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BPA Theatre School now enrolling The Actor’s Tool Belt with Dinah Manoff

BPA Theatre School Now Enrolling
The Actor’s Tool Belt with Dinah Manoff
A Rotational Series of Monthly One-Day Workshops
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Tony Award-winning actress Dinah Manoff is teaching The Actor’s Tool Belt, a rotational series of classes through BPA Theatre School. Manoff brings over 30 years of experience acting, directing, and casting to the six-hour monthly workshops, which also offer a great schedule for those who don’t have time to commit to a weekly class. Workshops encompass a range of instruction, from developing basic acting skills to selecting appropriate material for auditions.

Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on March 5, April 23, and May 7, with additional dates to be announced. Classes will be held in the portable behind BPA and students are instructed to wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch. Offerings include the following:

The Nuts and Bolts of Acting – Sunday, March 5, 2017
This workshop will provide a foundation for actors who would like to learn the “nuts and bolts” of the craft. Using a variety of techniques with practical application for scenes and monologues, this class is perfect for actors of all levels, from those with little or no experience to more seasoned actors who want to brush up on the basics.

Constructing a Character – Sunday, April 23, 2017
Character development is more than just putting on a costume or speaking with an accent. It is about being real while playing someone who may not be like you at all. In this workshop Dinah uses creative exercises and improvisation to teach students how to build believable characters – those that are similar and dissimilar to those participating. Students will leave with invaluable tools for assembling characters from the inside out.

Monologues with Muscle – Sunday, May 7, 2017
There is much more to a monologue than standing up and giving a speech. Participants will learn how the tools of “sensory work” and “unrelated action” can take a monologue from a stiff presentation to an interesting and captivating piece.

Limited to 14 students (per class) and recommended for ages 16 and older, The Actors Tool Belt will be offered at $125 per class or at $100 per class for a package of three or more. Registrants must contact Director of Education Liz Ellis at eeliis@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to obtain the package discount. For additional information or queries, please contact Liz at eeliis@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.842.4560 x3, and register online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/theatre-school.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA auditions for The Merry Wives of Windsor are March 4

BPA AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Saturday, March 4 @ 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, March 4 at BPA. Embraced by audiences as one of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, this most merry and English of comedies centers on the lovable rogue Sir John Falstaff. Hard up for money and seeking to restore his riches, he sends identical love letters to two wealthy wives. But the wooed Windsor women see through his schemes and set him up for some hilariously sweet revenge. BPA transforms the Bloedel meadow into the Windsor forest in this farce that’s not to be missed.

Run dates are July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview July 6. Rehearsals are May 6 through July 5: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR includes roles for five or more women ages 20 and up, 11 men ages 20 and up, and three youth ages 12 and up. Those auditioning are requested to prepare a 1 to 1 1/2 minute comedic classical monologue (pre-1900s) for their audition. Please note: some characters in the play do sing, so those auditioning may be asked to sing a snippet of their favorite song a Capella. All roles are open to audition. All roles are open to audition, and interested parties may view a complete listing of characters online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! BPA AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR are Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Theatre School Winter Showcase is March 28 & 30

Aberown Studio presents
BPA Theatre School Winter Showcase
March 28 & 30: Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School’s Winter Showcase features two plays for the price of one! The first, Bainbridge to Broadway is our annual student musical revue in which students, Grades 2 – 8 are cast as a group of aspiring Broadway stars. Findign themselves saddled with the challenging task of babysitting a group of children, they spend the evening spinning wild tales pulled from their favorite musical stories. Next up, teens from BPA’s Teen Intensive program will perform The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s most magical, mysterious, and cerebral works. Join us as a wizard and castaway on a remote, enchanted island has the opportunity to wash his enemies ashore and lead them in a merry chase.

BPA Theatre School’s Winter Showcase offers family fun for ‘kids’ of all ages, says Director of Education Liz Ellis. “These students still manage to blow me away and set a new bar with every performance. Roxanne Foster’s choreography and the student’s performance of it will delight and impress in Bainbridge to Broadway, and you’ll be amazed at the comedic abilities of The Tempest cast.”

See two shows for one ticket at BPA Theatre School’s annual family-friendly Winter Showcase, which runs Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for Seniors, Youth, Students, Military, and Teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School’s Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Misery loves family! BPA presents AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY March 17 - April 2

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
March 17 - April 2: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Exception: Saturday, April 1 @ 2:00 p.m. (Early Matinee)
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, March 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, March 17 @ 6:30 p.m.

Tracy Letts, in his Broadway debut, created a hugely ambitious, highly combustible saga that will leave viewers reeling. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

Island Treasure Kate Carruthers leads a show-stopping cast featuring Gianni Truzzi as BEVERLY, Barbara Deering as VIOLET, Ann Ellis as BARBARA, Melissa Fenwick as IVY, Carrie Morgan as KAREN, Jennifer Pippin- Montanez as MATTIE FAE, McKenna Sanford as JEAN, Kalea Salvador as JOHNNA, Wayne Purves as CHARLES, Pete Benson as BILL, Geoff Schmidt as STEVE, Geoff Finney as LITTLE CHARLES, and Rob Burke as SHERIFF.

Honored for her longtime arts advocacy and leadership in Community Theater on Bainbridge Island, Kate Carruthers was named 2017 Island Treasure. For BPA’s spring 2016 production, she received Best Director of a Play and Best Play (Amadeus) in the 2016 Broadway World Seattle Awards and Best Director/Best Show (Amadeus), in Kitsap Sun’s Best of Local Theater, 2016. Under her direction, Amadeus was also named Best Play in the South Sound Critics Association’s Best Of The 2015 – 2016 Theater Season. Kate’s previous BPA directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Kentucky Cycle, Distracted, Private Eyes, Arcadia, The Grapes of Wrath, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, More Fun Than Bowling, Anton in Show Business, Art, and The Philadelphia Story.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY appears at BPA March 17 - April 2, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (exception: the Saturday, April 1st performance will be a 3:00 p.m. matinee), plus Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. The run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $21 for students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BSO presents Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 1

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
in partnership with the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra
presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 1
Saturday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Bainbridge High School
& Sunday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is delighted to team up with the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra in this special presentation of Gustav Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 1 in D major. Also on the program is Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon featuring Davis Hampton, bass clarinet. A University of Puget Sound music education major, Hampton performs with the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and serves as a conducting assistant for the Concert Band. Davis is one of the recipients of the 2016–17 Paul Bellamy Music Scholarship and winner of the Concerto/Aria Competition.

Mahler had an exceptionally interesting yet tumultuous life. His music evokes an expansive emotional gamut, ranging from the most despairing to the frivolous. Conducting for the world’s greatest orchestras and opera houses, Mahler left behind some of the most significant work in the symphonic repertory. He continuously pushed at the boundaries of form, scope, orchestration, and performance. In his First Symphony we get a glimpse of this extraordinary human and the music born from his fertile imagination.

Both of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concerts will be performed off-site. The ticketed Saturday performance on March 4 will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Bainbridge High School and the free concert on Sunday, March 5 will be at 4:00 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound. Saturday tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Patrons attending the Saturday concert are urged to phone the BPA Box Office to take advantage of the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative,” which provides free tickets for youths, ages 18 and under. The Sunday concert in Tacoma is free for all ages! BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (now also known as “ArtsWA”) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and the BSO’s “Youth in Music” Initiative Sponsor Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Leap into spring with The EDGE Improv March 4

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, March 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Leap into spring with The EDGE Improv, and join them March 4 as the members deliver an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life.

According to troupe member Ken Ballenger “The EDGE is like therapy, but cheaper.” Terence Wheer, author, actor and all-around good fellow, quips, “If you're up for some surprises then The EDGE is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or bottled spring water.”

The troupe performs at BPA on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers. Performers include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit www.theedgeimprov.com for video clips from past shows and visit The EDGE at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org for tickets, bios, upcoming performances and more.

The EDGE Improv appears at BPA Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk March 3: “Inkgarden”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Inkgarden
Featuring Bainbridge Island Printmakers
First Friday Art Walk: March 3 @ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.* (* Extended showing)
Exhibit continues throughout March at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Celebrate the vibrant printmaking community that now thrives on Bainbridge Island, and join us March 3 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends.

Artist Wendy Orville opened Inkgarden Studio in 2004, offering classes in monotype. When approached about this exhibit, Wendy responded, “I feel so lucky to be part of such a generous, joyful and committed group of artists (and friends). I found an old Inkgarden poster from the very beginning and it said ‘Cultivate your creativity within a safe and supportive community. Explore ideas, develop skills, and liberate your imagination.’ I started the workshops without a clue if there would be any interest. I remember standing in the recently renovated studio space, holding my son, Gabe (he was about one) and thinking what have I done? Will anyone come? So here we all are. What an adventure!”

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BSO announces Winner of the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Announces Charlotte Marckx
As 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition – Charlotte Marckx, a 14-year-old violinist from Bellevue, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, first movement. Charlotte has performed on NPR’s From the Top radio program and at their annual gala in Boston. She recently won the Washington State division of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition, and will be advancing to the next round this winter. Previous honors include being one of four finalists in the 2015 Johansen International Competition held in DC, and a winner of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Charlotte was the grand prizewinner of the 2015 KING FM Young Artists Awards, and was presented by James Ehnes in a recital with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She has soloed with several orchestras including the Seattle Philharmonia Northwest and Seattle Festival Orchestras. Most recently, Charlotte appeared alongside her cellist sister, Olivia, performing the Brahms “Double Concerto” with the Kirkland Civic Orchestra. Their duo, Sempre Sisters, performs a variety of genres, and was featured in the 2016 October issue of Strings Magazine. Charlotte began studying the violin with Jan Coleman at age 5 ½ and currently works with Simon James. In the summer, Charlotte attends the Aspen Music Festival, where she studies with Paul Kantor. She also works with studio pianist collaborators Hiro David and Dr. Li-Tan Hsu. Charlotte receives support through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. Outside of music, Charlotte loves to write fanfiction and watch the Food Network.

Young Park, piano, was awarded 2nd Place for her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, second and third movements, and David Forman, viola, was awarded 3rd Place for his performance of Walton’s Viola Concerto, first movement. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Music Director Wesley Schulz congratulates all participants in the BSO’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition, saying, “It was a true pleasure to hear so many talented and capable young musicians. Everyone displayed solid musicianship, careful preparation, and great confidence. It takes hundreds of hours, and months of dedication, stamina, and endurance to prepare for and participate in a competition such as ours.”

As 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s annual competition, Ms. Marckx will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on June 2 & 4. The BSO’s final concert of the season will also feature Williams’ Music from Lincoln as well as Copland’s nostalgic and moving Tender Land Suite.

Please join us for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert – Mahler Symphony No. 1 – on March 4 & 5 as well as our spring collaboration with Bainbridge Chorale – Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana – on April 22 & 23. Both of these concerts are off-site. Tickets and performance details are available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the  BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA stages outrageously funny love letter to musical theatre February 10 - 19

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents [title of show]
Yes, that’s really the name of the show!
February 10 - 19: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, February 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, February 10 @ 6:30 p.m.

Save the dates for a thoroughly unique and comical postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals! You won’t want to miss this outrageously funny love letter to musical theatre. [title of show] (yes, that really IS the name of the show) is a hidden jewel that – like The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee before it – is sure to enthrall audience members.

In [title of show] Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. With nothing to lose, and the submission deadline a mere three weeks away, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives.

[title of show] – taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show] – follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival, while learning lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists along the way. Featuring music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell, the musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.

Director Philip Lacey and Musical Director Joel Kurzynski make their BPA debut with this production and lead a tiny cast featuring two newcomers – Garrett Dill (JEFF) and Adam Minton (HUNTER) – plus two BPA favorites – Jasmine Joshua (SUSAN) and Myriah Riedel (HEIDI). Jasmine Joshua previously made a big splash as the glitzy yet villainous Ursula in BPA’s Little Mermaid last spring alongside starring cast mate Myriah Riedel, who won fans and hearts with her winning performance as Ariel. Garrett Dill has appeared in Fly by Night (Harold) with Reboot Theater, Songs for a New World (Man 2) at Second Story, Parade (Craig) with Sound Theatre Company, and Shaggy in Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, an international tour. Adam Minton’s portrayal of The Baker (Into the Woods) at Twelfth Night Productions earned him BroadwayWorld.com Seattle’s award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical last year.

Produced by special arrangement with Rogers and Hammerstein, [title of show] appears at BPA February 10 - 19, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and and Sunday Matinees at 3:00 p.m. The run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $21 for students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Shake off the winter doldrums with an evening of laughs on February 4

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, February 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Shake off the winter doldrums with an evening of laughs on February 4. The EDGE Improv will deliver an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life.

According to troupe member Ken Ballenger “The EDGE is like therapy, but cheaper.” Terence Wheer, author, actor and all-around good fellow, quips, “If you're up for some surprises then The EDGE is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or bottled spring water.”

The troupe performs at BPA on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers. Performers include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit www.theedgeimprov.com for video clips from past shows and visit The EDGE at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org for tickets, bios, upcoming performances and more.

The EDGE Improv appears at BPA Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine