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Washington Center Main Stage

512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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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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November 2018
Wednesday, November 21 At 7:30 pm

Estas Tonne: Breath of Sound World Tour

  As a modern-day Troubadour Estas Tonne travels countless places and finds himself in several cultural references without identifying himself with a single nation or country, rather with the cultural richness of the world. His…

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Sunday, November 25 At 5:00 pm

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

Join us for an Olympia tradition! This year we bring the circus to town with The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. This bold and original musical is packed with belt-it-out hits like…

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December 2018
Saturday, December 1 At 7:30 pm

Yuletide Celebration: A Holiday Concert

  The winter holiday concert is the perfect occasion for family and friends to join together for an evening of revitalizing seasonal music. This evening includes songs of winter celebration and takes us back to…

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Friday, December 7 At 7:30 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince,…

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Saturday, December 8 At 2:00 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, and…

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Saturday, December 8 At 7:30 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, and…

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Sunday, December 9 At 2:00 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, and…

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Friday, December 14 At 7:30 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, and…

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Saturday, December 15 At 2:00 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

    Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker…

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Saturday, December 15 At 7:30 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

    Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker…

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Sunday, December 16 At 2:00 pm

Ballet Northwest presents The Nutcracker

    Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring new sets that premiered last season. A treat for the whole family with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker…

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Monday, December 17 At 7:00 pm

Community Messiah Sing-Along

Come to sing or come to listen to Handel’s glorious masterpiece! A true community event with guest conductors and soloists, featuring the audience as the chorus! Selections of the work will be performed. Admission is…

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January 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Six Appeal

You may remember this dynamic group from their 2012 Harmony Sweepstakes performance (and subsequent national WIN) at the Washington Center! Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble infused with sharp comedic timing and the energy…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 At 7:30 pm

The Wizard of Oz

  This cherished tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Featuring heartwarming songs and a beloved cast of…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Conversations with Richard Louv

  The Pacific Education Institute invites you to get up close and personal with the New York Times bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principal, Richard Louv. Creator of the…

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February 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019 At 7:30 pm

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Pre-sale for FRIENDS November 6 at 12:00 PM General tickets on sale November 13 at 12:00 PM   Two of America’s premier singer-songwriters join forces for an acoustic evening backed by nothing but their superb…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 At 7:30 pm

A Slice of the Good Life: Pizza Klatch’s Annual Benefit & Gayla 2019

Presented By: Pizza Klatch

  Come join our VIP Reception with gourmet appetizers, desserts, wine, beer, a signature drink, fabulous people, and great seats for the show. VIP reception tickets are only available for purchase with a Gayla ticket…

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Monday, February 4, 2019 At 7:30 pm

The Choir of Man

  The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Golden Dragon Acrobats

  Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their rigorous, 30+ year US touring schedule of a centuries old Chinese art form, presenting over 200 performances annually. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 At 3:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Lovers Lane

  Guest conductor: Anthony Spain Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (guest artist: Robert Jorgensen, piano) Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98  …

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Monday, February 11, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Lifeline Theatre Co. Chicago

A dramatic play about Ivan the Gorilla, based on the book by Katherine Applegate. The play is offered from grades 3-6. Though Ivan was real and lived in a small cage in a shopping mall…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Lifeline Theatre Co. Chicago

A dramatic play about Ivan the Gorilla, based on the book by Katherine Applegate. The play is offered from grades 3-6. Though Ivan was real and lived in a small cage in a shopping mall…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Lifeline Theatre Co. Chicago

A dramatic play about Ivan the Gorilla, based on the book by Katherine Applegate. The play is offered from grades 3-6. Though Ivan was real and lived in a small cage in a shopping mall…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Lifeline Theatre Co. Chicago

A dramatic play about Ivan the Gorilla, based on the book by Katherine Applegate. The play is offered from grades 3-6. Though Ivan was real and lived in a small cage in a shopping mall…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Best of Seattle Stand Up

  Whether you’re in search of chuckles, giggles, or guffaws, we’ve got the perfect night of comedy to induce every kind of laughter! Your favorite comedians from recent semi-final rounds of the Seattle International Comedy…

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Friday, February 15, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Lifeline Theatre Co. Chicago

A dramatic play about Ivan the Gorilla, based on the book by Katherine Applegate. The play is offered from grades 3-6. Though Ivan was real and lived in a small cage in a shopping mall…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie Series: Clash of the Wolves

  Curated by the incomparable Dennis James, the Center’s Silent Movie Series brings to life the golden age of cinema. A treat for the eyes and ears, each movie shines with live music played on…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond

  Award-winning Celtic fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy play the Center on February 24. The popular husband-and-wife duo will be joined by their band and other talented family members for a rousing program they’re…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Kinky Boots

  Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by GRAMMY® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can…

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March 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Winter Concert

SOGO features a comprehensive and sequential program designed to grow student abilities in sight-reading, basic to advanced instrument pedagogy and musical artistry.  These goals are achieved by playing selections from the standard orchestral repertoire.  Music…

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Monday, March 4, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“Penguin Goes to Flight School” by Vital Theatre Co. NY, NY

A musical for grades 1-3 based on the book “Flight School” by Lita Judge. Penguin wants to learn to fly, so he goes to flight school, taught by Flamingo. His friends Owl, Pelican, and Seagull…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“Penguin Goes to Flight School” by Vital Theatre Co. NY, NY

A musical for grades 1-3 based on the book “Flight School” by Lita Judge. Penguin wants to learn to fly, so he goes to flight school, taught by Flamingo. His friends Owl, Pelican, and Seagull…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“Penguin Goes to Flight School” by Vital Theatre Co. NY, NY

A musical for grades 1-3 based on the book “Flight School” by Lita Judge. Penguin wants to learn to fly, so he goes to flight school, taught by Flamingo. His friends Owl, Pelican, and Seagull…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 At 10:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until Friday, March 8, 2019

“Penguin Goes to Flight School” by Vital Theatre Co. NY, NY

A musical for grades 1-3 based on the book “Flight School” by Lita Judge. Penguin wants to learn to fly, so he goes to flight school, taught by Flamingo. His friends Owl, Pelican, and Seagull…

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Friday, March 8, 2019 At 10:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until Friday, March 8, 2019

“Penguin Goes to Flight School” by Vital Theatre Co. NY, NY

A musical for grades 1-3 based on the book “Flight School” by Lita Judge. Penguin wants to learn to fly, so he goes to flight school, taught by Flamingo. His friends Owl, Pelican, and Seagull…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

What better way to enjoy the power and beauty of the human voice than an evening of first-rate a cappella? Harmony Sweepstakes is all about the purity of voice as the only instrument onstage, and…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019 At 2:00 pm

Pinkalicious The Musical

Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann Music by John Gregor, and Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann Based on the book "Pinkalicious" by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann A family musical…

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Friday, March 15, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Ladies of Laughter

  Ladies of Laughter features some of the funniest women in comedy today! These hilarious women have been chosen by audiences and entertainment industry executives at comedy clubs nationwide through the Ladies of Laughter Contest.…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Around the Horn

Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Weber: Overture to Oberon R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 (guest artist: Danielle Kuhlmann, horn) Grainger: “O Danny Boy” (Irish tune from County Derry) Sibelius: Symphony No.…

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Monday, March 18, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“3 Pigs” by Storybook Theater Co. Kirkland, WA

A lively, wacky, modernized interpretation of the classic story of three little pigs and the troublesome wolf. Original songs feature great harmonies, with the music director accompanying at her onstage keyboard. This show is part…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“3 Pigs” by Storybook Theater Co. Kirkland, WA

A lively, wacky, modernized interpretation of the classic story of three little pigs and the troublesome wolf. Original songs feature great harmonies, with the music director accompanying at her onstage keyboard. This show is part…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“3 Pigs” by Storybook Theater Co. Kirkland, WA

A lively, wacky, modernized interpretation of the classic story of three little pigs and the troublesome wolf. Original songs feature great harmonies, with the music director accompanying at her onstage keyboard. This show is part…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“3 Pigs” by Storybook Theater Co. Kirkland, WA

A lively, wacky, modernized interpretation of the classic story of three little pigs and the troublesome wolf. Original songs feature great harmonies, with the music director accompanying at her onstage keyboard. This show is part…

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Friday, March 22, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“3 Pigs” by Storybook Theater Co. Kirkland, WA

A lively, wacky, modernized interpretation of the classic story of three little pigs and the troublesome wolf. Original songs feature great harmonies, with the music director accompanying at her onstage keyboard. This show is part…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019 At 5:00 pm

Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass

  Don’t miss this singular opportunity to see a master at work! Ira Glass is the creator, producer and host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Photographer Thomas Peschak

  To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found himself paddling kayaks alongside great white sharks, swimming among…

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Friday, March 29, 2019 At 7:00 pm

Up with People

  North Thurston Kiwanis Club presents Up with People’s newest production, Live on Tour. The performance focuses on our shared hopes for a better tomorrow and includes high energy international songs and dances, entertaining pop…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 At 7:00 pm

Up with People

North Thurston Kiwanis Club presents Up with People’s newest production, Live on Tour. The performance focuses on our shared hopes for a better tomorrow and includes high energy international songs and dances, entertaining pop medleys,…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 At 2:00 pm

A Really Big Shoe 13: A Special Encore Performance by the Brothers Four

Entertainment Explosion hosts A Really Big Shoe 13 ENCORE PERFORMANCE of the Brothers Four, once again playing the Folk Music of America, as they return home to Washington for a two-hour LIVE concert to benefit…

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April 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Piano Battle

  Part classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance, Piano Battle is a unique concert that pleases both the ear and the eye. Phenomenal pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie Series: Three Wagging Tales

  Curated by the incomparable Dennis James, the Center’s Silent Movie Series brings to life the golden age of cinema. A treat for the eyes and ears, each movie shines with live music played on…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 At 7:30 pm

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: The Mikado

  Join us on a fantastic voyage to a land where the timeless libretto, beautiful music, and all of your favorite characters await! We’ll see three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Strength and Serenity: Leavitt’s Missa Fesiva & Faure’s Requiem

Leavitt’s Missa Festiva and Faure’s Requiem Two superb, beautiful and important choral works take center stage. Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, completed in the 1890’s brings together the composer's most beautiful melodies – serene, peaceful and pure. …

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 At 6:00 pm

Rise Up: The Hamilton Tribute Band

  Don’t throw away your shot to see Rise Up: The Hamilton Tribute Band! Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians that perform the amazing music of Hamilton. Hamilton is a…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: A Cast of Characters

  Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Bizet: March of the Toreadors from Carmen Ravel: Mother Goose, complete ballet Prokofiev: Symphonic Suite, Lieutenant Kije Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld   "A cast of…

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Monday, April 29, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Enchantment Theatre Co. PA

An original adaptation of a classic fantasy story by Norton Juster, filled with humorous wordplay. A bored boy, Milo, passes through a mysterious tollbooth and finds himself in a strange world, where he is tasked…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 At 10:00 am
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“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Enchantment Theatre Co. PA

An original adaptation of a classic fantasy story by Norton Juster, filled with humorous wordplay. A bored boy, Milo, passes through a mysterious tollbooth and finds himself in a strange world, where he is tasked…

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May 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 At 10:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until Friday, May 3, 2019

“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Enchantment Theatre Co. PA

An original adaptation of a classic fantasy story by Norton Juster, filled with humorous wordplay. A bored boy, Milo, passes through a mysterious tollbooth and finds himself in a strange world, where he is tasked…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 At 10:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until Friday, May 3, 2019

“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Enchantment Theatre Co. PA

An original adaptation of a classic fantasy story by Norton Juster, filled with humorous wordplay. A bored boy, Milo, passes through a mysterious tollbooth and finds himself in a strange world, where he is tasked…

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Friday, May 3, 2019 At 10:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until Friday, May 3, 2019

“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Enchantment Theatre Co. PA

An original adaptation of a classic fantasy story by Norton Juster, filled with humorous wordplay. A bored boy, Milo, passes through a mysterious tollbooth and finds himself in a strange world, where he is tasked…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 At 7:30 pm

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen 2: The Second Coming

  Dressed in your favorite floral power suit, God descends once more to skewer everything from the platypus to Pocahontas in a hilarious sequel 2,000 years in the making! Ever ready with a witty opinion,…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Taimane

  From Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, ukulele virtuoso Taimane will captivate you! A prodigy with a contagious zest for performing, she honed her showmanship and stagecraft at age 13 with mentor…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Spring Concert

  SOGO features a comprehensive and sequential program designed to grow student abilities in sight-reading, basic to advanced instrument pedagogy and musical artistry.  These goals are achieved by playing selections from the standard orchestral repertoire.…

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Bach’s Complete Cello Suites

  The six cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach are considered the Baroque composer’s most iconic set of chamber music. However, performing them in one marathon session is a bold and challenging feat for any…

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June 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019 At 7:00 pm

Wonderful Wurlitzer

Once again the talented Sharon Stearnes returns to make the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ ring out with some of your favorite tunes! This free organ concert is a great way to spend an evening,…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019 At 7:30 pm

Torch Songs: Songs of Love

More than any other popular music, torch songs delve deeply into affairs of the heart-both to celebrate and to lament romance: Many torch songs are sultry, slow-burning ballads, and nearly all mix the sensuous with…

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