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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

Carson Schmidt

Pop, Electronic, Rock
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 live performances from his recent studio albums: “Watching Heaven Burn,” “Identity,” “Blindside,” and more. Carson Schmidt was the Musical Director for last year’s production of “Cabaret” and is the Musical Director for both of this year’s Summer Stage Series musicals (“Annie” and “9 to 5”). His music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and at www.carsonschmidtmusic.com. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults; $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
concert;live music;Walla Walla
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/carson-schmidt/
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 • Thu 5/31/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Pride Party (film screening, drag show, DJ, dancing)

film, Gay and Lesbian
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. “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. 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 and music by DJ Lotek. One low ticket price ($15) covers admission for the entire evening. All entertainment will be appropriate for ages 14 and up. General admission tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
film;drag show;dancing
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Ages: 14+
Price: $15 General Admission
Event Website: phtww.com/show/pride-event-saturday-church-film-drag-show/
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 • Sat 6/2/18 at 7pm-11pm 

Film: "RBG" (Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary)

Film
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 ($15-$10 in advance, $20-$15 at the door) are available online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
film;documentary;
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15-$10 in advance, $20-$15 at the door
Event Website: phtww.com/show/film-rbg/
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 • Fri 6/8/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 
 • Wed 6/13/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Kevin Allen

Magic
Gesa Power House Theatre presents Magician Kevin Allen on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. 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. Reserved seating tickets ($25) will be available to the public on Thursday, March 1, online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
magician;magic
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $25 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/magician-kevin-allen/
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 • Sat 6/9/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

"McKellen: Playing the Part"

Film
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. 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. The film has a runtime of 96 minutes. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase and may be taken into the theater. 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;
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15 Reserved Seating; $10 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/mckellen-playing-the-part-film/
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 • Tue 6/19/18 at 7pm-8:35pm 

Walla Walla Movie Crush - 2nd Annual Festival of Short Films

Film
The 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush will celebrate an intoxicating blend of American short cinema over the course of three days (July 6-8). Once again, the festival will showcase narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in themed packages. Walla Walla Movie Crush will showcase nearly 100 new shorts from Oscar®-winners, household names, rising stars and wunderkinds. Movies will screen in hour-long blocks: Friday, July 6 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 7 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 8 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Sunday evening session will feature ten brand-new short films created specifically for the Walla Walla Movie Crush in response to this prompt: Second Thoughts. The “Challenge” screening will be followed immediately by an awards ceremony during which top honors will be bestowed based on the evaluation of a jury of award-winning actors, screenwriters and filmmakers, including: Duncan Jones, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Alvaro Rodriguez, Jessica Yu, AJ Schnack and Tom Skerritt. The Walla Walla Movie Crush receives support from The City of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Public Library and Washington FilmWorks. Proceeds from the Walla Walla Movie Crush benefit The Red Badge Project. Tickets are available at www.wallawallamoviecrush.com and the full line-up of films will be revealed in June.
films
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $15-$50
Event Website: phtww.com/show/walla-walla-movie-crush-2018/
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 • Fri 7/6/18 at 6pm-9pm 
 • Sat 7/7/18 - Sun 7/8/18 at 12pm till 5pm, 7pm till 9pm 

Good Co

Jazz, Swing, Pop
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. At Good Co performances beatboxing harmonica jams, onstage dance parties, and crowd sing-alongs may spontaneously break out. Pounding dance beats are mixed with gypsy jazz guitar riffs, samples from the past turned on their head along with a live horn section make for the best sounding dance party this side of the 1920s.
Swing Dance;20's Speakeasy
www.goodcomusic.com
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$30 Adults; $20 Students
Event Website: phtww.com/show/good-co-electro-swing-band/
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 • Fri 7/13/18 at 7pm-8:30pm 

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 

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.
film;shakespeare
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;
mollytuttle.net
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.
EmiSunshine;
Event Info: (509) 529-6500
Price: $35-$30 Reserved Seating
Event Website: phtww.com/show/emisunshine/
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 • Sat 11/3/18 at 8pm-9:30pm