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Photos: Samantha Boshnack: Daniel Sheehan; BodyVox: Jingzi Photography, Marquee: Shanna Paxton Photography


Melissa Etheridge

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

Tuesday, October 2

Photo: Richard Termine

Photo: Jingzi Photography

Tuesday, July 17


Puddles Pity Party

Capitol Steps

Black Box Jazz

Saturday, October 27

Anjali Silva

Saturday, November 3

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Best of Seattle Stand Up

Friday, November 2

Photo: Denise S. Trupe

Thursday, October 25

Wednesday, January 16

Conversations with Richard Louv

Pinkalicious The Musical

Ladies of Laughter

Saturday, January 26

Sunday, March 10

Black Box Jazz

Bill Anschell Friday, May 10

Friday, March 15

Taimane Gardner Thursday, May 16

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Thursday, February 14

Thursday, February 7

Photo: Mathias Bothor

Photo: Thomas Peschak

The Wizard of Oz

National Geographic Live

Piano Battle

Thomas Peschak

Saturday, April 6

Comedy in the Box

Wonderful Wurlitzer

Thursday, March 28

Thursdays Jan. 10, Jan. 31, Mar. 7, Apr. 18, May 9, Jun. 13

Thursday, June 6

Photo: Vincent Musi

Thursday, October 4

Shoshana Bean

The Great American Songbook

Thursday, October 11

Keb’ Mo’ Solo

Seattle International Comedy Competition

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

Tuesday, January 8

Silent Movie Series

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Vincent J. Musi

Tuesday, October 16

Art: Isaac Novak

Sunday, October 7

National Geographic Live

Clash of the Wolves Sunday, February 17

Dan Balmer

Friday, January 11

Kinky Boots

Wednesday, February 27

Black Box Jazz

Samantha Boshnack Friday, March 8

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Sunday, February 24

Black Box Jazz

Photos: Daniel Sheehan

Sunday, November 25

Photo: Matthew Murphy

Thursday, November 15

Six Appeal

Silent Movie Series

Three Wagging Tales Sunday, April 7

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

The Mikado

Wednesday, April 10

The Center Salon Friday, April 12

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen 2 Saturday, May 4

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A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Our diverse season showcases exceptional artistry along with stories of humanity through the lens of performing arts. I cannot wait for you to enjoy our 2018-19 season with us! What’s at the top of my list of unmissable shows? There are so many to choose from! Returning to her home town, Shoshana Bean’s impressive and strong vocals open our season, followed by Puddles, the 6’8” sad clown with a golden voice who sings directly from his heart. We’ll all sing together at our annual sing-along movie The Greatest Showman, which is full of uplifting, joyful, and memorable music. If you love internationally acclaimed musicals as much as I do, you have to save the date for Wizard of Oz, and the still-onBroadway Tony-award-winner Kinky Boots! We’re bringing you plenty of laughter with main stage stand-up comedy throughout the season. Families will flip over the Golden Dragon Acrobats, and we have incredibly talented master musicians coming to the region, including Keb’ Mo’, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, and Taimane Gardner. There truly is something for everyone at the Washington Center. So take a seat, get comfy, and take time to peruse these pages and get excited about what is in store for you this season. I promise these performances will open your eyes to so much beauty and wonder in the world.


MELISSA ETHERIDGE TUESDAY, JULY 17 AT 7:30 pm Tickets now on sale through the box office at (360)753-8586 and!

Tickets: $127, $92, $72 VIP Packages Available



FRIENDS pre-sale: June 12 -18 On sale to the general public: June 19 at noon

Tickets: $127­, $89, $69

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SPECTRUM: SOULFUL STANDARDS THURSDAY, OCT 4 AT 7:30 pm Shoshana Bean’s powerhouse vocals are visceral and heartfelt, and have earned her numerous Broadway credits, including Elphaba in Wicked, and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. She navigates effortlessly through a variety of styles, from haunting originals, to new arrangements of contemporary hits, and beloved classics. Join us as we kick off our 2018-19 season with an evening of Shoshana’s fresh and soulful spins on the beloved classic American songbook, alongside a collection of her original works from her 2018 album, Spectrum.

Join us before the show for a glass of champagne as we kick off our new season!

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Bring the whole family to hear the Great American Songbook as you’ve never heard it before! For nearly 50 years Dave has traveled the world playing every organ he could find and earning rave reviews along the way. You won’t want to miss his mastery as he takes on the Washington Center’s Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer.

Tickets: $23

KEB’ MO’ SOLO THURSDAY, OCT 11 AT 7:30 pm Singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb’ Mo’ has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre categorization. Album after album Keb’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his performances. His 14 albums have garnered him 11 GRAMMY nominations and 4 GRAMMY Awards, including the 2017 award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Join us for an intimate and unforgettable solo performance.

A: $62, B: $52, C: $39 Amplify your night with the Keb’ Mo’ VIP Experience. A meet and greet, photo op, and autographed gift are all included in this VIP package! This event is only open to Keb’ Mo’ Solo ticket-holders. Limit 8 per customer. Season discounts do not apply.

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS LIVE PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT J. MUSI TUESDAY, OCT 16 AT 7:30 pm With his trademark witty sense of humor, Musi taps into his inner Dr. Dolittle as he shares stories from his encounters with some extraordinary animals, including a bonobo with a 300-word vocabulary, and a crow that makes and uses tools. He visits some exotic

pets, the world’s deadliest snakes, rodents of unusual size, and other animals you’d never expect to see in someone’s living room. You’ll enjoy this offbeat odyssey into the surprising world of animal (as well as human) behavior.

A: $39, B: $32, C: $22

Photo: Vincent Musi

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THURSDAY, OCT 25 AT 7:30 pm

Blood red is the new black! Take a group of talented dancers, add a hint of Hitchcock, top it off with a healthy dose of ghosts and zombies, and you get BloodyVox, a dance theater experience that draws from cinema, folklore, and our collective nightmares to bring All Hallows’ Eve to life. Funny, bloody, and full of great dancing, this is Halloween as only BodyVox can imagine it. This delightfully creepy show is a must see for the entire family!

Photo: Jingzi Photography

A: $45, B: $35, C: $25

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The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is here with a suitcase full of all new emotional anthems and plenty of Kleenex! As with any Pity Party performance, it’s not all sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing humor with awkward, yet tender moments. Don’t miss this unique performance, as it won’t be long before the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people.

A: $52, B: $42, C: $32


Photo: Richard Termine

They’re back! Enjoy a hilarious evening of political satire as the nationally-acclaimed Capitol Steps sets out to put the “mock” in democracy! Digging into the headlines of the day, they create song parodies and skits which convey a special brand of satirical humor. No politician, party, or policy is safe from this group of jesters!

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SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITION THURSDAY, NOV 15 AT 7:30 pm Laugh your night away with the 39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition! For one night only, Olympia will play host to the semi-finalists who have survived the preliminary rounds as they face off in an epic skirmish of punch lines and comedic timing. These talented comedians have 10 minutes to make you laugh, and hopefully earn a spot in the final rounds of this four-week competition. Your laughs help the judges pick the funniest of the bunch, so don’t hold back!

Art: Isaac Novak

Tickets: $30


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 “This is Me,” “Rewrite the Stars,” and “A Million Dreams.” Whether you’re a karaoke superstar or strictly a shower soloist, you’ll be in good company as we sing along to a movie that captured our hearts and imaginations. Don’t forget about the costume contest: we want to see your best circus, animal, or Victorian apparel!

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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 and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band takes you on a journey that spans decades of music— performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes—using only their voices.

A: $47, B: $37, C: $27

Photo: Joan Marcus 2008

WEDNESDAY, JAN 16 AT 7:30 pm 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 classic songs and a beloved cast of characters, this adaptation of the 1939 MGM classic recreates the dialogue and structure of the film you know and love nearly scene for scene. The bright sets, classic score, and breathtaking special effects will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for a wonderful, whimsical, and enduring adventure.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD LOUV SATURDAY, JAN 26 AT 7:30 pm 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 term “nature-deficit disorder,” Louv will speak to the importance of nature for the health and wellbeing of both our children and our world. He will also be available for questions and to sign his books.

Tickets: $25 Prior to the public discussion Richard Louv will lead an intimate and interactive workshop at 3:30 pm. The workshop will focus on adults interested in engaging children in community-based outdoor learning, using ideas and activities from his book Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. The workshop will take place in the Black Box Theater, and is not eligible for season discounts.

