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Washington Center Main Stage

512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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 2020

Friday, January 31 At 7:30 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along

Join us for our annual movie sing-along and costume contest! Witness the Oscar winning movie on our big screen while belting out Queen's hits with your friends and family. Featuring Olympia's favorite and outrageous emcee…

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February 2020

Saturday, February 1 At 7:30 pm

A Slice of the Good Life: The 6th Annual Pizza Klatch Gayla

Presented By: Pizza Klatch

Please join us for A Slice of the Good Life, our joyous 6th Annual Gayla, a community SHELL-ebration and fundraiser organized by and benefiting Pizza Klatch! What is Pizza Klatch? Pizza Klatch is an Olympia-based…

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Saturday, February 8 At 7:30 pm

The Naked Magicians

AGES 18+ With a Las Vegas residency, a season on London's West End, and seen in 250+ cities across the globe... Australia’s The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show! Witnessed by over 50…

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Sunday, February 9 At 3:00 pm

Jazz-Colored Glasses

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” For the first concert in 2020 the Olympia Symphony returns to the “Roaring 20s” with jazz-inspired, Broadway-blockbuster works by George Gershwin: An American in Paris (complete with…

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Friday, February 14 At 7:30 pm

Silent Movie: Lucky Star

A powerful romance starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, known as “America’s Favorite Lovebirds.” World-class theater organist Dennis James brings the film to life on our historic 1924 treasure: The Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ. Make…

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Thursday, February 20 At 7:00 pm

BYU presents Vocal Point

Vocal Point, Brigham Young University’s renowned nine-man a Capella group combines harmony, humor, and remarkable vocal percussion into a thrilling showcase. With a wide range of vocal possibilities -and seeming impossibilities – these crowd-pleasers cover…

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Friday, February 21 At 7:30 pm

The Good Humor Men

Three of America’s funniest stand-up comedians (with numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, and The Daily Show) join forces to showcase their original brand of humor in an evening packed with punch…

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Saturday, February 22 At 7:30 pm

Looking for Tiger Lily

Portland drag performer Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi brings a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling, drawing from Disney’s “Pocahontas” to Cher’s “Half-Breed” through song, dance, and video. This is truly a unique…

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Monday, February 24 At 7:30 pm

Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown

Back by popular demand! Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road will engage in a barrage of…

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Saturday, February 29 At 7:30 pm

Olympia Dance Festival

The 11th annual festival features over 200 local dancers performing ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, Middle Eastern, Irish, Chinese dance, and more!  This year's festival will feature guest artists from the Cirque du Soleil.

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March 2020

Sunday, March 1 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Winter Concert

Welcome to the 20th season of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). We have a lot in store for you as Maestro Cameron May presents inspirational programming all season long. The Fall concert features Mussorgsky’s…

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Friday, March 6 At 7:30 pm

Ladies of Laughter

LOL is returning to the Washington Center after rave reviews! If you missed this all-female stand-up tour last season, now is your chance to get on board with this highly entertaining comedic experience. Expect big…

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Saturday, March 7 At 6:00 pm

Dance to Make a Difference 12th Annual Charity Gala

Studio West Dance Theatre and Guild presents the 12th annual Dance to Make a Difference charity gala. This year, all net proceeds will be donated to Homeless Backpacks and Homes First. Both non-profit organizations provide…

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Sunday, March 8 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The film that vaulted Lon Chaney into stardom for his portrayal of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer living in the towers of Notre Dame. World-class theater organist Dennis James brings the film to life on…

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Friday, March 13 At 8:00 pm

Gabriel Rutledge Comedy Night

A past winner of both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, Gabriel has made numerous television appearances including Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Nickelodeon's Nickmom Night Out, Laughs…

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Saturday, March 14 At 7:30 pm

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

Harmony Sweepstakes brings together top a cappella talent from around the Pacific Northwest. MCE has hosted this regional competition for decades, and it’s one of the hottest tickets of the year. The winning group, chosen…

