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    December 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents an evening of stand up comedy with headliner Kermet Apio at 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve – Sunday, December 31. Ring in the new year with the East Coast with a complimentary champagne toast at 9:00 p.m.

    Kermet Apio was born and raised in Hawaii and has lived in Seattle since attending the University of Washington in 1985. He has performed in 47 states, 7 Canadian provinces, as well as Hong Kong, Israel, and New Zealand. He has appeared on television shows such as “Star Search”, “Evening at the Improv” and “Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson.” He has also been heard on national radio shows like the “Bob and Tom Show” and “Rewind” on NPR, and can be heard regularly on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

    Great American Comedy Festival (Winner)
    Vancouver Comedy Festival
    Las Vegas Comedy Festival
    Aspen Comedy Festival
    Seattle Comedy Competition (Winner)
    San Francisco Comedy Competition (Semi-finals)

    Kermet Apio has shared the stage with The Smothers Brothers, Weird Al Yankovich, Brian Regan, and Rita Rudner. He has performed in clubs from Seattle, WA to Philadelphia, PA, on countless college campuses, and for numerous corporate events.

    Greg Kettner of Walla Walla will warm up the crowd for Kermet Apio with a short comedy set. Greg’s comedy career began when he was asked to replace Greg Proops at SAP’s Annual Sales Kickoff in Las Vegas in front of 3,500 co-workers. He realized he had “made it” when he was asked to open for Norm MacDonald who responded with “You made me laugh. Keep doing what you’re doing—you’re funny.” Greg lives in Walla Walla, WA with his wife and daughter and and enjoys cooking, traveling and playing hockey.

    Reserved seating tickets ($25) will be available to Members on Thursday, November 9, available to Email Subscribers on Friday, November 17, and to the public on Friday, November 24, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    January 2018

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the new documentary film “Ferrari 312B” on Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m.

    “Ferarri 312B” is the sensational story of one of the most ground-breaking, beautiful Ferraris ever made, in celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary. Featuring contributions from some of the most legendary drivers in the sport’s history, including Niki Lauda, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Gerhard Berger & Damon Hill, as they pay tribute to a unique car that changed the landscape of F1 forever; the iconic 312B.

    A journey to experience the indomitable spirit of F1. The Golden Age years through the stories told by racing drivers and production designers capable of unforgettable feats. A tribute to a piece of Formula 1 history, to a car that is a work of art and a revolutionary futuristic prototype, that gave and still gives the whole world something to dream about Legendary F1 returns, with the car that helped it make history. Even 46 years after its last appearance on track, the Ferrari 312B, the car that left its mark on the history of the biggest racing team ever, as well as in the hearts of many, finds new life through the passion of an ex F1 driver who entrusted its comeback to the man who first designed it, Mauro Forghieri, with the aim of racing it once more on the Montecarlo circuit.

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

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    The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival’s Winter Festival Series concert will be performed at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

    The January Festival Series explores movement and color through sound with the electronic instrument, the theremin. Invented in 1920 in Russia and patented in the United States in 1928 by the Soviet inventor, Léon Theremin, the instrument that bears his name captures the imagination of all who hear it. Unlike any other musician, the thereminist does not physically touch the instrument to produce sound but rather moves in relation to the instrument creating a seemingly infinite range of pitches and colors. Thus, the act of producing sound becomes visually expressive.

    To introduce the world of theremin music, WWCMF is honored to welcome one of the world’s foremost theremin virtuosi, Carolina Eyck. A gifted composer, Carolina is also a synesthete  — someone who feels a strong link between sound and color. In her compositions, as in her visual art, Carolina engages in a conversation between sight and sound. Her Fantasias provide the perfect entrée to a futuristic soundscape.

    Concluding the program is the great Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré. Fauré’s music and even French music, in general, is often described in terms of color and movement. Why is that? The four movements of this great work show how light can suffuse sound and how the chamber ensemble can exhibit a sonic range from pointillism to romantic grandeur. What better to brighten a cold January evening!

    Artists: Brittany Boulding Breeden, violin; Timothy Christie, viola; Carolina Eyck, theremin; Henry Kramer, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and Sally Singer Tuttle, cello.

    General Admission seating. Tickets ($20 Adult, $45 Family Pass, $8 Youth) are available at www.wwcmf.org.

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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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    …can refer to something that is exceptionally fabulous or glamorous; having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement.

    Join us amidst the chic & industrial elegance of *The Electric Lounge* at the exquisite Gesa Power House Theatre for our first dance event of the New Year! Let’s electrify these cold nights and heat up the dance floor with the soul-moving sounds of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and…Raggaeton brought to you by DJ H Boss :: the one who makes you want to get up and dance!

    New to Salsa? Come early and enjoy the FREE lesson: Rhythm in Basics + Turns! 

    $10 Entry ( Lesson included)

    8pm Doors Open: grab a glass + a table
    8:15-9 Beginner Salsa Lesson: Sonja + Hugo
    9-midnight Music + Dancing: DJ H Boss

    Dress to dazzle YOU…because you’re fabulous!
    No partner necessary.

