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Washington Center Main Stage

512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-753-8586

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of Downtown Olympia and is the premier venue for the Arts in the South Puget Sound.


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January 2018
Tuesday, January 23 At 7:30 pm

International Guitar Night

  Beginning in a converted laundromat in the Bay Area in 1995, International Guitar Night has grown to feature the best performing guitar composers from around the world. Audiences cherish the friendly, informal ambiance and…

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Saturday, January 27 At 7:30 pm

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

  Special Engagement! Taking the stage together for a down-home acoustic concert event, Lovett and Keen are two of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Lovett and Keen go way back. The two attended Texas…

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Sunday, January 28 At 7:00 pm

Jim Breuer Live

  Baurice Nelson Presents: Jim Breuer Live! With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable…

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Monday, January 29 At 7:30 pm

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

  Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and her collaborator, musical director, guitarist, and husband John Leventhal present an acoustic evening celebrating her prolific and deeply-rooted catalog of music. Her collection of American roots songs encompasses sounds of…

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February 2018
Friday, February 2 At 7:30 pm

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical! – Cancelled

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical! has cancelled its 2018 National tour, as a result of the author withdrawing its license from Theatrical Rights Worldwide. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ Box Office team will…

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Saturday, February 3 At 7:30 pm

Mary Lambert performs at Pizza Klatch’s Gayla: A Slice of the Good Life

Presented By: Pizza Klatch

  Mary Lambert is a two-time Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter, poet, activist and author, she is especially known for writing the chorus for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage-equality anthem “Same Love." Lambert wrote from her vantage point…

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Friday, February 9 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Cameraman Bob Poole

  Nature Roars Back A childhood in East Africa gave Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole a fierce curiosity about the natural world as well as an adventurous spirit. Bob has documented the rebirth of a…

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Saturday, February 10 At 7:30 pm

Brian Reed

  Special Engagement! Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the groundbreaking podcast S-Town, a production of Serial and the public radio show This American Life. Reed spent more than 3 years reporting and…

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Sunday, February 18 At 3:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Closing Remarks

Huw Edwards, Music Director, Conductor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Piano concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595 – Oksana Ezhokina, piano Franz Schubert — Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 “Great”

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Wednesday, February 21 At 7:30 pm

Tiempo Libre

  “So hot and danceable that even when you talk about the group, you find yourself moving your hips” – Richmond Times Dispatch Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest…

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Saturday, February 24 At 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Gabriel Rutledge Comedy Night

  Olympia's own Gabriel Rutledge is a past winner of both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. He has also made television appearances on Comedy Central's Live at…

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Sunday, February 25 At 2:00 pm

A Really Big Shoe 12: The Brothers Four Playing the Folk Music of America

  Entertainment Explosion hosts A Really Big Shoe 12, The Brothers Four, Playing the Folk Music of America as they return home to Washington for a two-hour LIVE concert to benefit the 2,000+ homeless kids…

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March 2018
Saturday, March 3 At 7:30 pm

Olympia Dance Festival

  Top dance groups from the area perform ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ballroom, hip-hop, Chinese dance, Irish dance, Middle Eastern dance, and more! This year’s festival features So You Think You Can Dance Tap All-Star,…

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Sunday, March 4 At 4:00 pm

SOGO: Winter Concert

The Conservatory Orchestra will feature Carrie Rehkopf Michel, violin, and John Michel, cello, performing the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello and Respighi’s Pines of Rome Also appearing:  Brass Choir, Academy and Debut Orchestras Distinguished…

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Thursday, March 8 At 7:30 pm

God is a Scottish Drag Queen

  This wickedly funny, highly acclaimed, original comedy is simply divine! God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to Earth to skewer everything from the Pope to politics in an unforgettable night of…

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Saturday, March 10 At 7:30 pm

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

  Always a hot ticket, MCE has hosted this Pacific Northwest regional a cappella competition for decades. The winner of tonight’s sing-off moves on to compete at the Nationals.  You’ll hear the tightest harmonies and coolest…

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Thursday, March 15 At 7:30 pm

Brian Regan – Live in Concert

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Saturday, March 17 At 7:30 pm

Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus: Not in Our Town

  Standing up and singing out! The combined forces of SWC and SMC's voices share the stage for a special unity concert that confronts the rising tide of intolerance in our country. Featuring a tour de…

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Saturday, March 24 At 4:00 pm

Olympia Youth Chorus: There is Sweet Music Here

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Sunday, March 25 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Northern Exposure

Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Max Bruch — Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 -Rebecca Anderson, violin Edward Elgar — Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Op. 55

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Thursday, March 29 At 7:30 pm

Stephen Petronio Company

  Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art, and fashion collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes…

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April 2018
Saturday, April 14 At 7:30 pm

Hidden Musical Figures: Women Composers

  From the 12th Century’s Hildegard of Bingen to the present day, women have created music at the highest level. Yet in a world attuned mostly to men’s doings, their brilliance is often overlooked. Masterworks…

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Sunday, April 15 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie Series: Charlie Chaplin Shorts

  Our annual Silent Movie Series is curated by our own house organist Dennis James. Each movie event is presented with live musical accompaniment on our historic Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ—a treasure restored from…

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Saturday, April 21 At 7:30 pm

Pink Martini

  Special Engagement! Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive…

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Sunday, April 22 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Coming Full Circle

Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Overture to Don Giovanni Austin Schlichting — Festschrift (OSO Commission & World Premiere) Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”…

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Thursday, April 26 At 7:30 pm

Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado, and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love…

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May 2018
Friday, May 18 At 7:30 pm

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

  What if...The Beatles were actually from somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound from the greatest…

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Sunday, May 20 At 4:00 pm

SOGO: Spring Concert

  Spring Concert Sunday, May 20, 4 p.m. The Conservatory Orchestra will feature David Johnson, flute, and Ben Albertson, harp, in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and selections from Puccini’s opera Tosca (soloists TBA).…

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June 2018
Saturday, June 16 At 7:30 pm

Naughty and Nice: Broadway’s Villains and Heroes

  It’s the big-hearted heroes – and the black-hearted villains – that give the greatest punch to Broadway musicals and create the most enduring musical figures onstage. Come cheer and hiss a delightfully entertaining evening…

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