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Gesa Power House Theatre


address  111 N. Sixth Ave.
 Walla Walla, WA  99362
phone (509) 529-6500
phtww.com/

Upcoming Events

Annie: The Musical

Musical
Gesa Power House Theatre presents "Annie: The Musical" 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. "Annie" is part of the Walla Walla Summer Stage Series which also includes "9 to 5: The Musical" with performances August 17-26. Auditions for both musicals will be held March 9-11. Reserved seating tickets ($35-$25 Adults; $20 Students; $15 Youth 17 and under) will go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 1, online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
musical;theater;Annie
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$15 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/annie-the-musical/
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Schedule
 • Fri 7/27/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 7/28/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 7/28/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 7/29/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 
 • Fri 8/3/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 8/4/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 8/4/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/5/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 

9 to 5: The Musical

Musical
Gesa Power House Theatre presents "9 to 5: The Musical" with performances 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. "9 to 5" is part of the Walla Walla Summer Stage Series which also includes "Annie: The Musical" with performances July 27 - August 5. Auditions for both musicals will be held March 9-11. Reserved seating tickets ($45-$25 Adults; $20 Students) will go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 1, online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
musical;theater
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $45-$20 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/9-to-5-the-musical/
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Schedule
 • Fri 8/17/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 8/18/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 8/18/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/19/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 
 • Fri 8/24/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 8/25/18 at 7pm-9:30pm 
 • Sat 8/25/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/26/18 at 2pm-4:30pm 

Live Cinema: "Romeo and Juliet" - Royal Shakespeare Company

Film
The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Romeo and Juliet on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre. The 2018 Live Cinema Series is sponsored in part by Shakespeare Walla Walla. Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. 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.
film;shakespeare
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-romeo-and-juliet-royal-shakespeare-co/
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 • Wed 9/5/18 at 6pm-9pm 

Film: I'll Push You

Film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the recent documentary film "I'll Push You" on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. "I’ll Push You" is an up-close and personal look into the dynamics of a life-long friendship between two best friends – Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray – as they travel across El Camino de Santiago. This feature-length documentary covers the struggle of the 35-day, 500-mile wheelchair journey across mountains, deserts, hills, and valleys and features perspectives from family and friends. Even though the story begins with the challenge that comes with Patrick’s willingness to push Justin in a wheelchair across northern Spain, "I’ll Push You" also explores the struggles related to Justin’s rare neurological disease. The parallel paths of Patrick’s experience in Spain and Justin’s life journey come together in a singular moment to reveal their similarities where Patrick discovers he’s both the pusher and the pushed. The story’s beautiful cinematography is set to poignant music tracks that underscore, perfectly, the inspiring example of love and vulnerability on display. Their trek in 2014 captivated individuals around the world and was featured in the Huffington Post, The Meredith Vieira Show, Der Spiegel, Fox & Friends, and many other outlets. Since returning from Spain, Justin and Patrick have been sharing their message of hope, faith, and community worldwide. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults; $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
film;documentary;
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/film-ill-push-you/
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 • Sat 9/8/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Suicide: The Ripple Effect (documentary film)

Film
Gesa Power House Theatre presents a screening of the new documentary film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. A community conversation will be held following the screening. At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms that led him to attempt to take his life, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. Kevin has also been one of the key catalysts in helping end a nearly 80-year long fight to construct suicide prevention net on the iconic San Francisco bridge. Kevin takes a journey to better understand the ripple effects his suicide attempt had on his family, friends, and the first responders who helped save him. He’s also working to shine light on inspirational individuals, families, and organizations who are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal. Reserved seating tickets ($15 adults, $10 students) are available online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
film;documentary;suicide;
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/film-suicide-the-ripple-effect/
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 • Wed 9/26/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Every Brilliant Thing

Comedy/Drama, Play, Solo Performance, Interactive
Gesa Power House Theatre presents the one-actor play "Every Brilliant Thing" starring Kevin Loomer and directed by Nancy Simon, with performances Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. "Every Brilliant Thing" is adapted by playwright Duncan McMillan from his own short story “Sleeve Notes." British comedian Jonny Donahue, who originated the role, shares in the writing credit. The play’s title refers to a list – of everything wonderful in the world – that the narrator writes in response to his mother attempting suicide. He starts the list at age seven with items like “ice cream” and “staying up past your bedtime,” and as the narrator grows older, the list grows longer. The play’s story spans nearly three decades and several life-changing events, evoking laughter and tears in equal measure. The play has received critical acclaim in London, Edinburgh, and Off-Broadway in New York City. “It’s the funniest play you’re ever likely to see about depression, and also the most moving” – British Theatre Guide "Every Brilliant Thing" invites some audience participation, primarily through asking people to read a few words aloud during the performance from slips of paper they are given as they enter the theater. A few audience members are incorporated into scenes, with the actor doing most of the heavy lifting. The play will be performed “in the round” with on-stage seating. Reserved seating tickets ($20 Adults; $15 Students) will go on sale to the public Thursday, June 14.
live theater;Walla Walla
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $20 Adult; $15 Student
Event Website: phtww.com/show/every-brilliant-thing-2018/
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 • Fri 9/28/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 
 • Sun 9/30/18 at 2pm-3:30pm 