    Beer, Wine+Snacks available for purchase

    21 and over, thank you. Please bring ID.

    See you on the dance floor!

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents “God is a Scottish Drag Queen” – a comedy show created by Mike Delamont – with one performance on Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.

    “God is a Scottish Drag Queen” is a highly-acclaimed night of comedy with everyone’s favorite deity. God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the pope. Based on the character created by Mike Delamont and Jacob Richmond, this show has become the most popular show on the Canadian Fringe circuit.

    A three time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee and 18 Time Best of the Fest Winner, this production of “God Is A Scottish Drag Queen” combines parts 1 & 2 of the acclaimed 4 part series into an evening of theater that you won’t soon forget!

    Reserved seating tickets ($35-$25) will be available to Members on Wednesday, December 13, to email subscribers on Monday, December 18, and to the public on Tuesday, December 26 – online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the documentary film “Big Sonia” on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from Congregation Beth Israel of Walla Walla (Pat Henry, Richard Middleton-Kaplan, James Winchell) will introduce the film and host a short Q&A discussion following the screening.

    Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.

    For years, Sonia Warshawski (91) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. Ironically, Sonia’s shop is the last open business in an otherwise desolate Kansas City mall, but it contains enough color and liveliness to make up for the entire empty complex. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces.

    “Big Sonia” explores what it means to be a survivor and how inter-generational trauma affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

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

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    February 2018

    The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Rigoletto by The Royal Opera on Wednesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

    Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect.

    David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

    Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

    This screening runs approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

    NOTE: “Rigoletto” 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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    Gesa Power House Theatre will host “Auditioning (from A to Z)” a workshop by Tyson Kaup and ReNae Davis on Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    This workshop is intended to demystify the audition process and will cover the basics of auditioning for traditional and musical theater – everything from how to format a headshot and resume; to the business of acting and agents; to managing nerves and what to expect if you are called back. Participants (ages 8 and up) are asked to bring one prepared audition piece – a song or monologue that is less than one minute in length.

    This workshop will be great preparation for any actors planning to audition on March 9 for the upcoming Walla Walla Summer Stage productions (Annie and 9 to 5). 

    Tickets ($25) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Questions? Email artisticdirector@phtww.com.

    Participating actors will also have the opportunity to sign up for headshots taken by a professional photographer during the lunch break for an additional fee of $25 (cash only).

    10:00-11:00 a.m.: Headshots and the business of acting
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Round 1 – auditions, notes, and coaching
    1:00-2:00 p.m.: Lunch break / headshots
    2:00-2:30 p.m.: Personal rehearsal time / headshots
    1:303:30 p.m.: Bring backs – Round 2 – auditions and coaching
    3:30-4:30 p.m.: Callbacks and cold reading
    4:30-5:00 p.m.: Wrap and questions

    Tyson Kaup is a Seattle-based actor, director, and producer as well as Artistic Director of the Gesa Power House Theatre Summer Stage. His recent directing credits include “The Rocky Horror Show,” “The Last Five Years,” and “Cabaret.” Tyson’s producing credits include the NYC world premiere of “Turtleback High” by Kevin Dedes, the feature films “March!,” “Solitary Child,” and “My Last Day with You”, as well as many music videos and commercial productions. As an actor, Tyson has performed on film, television, Off-Broadway, and many regional theaters around the country. He holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied with the Atlantic Theater Company.

    ReNae Davis is a singer, pianist, lyricist and composer with more than 30 years of teaching and performing experience. Favorite Los Angeles stage credits include: Lola in “Damn Yankees,” Cassie in “A Chorus Line,” Sonia in “They’re Playing our Song” and Margarita in “Evita.” She has also performed with many famed musical actors and musicians, including The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Julie Andrews, Dixie Carter, Kevin Bacon, and Sean Penn. ReNae holds a BFA in Music and Drama from BYU.

    Aaron Grubb is a Walla Walla area photographer, writer, and musician. He has experience photographing weddings, portraits (corporate and high school seniors), real estate, landscape, and events as well as videography.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Michael Kaeshammer in concert on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

    Michael Kaeshammer is a prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer who has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.

    Kaeshammer first made his own mark as a young piano prodigy. Growing up in Offenburg, Germany, he studied classical piano for seven years prior to falling in love at 13 with the boogie-woogie and stride piano stylings of such greats as Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade Lux Lewis. A quick study, Michael soon became skilled enough in this style to perform it in clubs, concerts and festivals through Germany and beyond. When his parents moved the family to British Columbia, Canada, Kaeshammer quickly attracted a following there, becoming popular on the jazz and blues festivals circuit.

    With his recording career now spanning two full decades, Michael Kaeshammer has emerged as a truly original artist at the very top of his game and one in love with the creative process. He last performed at Gesa Power House Theatre in 2013.

    Reserved seating tickets ($45-$40) will be available 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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