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Carla Louise Paine: Contemporary Classicism

 The Washington Center Gallery presents

Showing: March 11 - May 2
Reception: March 4 at 6:00 PM
Washington Center Lobby Gallery

A classical painter trained in Florence, Italy, Carla Louise Paine studied the techniques and traditions of fine oil painting. Utilizing the skills mastered by painters from the early renaissance through the nineteenth century, Carla interprets the natural world, and through her work, presents her own idea of beauty.

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Parenting Tools Lecture Series – Screening of Screenagers

Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 PM
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

This event is FREE and open the the public.

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Studio West Dance Theatre presents Cinderella

Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 PM
Friday, April 29 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Studio West Dance Theatre presents Cinderella, set to Prokofiev’s jubilant and lush score. In this classic fairy tale ballet, Cinderella is forced to live and work for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. With magical help from her Fairy Godmother and the 4 season fairies, Cinderella meets her Prince Charming and lives happily ever after. This entrancing story ballet will captivate all ages!

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Ballet Northwest presents Coppelia with the Olympia Symphony

Friday, May 6 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 & 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Ballet Northwest presents “Coppelia”, the ballet full of romance and comedy where mechanical dolls come to life! Join the mysterious inventor. Dr. Coppelius, his prized doll Coppelia, and the young couple in love, Franz and Swanhilda, in this fun-filled ballet. This production features professional sets and costumes, and a beautiful score by Le Delibes played live by the Olympia Symphony.

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Masterworks Choral Ensemble: Youth Music Competition

Saturday, May 7 from 7:45 am – 2:30pm
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Black Box

Each Spring, Masterworks’ youth Music Competition provides an opportunity for area youth to compete in one of three levels: elementary, middle or high school. This annual competition is open to all grade 3-12 vocal and instrumental students. The three winners, one from each level, receive a scholarship award and invitation to perform a solo in a Masterworks Choral Ensemble concert at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts the season following the competition.


Paul Newman’s Story: The Importance of Philanthropy in America Today

Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage
pre-show reception at 5:30 PM
(no additional ticket needed)

“Paul Newman’s Story:  The Importance of Philanthropy in America Today” features Newman’s Own Foundation President & CEO, Robert (Bob) Forrester.  As a close personal friend and philanthropic advisor to Newman, Bob has a unique perspective on Paul Newman, Newman’s Own Foundation and global philanthropy.  Newman’s Own Foundation has now donated worldwide over $460 million.

Paul Newman’s craft was acting, his passion was auto racing, his love was his family and friends.  But his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place.  His commitment to philanthropy was clear—he used his influence, gave of his financial resources, and personally volunteered to advance humanitarian and social causes around the world.

Bob Forrester is the ideal person to share with us the inside story of this extraordinary Hollywood celebrity who is recognized for exceptional commitment to and leadership in philanthropy.  Presented by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the evening will begin with a reception, followed by a multi-media presentation of Paul Newman’s extraordinary story and the legacy that continues to generate global benefits.

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