Chase Padgett in "Nashville Hurricane"

Comedy, Comedy/Drama
Gesa Power House Theatre presents Chase Padgett in his one-man show “Nashville Hurricane” on Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. About 40 years ago, a mysterious acoustic guitarist appeared from nowhere, conquered the music industry, and vanished without a trace… until now. Chase Padgett becomes a manager, a mother, a mentor, and the guitar prodigy himself as each one tells their side of the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best guitar player you’ve never heard of: the Nashville Hurricane. During the course of this one-man masterpiece, the audience learns about Henry Waltrip (the Nashville Hurricane) from his humble trailer park beginnings with his mother, Brenda, to crazy gigs on the road with his blues-playing mentor, Tyrone. The stories and songs unfold into hilarious rants on love and music, a riveting tale involving the dark side of show biz, and blazing guitar work leading up to the finale: a one-man acoustic rendition of “Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Reserved seating tickets (Adults $35-$25; $20 Students) will go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 1, online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
comedy;theater;music
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$25 Adult; $20 Student
Event Website: phtww.com/show/nashville-hurricane-chase-padgett/
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 • Sat 9/29/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Live Cinema: "The Merry Wives of Windsor" - Royal Shakespeare Company

Film
The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre. The 2018 Live Cinema Series is sponsored in part by Shakespeare Walla Walla. Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. This performance is filmed live in Stratford-upon-Avon and rebroadcast to select theaters. 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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Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-the-merry-wives-of-windsor-royal-shakespeare-co/
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 • Wed 10/10/18 at 6pm-9pm 

The Zaniac Comedy Show (Little Watts Series)

Family-Friendly, Magic, Stunts, Comedy
Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “The Zaniac Comedy Show” as part of the 2018 Little Watts Children’s Series of Family Entertainment at Gesa Power House Theatre – on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. Alex Zerbe - The Zaniac - moves like a rubber band from one end of the stage to the other, performing beatboxing, juggling, dancing, singing, music, and magic. The Zaniac, who has been cracking jokes onstage for almost 15 years, zigzags between physical stunts and non-stop comedy. During the show vegetables are sliced in half by flying playing cards, flaming torches and bowling balls are juggled with ease and every audience volunteer leaves the stage in triumph. Formerly of the award-winning duo Brothers from Different Mothers, Zerbe is a Hacky Sack World Champion, was voted The Pacific Northwest’s Funniest Prop Comic and is a two-time Guinness World Record holder. He's performed everywhere from cruise ships and comedy clubs to prime-time television in three countries, including “America's Got Talent!” and “Last Comic Standing." "The Zaniac Comedy Show" is appropriate for all ages. Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adult, $8 Youth 12 and Under) will be available on Thursday, March 1, online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
family-friendly;comedy;entertainment;Little Watts
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $12 Adults, $8 Youth 12 and Under
Event Website: phtww.com/show/little-watts-family-series-the-zaniac-comedy-show/
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 • Sun 10/14/18 at 2pm-3pm 

Molly Tuttle

Bluegrass
With over 2 million viewers on YouTube and features in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines, Molly Tuttle has been making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Tuttle has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. Since releasing her first album at 13, she’s appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion" and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. A sought-after collaborator, she's currently at work on her first solo EP.
bluegrass;folk;acoustic guitar;
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Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$30 Adults; $20 Students
Event Website: http://phtww.com/show/molly-tuttle/
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 • Thu 10/18/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

EmiSunshine

Folk, Country
Gesa Power House Theatre presents country music prodigy EmiSunshine in concert on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. EmiSunshine, a 13-year-old East Tennessee prodigy, has already captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, Emi is a true vocal stylist. Influenced by legends who have made history (Loretta Lynn/Tanya Tucker/The Louvin Brothers), Emi has taken the world by surprise with her ability to combine her youthful, bubbly disposition with deep, meaningful and sometimes dark and lonely song content. Bringing her imagination to life, Emi has been able to write and record her own music, cementing her reputation as a well-crafted storyteller. Since her break-out at 9 years old, this fearless performer has appeared on The Today Show, The Grand Ole Opry, and at The Ryman, and has more than 500,000 Facebook followers. While her music has been described as “old-timey," she adds her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel and country, with a sprinkling of the blues. Reserved seating tickets ($35-$30) will be available to the public on Sunday, April 1, online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
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Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$30 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/emisunshine/
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Schedule
 • Sat 11/3/18 at 8pm-9:30pm