Workshop Tickets: $45


World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty. See what Broadway World describes as a “unique spectacular” which “showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heartstopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.”

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THURSDAY, FEB 14 AT 7:30 pm 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 Competition are back at the Washington Center for one hilarious night of stand up. Their careers have taken off and they’ll have you rolling in the aisles!

Tickets: $30


SUNDAY, FEB 24 AT 7:30 pm

Master fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy perform a new show with some very special guests—their children! Highlighting their unique talents in dancing, singing, and musicmaking, this fierce fiddling duo commands the stage with energy and passion that combines their traditional Celtic heritage with a taste for the contemporary.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB 27 AT 7:30 pm 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 change the world when you change

your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out!

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SUNDAY, MAR 10 AT 2:00 pm Despite warnings from her parents, Pinkalicious indulges in so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink from head to toe! When her hue goes too far, she must figure a way out of this very pink predicament.

Tickets: $17 Join us after the show at 3:00 pm for more pink perfection! This special tea party will feature pink cupcakes and pink lemonade! Chaperoning adults are free, but do need tickets. This event will take place in the Black Box Theater, and is only open to Pinkalicious ticket-holders. Season discounts do not apply.

Tea Party Tickets: $12 Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann • Music by John Gregor • Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann • Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

FRIDAY, MAR 15 AT 7:30 pm 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. As the biggest platform for women in comedy, LOL has served as a launching pad for many extraordinary female comediennes. Hold onto your sides for these funny and fabulous females: stand-up comedy is a tough job, but these ladies are at the top of their game!

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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 hundreds of one-ton manta rays, and keeping pace with massive whale sharks. Peschak takes audiences around the world with award-winning images and his engaging take on the ocean’s charismatic creatures.

Photo: Mathias Bothor

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Photo: Thomas Peschak

THURSDAY, MAR 28 AT 7:30 pm


SATURDAY, APR 6 AT 7:30 pm

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 headto-head on stage, charming and enchanting you with a variety of classical pieces by Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. At the end of the show the decision is yours: who will earn your vote and win the battle? Gallery Reception: 6:00 pm 15 | | (360)| (360) 753-8586 753-8586

A: $42, B: $32, C: $22

NEW YORK GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLAYERS Albert Bergeret, Artistic Director

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 corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner with a list of offenders deserving of his services, including himself – for flirting!

A: $72, B: $62, C: $42 This all-new, critically acclaimed production was developed with great collaboration between New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and the Asian-American theatrical community in New York, and serves an example of a cooperative effort to promote diversity, equity, and inclusive practice with classic works of art.

Photo: Carol Rosegg

WEDNESDAY, APR 10 AT 7:30 pm

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The Center Salon Friday, APR 12 at 7:30


Featuring poetry, short stories, theater, and music, this event is like nothing else in Olympia. Invest your heart and mind in a new experience as local and regional artists share a first look into their creative processes. Our 4th annual Salon includes Jim Lynch, Christina Butcher, Peggy Bruton, Bryan Willis, Olivia Archibald, and Washington’s new Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna.

Tickets: $17


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, critically acclaimed and award-winning comedian Mike DeLamont’s snarky character is even more entertaining the second time around. Olympia fell in love with the original show and this sequel is not to be missed!

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TAIMANE GARDNER THURSDAY, MAY 16 AT 7:30 pm 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 and legendary crooner Don Ho as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber. Through a magical combination of supreme artistry and spell-binding entertainment, Taimane has garnered a worldwide audience through masterful performances and an incredible number of followers on social media.

A: $47, B: $36, C: $25 Gallery Reception: 6:00 pm

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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 an Olympia treasure from 1924, the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.


This 1925 Western is one of only two surviving silent features starring Rin-Tin-Tin! The plot centers on our dog hero as he bravely protects a prospector from scheming villains. Keep your eyes open for the stunning vistas of what later became Joshua Tree National Park. Features a new score that Mr. James prepared for a newly restored print of the film in 2017.

Tickets: $23


The Center goes to the dogs with an all-comedy triple feature: Charley Chase’s hilarious Dog Shy (1926), Charlie Chaplin’s equally wonderful A Dog’s Life (1918), and the Our Gang comedy Dog Heaven (1927), starring Pete the Pup. Featuring dog-themed organ solo pieces to really get your tail wagging!

Tickets: $23


Wonderful Wurlitzer! THURSDAY, JUN 6 AT 7:00 pm 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, and always promises fun for the whole family. From the classics to contemporary favorites, Sharon always brings a unique take to some of your favorite songs. You may even be asked to sing along!

This event is FREE

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Now in its seventh season, the Black Box Jazz series has become an Olympia favorite! Each year the Black Box theater hosts regional jazz artists for an intimate concert. Grab a drink, join your friends, and take in the ever-evolving sounds of these incredible musicians.


Tickets: $25

FRIDAY, NOV 2 AT 8:00 pm Anjali Silva has been recognized globally for her warmly sensuous voice. Her proficiency of world music genres, ranging from Brazilian to American jazz has allowed her to create music that is universal in its appeal. In partnership with Dr. David Deacon Joyner and a stellar rhythm section this concert is sure to be a magical journey for the ears and soul!


Tickets: $25

FRIDAY, JAN 11 AT 8:00 pm Dan Balmer has long been considered one of the finest guitarists, composers, and educators in the Northwest. In 2009, Dan became one of only five musicians (and the youngest) to be honored with membership in both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame.


Tickets: $25

Photos: Daniel Sheehan

FRIDAY, MAR 8 AT 8:00 pm

Whether creating sonic explorations with her 14-piece B’shnorkestra or fronting her own quintet, this composer and trumpeter walks a unique path. Contemporary innovators whose sense of rhythm and penchant for “letting loose” have been her greatest influences, emboldening her as an artist who plays comfortably outside the box of standard jazz.


Tickets: $25

FRIDAY, MAY 10 AT 8:00 pm Bill Anschell has studied, composed, and performed jazz piano across the country and around the world. In 2016 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient of the Earshot’s Golden Ear Award his original pieces have been featured on many TV shows, including “The West Wing,” “The Wire,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

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THURSDAYS AT 7:30 pm JAN 10 JAN 31 MAR 7

APR 18 MAY 9 JUN 13

Set aside the cares of the week and enjoy the best evening of comedy Olympia has to offer. Washington Center’s Comedy in the Box brings regional and national comedians to our Black Box theater­—a unique, intimate venue with a full bar. With a new lineup of three comedians for each show, we’re sure to tickle your funny bone!

Tickets: $25


For rental information and scheduling please contact our front office at (360) 753-8585.

Galas, performances, meetings, and more! The Washington Center is home to hundreds of events each year and our dedicated staff know how to make each and every special occasion go off without a hitch.

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The Washington Center Gallery is open M–F, 12:00 – 4:00 pm, subject to the event schedule of the Center. We encourage you to call (360) 753-8585 to set up an appointment. If you are interested in showing your work in the Washington Center Gallery, please contact

Joy Ride by Mimi Williams


Reception: SEPT 21 at 6:00 pm

Williams’ entertaining and relatable linoleum cut block prints are inspired by a life lived along the Pacific Ocean. Each print reflects a significant cultural or iconic reference to people and places along the coast from Mexico to Canada.

Quilt by Carolyn Lindholm


Reception: NOV 25 at 12:00 pm

The Holiday Quilt Exhibit is an annual celebration of American textile arts which combine historical concepts and patterns with contemporary techniques. This is the perfect time of year to get wrapped up in fiber arts!


Reception: JAN 12 at 6:00 pm

This varied exhibit features photography, watercolor, oil, fiber art, basketry, and many other mediums which showcase the artistic talents of Panorama retirement community residents. They are artists who have come together to share their diverse works of art with other local artists and patrons.


Reception: APR 6 at 6:00 pm

Explore how a community can inspire individuals to create and come together to celebrate the arts. Olympia has invested in a wide range of public art projects, including over 100 works that are part of the city’s permanent collection. This will be the inaugural display of the history and future of our creative community.


Reception: MAY 16 at 6:00 pm

Trained as a natural science illustrator, Ennis uses his technical eye to render micro-style drawings on vellum that pay homage to great sci-fi artists and classic works of art while serving as a parody of pop culture. Ennis’ work has been featured in Heavy Metal Magazine and LA’s Bruce Lurie Gallery, and he has worked with paramount Pictures, Coca-Cola, and Regal Cinemas.

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The Washington Center takes pride in maintaining a worldclass venue for over 20 local Artistic and Community Partners who call the Center home. Please view our website for all scheduled events taking place at the Washington Center and the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center at SPSCC.

Entertainment Explosion

Ballet Northwest

Ballet Northwest presents its 49 season in Olympia: • Young Choreographers Showcase – August 26 at the Minnaert Center for the Arts • The Nutcracker – December 7-16, 2018 at the Washington Center • Olympia Dance Festival – March 2, 2019 at the Washington Center • PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company April 25, 2019 at the Minnaert Center for the Arts • Don Quixote – May 10-12, 2019 at the Washington Center th / (360) 867-8824

Johansen Olympia Dance Center

Johansen Olympia Dance Center has offered high quality dance classes in a positive environment for 45 years. The Center is the home of Ballet Northwest, and utilizes the American Ballet Theatre Curriculum. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, conditioning, and parent/toddler. Free public recitals are held on June 9, 2019. / (360) 943-8011

Debbi’s Dance Etc.

Debbi’s Dance, Etc. celebrates its 43rd year teaching dance with its “Dance Spectacular” June 22-23, 2019. Three separate performances will showcase talented dancers of all ages. Each show is different and presents a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet, and acrobatic dance. (360) 456-6350 /

Emerald City Music

Emerald City Music presents international classical musicians in intimate concert settings. This season’s offerings range from Bach’s Cello Suites to Denmark’s “The Dreamers’ Circus” folk band. • Four Seasons – September 15, 2018 Classical duos concluding with Piazzola’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. • Café Music – October 27, 2018 A collection of 20th Century French music. • 18 Musicians – March 2, 2019 Steve Reich’s rarely heard “Music for 18 Musicians.” • The Dreamers’ Circus – April 6, 2019 Danish folk band on their debut US tour. • Bach Cello Suites – May 25, 2019 British cellist Colin Carr Andrew Goldstein, Executive Director / (206) 250-5510 /

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Entertainment Explosion, founded in 2006, is a group of performers ages 50-90. Besides performing in smaller shows throughout the year, for the past 13 seasons we have hosted A Really Big Shoe at the Washington Center. The show has raised $312,000 for homeless kids in Thurston and Mason counties. • A Really Big Shoe 13 – Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm Special encore performance by the folk-singing legends the Brothers Four Scott Schoengarth, Producer/Director (360) 250-8413 /

Masterworks Choral Ensemble

Masterworks Choral Ensemble is an adult Southwest Washington chorus dedicated to performance, community service, music education, and leadership in the arts. 2018-2019 Season: Kindle the Flame (all performances begin at 7:30 pm) • Sacred Elements – October 13, 2018 Earth, Air, Fire & Water • Yuletide Celebration – December 1, 2018 • Harmony Sweepstakes – March 9, 2019 A Cappella Festival • Strength and Serenity – April 13, 2019 Leavitt’s Missa Festiva and Faure’s Requiem • Torch Songs – June 15, 2019 Songs of Love

Olympia Junior Programs

OJP presents low-cost, school day shows for elementary students and their teachers, and homeschool families. Programs are curriculum-related and performed by professional, national touring companies. This year’s shows are: The One and Only Ivan; Penguin Goes to Flight School; 3 Pigs; and The Phantom Tollbooth. Ginger Waite / / (360) 943-6614

Olympia Downtown Alliance

The Olympia Downtown Alliance’s mission is to advocate for business and property owners while serving as a catalyst for downtown prosperity and positive perception. The Alliance works in partnership with stakeholders to create a clean, safe, and vibrant downtown through programs such as the Downtown Safety Team. The Alliance also serves as the voice of downtown stakeholders on the local, county, and state level.

