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BSO Announces 2017 – 2018 Four-Concert Classical Season

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Announces
2017 – 2018 Four-Concert Classical Season
November 11 & 12, 2017, plus February 17 & 18, April 14 & 15, and June 1 & 3, 2018
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Wesley Schulz have announced the 2017 – 2018 Season, their annual four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations held at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season in November with “Mozart and Sibelius” – a program featuring Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration as well as pianist Oksana Ejokina in a performance of Mozart’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, and works from the sonic world of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

The February program showcases César Franck’s most enduring work for orchestra, Symphony in D minor, plus composer Bright Sheng’s moving and beautifully haunting Black Swan, an orchestration of Brahms’s Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2. Also on the program is bass trombonist David Krosschell, who will perform Eric Ewazen’s riveting Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra.

The April program is sure to entice the entire family! Listeners will hear their favorite music from the original Batman, Superman, and even John Williams’ original scoring for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will be featured in a side-by-side performance with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the winner of the BSO’s ever-popular Young Artist Competition will perform.

In June, local violin virtuoso Rachell Wong will perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. This titanic concerto will entrance audience members with its sensitive and probing musical lines. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony erupts with a fanfare for brass that is moody like Shostakovich’s concerto. As the symphony unfolds, however, gaiety and excitement hold court. Perhaps his most famous symphony, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Fourth will end BSO’s 2017-2018 Season with a flourish. 

Don’t miss a minute of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 – 2018 Season – four rousing concerts for music lovers of all ages on November 11 & 12, 2017, February 17 & 18, 2018, April 14 & 15, 2018, and
June 1 & 3, 2018.

“What a beautiful concert!” – “I should do that more often!” – “That was so moving!” If thoughts like these follow you out of the performance hall, then it’s time for you to become a BSO subscriber! Subscribers get the best seats in the house (held for renewal every year), discounted tickets, invitation to special subscriber events, complimentary concession items, and free ticket exchanges, plus Theatre School class discounts. Subscribe today at 206.842.8569 or 206.842.4560 x2.

Join us as we bring the orchestra’s monumental 2016 – 2017 Season to a peaceful and stunning conclusion on June 2 & 4, 2017. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s final concert this season turns to celebrated American composers including John Williams and Aaron Copland. John Williams’ music for the Spielberg-directed film Lincoln reveres and mourns the late president. Copland explores socio-economic variability in his opera, The Tender Land. Although the opera itself was not successful, this suite of extracted music has moved audiences with its beautiful melodies and nostalgic overtones. This program also showcases Charlotte Marckx, the 2017 winner of the BSO’s annual Young Artist Concerto Competition in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra extends special thanks to its sponsors: Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and 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

BPA Theatre School Spring Send-Off is June 8 & 9

BPA Theatre School Spring Send-Off 2017
Thursday & Friday, June 8 & 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us for BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off 2017 – a festive annual showcase bursting with theatrical attractions. Enjoy two short plays for the price of one. Performances will begin with the 2nd –8th grade productions of tales from Hugh Lofting’s series on Doctor Doolittle, and end with an original work devised by Teen Intensive students to showcase their talents!

Patrick Hurlburt and Liz Ellis direct the 2nd –8th grade students in Doctor Doolittle, a wacky tale in which the good doctor of the classic story has been split into three sisters who each go on their own adventure. The youngest, Minnie Doolittle, goes to the moon to save a cat who went up to chase the mice she figured would be after the moon cheese and got stuck when she couldn’t afford a ticket home. Lula Doolittle goes under the sea to treat a tone-deaf orca with an oar caught between her teeth, and the oldest, Sarah Doolittle takes all the odd creatures they bring home to the circus, only to have an adventure of her own.

Liz Ellis directs 5th – 8th grade students in Doctor Doolittle and the Puddleby Pantomime. This wacky tale reveals the adventures of a two-headed antelope, a housemaid that’s really a duck, a seal dressed as a lady, a horse wearing glasses, plus a pig, dog, lion, and leopard.

The Teen Intensive performance will debut original works designed and staged by students from this spring’s workshops. Director Liz Ellis says, “The students who take the spring Teen Intensive are the ones most dedicated to the theatre school program. It’s very exciting to learn what they’re capable of after all these years on our stage and watch them start to take control of their own performance.” Come with them as they compete on a game show that’s unusual to say the least, chat with their anthropomorphized moral quandaries, pick through the facts in their bedtime stories, and more.

Doctor Doolittle is appropriate for all ages. Parents with children under the age of 8 may choose to leave at intermission.

BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off appears Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 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.

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

Bainbridge Dance Center’s Annual Student Performance is June 20 - 24

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 36th Annual Student Performance
June 20 – 24:
Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. + Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale beginning May 17
At
Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

On June 20 – 24 at BPA, Bainbridge Dance Center students and faculty members will transform ten months of training into their 36th annual presentation celebrating the beauty and significance of dance. Six spellbinding performances showcase more than 100 students, ages 4 – 18, in works of creative movement, modern, jazz, tap and ballet. The youngest students will demonstrate pre-technique movement, while beginning through advanced students will perform choreography in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap techniques. Members of the Advanced Ballet Repertory will present “Cinderella Suite,” with the music of Sergie Prokofiev, restaged and choreographed by BDC faculty members Cait Wyler and Kim Holloway.

Held to the highest professional measure, BDC dancers and BDC’s annual performances routinely exceed audience expectations by presenting far more than a standard student exhibition. Anyone with a love of dance, music, lighting, children, theatre, or the arts is sure to be mesmerized and elevated by the beauty and artistry of this show.

In continuous operation since its opening season in 1981, Bainbridge Dance Center is a classical school focused on developing committed dancers and fostering individual artistry. With a mission to offer professional and nurturing training, BDC faculty members possess a love, not only of dance, but of preserving its legacy through the sharing of their knowledge. They infuse their students with skill and passion, shaping them into technicians and artists who will confidently contribute to the world. Please join Bainbridge Dance Center for its annual celebration, and visit online at www.bainbridgedancecenter.com.

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 36th Annual Student Performance appears at BPA June 20 – 24, with shows Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. plus Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, $17 for adults, and $13 for children (through age 18), seniors (65+), teachers, and military, may be purchased beginning May 17 online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org and in person through the BPA Box Office from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. After the opening sale date on May 17, 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

Grab your Dad for an early Father’s Day laugh June 3 at BPA

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, June 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Grab your Dad for an early Father’s Day laugh. Head to BPA for The EDGE Improv on June 3 as the troupe delivers 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, June 3 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

BSO presents Copland Tender Land Suite June 2 & 4 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Presents Copland Tender Land Suite
June 2 & 4: Friday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
With Pre-Concert Chat Sunday @ 2:15 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

For the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts this year the orchestra turns to celebrated American composers including John Williams and Aaron Copland. John Williams’ music for the Spielberg-directed film Lincoln reveres and mourns the late president. Copland explores socio-economic variability in his opera, The Tender Land. Although the opera itself was not successful, this suite of extracted music has moved audiences with its beautiful melodies and nostalgic overtones. This program also showcases Charlotte Marckx, the 2017 winner of the BSO’s annual Young Artist Concerto Competition in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Join us as we bring this monumental season to a peaceful and stunning conclusion.

Charlotte Marckx, a 14-year-old violinist from Bellevue, 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.

Maestro Wesley Schulz made his Seattle Symphony Orchestra debut in a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov in February 2015. As the 2014-2015 Conducting Fellow Schulz served as cover conductor for Maestro Ludovic Morlot, led seven world premieres at the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, and assisted with recordings for the symphony’s Grammy-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media. A leader of educational and family concerts, Schulz makes frequent appearances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra conducting their Halloween Family Concert as well as their Young People’s Concerts; the latter reaching over 30,000 Texas students. In addition to serving as Music Director and Conductor of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Schulz is Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound and Music Director of Seattle Festival Orchestra. Upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Port Angeles Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Juneau Symphony, and the Venice Symphony Orchestra.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts of the season are June 2 and 4, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, June 4 at 2:15 p.m. 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. 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 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 its sponsors: Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and 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

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk June 2017: “Doors and Windows of New Orleans”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Doors and Windows of New Orleans”
Photography by Marc Shor
First Friday Art Walk: June 2 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout June at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery June 2 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. In his month-long June exhibit at BPA, photographer Marc Shor explores the colorful and historic doors and windows of New Orleans, some of which invite you in while others shut you out. Marc is principal of Barn Door Productions, a small full-service web design/development/maintenance company with an intense focus on customer satisfaction. Marc’s work may be viewed online at www.shor.smugmug.com/Portfolio.

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

BPA Auditions for the Seattle-Area Premiere of PRISCILLA...

BPA AUDITIONS for the Seattle-Area Premiere of
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL
Saturday, May 13 @ 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. & Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA is thrilled to announce auditions for the opening show of our 2017 – 2018 Season, the Seattle-area premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL. Auditions will be held at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 16 at 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL recounts the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends – Tick, Bernadette, and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio, who take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up reaching their wildest dreams.

Run dates are October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview October 12. Rehearsals are August 12 through October 12 – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays @ 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL includes roles for 20-30 actors, singers, dancers, and drag queens, ages 18 and up, plus one 8-11-year-old boy. Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a disco or 80’s pop song that shows range and individual character. An accompanist will be provided but you must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder.  Please – no outside accompanists or acapella singing. 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 2017 – 2018 Season! BPA AUDITIONS for PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL are Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 16 at 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

BPA’s team of theatre professionals works with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional quality, enthusiastically-supported, and well-attended shows in our 245-seat facility on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge is a beautiful 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, and the theater is a short walk from the dock. BPA provides walk-on ferry passes for Seattle cast members for all rehearsals and performances.

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 presents the rollicking fantasy BIG FISH May 12 - 28

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents BIG FISH
May 12 - 28: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, May 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, May 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

BIG FISH is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Director Ken Michels’ impressive list of credits includes past BPA hits Mary Poppins, The Full Monty, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, Avenue Q, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Michels is joined by Musical Director Aimee Hong, who describes herself as one part Teaching Artist, one part Voice Teacher, and one part Music Director. An Adjunct Music Faculty member at Bellevue College, Aimee also teaches for The Seattle Symphony, Studio East, and Village Theatre. Choreographer Heather Dawson’s work has been seen in BPA Theatre School’s Seussical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Mary Poppins, and she was also seen dancing in The Drowsy Chaperone.

The dynamic directing trio leads an exciting cast featuring BPA newcomer Jason Gingold as Edward Bloom, plus Ryan Patrick O’Donnell (Will Bloom), Kylee Gano (Sandra Bloom), Tori Konig (Josephine Bloom), Julian Mudge-Burns (Young Will), Jayln Green (Amos Calloway), Elizabeth Dangelo (Jenny Hill), Colleen Gillon (The Witch), Max Lopuszynski (Karl), Lance Valdez (Don Price / Dance Ensemble), Teagan Howlett (Mermaid / Dance Ensemble), Robert Craighead (Doctor Bennett / Dance Ensemble), Rico Lastrapes (Zacky Price / Dance Ensemble), and Michael Loudon (Ashton Mayor / Ensemble), and additional ensemble members including Sophie Eldridge, Cordelia Janow, Matt Howe, Kevin Tanner, Lucien Caro, Ben Eldridge, Pete Simpson, Forrest Blair, Kate Pippinger, Becky Eastguard, Sarah Taylor, Hailey McCulloch, and Ruth Urbach.

BIG FISH appears at BPA May 12 – 28, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. The run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, May 12 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. BIG FISH is produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and is suitable for ages 12 and older.

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

Celebrate Mother's Day with The EDGE Improv May 6

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Perfect for Moms and those who have Moms! (That means YOU!) Don’t miss The EDGE Improv on May 6 as the troupe delivers 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, May 6 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 May 5: “The Big Fish”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “The Big Fish
Paintings by Neil Johannsen
First Friday Art Walk: May 5 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout May at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery May 5 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. When Neil Johannsen began to translate the novel The Big Fish into colorful, whimsical pieces of art, he realized that the story is about the journey of life – one that could have been borrowed from the epic poem The Odyssey, or maybe from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Challenging himself to interpret the story’s tall tales into painted pictures of the truth, Johannsen relied on the larger-than-life lessons of fish (and fishing): “Just how big WAS that fish?” “How does an artist out-fox a fish with paint and brushes?” “How can a painter stretch the truth on canvas?” In the end, Johannsen discovered that all an artist need do is seek meaning in the natural beauty around us to translate the treasure of life on this wonderful blue planet.

Johannsen paints nature for the joy of painting and also to connect with the viewer – to communicate something universal about the natural world upon which we all depend. Raised on a working ranch in Northern California, he holds three degrees in the natural sciences, is a retired director of Alaska State Parks, is a former chief of operations for California State Parks, and has been a serious student of art his entire life. Johannsen’s art is in more than fifty private and public collections around the world, including in the National Steinbeck Center in California, and at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work may be viewed online at www.neiljohannsenart.com. Half of all profits from sales will be donated to Bainbridge Performing Arts.

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.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine