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BPA Announces adventure-filled 2017 - 2018 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) Announces
2017 – 2018 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce its 2017 – 2018 Theatre Season. From a journey to the heart of fabulous to the neverland you never knew, BPA’s adventure-filled 2017 – 2018 lineup is sure to draw interest from people of all ages and all walks of life.

In the words of Kim Hastings with AXS, “Bainbridge Performing Arts could be a primer to the other theaters in the south and mid-Sound on how to do things the right way.” Vibrant performances, hit shows, and breathtaking artistry have emerged as the BPA trademark, and – in recent years – BPA has drawn increasing awards and accolades from BroadwayWorld Seattle, Kitsap Sun, South Sound Critics Association, and more.

Don’t miss a minute of BPA’s 2017 – 2018 Season:

October 13 – 29, 2017 – 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.

December 1 – 17, 2017 – Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is one family-friendly adventure that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

March 9 – 25, 2018 – The Tony Award-winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this wildly theatrical adaptation playfully explores the depths of greed and despair...and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

May 4 – 20, 2018 – Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the ‘20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, THE MUSICAL brings musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features hits from the 1920s, including Let’s Misbehave, ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do, and There’s a New Day Comin’!

Summer 2018 – One of the Bard’s most popular romantic tragedies, ROMEO & JULIET centers on a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families that disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly — and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair. Join us for The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 6th Annual Summertime Shakespeare offering.

BPA’s Theatre Season is rounded out by Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, The EDGE Improv, BPA Theatre School classes and performances, and a whole lot more.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Wesley Schulz present a four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations on November 11 & 12, 2017, February 17 & 18, 2018, April 14 & 15, 2018, and June 1 & 3, 2018.

The EDGE Improv delivers their riotous antics on First Saturdays all year long: September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2, 2017 plus January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, and August 4, 2018.

“What a great show!” – “I should do that more often!” – “That was magical!” If thoughts like these follow you out of the theater, then it’s time for you to become a BPA subscriber! Subscribers get the best seats in the house (held for renewal every year), ticket and Theatre School class discounts, invitation to special subscriber events, complimentary concession items, and free ticket exchange. And – new this season – BPA’s FLEXPASS allows patrons to choose a subscription package now but select show dates later. Subscribe today at 206.842.8569 or 206.842.4560 x 2.

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 Auditions for The Merry Wives of Windsor - April 17!

BPA AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Monday, April 17 @ 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA is pleased to offer a second opportunity to audition for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on April 17 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 Monday, April 17 at 6:00 – 9:00 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

BSO & Bainbridge Chorale present Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana April 22 & 23

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra & Bainbridge Chorale
with Wesley Schulz & Michael Austin Miller, Conductors
present Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana
April 22 & 23: Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge High School Gym

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Bainbridge Chorale join forces for another extraordinary partnership on April 22 and 23. Together they will perform iconic sacred works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms before turning their attention to Carl Orff’s famed Carmina Burana. Led by conductors Wesley Schulz and Michael Austin Miller, this thrilling collaboration features the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Bainbridge Chorale, Olympic Girls Choir, Jessica Robins Milanese (soprano), and Paul Karaitis (tenor/baritone). The BSO and the Chorale last collaborated in the spring of 2014 for a production of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Verdi’s Requiem.

In 1803 a manuscript was discovered in a Benedictine monastery in Germany. Carmina Burana contains beautiful poetry and songs written by wandering students and minstrels in the 12th and 13th centuries. Hardly sacred in nature, the poems satirize, celebrate, complain about, and revel in all aspects of life. First performed in 1937, this anthology of poems and songs for large orchestra, chorus, children’s choir, and soloists has become a favorite of audiences all over the world.

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.

The 2016 – 2017 season marks the seventh year of Michael Austin Miller’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Bainbridge Chorale. Under his direction, the Chorale continues to attract new singers and audience members while experiencing growth in vocal skills and exploring both contemporary and classic choral repertoire. As evidence of its increasing stature in the choral community, the Chorale has been privileged to perform at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on three occasions and has had opportunities to perform at Benaroya Hall as well. Videos of their performance at St. Mark’s can be found on YouTube.

Jessica Robins Milanese, soprano is critically acclaimed for the depth and sparkle she brings to her performances on the concert and opera stage. Most recently Ms. Milanese performed the roles of Miss Wordsworth, Albert Herring, and Soeur Constance, Dialogues des Carmelites, with Vashon Opera. Ms. Milanese has performed with many of the region’s leading arts organizations such as Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony and Orchestra Seattle.

Paul Karaitis is a versatile singer with international solo credits in oratorio, opera, concert stage, and recording studio ranging from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eugene Ballet, the Victoria (B.C.) Symphony, the Northwest Boys Choir, Seattle Opera Association, Portland Opera, Ballet Idaho, to the Pittsburgh (PA) Ballet. He is one of a select few who has sung all male solos (tenor and baritone) in Carmina Burana.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s spring collaboration with Bainbridge Chorale will be presented off-site at Bainbridge High School Gym on April 22 and 23, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets, $26 for adults, $22 for seniors (age 62+), and $18 for students, military, and teachers, may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2804376. Children (13 and under) receive free admission.

