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September 9, 2019

Announcing Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure…if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band”. Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist Pink Martini’s “little orchestra” has sold over 3 million albums worldwide on their own independent label Heinz Record. Their music draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s…
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July 30, 2019

CENTER STAGE AWARDS & GALA RECOGNIZED EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS, RAISED RECORD AMOUNT

The 4th annual Center Stage Awards & Gala was held last Thursday, July 25. The Washington Center is proud to announce that thanks to the very supportive and enthusiastic donors and guests, the evening raised over $158,000. “This was an extraordinary evening of generosity and love for the arts,” says executive director, Jill Barnes. “Thanks…
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July 1, 2019

Jill Carter: 2019 Achievement in the Arts Awardee

Excellence in the Arts for Achievement awardee, Jill Carter, has been a fixture in the arts community in the Olympia area since the 1980s, when she attended The Evergreen State College (TESC). It was there that she met Bud Johansen, a faculty member, and founder of Johansen Dance Center and Ballet Northwest. Bud recognized Jill’s…
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June 6, 2019

Megan Smith receives 2019 Washington Center Anacker Scholarship

Each year the Washington Center for the Performing Arts awards a scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Thurston County who plans to study and pursue a career in the arts. The scholarship was endowed by former Washington Center Board President Sally Anacker to from a belief that the arts exist to enrich our…
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June 3, 2019

Announcing Menopause The Musical – 2 Nights!

NATIONAL TOUR OF MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® PLAYS Olympia August 7 & 8 for 2 performances! Olympia, Washington – GFour Productions, winners of 56 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards®, are proudly bringing the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to Olympia and will play the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for 2 performances, August 7…
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