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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

Micah and Me

Family/Child
Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “Micah and Me” on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. This family dance party is part of the ongoing Little Watts Series of Family Entertainment at Gesa Power House Theatre. Micah and Me is a band made up of three at-home dads who entertain, educate and empower young children (0-7) through the power of music. They have played hundreds of live shows throughout Oregon and Washington. Micah and Me play ukulele, guitar, bass drum and bass guitar while singing and dancing their hearts out. The show is 45-60 minutes long, depending on the attention span of the audience. Kids, parents, and the young at heart engage in guided and free form dancing throughout the show. Other elements, such as parachute play, scarves, bubbles and percussion instruments, are often incorporated into the fun. At the end of the show they offer an instrument petting zoo. Micah and Me were recently voted one of the top five Children’s Entertainers in Portland, Oregon by PDX Parent! Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adults, $8 Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
family-friendly;toddlers
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Ages: Geared towards age 7 and younger
Price: $12 Adults, $8 Youth
Event Website: phtww.com/show/little-watts-micah-and-me-family-dance-party/
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 • Fri 9/22/17 at 6:30pm-7:30pm 

6 Guitars

Blues, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Folk, Country
A love letter to music! 6 Guitars is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views and musical style – blues, jazz, rock, classical, folk and country.
live music;theater
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $30-$25 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/6-guitars-chase-padgett/
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 • Sat 9/23/17 at 7pm-8:30pm 

"Every Brilliant Thing" starring Kevin Loomer

Drama
Gesa Power House Theatre presents “Every Brilliant Thing” starring Kevin Loomer and directed by Nancy Simon. “Every Brilliant Thing” is a one-actor play, 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. “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. Kevin Loomer is a familiar face on Walla Walla’s many stages – under the spotlight and behind the scenes. He last performed on the Gesa Power House Theatre stage in “Such Sweet Thunder” in 2015, and as the title character in “The Merchant of Venice” in 2013. Kevin is the Director of Theatre Arts at Walla Walla Community College. Director Nancy Simon is Professor Emerita at Whitman College where she taught theater classes and directed at Harper Joy Theatre for nearly 50 years. Following her retirement, she remains active in the local theater scene. She directed a staged reading of Pat Henry’s play “Auschwitz and After” at Gesa Power House Theatre in 2016. Reserved seating tickets are available online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
live theater;Walla Walla
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $20 Adult; $15 Student
Event Website: phtww.com/show/every-brilliant-thing/
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 • Fri 9/29/17 - Sat 9/30/17 at 7:30pm-8:45pm 
 • Sun 10/1/17 at 2pm-3:15pm 

BeauSoleil

Cajun/Zydeco, Americana/Roots
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. They previously played to a sold out Power House audience in 2014. For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England. BeauSoleil are two time Grammy Award Winners and were one of the most frequent guests on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion". Reserved seating tickets ($35-$30) are available online at www.phtww.com or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
Michael Doucet;fiddler;New Orleans jazz
www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$30 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/beausoleil-avec-michael-doucet/
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 • Fri 10/6/17 at 7pm-9pm 

2nd Annual Dancing with the W2 Stars

Ballroom
A new group of Walla Walla celebrities take to the stage at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. for the second annual “Dancing with the W2 Stars” fundraising event for Valley Residential Services. Local participants will be paired with professional dancers and have a week of rehearsals to learn a ballroom dance routine before the live performance and a judging panel. Valley Residential Services has enlisted participation from a fantastic lineup of local celebrities. Donate on behalf of your favorite dancer to give them a leg up in the competition! W2 Stars Dancers: Chris Coates, Director of Sales at Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center – sponsored by Community Bank Zachary Fraser, President of Walla Walla Sweets Baseball – sponsored by Lillie Rice Center Mary Derby, Winemaker/Owner of DAMA Wines – sponsored by Coldwell Banker First Realtors Scott Peters, Manager at Columbia REA – sponsored by Columbia REA Jodi Worden, Director of Continuing Education at Walla Walla Community College – sponsored by Michael Fluharty, CPA Jim McCarthy, Sr. VP at E.K. Riley Investments – sponsored by E.K. Riley Investments Teri Barila, Community Organizer – sponsored by Kathy Ruggeri, RN Jason Valentine, Weather Evening Anchor KAPP/KVEW-TV – sponsored by Jazzercise Walla Walla W2 Stars Judges: Tom Maccarone, T. Maccarone’s Kathy Covey, Blue Mountain Action Council Janet Byerley, Jazzercise Roger Esparza, Williams Team Homes In addition to seeing the Walla Walla Stars dance, the professionals teaching the stars will perform excerpts from their award-winning showcase “Ballroom Fever”. Audiences can expect to see breath-taking lifts, hundreds of costumes, theatrical story lines, and a variety of ballroom dance styles, from the sexy Cuban Salsa to the energetic American Swing to the elegant Viennese Waltz. The professional dance ensemble are members of the United States National Formation Championship company in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing, and their company tours internationally, with more than 100 performances each year. Valley Residential Services provides personalized support in safe, comfortable, home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residences for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services. $40 – reserved seating only $65 – reserved seating ticket + admission to the After Party Dance Party with the performers (includes one beverage and appetizers) Tickets are available at www.phtww.com or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
dance competition;fundraiser
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $65-$40
Event Website: phtww.com/show/2nd-annual-dancing-with-the-w2-stars/
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 • Sat 10/7/17 at 7pm-10pm 

Live Cinema: "The Magic Flute" - Royal Opera

Film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of "The Magic Flute" on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. Mozart’s glorious opera "The Magic Flute" is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems… David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. This screening runs about 3 hours 10 minutes including one intermission and a 15-minute 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. SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
opera;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 General Admission / $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-the-magic-flute-royal-opera/
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 • Wed 10/25/17 at 6pm-9:15pm 

Live Cinema: "Coriolanus" - Royal Shakespeare Company

Film
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Coriolanus" on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, "Coriolanus" transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu ("One Night in Miami") take on the title role. General admission 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.
Shakespeare;Royal Shakespeare Company
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 General Admission / $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-coriolanus-royal-shakespeare-company/
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 • Wed 11/1/17 at 6pm-9:30pm 

Live Cinema: "La boheme" - Royal Opera

Film, Opera
Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of "La bohème" on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting. Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since. This screening runs approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including one intermission 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. SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.
opera;film
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 General Admission / $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/live-cinema-la-boheme-royal-opera/
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 • Wed 11/8/17 at 6pm-8:45pm 

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 

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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Schedule
 • Sun 12/17/17 at 2pm 
 • Tue 12/19/17 at 6pm