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Gesa Power House Theatre


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

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Sweet Sounds of Christmas - WW Choral Society Concert

Choral, Holiday Music
The Choral Society, conducted by new Artistic Director Gary Hemenway, kicks off the Walla Walla Christmas season with a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. The "Sweet Sounds of Christmas" concert will celebrate the magic of holiday music and feature performances of "I Wish You Christmas" by John Rutter, "Feliz Navidad", "African Noel", "A Holiday Suite" by local composer Perry Jones, and many other favorites. Joining the Choral Society on stage will be the Sharpstein Elementary School Choir directed by Lori Parnicky. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults 17 and older; $10 Youth 16 and younger) are available online or by calling the Gesa Power House Theatre box office at 509-529-6500. 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.
choral;Christmas
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Youth
Event Website: phtww.com/show/choral-society-concert-sweet-sounds-of-christmas/
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 • Mon 11/27/17 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Live Cinema: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" - Royal Ballet

Ballet, Film, Classical Dance
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Ballet production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream? Christopher Wheeldon’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment. This screening runs approximately 2 hours 50 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
ballet;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 General Admission; $10 Students/Youth
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-alices-adventures-in-wonderland-royal-ballet/
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 • Wed 11/29/17 at 6pm-9pm 

A Seussified Christmas Carol

Children's Theatre
Gesa Power House Theatre and Walla Walla Valley Honda present a live theatrical production of "A Seussified Christmas Carol" with two performances (2PM & 6PM) on Sunday, December 10. "A Seussified Christmas Carol" is a whimsical reinvention of Charles Dickens' most beloved Christmas story performed in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with -- if he ever had his way with the story. A small troupe of local actors perform all the parts with multiple costume changes. This Little Watts production is suitable for all ages, but targets ages 10 and under. The performance runs about 45 minutes with photo opportunities with the characters afterwards. Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adults, $8 Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
live theater;family-friendly
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Ages: Best suited for ages 10 and under.
Price: $12 Adults, $8 Youth
Event Website: phtww.com/show/little-watts-a-seussified-christmas-carol-live-theater/
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 • Sun 12/10/17 at 2pm till 3pm, 6pm till 7pm 

"A Celtic Christmas" with Affiniti

Irish/Celtic, Holiday Music
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 Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Howard Crosby, nephew of the legendary Bing Crosby, joins them on their annual Christmas Tour. Affinití are a trio of classically trained musicians: soprano Emer Barry, harpist Aisling Ennis, and violinist Mary McCague, each with a graduate degree in Music Performance. Their “crossover” style is a blend of classical, rock, and Celtic music style. They have performed together and solo for Josh Ritter, Michael Buble, Disney, and more. Join Affinití and Howard Crosby for an unforgettable evening that will lift your spirits! Reserved seating tickets ($28-$23) are available online or by contacting the box office at 509-529.6500.
live music;concert;Christmas;Celtic
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $28-$23 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/celtic-christmas-with-affiniti-2017/
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 • Thu 12/14/17 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Live Cinema: "The Nutcracker" - Royal Ballet

film, ballet
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. This screening runs approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
ballet;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 General Admission; $10 Students/Youth
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-the-nutcracker-royal-ballet/
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 • Sun 12/17/17 at 2pm 

Live Cinema: "The Nutcracker" - Royal Ballet

Film
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. This screening runs approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
ballet;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Ages: All ages
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Youth/Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-the-nutcracker-royal-ballet-1/
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 • Sun 12/17/17 at 2pm-4:30pm 

Live Cinema: "The Nutcracker" - Royal Ballet

film, ballet
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. This screening runs approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
ballet;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 General Admission; $10 Students/Youth
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-the-nutcracker-royal-ballet/
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 • Tue 12/19/17 at 6pm 

Film: Ferrari 312B

Film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the new documentary film “Ferrari 312B” on Friday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m. “Ferarri 312B” is the sensational story of one of the most ground-breaking, beautiful Ferraris ever made, 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. 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. This film is unrated and runs approximately 85 minutes. The film is in English & Italian w/English subtitles. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
film;documentary;racing
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/film-ferrari-312b/
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 • Fri 12/29/17 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Big Sonia (documentary film)

film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the award-winning documentary film "Big Sonia" on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 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. 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. 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/documentary-film-big-sonia/
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 • Sat 1/27/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Live Cinema: "Rigoletto" - Royal Opera

Film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of "Rigoletto" 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.
opera;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-rigoletto-royal-opera/
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 • Wed 2/7/18 at 6pm-9pm 

Live Cinema: "Tosca" - Royal Opera

film, Opera
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of “Tosca” on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad. This screening runs approximately 3 hours including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. NOTE: "Tosca" 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.
opera;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-tosca-royal-opera/
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 • Wed 2/28/18 at 6pm-9pm 

Live Cinema: "Twelfth Night" (Royal Shakespeare Co.)

Film, Shakespeare
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Twelfth Night" on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. "Twelfth Night" is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister... Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) "Love’s Labour’s Lost" and "Much Ado About Nothing" (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time". 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.  Runtime: TBA.
Shakespeare;Royal Shakespeare Company;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-twelfth-night-royal-shakespeare-co/
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 • Wed 3/14/18 at 6pm-9pm 

Live Cinema: "The Winter's Tale" (Royal Ballet)

Classical Dance, Film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Ballet production of "The Winter’s Tale" on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s romance in 2014. "The Winter’s Tale" received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, "The Winter’s Tale" is a masterful modern narrative ballet. This screening runs approximately 3 hours including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
ballet;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-the-winters-tale-royal-ballet/
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 • Wed 3/28/18 at 6pm-9pm 

Live Cinema: "Carmen" - Royal Opera

film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of "Carmen" on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. "Carmen" is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the "Habanera" and the "Toreador Song" have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his "Carmen" would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone. "Carmen" is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. For "Carmen" he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character. This screening runs approximately 3 hours 20 minutes including one intermission and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. NOTE: "Carmen" is sung in French with English surtitles. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) are available at www.phtww.com or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
opera;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-carmen-royal-opera/
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 • Wed 4/11/18 at 6pm-9:30pm