Orcas Center presents on Center Stage:

Whale of a Show

Friday, October 4th at 6:30pm
Saturday, October 5th at 6:30pm

Tiered Ticket Pricing: $15, $25, $47
Orcas Center Members receive $2 off

**Orcas Center’s Tiered Ticket Pricing is based on the needs of your family. The variant in pricing is not based on seat location or dates of performances, rather, what you’re able to afford to help us to maintain our facilities and create quality programming.

Tier A is the true cost per patron of putting on show at the Orcas Center, Tier B is our standard rate, also subsidized by our generous donors, Tier C is a rate subsidized by our generous donors. **


It’s time once again for the annual Orcas all-kid talent show “Whale of a Show” on October 4th and 5th.

Join us for a guaranteed good time as we watch and celebrate the talent of our island youth! Directed by Didier Gincig, this annual event is an opportunity to relax among friends and neighbors while enjoying acts of song, dancing, skits, and musicianship. Family acts are included in this event as well.

All ticket proceeds benefit Orcas Center’s youth programs. You can read our press release about this year’s Whale of a Show, below:

Whale of a Show – A Tradition of Talent and “Triumphant Joy”

Just before 6:30pm on October 4th and 5th, there will be a flurry of activity behind the thick red velvet curtain on Center Stage at Orcas Center. Children will be tuning their instruments, doing last-minute rehearsals of choreography, warming their vocal chords, and calming their nerves. Many hours of practice go into the performances during Whale of a Show, the island’s celebration of youth talent on Orcas.

“Backstage can be quite interesting,” muses organizer Didier Gincig, “We honor the children’s emotions and discuss what they’re feeling – especially around nervousness and excitement. It’s been a wonderful process to see the transformation over the years. How a nervous child just a few years ago, now takes the role of mentor to those experiencing their first time on stage.”

The study of art, music, dance, and theatre benefits children in many ways including enhancing socialization, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, while encouraging creativity, individualism, and team work. Art, no matter the form, gives children an outlet for self-expression as they are finding their way in the world. Public performances of that art, encourages pushing through fears while being wholly supported by their community. At the surface, talent shows like Whale of a Show are a fun family night for all, but the benefits of practice and performance stay with children for years to come.

Gincig has been coordinating Whale of a Show for nearly 15 years, first emceeing with his daughter Emilie back in the early 2000’s, and he has no intention of stopping anytime soon. “We’re keeping the tradition going and enjoy providing this fun opportunity for children to be authentic about their self-expression. They can have fun in a supportive environment and transform their nervous feelings into triumphant joy.”

Whale of a Show runs Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th at 6:30pm. Ticket prices are $15, $25, $47 at www.orcascenter.org.