Thursday, October 13, 2016

From Washington to Watergate…

Typically these cheeky fellows …The Reduced Shakespeare Company; run a proverbial amuck through the scenes of Shakespearean plays, however for our viewing pleasure they have condensed more than 600 years of US history into one marvelously witty show!

These gentlemen will romance you into learning the history of the United States through singing, dancing, and poorly told jokes.  Aside from the slapstick comedy intertwined throughout the somewhat politically correct & accurate historical facts, you will find yourself laughing at their interpretation America’s creation and management over the last 600 years!

Hoping to make the literary and theatre works of the great Shakespeare more accessible to the inexperienced theatre visitor the trio of zany actors originated their traveling troupe of misfits in 1981 with the intention of creating funny follies out of serious theatre. Their intellectual twists on Shakespeare, US history, and other controversial matters are playful and hilarious!

The group has traveled the world debuting their vaudeville shows. Most recently they released a twist on a new show in honor of their 35th anniversary as a group and of the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Shakespeare this year! Their newest show “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)” was first debuted at the infamous Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C.!

In “The Complete History of America (abridged) Special Election Edition” no piece of US history is safe from Washington to Watergate, every nook and cranny of American history will be full frontal and exposed to the intellectual mercy of these educated bards. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy in the show where it is politically ok to laugh at the hush, hush political matters you have secretly mimicked over the years.  This show will also offer a unique opportunity to poke fun at the current Presidential Election and will touch on the wild hairs of the pomp and circumstance that this US election brings the American people!

The motley crew of mismanaged comedians will touch upon all the unspeakable events throughout the entire history of the United States. From misinterpreted events to poorly reported conspiracy theories not one fact, fiction, or political innuendo is safe from this crew of thespians! Join them Friday October 14th for the glorious fun and fame of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and their interpretation of “The Complete History of America (abridged)”!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Journey of A Dream- Shanghai Nights 
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

            As the curtains slowly part and the mist settles a figure emerges, one that is hard to make out at first. Then as the lights rise your eyes focus upon the gently moving dancer as they unfold like a delicate lotus flower blooming in morning’s first light.
             As you watch them begin to move you realize there are not one, but two figures on stage and together they form one beautiful creature. They are intertwined with limbs and swags of rich embroidered satin fabric as though they are meant to move in sync.  They slowly untangle from each other as they dance into the sky upon silk bunting. The first dancer is lifted into the air rising higher and higher above the second dancer. There her headdress and her golden satin gown drape her body as if she were a floating doll.
            Beneath the floating Goddess the male form lies seeming to guide her as she glides along the silk bunting. He orchestrates her ascent with nothing but his legs as if he were her puppet master from below. It’s a dance between them though they do not touch at first; their energy is felt through the silk, which connects them.  The energy is high and the intensity is strong, though the dance is graceful and the music of the Erhu plays subtly in the background. You can’t take your eyes off of the pair as they spin, and twist, and sway.  Then suddenly they are both floating effortlessly above the stage, still dancing as one magical being.
            Strength & grace propel this duo through the air as if time has stopped and they have floated into a dream. The couple dances a duet of love and passion 15 feet above the stage preforming acts of acrobatics unbelievable to the human eye. The couple shares the stage with dozens of other acrobats & dancers who perform daring feats of acrobatics on poles, unicycles, stilts, trampolines, and more! Let them mesmerize you and lead you through the dream they call Shanghai Nights!

            Don’t miss this amazing show by the Shanghai Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China Thursday September 8th at 7:30 pm The Capitol Theatre! All ages are welcome, for tickets go to

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The wait is over! The 2016-2017 Capitol Best series line up is now available.  Pick up your phone, open a new window on your laptop, or head down to the box office because you are not going to want to miss a single show.  This season is packed with everything from acrobatics to love stories and fairy tales come to life.   Below is a preview of this seasons shows.  For full descriptions, show times, and tickets, head to our website at
Once the Musical  - November 5, 2016
A tear jerking, foot-stomping love story.  Once the Musical is an ensemble piece without an orchestra – in fact, the orchestra is the actors and musicians of the show, playing right on the stage as part of the story. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL.
Pippin the Musical - January 9-10, 2017
A Circus of a Show.  Acrobatics, magic tricks, and the visual wizardry of Pippin is sensational  - you won’t want to blink, even for a moment. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival.
Mamma Mia! - April 4-5, 2017
In three words? Fun. Fun. Fun.  ABBA's greatest hits woven into a sunny tale on a Greek island. This show has full-on, high-energy to spare, with periodic breaks for ballads and drama. This is one Broadway show where singing along (and dancing in the aisles) is encouraged.
Diavolo - Mar 3-4, 2017
A truly exhilarating performance on multiple levels, Diavolo dazzles and amazes as only the best athletes and entertainers can. Architecture in Motion® uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment.
Cinderella - May 9-10, 2017
Glass slippers are so back! The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale – not what you expect and everything you thought. This Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music is delighting audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale.

But wait, there’s more!  Don’t forget about Capitol Extras.  This season promises a truly unique experience of acrobatics, music and history.  Can’t wait another minute to purchase tickets? Call 853-ARTS!

Shanghai Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China - September 8, 2016
Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. 
RSC The Complete History of America abridged – Special Election Edition – October 14, 2016
A ninety minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters – it’s what you’ve done with it!
Disenchanted The Hilarious Hit Musical – November 17-19, 2016 
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Not-for-the-kiddies –fairy tales will never be the same!
Kodo Drummers – January 26, 2017
The extraordinary phenomenal Japanese taiko drumming company KODO arrives as part of its 2016 Tour.  A dramatic mix of storytelling, music, dance and drama designed to reflect the beauty and mystery of Japanese traditions.

Whether you are a season ticket holder or still itching to attend your first show, we look forward to seeing you for this can’t miss series at The Capitol Theater!

2016-2017 is going to be a phenomenal year for the arts here in Yakima. We absolutely have to mention all the fantastic shows and presentations we have planned for children and adults alike this season at The Capitol Theatre as part of Capitol Kids, Yakima Town Hall Series and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. 

Capitol Kids
Capitol Kids is a youth theatre arts program designed to inspire curiosity and unleash creativity. Our shows are presented by professional touring companies, offering teachers and students with high quality, one-of-a-kind experiences that help kids develop into well-rounded thinkers and problem solvers.
For more information on Capitol Kids contact Carol West at 1.509.853.8000 or by email at

Ifrikya Spirit- October 25, 2016
In Algeria, varied cultures meet, separate and recombine. Eclectic and elemental, Ifrikya Spirit is "a stand-out with a unique sound at the melting point of new composition and instrumental abundance, with messages of peace and inter-African solidarity...” (Algerie Presse Service)
Recommended for Grades 6th and Up

Doktor Kaboom - February 9, 2017
An original interactive science comedy show for audiences of all ages. Join Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.
Recommended for Grades 4th through 8th

Skippyjon Jones - Snow What- March 28-29, 2017
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua of course!
Recommended for Grades pre-K through 3rd

Junie B's Essential Survival Guide To School - May 18, 2017
From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.
Recommended for Grades K through 5th

Town Hall Series
The Yakima Town Hall Series brings entertaining and informative speakers to the Capitol Theater each year.  This year’s offerings have a little something for everyone.

Lara Logan - September 28, 2016
Lara Logan's candid reporting, often from the most dangerous places in the world, has earned her a prominent place among the world's best foreign correspondents. In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Egypt.

Peter Sagal - October 26, 2016
As the host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal has captivated news junkies across the country with its lighthearted approach to current events. Bringing his quick wit and mastery of humor, he will inform and entertain us as he shares with us the art of tell-ing a joke, providing insightful, colorful commentary on current events or a behind-the-scenes peek at the funniest show on radio.

Lisa Genova - March 22, 2017
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and award-winning author. Her debut novel Still Alice, and the subsequent movie, is about a Harvard professor who suffers from early onset Alzheimer's disease. Her novels bring humanity, and hopefully understanding, to the science and statistics behind them.

David Epstein - April 19, 2017
Based on his bestselling book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture de-bate and how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor’s training environment affects athleticism.

Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Whether you are a fan of the classics or more pop inspired sounds, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra has a show for you.  Enjoy the Yakima infused work of classic composers or theme-motivated performances as diverse as they come.  Better yet, see them all! 2016-2017 Season Tickets on sale now! Call (509) 248-1414

-Classical Concepts-

A Baroque Beginning - October 8, 2016
A Baroque Beginning showcases the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. This concert will feature the Yakima debut of Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing the beloved Four Seasons by Vivaldi.

Classical Classics - November 12, 2016
Classical Classics features music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, along with Alexander Kobrin, Gold Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

The Romantics - February 4, 2017
The Romantics includes Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin & Cello with John Marshall, principal cellist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and yours truly playing the solo violin part.

A Brave New World - March 18, 2017
This action-packed program will include Strauss’ “Dance of the Seven Veils” with belly dancers, the Sibelius Violin Concerto featuring YSO Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a ballet about puppets that we will present with Portland’s Tears of Joy puppet theatre, and the Yakima premiere of our very own Principal Clarinet Angelique Poteat’s Beyond Much Difference.

Opera Night - April 29, 2017
Back by popular demand after The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni , the University of Denver’s Lamont Opera Theatre returns for another spectacular, fully-staged opera production.

The Pinnacle: Beethoven’s 9th - May 13, 2017
The greatest and most influential symphony of all time…Beethoven 9, featuring the Yakima Symphony Chorus and our new Chorusmaster Justin Raffa.

-Pop Concerts-

Classical Mystery Tour - September 17, 2016
Kick off the 2016-17 season with the world’s premier Beatles tribute show!

Halloween Spooktacular - October 29, 2016
A Halloween-themed matinee concert for the whole family, with costume contests and special surprises!

Christmas Pops Spectacular - December 3 & 4, 2016
YSO’s annual holiday concert has become so popular that we’ve added an extra performance!

John Williams – 85th Birthday Celebration - February 25, 2017
A birthday tribute to the king of film music, with favorite themes from Star Wars, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and much more!

Sports Orchestrated - April 8, 2017
Music drawn from the world of sports, including themes from the Olympics and World Cup, films such as Rocky and Chariots of Fire, and music inspired by sports as diverse as horse racing, baseball and archery.

We hope you are just as excited as we are for the entertainment and talent hitting our stage this season. Get your tickets today and make the arts in Yakima a family affair.