Ballet Northwest's The Sleeping Beauty, photo by Jerome Tso

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’s no shortage of theatrical performances, classic dance and musicals to keep you out on the town. The only question is whether you’re in the mood for heart-pumping fun or looking a chance to relax as the curtain opens.


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Follow the links below for more information on each event.




Get your blood pumping at the electric-rock musical Green Day’s American Idiot at The Evergreen State College Recital Hall.

Delight in the hauntingly beautiful sounds of St. Martin’s University’s annual Spring Concert, featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, at Saint Martin’s University.


Fishnapped! cutout by Nikki McClure

Unravel the mystery of who stole Claire’s goldfish at the world premiere of Fishnapped! at Olympia Family Theater. The musical was created by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon and Daven Tillinghast, and is directed by Jeff Painter and musically directed by Stephanie Claire.


Sit back and enjoy the cheeky fun of TUSH! Burlesque’s Cabaret Derriere at Obsidian.

Lose yourself in the classic, fairy-tale themes of Ballet Northwest’s The Sleeping Beauty at The Washington Center.

Books and Words

Connect with local poets and authors at Olympia Poetry Network’s Cynthia Pratt reading at Traditions Café and World Folk Art.

Join the Heartsparkle Players Playback Theatre Ensemble as it shares stories and builds resilient communities through collaborative, improvisational storytelling at Traditions Café and World Folk Art.

Lose yourself in the true stories of Olympia’s favorite storytelling slam, StoryOly, at Rhythm & Rye. This month’s theme is “Secrets.”

Other Events

Experience the dazzling variety of a Parisian-style salon at Center Salon, held at The Washington Center Black Box space. The event includes visual arts, a performance of the touring play The Incredible Undersea Trial of Joseph P. Lawnboy and prose poetry.

Give back to the community while breaking bread at Arbutus Folk School’s Empty Bowls: A Community Celebration at Arbutus Folk School.




Realize what it takes to stand up against prejudice while watching 12 Angry Men at Standing Room Only in Yelm.

Find out why everyone is talking about Agatha Christie’s famous twist ending of The Mousetrap, playing at Tumwater High School.

Giggle at the theatrical romp of policemen, pirates and lovers in the comedic opera The Pirates of Penzance at Olympia High School.

Enjoy the Nöel Coward classic rom-com Present Laughter at Harlequin Productions.

Watch magical folklore come to life at Shakespeare in Hollywood at Olympia Little Theatre.

Visual Arts 

Charging, archival digital print by Joe Hedges

Delve into the artistic world of sculptor, painter and print artist Joe Hedges at The Gallery at SPSCC’s Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts.


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