Olympia Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Olympia Symphony is to provide the highest quality live symphonic music to enrich, educate, and entertain. We are committed to increasing accessibility and strengthening our artistic community through performance, education, and outreach. • October 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm • November 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm • February 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm • March 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm • April 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm Jennifer Hermann, Executive Director / / (360) 753-0074

Olympia Union Gospel Mission

Saturday, October 20, 7:00 pm, the talented dental community, along with a host of friends, will bring an evening of American rock to the stage in CHICAGO—the band, the music, the show. A mix of rock classics led by the Olympia Jazz Senators, with vocalists from Souled Out, and showcasing Debbi’s Dance. Join us for some signature sounds from legendary rock and roll hits, and musicals of the ’60s and ’70s. Be a teenager once again, dancing in your seat, and singing along. / / (360) 709-9725

Pizza Klatch

Fosters resilience in LGBTQ+ youth and creates a safe and positive school experience through support, education and empowerment. Providing 21 weekly facilitated lunchtime support groups in 12 Thurston County high schools and soon will include middle schools. • A Slice of the Good Life Benefit GAYLA Saturday, February 2, 2019 This event features Singer-songwriter Cris Williamson, close harmony specialists The Righteous Mothers, Comedian El Suarez, and Emcee Aleksa Manila.

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia

The Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) provides challenging opportunities for young musicians and three engaging concerts for the community: • November 4, 2018 • March 3, 2019 • May 19, 2019 (Performances are at 4:00 pm at the Washington Center)

SOGO also presents a free community Messiah Sing-Along on December 17, and the Instrument Petting Zoo for kids of all ages during Olympia Spring Arts Walk. Krina Allison, Executive Director / / (360) 352-1438

Studio One Dance & Acro Centre Samantha Williams, Creative Director

Studio West Dance Academy & Theatre

Studio West provides dance training in a nurturing atmosphere to students of all ages and abilities. Our goal is to instill self-confidence while developing self-discipline, coordination, flexibility, grace, and artistry. Studio West believes maintaining a wholesome environment will create accomplished dancers and beautiful people. The all school Spring Showcase will be held on June 1-2, 2019 at the Washington Center. Theatre performing season: • The Nutcracker – December 9-10 & 14-17, 2018 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts • Dance to Make a Difference – TBA • Coppelia – April 18-20, 2019 at the Washington Center / (360) 956-WEST(9378)

Timberland Regional Library / for Gayla info

South Puget Sound Community College

The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC hosts a diverse group of artists, activists, scholars, and performers each year, open to the community. The beautiful 500-seat venue welcomes annual events and presentations like the SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series, exhibitions at The Gallery, student music, drama, and film presentations, and many special guests. We invite you to join us for a show and connect with our community.

Something for Everyone Serving the South Sound since 1968. • Books, Movies and Music (eBooks & audiobooks) • Computers, Printers & Wi-Fi • Children’s Storytimes • Events for Kids, Teens and Adults • Ask-A-Librarian service (1-800-562-6022) • Online Courses & eMagazines Lacey – Olympia – Tenino – Tumwater – Yelm

Olympia Youth Chorus

OYC is a well-established, non-profit choral music education program serving youth ages 5-18 in the greater South Sound area. Olympia Youth Chorus has five choirs, over 120 singers, and was founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Cynthia Dinsmore. OYC will perform March 23, 2019 on the Washington Center main stage. Lorraine Hamilton, Executive Director / (360) 701-4518

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The Washington Center’s educational and community outreach programs

The Washington Center provides education, access, and exposure to the arts for youth and students in our community. Exposure to the arts sharpens critical thinking and creative skills, and contributes to achievement and success for life.

EDUCATION Anacker Scholarship for the Arts The Anacker scholarship is presented to a graduating high school senior in Thurston County intending to pursue a career in the arts. Student-only educational performances Introducing students to live performances and exceptional arts professionals through in-school workshops, performances, and student matinees.

Lincoln Elementary students attended Las Cafeteras in April of 2018.

ARTS EXPOSURE Prelude series This series provides an opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent. This series offers groups the chance to perform in our lobby before main stage shows or art gallery receptions. Ideally suited for musical groups of up to five members.

Las Cafeteras vocalist Chrisol Lomeli on the Washington Center main stage.


The Center Gallery The Washington Center gallery has been proud host to many artists and artist’s guilds since its inception! It is open to the public by appointment, or to ticketed patrons one hour prior to main stage events.

Student and youth tickets Students of all ages and pre-school-aged youth receive a 10% discount to most Washington Center events. (College students must show a valid student ID.) Student rush tickets On the day of performance, $10 Student Rush Tickets are available to anyone 18 and younger, or with valid student ID. Rush tickets must be purchased in person.

