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Youth (ages 10-15) interested in the performing arts need a gentle, personal on-ramp to meet them where they are. Emphasis during these classes focuses on a willingness to play, pretend, imagine, empathize, and dream, and then put all this energy into a physical, playable action. Curriculum will consist of theatre games, acting exercises, improvisation, basic acting and voice techniques, and beginning scene work. The classes will expand and culminate in a performance on Center Stage in April based on Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends”.Find out more
This exhibit will feature the work of as many of the male artists on Orcas who are willing to share their art with the community. Delivery of work is scheduled for February 5th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pickup of work is scheduled for March 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm.Find out more
Tune up your vocal chords, you’ll need em! Three of the NW’s finest troubadours, Tom Rawson, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Carolyn Cruso, are bringing a night of Triple Americana: songs, stories, harmonies and tunes inspired by the coffeehouse to Orcas Center. Throughout the evening, Susan Slapin's artwork will be displayed in the background. Susan’s artwork is poetic in nature, with an emphasis on both the world of intuitive color, and relative abstractions of the natural world.Find out more
All interested participants will meet once a week for an open discussion and exploration to share ideas on various aspects of directing. These sessions are not a traditional classroom experience. Play Selection, Vision, Casting, Staging, Props/Costume/Set Design, as well as Lighting and Sound Design are the suggested topics for discussion.Find out more
This lighting course consists of a comprehensive discussion on the instruments we have, how they work, and what they do. We’ll also discuss the fundamentals of light and shadow, color and intensity, balance, changing focus and mood. We’ll cover how we use light to enhance the creative process, to tell a story expressing emotion, pace and intent. Cues, Plots, and Schedules are also covered along with the production process of working with directors in rehearsal and performance.Find out more
Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world.Find out more
A supremely American operatic masterpiece and the most ambitious work by one of the nation’s greatest musical talents, Porgy and Bess focuses on the joys and struggles of a black neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century. The overall combination of music, word, and idea among a complex blend of Americana make this a unique and impressive work both within and beyond the operatic repertory.Find out more
Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Their most recent album, Rearrange My Heart, is produced by banjo legend Béla Fleck.Find out more
Woman in the Woods Productions’ 3rd Annual Fundraiser: “Out of the Shadows” is February 22, 2020 at Orcas Center! Steve Alboucq’s jazz band and Special Guest John Boogz and Robin Sanders will be our special guests. They use the power of movement artistry and spoken word to elevate the artistic, educational and social impact of dance.
Doors open at 5:00pm, dinner starts at 5:30pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
$50 event tickets still available
Geoff Shilling will be the featured artist in the Lobby. The Community Art Show is open to all Orcas Island Artists and this show particularly welcomes fiber artists. Delivery of work is scheduled for March 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pickup of work is scheduled for April 1st, 10:30am-12:30pm.Find out more
Blending Celtic, folk, classical, world and northwest musical influences, the Gothard Sisters bring songs to life with violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bodhran, djembe, octave violin, whistle and vocal harmonies, creating music that is “vivid, inspirational and captivating.” (Tim Carroll, Folk Words Review 2018)Find out more
Filmed in 2018 at London’s Theatre Royal the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble. This eye-watering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards (“Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money (the gold digger’s song), “42nd Street” and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.Find out more
Orcas Center's annual meeting is on Sunday, March 15th in the Madrona room from 4pm - 5:30pm. The event is open to the public! Orcas Center Members can vote in the upcoming election. Ballots and membership forms will be available at the door.
A bonus highlight of Chicago will be presented during the meeting. Chicago, Directed by Robert Hall, opens on March 19th and runs through April 4th.
This exhibit will feature pieces from Island Art Teachers and their Adult Students. Delivery of work is scheduled for November 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pickup of work is scheduled for December 2nd, 10:30am-12:30pm. Detailed information to follow as the exhibit date approaches.Find out more
Join us for an extraordinary night of music, story and magic! Island gem, pianist Grace McCune, is joined by her guitar-slinging brother Clint McCune, and violist Joel Gamble. This dynamic trio has created music, toured, and spun connections from community to community across the Pacific Northwest. Be prepared for a force of nature that includes electrifying vocals, uncompromising musicianship, and a rich celebration of life. Orcas Center is thrilled to have Grace, Clint, and Joel create our inaugural live-stream performance on Friday, August 14th at 7pm.Find out more
An event not be missed, GRAMMY award winning trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter has assembled an exciting new group combining some of the best talent from New York City, Seattle and Portland for this one-time special live stream event on Orcas Island featuring music from his first two albums, as well as a sneak peak at several songs off of his upcoming release.Find out more
In a beautiful twist of fate, we find ourselves in the company of Rafe Pearlman who is visiting Orcas this week, and has offered to be a part of Orcas Center's streaming concerts Co-Produced with Burl Audio. With over twenty years of experience as a professional singer, Rafe Pearlman was launched into the greater public eye in 2012 with an appearance on AGT, America’s Got Talent with William Close and the Earth Harp.Find out more
Bad Dads are a three-piece rock ’n’ roll band from Orcas Island by way of California and Texas. They play a spontaneous collision of punk, blues, folk and rock music. If you listen carefully on a quiet Orcas afternoon, you may be able to hear their music emanating from a garage, barn, or other makeshift structure on the island. All three members sing and write songs, so they pass their instruments around proudly. Their recently released self-titled debut album is a raucous collection of songs covering well worn Dad topics such as war, ennui, conformity, and marital relations. Goes great with a six pack of tall boys.Find out more
Stephen Fairweather is a pianist and composer from NW Montana currently residing on Orcas Island. He has worked as an accompanist for choral & musical theater performances, and as a church pianist. His musical output runs the gamut from solo acoustic piano songs and ambient soundscapes to trip hop, dream pop, and indie electronica. “Autumn Rain” is a collection of pieces inspired by the personal and collective events that have shaped the last year. It is a reflection on the passage of time, changing of seasons, and an expression of the grief and mourning that accompanies love and loss. It is also an homage to the healing and restorative power of nature.Find out more