OLY ARTS is your expert guide to arts and culture in the Olympia region. This newsletter features The Last Five Years, Ballet Northwest and the best local live entertainment, Aug. 25-31.
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OLY ARTS Deems Olympia a Triple Threat!

In theatrical parlance, a "triple threat" is any performer who can act, dance and sing. That's a perfect description for the entertainment opportunities lined up for the South Sound this week.

Get ready for toe-tapping romance, fall auditions and other live entertainment happening this weekend. Your OLY ARTS newsletter is a late-summer digest for the South Sound, Aug. 25-31:

The Last Five Years (continuing)

This Jason Robert Brown musical tells the story of a relationship from beginning to end—and end to beginning. It opens with Cathy (Katherine Strohmaier) singing about the end of her marriage. Then Jamie (Aaron Lamb) sings about their first meeting. The two characters are on their own journeys, interacting only in the middle for a song about their wedding. Both actors have offstage roles: They’re the show’s musical directors and musicians. Using basic costuming, projections and settings, this production focuses on the heart of each character’s story.

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-3 and 8-10;
2 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 3

Where: Harlequin Productions' State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia

How much: $25-$41

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Ballet Northwest's Young Choreographers Showcase

Now in its fifth year, this program features 18 world-premiere dances created by aspiring young choreographers. The dance styles range from ballet to modern to jazz, and they feature a wide array of music genres. Watch for prestigious Ballet Northwest alumni Natalie Rawson (most recently at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago) and Karyn Tobin, now at Cornish College of the Arts.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28

Where: Minnaert Center for the Arts,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: $15
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Single tickets are now on sale for 2016-2017 events at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts!

Box office: 360-753-8586
Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5:30 PM
Auditions for Improbable Peck of Plays 5

An Improbable Peck of Plays (IPoP) is Olympia's premiere one-act showcase, now in its fifth year. Written, directed, produced and acted by local theater artists, IPoP brings veteran and fledgling actors, playwrights and directors together to experiment, hone their craft and have fun enriching the arts in our community. The plays are often absurdly comic, reflecting the strange possibilities inherent in ten-minute fiction. Each piece performed at this year's event (running Oct. 14-22) will incorporate the number 5. Actors of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

When: 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday and Monday, Aug. 28-29

Where: The Midnight Sun Performance Space,
113 Columbia St. N, Olympia

How much: free
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