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Students from South Sound high school with Daniel French of Las Cafeteras.

VOLUNTEER AT THE CENTER Your gift provides access to the arts, education, and diverse programming. Contributions ensure that the Washington Center continues to be a home for the arts well into the future.

We have the BEST volunteer team around!

You inspire, You educate Candace Palmo, Chad Carpenter, and Kat Will.

There are many opportunities for you to roll up your sleeves and help the Center. Please consider volunteering your time. To become a volunteer, simply attend a training session. Trainings are good for two years. All volunteer trainings begin promptly at 6:30 pm, and take place in the Black Box Theater.

FRIEND Cher Hobbick with her children Pacific and Hayden.

Donate today! We gratefully recognize our donors and offer generous benefits which are listed on our website. Gifts to the Washington Center can be made online at or by mail to 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Please contact our development staff for assistance or more information: Jocelyn Wood, Development Director (360) 753-8585 x103

• September 26 • October 9 • November 19 • November 27 • January 22

• February 20 • March 18 • April 24 • May 21 • June 17

To learn more, contact: or call (360) 753-8585

Volunteers preparing playbills for Pink Martini on April 21, 2018.

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• Patrons 65 & older

Military 10% off

• Current or former military patrons & one dependent

Students and Youth 10% off*

• Patrons 18 & younger or with valid Student ID

Student Rush $10 tickets

• ONLY AVAILABLE DAY OF SHOW in person to patrons 18 and younger OR with valid Student ID

Group Tickets** 15% off

• Patrons in groups of 15 or more

FEES A $3.00 per ticket facility fee is charged for all single tickets. This fee contributes to the Center’s refresh and renew efforts which keep our facility clean and safe. Season subscribers pay only one $15 processing fee.


All ticket sales are final. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts does not offer refunds.

Box Office Hours 12:00 – 5:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday & two hours before any ticketed event Phone: (360) 753-8586 Email:


If you are unable to attend the event for which you hold tickets, please consider making a ticket donation. This makes the seats you purchased available to another patron. We encourage you to contact your tax professional to find out if your donation is tax deductible. To donate tickets, please contact the Box Office prior to the event.


You may exchange your tickets for any other Washington Center 2018-2019 presented event. Exchanges must occur before the start time of the original event and may be processed in person or over the phone. Exchanges are subject to availability and the patron is responsible for a $3 exchange fee per ticket. Members of our FRIENDS program are exempt from ticket exchange fees for Washington Center events.


All events at the Washington Center and Minnaert Center are subject to change or cancellation without notice. In the unlikely event of such a change or cancellation, we will attempt to contact you using the contact information you provided at the time of purchase.


The Washington Center is rarely associated with third-party ticket sales outlets. Should you choose to purchase tickets through a third party, we may not be able to offer you box office support.

* Not all performances are suitable for all ages. We encourage parents to investigate events before purchasing tickets. Box office Associate Olivia Parks

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** Please contact Box Office to reserve group tickets

SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS Package deals: • Choose 5 or more events for 10% off • Choose 8 or more events for 15% off


• Choose to go ALL-IN for 20% off

Subscribe by the following dates to secure the best seats for your subscription: Same Seat Subscribers — July 6 You are a same seat subscriber if: • You subscribed in the 17-18 Season • You want the same seats for every event

Renewing Subscribers — July 20 You are a renewing subscriber if: • You subscribed in the 17-18 Season • You don’t have specific seats that you prefer

New Subscribers (anyone who did not subscribe in the 17-18 Season) can subscribe at any time, and will be seated after Renewing subscribers. Subscriptions may be ordered at any time, the above dates are merely priority seating dates. Season subscriptions are available until May 3, 2019.

Looking for tickets to one or two shows? Single event tickets go on sale August 14!


Subscription seating priority is based on three key factors: Subscriber Type — Same Seat Subscribers are seated first, followed by Renewing Subscribers, followed by New Subscribers. FRIENDS Level — FRIENDS are seated by membership level. Donors at the Benefactor level are seated first, followed by Producers, Presenters, Spotlight, Actors, Patrons, and Contributors. Subscription Date — The sooner you turn in your subscription form, the sooner you will be seated.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: All At Once — This option is for patrons who want to pay for their entire order at once. We accept cash, check, or credit card, and the payment will be processed 2 to 5 business days after we receive your order. 2 or 4 Installment Payment Plan — This affordable option allows you to pay for your order in two or four monthly payments. Initial payments will be charged when the subscription is received, and subsequent payments will be charged on the 1st or 15th of each following month. Subscribers wishing to take advantage of the payment plan option must turn in their subscriptions before July 20. Mail your completed subscription form to: 512 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98501 Fax both sides of your form to: (360) 754-1177 Or call during Box Office hours: (360) 753-8586

Subscribers Gregg and Lynette VandeKieft

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Restrooms are located on the Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony Levels. Wheelchair accessible seating is located on the Orchestra level.



• All guests age three and older must purchase a ticket. • All children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times. • Please be respectful and courteous of your fellow theatergoers. Disruptive patrons may be asked to leave the theater at the discretion of the Front of House Manager. • Late arrivals will be seated at the discretion of the Front of House staff. The late seating policy is set by the Artist(s), their production personnel, and the Front of House Manager, and will vary for each performance. Please arrive on time for all productions. • Use of cell phones, cameras, or other electronic devices is strictly prohibited within the theater. Recording, videotaping or photography is prohibited without prior permission.

If somebody in your party has an accessibility need, please contact the Box Office prior to the event and we will arrange accommodations. During your visit, our volunteer ushers and Front of House Managers will be happy to assist you. Accommodations include: • Elevator access to the Mezzanine and Balcony levels† • Seating without armrests • Seating options for patrons with wheelchairs, walkers, or scooters • Wheelchair and walker accessible washrooms on the Orchestra level • Assistive listening devices are available at the south end of the concessions counter. Service Animals: Trained service animals are permitted to assist guests inside the theater. If special accommodations are required for your service animal, please notify us at the time of ticket purchase. All other animals are prohibited.

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We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for their support of the arts!







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Jul 17 Oct 2 Oct 4 Oct 7 Oct 11 Oct 16 Oct 25 Oct 27 Nov 2 Nov 3 Nov 15 Nov 25 Jan 8 Jan 10 Jan 11 Jan 16 Jan 26 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 17 Feb 24 Feb 27 Mar 7 Mar 8 Mar 10 Mar 15 Mar 28 Apr 6 Apr 7 Apr 10 Apr 12 Apr 18 May 4 May 9 May 10 May 16 Jun 6 Jun 13

Melissa Etheridge (p. 3) Stephen Stills & Judy Collins (p. 3) Shoshana Bean (p. 4) The Great American Songbook (p. 5) Keb’ Mo’ Solo (p. 5) National Geographic Live: Vincent J. Musi (p. 6) BodyVox (p. 7) Puddles Pity Party (p. 8) Black Box Jazz: Anjali Silva (p. 20) Capitol Steps (p. 8) Seattle International Comedy Competition (p. 9) The Greatest Showman Sing-Along (p. 9) Six Appeal (p. 10) Comedy in the Box (p. 21) Black Box Jazz: Dan Balmer (p. 20) The Wizard of Oz (p. 10) Conversations with Richard Louv (p. 11) Comedy in the Box (p. 21) Golden Dragon Acrobats (p. 11) Best of Seattle Stand Up (p. 12) Silent Movie Series: Clash of the Wolves (p. 19) Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy (p. 12) Kinky Boots (p. 13) Comedy in the Box (p. 21) Black Box Jazz: Samantha Boshnack (p. 20) Pinkalicious The Musical (p. 14) Ladies of Laughter (p. 14) National Geographic Live: Thomas Peschak (p. 15) Piano Battle (p. 15) Silent Movie Series: Three Wagging Tales (p. 19) New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: The Mikado (p. 16) The Center Salon (p. 17) Comedy in the Box (p. 21) God Is A Scottish Drag Queen 2 (p. 17) Comedy in the Box (p. 21) Black Box Jazz: Bill Anschell (p. 20) Taimane Gardner (p. 18) Wonderful Wurlitzer (p. 19) Comedy in the Box (p. 21)

Box Office: (360) 753-8586 Administrative Office: (360) 753-8585


18-19 Washington Center Season Brochure  
18-19 Washington Center Season Brochure