Orcas Center

917 Mt Baker Rd
Eastsound
Orcas Island
(360) 376-2281

The Orcas Center is the focal point on Orcas Island for community theater and the performing arts, presenting both local and professional artists. Over 40 performances a year has this center teeming with artistic activity. The facility features a 213 seat  theater, a multipurpose community room, a fully equipped kitchen, offices and a beautiful lobby that functions as a gallery for the visual arts. Our mission..."to encourage and present cultural, artistic, educational, and social opportunities that enhance the quality of life for the community." Orcas Center, as a multipurpose facility, also hosts trade shows, conferences, retreats, wedding and other receptions. 

Upcoming Events

Orcas Island
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Thursday, September 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.

It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, September 6, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Gounod’s ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare is an ideal vehicle for star soprano Anna Netrebko and the remarkable tenor Roberto Alagna, both of whom bring their incandescent appeal to the title roles. The irresistible Nathan Gunn is Mercutio and Plácido Domingo presides on the podium. Conductor: Plácido Domingo; Production: Guy Joosten; Anna Netrebko, Isabel Leonard, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, Robert Lloyd.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. Registration
Orcas Island Golf Course

This year, the Orcas Center Golf Classic will return to the original tournament scramble format. Get a team together and make the course your stage. There will be fun prizes for all the winners and more.

The Tournament Scramble fee is $75 includes golfing, goodie bag, continental breakfast, burgers & brew and awards reception.

All proceeds benefit Orcas Center programming.

For more information or to register by phone, call (360) 376-2281, ext. 1,  Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. On the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the "girl of the golden west, "starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Lucio Gallo.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. 

As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Once again, it is time for the Orcas all-kid talent show! Directed by Didier Gincig and crew, this annual event is an opportunity to see children and youth of all ages share their performing arts talents including singing, dancing and musicianship. Skits and family acts also. All ticket proceeds benefit Orcas Center’s youth programs.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

With accolades and endorsements from critics and fellow musicians alike, Signature Sounds recording artist Caroline Herring has emerged as one of the most literate and distinctive songwriters of her generation and one of the freshest voices to hit the music scene in a long time. 

Caroline’s songs are always perfect little mysteries and powerful, hopeful love stories, but they are never simple thrilling romances. They are complex, modern, tradition-influenced compositions about love and hate and everything in between.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Sunday, October 12, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

For the opening of the Met; Live in HD 2014 – 2015 season, star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy not in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.

As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Sunday, November 2, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Ruth Moody is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter and founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio, The Wailin’ Jennys. 

Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and carefully crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own. 

There will be a workshop on singing in harmony with Ruth Moody on November 13th, details TBA.[more...]

Orcas Island
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November 14; November 15
7:30 p.m.
917 Mt. Baker Rd.

Change makers are rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you, at Orcas Center’s 2nd annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This year’s short films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first–rate storytelling with the festival theme of "emPOWERment", particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment.

Hosted by Orcas Center and the San Juan Preservation Trust. Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Celebrate the holiday season with The Nutcracker Ballet, bringing the magic of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet to Orcas Center. This sumptuous production was filmed in 2011 at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the original Nutcrackerwas first performed over 120 years ago. The Nutcracker is the perfect holiday outing for the whole family.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Sunday, November 23, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.[more...]

Orcas Island
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November 28; November 29
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Join the Olga Symphony for their annual Big Show, full of fun, friends and fabulous fashions.

This favorite fundraiser sells out early, so get your tickets now![more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, December 6, 2014 to Sunday, December 7, 2014
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Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Always festive and full of surprises, Orcas Choral Society’s Holiday offering will delight your whole family. Join us as we continue the tradition of sharing great choral music with our community.

Dates & Show Times: Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to Sunday, December 14, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

A Christmas Carol is back for the holidays with the outstanding cast from the Enchanted Forest trilogy: Jake Perrine, Grace McCune and Cali Bagby, plus Robert Hall as Scrooge. With original music and lyrics by Jim Bredouw, this redux of the classic heart-warming holiday tale is directed by Deborah Sparks.[more...]

Orcas Island
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Ring in the holiday season with the Orcas Island Community Band. Come inside where the music and friendship are warm and inviting. Enjoy a variety of musical styles, and hear some beloved carols/hymns plus pop/traditional holiday favorites. Admission is by donation.[more...]

Orcas Island
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November 14; November 15
7:30 p.m.
917 Mt. Baker Rd.

Change makers are rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you, at Orcas Center’s 2nd annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This year’s short films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first–rate storytelling with the festival theme of "emPOWERment", particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment.

Hosted by Orcas Center and the San Juan Preservation Trust. Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities.[more...]

Orcas Island
Sponsored by: 
November 28; November 29
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Join the Olga Symphony for their annual Big Show, full of fun, friends and fabulous fashions.

This favorite fundraiser sells out early, so get your tickets now![more...]

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