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Sunday, March 15 At 3:00 pm

From Teacher to Pupil

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” Two Classical-period masterpieces are featured on the OSO’s March concert, titled “From Teacher to Pupil” — Haydn’s final symphony and Beethoven’s last concerto. Beethoven traveled…

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Saturday, March 21 At 4:00 pm

Olympia Youth Chorus: 25th Anniversary Concert

Olympia Youth Chorus is celebrating 25 seasons of music with young singers featuring all five of our choirs and over 130 singers; we will present our favorite pieces from the past 25 seasons as well…

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Sunday, March 22 At 2:00 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, and athletic feats with high energy excitement from beginning to end! It’s not just a show, it’s an interactive experience for animal lovers of all ages! All the…

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Sunday, March 22 At 6:00 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, and athletic feats with high energy excitement from beginning to end! It’s not just a show, it’s an interactive experience for animal lovers of all ages! All the…

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Saturday, March 28 At 7:30 pm

Koresh Dance Company – La Danse

Koresh Dance Company was founded by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Roni Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, Koresh has been hailed internationally. This production is a tender, joyful, passionate and…

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April 2020

Saturday, April 4 At 7:30 pm

Meow Meow

Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotized, inspired, and terrified audiences globally with unique and outrageous creations. A modern-day cabaret songstress, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called nothing short of "sensational."   Become a season…

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Thursday, April 9 At 7:30 pm

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

Special Engagement* “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" draws inspiration…

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Friday, April 17 At 7:30 pm

Boogie From the Bayou

A double bill featuring the best in Cajun & Zydeco music! BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience bring the sounds of New Orleans to Olympia. "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!"…

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Saturday, April 18 At 7:30 pm

Spring into Song

Spring is all about renewal, as the world breathes in a new season of life. Music is a fine way to celebrate the feeling of spring- with songs that speak of hope and a fresh…

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Sunday, April 19 At 3:00 pm

Da-Da-Da-Daaaah!

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, so the OSO will be playing a piece by Beethoven on every concert during the year.…

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Saturday, April 25 At 6:00 pm

Derina Harvey Band

This Celtic rock group has a rhythmic undertow layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped with powerful vocals and storytelling. This high-energy live show offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as a…

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May 2020

Friday, May 8 At 7:30 pm

Ballet Northwest’s Crescendo

A part of Ballet Northwest’s 50th anniversary season, the company presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony. The performance will feature Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Ravel’s Bolero, and a…

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Saturday, May 9 At 6:00 pm

Ballet Northwest’s Crescendo

A part of Ballet Northwest’s 50th anniversary season, the company presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony. The performance will feature Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Ravel’s Bolero, and a…

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Sunday, May 10 At 2:00 pm

Ballet Northwest’s Crescendo

A part of Ballet Northwest’s 50th anniversary season, the company presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony. The performance will feature Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Ravel’s Bolero, and a…

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Saturday, May 16 At 7:30 pm

HaHaPalooza 2020 A Comedy Showcase

Baurice Nelson Presents HaHaPalooza 2020. A Comedy Showcase, featuring an all-star lineup of comedians. MICHAEL WINSLOW Michael’s quest for hilarity began in Boulder, Colorado at a club known as Tulagi’s, famous for its legendary acts…

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Sunday, May 17 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Spring Concert

Welcome to the 20th season of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). We have a lot in store for you as Maestro Cameron May presents inspirational programming all season long. The Fall concert features Mussorgsky’s…

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Tuesday, May 19 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Pink Boots and a Machete: Mireya Mayor

A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Fulbright scholar, television correspondent, and field biologist who discovered a new species of lemur in Madagascar, Mireya Mayor energizes audiences everywhere. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and…

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June 2020

Thursday, June 4 At 7:30 pm

The Temptations

The Temptations started serving up soul hits in the 1960s and founding member Otis Williams is still going strong on stage with singers Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr. The Temptations'…

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Saturday, June 13 At 7:30 pm

Disney: A Wonderful World of Music

Music lies at the heart of the Disney experience. Most of us can probably hum personal favorites from films that now span more than eighty years From Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)…

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