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104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, WA



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MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: Five for Fighting with String Quartet

Acoustic, Classical, Special Event

Five for Fighting—John Ondrasik—burst on the music scene 17 years ago with the Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman,” which became an after-the-fact anthem of the September 11th attacks. His music has sold over 2.5 million albums been featured in over 350 films and TV shows. Ondrasik has written tunes for everyone from Josh Groban to the Backstreet Boys. Using music as “the great healer,” John has supported many causes. Don’t miss this stunning, big-hearted vocalist in what is sure to be a poignant and perfect show. Follow your heartstrings to Five for Fighting. Whether you identify this band by “100 Years” or “What If,” it is all the same one, passionate guy. Past sightings include the Kennedy Center, NASA, Ted Talks, and a variety of hockey arenas, but this future sighting accompanied by a string quartet is the one you don’t want to miss.


• Fri 1/19/18 at 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Acoustic, Bluegrass, Country, Rock

Take a rich journey that is both classical and completely contemporary with two superstar Grammy winners and this collection of American roots songs encompassing blues, gospel, folk, country, and rock. Beloved singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and her collaborator, musical director, guitarist, and husband John Leventhal present an acoustic evening celebrating her prolific and deeply-rooted catalog of music. Join Rosanne Cash, a four-time Grammy winner and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, for an amazing MBT outing with her famed husband, John Leventhal. Cash has recorded 15 albums and charted 21 top-40 country singles, 11 of which reached number one. Listen for this extraordinary duo to perform music from her recent trilogy of albums as well as classics from her decades-long, celebrated career.


• Fri 1/26/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BAM! Percussion-eXplosion

Children's Theatre, Education

Invigorate students with this truly universal production. The pulsating energy created by the artists of BAM is contagious: through drumbeats and laughs, it overwhelms the audience in an exploration of nonverbal and cross-cultural communication. Using the arts of comedy and percussion combined, eXplosion electrifies the crowd with its powerful rhythms and its deliriously funny sketches.


• Wed 1/31/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM12:15 PM2:15 PM

My Father’s Dragon

Children's Theatre, Puppet Theater, Education

Send kids on a bigger-than-life adventure with nine-year old Elmer Elevator on his quest to save a baby dragon from the animals of Wild Island. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he’ll need and makes his way to the Island where he saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music.


• Wed 2/7/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM12:15 PM2:15 PM


Folk, Bluegrass, Special Event, Acoustic

These Galway, Ireland, natives deliver “Celtgrass” in the common ground between old-world Irish tradition and authentic Americana. Multiple award-winning musicians, these two sets of brothers bring musical magic on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Elmore Magazine says, “It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead.” Return for a full-length show by these Billboard #1 World Album-charting artists who previously performed at the Mount Baker Theatre with the Irish Rovers. The artists who comprise We Banjo 3 are joyous and incredibly talented performers who epitomize what we mean by an exceptional outing.


• Sat 2/10/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Mozart’s Turkish Concerto


With a beautiful sound and elegance reminiscent of great violinists of the past, Arnaud Sussmann solos on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish), one of Mozart’s most popular works. We finish the afternoon with Hindemith's Metamorphosis and Overture to Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber.


• Sun 2/11/18 at 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: Celtic Nights—Oceans of Hope

Country/Folk, Classical Dance, World Dance, New Age, Music, Film, Celtic, Irish

Music and dance intertwine the stories of people crossing oceans in search of freedom and prosperity in Celtic Nights—Oceans of Hope. Told through Irish eyes by some of the Emerald Isle’s finest performers, this sweeping production explores the journeys of those who left their lives behind and traveled across the seas to the New World. This magical voyage captures the very essence of who we are and what we share: laughter, sorrow, family, and hope. Join the trek of a spirited people with a stubborn survival instinct amidst ballads, jigs, and colorful storytelling. From famine-burdened Ireland to the wild, fertile lands of America and Australia, this outing paints a vibrant picture of the triumphs and trials of Irish heritage in the New World and beyond.


• Sat 2/24/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: Lonesome Traveler: The Concert with Peter Yarrow

Acoustic, Americana/Roots, Bluegrass, Special Event

Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music with Lonesome Traveler, the stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that The New York Times called “illuminating . . . revelatory . . . achingly beautiful.” The show celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie; Lead Belly; Pete Seeger and the Weavers; Gordon Lightfoot; Peter, Paul, and Mary; Bob Dylan; the Byrds; Donovan; Cat Stevens; Don McLean; James Taylor; and Van Morrison—with a special tribute to Leonard Cohen. MBT Field Guide Insights: Sign on with folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary for this fantastic exploration of American folk music from the ‘20s to the ‘60s and on! The charismatic young cast delivers an unforgettable, multimedia concert event featuring a range from romantic duets to union anthems. Enjoy songs heard from the front porches of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco, such as “If I Had a Hammer,“ “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Hallelujah.”


• Sat 3/3/18 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Whatcom READS: An Evening with Sunil Yapa

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Hear a free presentation by Sunil Yapa, author of "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist" at the Mount Baker Theatre on the grand Main Stage. For more information about Whatcom READS, please visit


• Fri 3/9/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mount Baker Theatre: Gobsmacked!

Musical, acapella, Experimental/Perf. Art

Direct from sold-out seasons in London, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh comes the mind-blowing vocal sensation Gobsmacked! This next-generation a cappella show redefines the limits of the human voice. Featuring reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists, Gobsmacked! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella—it’s funny, joyful, and uplifts the spirits of all ages! Shoot the spectrum from doo-wop to drum and bass, and from street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping as Gobsmacked! pushes musical boundaries without a single musical instrument to be seen. Delight at this slick, technically incredible, high energy a cappella spectacular.


• Sat 3/10/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Pete the Cat

Children's Theatre

This musical theatre presentation finds Pete helping young Jimmy Biddle, an extraordinarily organized second grader who is having trouble with creativity. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and they both learn a little something new about inspiration along the way. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship – all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.


• Mon 3/12/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM12:15 PM2:15 PM


World Dance, Country/Folk, Classical Dance

The excitement of Irish music and dancing will fill the air as Northwest Ballet Theater presents ‘Celtic Legends’ on Saturday March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). With the influence of Irish Step Dance and music from the wildly popular ‘River Dance’, there will be a balletic twist to the choreography that varies from upbeat and dynamic to free flowing and lyrical. When music and the artists of NBT are put together like this you can expect entertainment of the highest degree.


• Sat 3/17/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Scheherazade & Shostakovich


Shostakovich wrote this piece for his son Maxim’s 19th birthday, which is likely the reason it is much more upbeat than most of his music. As a youth, our guest pianist, Philip Fisher performed the piece for Maxim himself (Maxim being the first person to ever play it publicly.) Philip Fisher hails originally from Britain and studied at both the Royal Conservatory of Music and Juilliard in NYC.


• Sun 3/25/18 at 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Children's Theatre

Light up an interest in language in your students with this quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words. Follow Nicholas Allen as he hatches his best idea ever: to create his own word, “Frindle.” When his word grows in use from Mrs. Granger’s language arts class to his school, his town, and then spreads all around the country, it causes a power struggle with the strict Mrs. Granger. Will the word “Frindle” win?


• Mon 3/26/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM12:15 PM2:15 PM


Musical, Comedy/Drama

A Chorus Line is the sixth-longest-running Broadway show of all time thanks to its showstopping songs and dances. The touching stories of gusto for glory are set to the sounds of “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “What I Did for Love,” “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three,” and more. This wonderful staging makes the audience become a part of the story as hopes soar to be the “One” chosen at the end of the audition. Be swept away by this masterpiece of musical theatre, with a top-notch cast delivering wave after wave of spectacular standards. TV talent shows stand aside—A Chorus Line and its original story of the struggle to make it on Broadway stands supreme.


• Thu 3/29/18 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Drama, Musical, Dance Play, Broadway, Burlesque

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through dangerous times? Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Cabaret invites you to “come blow that horn, start celebrating . . . .“ Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside—life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.


• Sun 4/8/18 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: Classic Chaplin with Live Score!

Film, Silent Film, Chaplin, Organ, Live Score, Classic, Comedy

Take the whole family on a trip back in time to the movies with star film historian and accompanist Dennis James. Take a trip back in time to the movies when the biggest of the big from the silent film era meets our mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Expect hilarity, history, and also harmony with four Chaplin shorts on the Main Stage screen and world-renowned film historian and organist Dennis James at MBT’s beautifully-preserved organ. Experience Mount Baker Theatre as it was meant to be enjoyed and introduce the whole family to the brilliance of a bygone era of vaudeville.


• Sat 4/14/18 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

My Heart in a Suitcase

Children's Theatre

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. In order to protect their daughter in 1938 Germany, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever and send her on the Kindertransport. Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems to be filled with hatred and violence. Based on a memoir by Anne Lehmann Fox.


• Mon 4/16/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM12:15 PM2:15 PM

Pink Martini With China Forbes

Cabaret, Jazz

Enjoy popular favorites from the band’s 23-year career as well as songs from their latest release, Je dis oui!, as you take a musical trip around the world from France to Iran, Armenia to South Africa. The arrangements of Latin music, jazz, cabaret and cinema scores come together in a sound that defies categorization but is guaranteed to dazzle.


• Sun 4/22/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Price is Right Live!


Enjoy a touring version of The Price is Right. This show It has the same excitement, games, cash and merchandise prizes, name tags and even the famous 'Price is Right' microphone. Many audience members win right from their seats. From Plinko, to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, to the fabulous Showcase, 'The Price Is Right, Live!' is the only experience that allows audience members to be the star of the show.


• Mon 4/23/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Lewis & Clark Expedition – A Celebration of American Teamwork

Children's Theatre

Be part of Lewis & Clark’s “Corps of Discovery” to explore the newly-acquired Louisiana Purchase. Witness historic events, hair’s-breadth escapes, chance reunions, ferocious animals, comic mishaps, scenic splendor, newborn babes, and ancient natives in this audience-interactive performance of one of America’s greatest real-life adventures.


• Mon 4/23/18 - Thu 4/26/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM12:15 PM2:15 PM

Twelfth Night

Children's Theatre, Shakespeare

Introduce students to the live experience of Shakespeare in this treasured comedy brimming with wild infatuations, delightful antics, and beloved comic characters. Love has everyone unglued in Illyria. When a castaway disguises herself as a boy to find work she gets caught in a compromising love triangle. Another household tricks a stuffy steward into believing his mistress has fallen for him.


• Tue 5/1/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: An Evening with David Sedaris

Talks/Lectures, Comedy, Humor, Signing/Readings

David Sedaris, NPR humorist and bestselling writer, applies his unique perspective to everyday events and creates masterful comedic moments. Author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Holidays on Ice, and many more, Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are over 10 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages. Encounter the sardonic wit and incisive social critiques that have made David Sedaris one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves him to be a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.


• Fri 5/4/18 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Animals, For the Family, Variety Show, Stunts, Dogs, Music

The Olate family story is a heartwarming rags-to-riches journey. Richard Olate was 12 years old and extremely poor when he rescued the first of the street dogs who would eventually rescue him. Through hard work and constant struggle, he took his amateur dog show from his home of Chile to the United States at age 33 and found success with his touring dog variety show—all the way to the $1 million America’s Got Talent prize. Son Nicholas and wife Rebecca help deliver this high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics, and humor. Find yourself thoroughly enchanted by these fuzzy-faced winners of America’s Got Talent and their hardworking owner-handlers. The Olate Dogs are named for Richard Olate, who has been adopting and training dogs since childhood. Truly a family act for all ages, this show features Richard, his wife, his son, and their ever-growing crew of rescued pooches intent on thrilling audiences and promoting animal welfare.


• Sat 5/5/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM7:00 PM9:00 PM

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals

Children's Theatre

A humorous musical suite of fourteen short movements will come to life with special Bellingham student features of poetry, dance, art, and the winner of the high school concerto competition. The music is interspersed with humorous verses written by Ogden Nash. Join Whatcom Symphony Orchestra on a trip to the zoo where you “see” the animals through the hugely expressive sounds.


• Mon 5/7/18 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Acoustic, Americana/Roots, Bluegrass, Country, Special Event

Multi-Grammy nominees and three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are coming to Bellingham backed by one of the best bands on tour today. Expect greatness from two stand-alone artists (five individual Grammys) who are only better together (35 combined IBMA awards). Their 2017 album features collaborations with other “MBT Presents” artists Steve Martin and Bela Fleck. Make tracks to be on site for brilliant bluegrass with this dynamic duo. The newest inductees in the legendary Grand Ole Opry, Daily & Vincent are now part of an elite group of musicians who define country and bluegrass music. Opry GM Sally Williams says, “the best in their field across the board.”


• Sat 5/19/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

WSO: Carmina Burana


Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection “Carmina Burana,” covering themes as familiar now as then: the fickleness of fate, the fleeting nature of life, and the joy of Spring’s arrival. We will have a huge orchestra, two pianos and celeste, large percussion section, three outstanding soloists, and over 150 singers from Western Washington University.


• Sun 5/20/18 at 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Ballroom, Classical Dance

Northwest Ballet Theater will be performing this most loved ballet for the third time in NBT’s 19 year history. This ballet offers something special for all ages and tastes. Prokovief’s enchanting score with exciting new choreography by Artistic Director John Bishop will take you on delightful journey where hope becomes magic (which sometimes misfires) and ends with young girl’s dream coming true. Elegant costuming and scenery with eye-opening lighting and special effects will have audiences asking for more.


• Sat 6/2/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Ballroom, Classical Dance

Northwest Ballet Theater will be performing this most loved ballet for the third time in NBT’s 19 year history. This ballet offers something special for all ages and tastes. Prokovief’s enchanting score with exciting new choreography by Artistic Director John Bishop will take you on delightful journey where hope becomes magic (which sometimes misfires) and ends with young girl’s dream coming true. Elegant costuming and scenery with eye-opening lighting and special effects will have audiences asking for more.


• Sun 6/3/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS: Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Ira Glass is the creator, producer, and host of This American Life, the iconic, weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music, and video, Glass delivers a unique talk, sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: what inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions? During his presentation, Ira Glass will mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers. Dig deep into everyday joy with Ira Glass, whose radio show is enjoyed weekly by 2.2 million people and has won five Peabody Awards. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to witness the storyteller become the story and offer you what he’s picked up in that familiar, friendly voice.


• Sat 6/23/18 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM