Schumann for the same instrumentation. Also on the program are works by 21st-century composers Josh Burrel and Andrew Norman. Burrel, in his Andooni for clarinet quintet, mourns the Armenian genocide of 1915-1923 and Norman, in his Gran Turismo for eight violins, imagines an Italian baroque ensemble revving its engines at the speed of an F1 race car. Though each piece inhabits its own unique sphere, each work shares an essential component of storytelling that looks both to the past and the future.

    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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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a screening of the new documentary film McKellen: Playing the Part on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.

    ★★★★ “An intimate, enthralling look at the life of a legend.”
    – Time Out

    Constructed from 14-hours of interviews, McKellen: Playing the Part uncovers the remarkable story of actor Sir Ian McKellen. From his upbringing living through the Second World War, working through repertory and West End theater becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorized insight.

    McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and exclusive behind the scenes of theater shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.

    This film has a runtime of 96 minutes. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Beer, wine, and popcorn will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.

    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. 

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    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.

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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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    Following its successful launch in 2017, the Walla Walla Movie Crush returns to the Gesa Power House Theatre July 6-8, 2018 for the second annual celebration of the best of American short cinema.

    This year’s festival will screen 129 films (click here for the complete lineup), including 15 World Premieres, over the course of 3 days, plus will include a new art film installation and a revamped Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.

    Short films will be shown in one-hour, themed 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.

    Content advisory: all content is unrated and may not be suitable for younger viewers.

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

    Tickets to the 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush are available at: www.wallawallamoviecrush.com.

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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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    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. 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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