Bainbridge Chorale extends special thanks to sponsors Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and Town & Country Market. 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 and Bainbridge Chorale are 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

One Night Only April 15: Vocal Jazz Ensemble BlueStreet Voices

Vocal Jazz Ensemble BlueStreet Voices
April 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BlueStreet Voices, a vocal jazz ensemble based out of Seattle, performs tunes with a professional trio at their back. They put forth everything from foot-tappin’ jazz standards to classically-arranged contemporary pop hits, including Latin, blues, gospel, rich ballads, and songs by contemporary jazz artists such as Michael Bublé, The Beatles, Kurt Elling, Coldplay, Groove for Thought, Maroon Five, Manhattan Transfer, James Taylor, Jane Monheit, Paul Simon, and more.

BlueStreet journeys across the water April 15 for their first performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts. A mere 10-minute walk from the ferry dock, Bainbridge residents and Seattle visitors alike are welcome to partake in a night of music and treats. Come enjoy old and new jazz favorites, BlueStreet’s famous chocolate buffet, wine wall, and the chance to win a free 7-day Holland-America Cruise for you and a friend.

Listener Quinn W. championed BlueStreet, saying, “I saw this group at the Triple Door last year and was blown away by their sound. They perform a variety of music including Jazz standards but I was surprised to hear them sing Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ and Maroon 5’s ‘Sunday Morning.’ It was really cool!”

Tickets, $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, are available at Brown Paper Tickets, www.bsvonbainbridge.brownpapertickets.com. Visit BlueStreet Voices online at www.bluestreetvoices.com. Additional 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 Gallery First Friday Art Walk April 7: “The Many Faces of Gaia”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “The Many Faces of Gaia
Paintings by Deborah Jane Milton, PhD
First Friday Art Walk: April 7 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout April at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery April 7 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. The April exhibit features the spirit-guided paintings of Bainbridge artist Deborah Jane Milton, PhD who teaches ART as a way of knowing, as a way of transforming, as a way of embracing the issues of our time on this planet. She currently teaches Painting Poetic Prayers for the World to anyone interested in creative expression. Guided by spirit, she describes the intuitive prayer painting process as “good medicine for whatever ails us, our culture, our world.” With Prayer Painting, she paints with intention, transforming “grief to grace, the scared to the sacred, anger to compassion, loneliness and estrangement to belonging and community.”

Certain to be a centerpiece at Milton’s month-long exhibit in the BPA Gallery, Deborah’s painting “S/He Who Hears the Whales Cry” has been in two juried shows in the past year: Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton and the Best of the Northwest Show in Port Townsend. The same painting graces the cover of the 2017 Mago Work Calendar and serves as February’s image. In addition it is featured in Deborah’s handcrafted artist’s chapbook called: Ode to Gaia, accompanied by this text: We can choose love as our true compass. With love as our bedrock, everything changes. The chapbooks can be purchased at the First Friday Art Walk or directly from Deborah. Learn more about her work online at www.deborahmiltonartist.com or www.awakeningstorylines.com.

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

Camaraderie, community, and laughs with The EDGE Improv on April 1

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Celebrate Earth Day and share a joyful evening of camaraderie, community, and laughs with The EDGE Improv on April 1. They’ll 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, April 1 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

Now Enrolling BPA Theatre School Spring 2017 Classes & Break Camps

Now Enrolling BPA Theatre School
Spring 2017 Break Camps & Spring 2017 Quarter
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School is now taking registrations for the Spring 2017 Break Camps and Spring 2017 Quarter. Inspiring the kind of creativity, grace, and empathy that enrich every aspect of life, BPA Theatre School’s spring camps and classes for Pre-K through Adult yield artistic benefits for both hobbyists and career actors.

From fanciful to mythical, BPA Theatre School’s spring break offerings include “Story Drama: Dr. Seuss” for ages 4 – 7, “Story Drama: Star Wars” for grades 1 – 3, and “Making and Moving in Masks!” for grades 3 – 5 and 6 – 8. Expert mask artist, actor, teacher, and carver Craig Jacobrown will work with the older students to create character masks and bring them to life through posture and movement.

Nourish and grow your creative spirit with BPA Theatre School’s Spring 2017 Quarter! Classes include “Creative Drama: From the Earth to the Moon” for ages 4 – 7 with Kate Drummond, “Intro to Musical Theatre: Big Fish” for Grades 1 – 3 with Patrick Dalrymple and Kate Drummond, “Doctor Doolittle in the Moon” for Grades 2 – 4 with Patrick Hurlburt, “Doctor Doolittle and the Puddleby Pantomime” for Grades 5 – 8 with Liz Ellis, “Teen Intensive: Spring Send-Off” for Grades 8 – 12 with Liz Ellis, and “Lifetime Theatre for ages 50+ with Barbara Deering. Registrations are also underway for The Actor’s Tool Belt – a rotational series of classes for ages 16 and older led by Tony Award-winning actress Dinah Manoff.

Offering year-round classes and camps for students of all ages and experience levels, BPA Theatre School has a longstanding tradition of supporting learners of all ages to build the skills and confidence to perform on stage and in everyday life. Younger students are taught to act, sing, and dance while developing the soft skills like teamwork and personal responsibility on which they can call in any classroom, work, or social setting. Teens and adults get the joy of being silly, glamorous, or sincere with the added benefit of growing not just their portfolio, but also their poise and tenacity. Director of Education Liz Ellis reflects, “We wouldn’t work as hard as we do to provide the best possible theater school program if we didn’t believe in its value and efficacy. And we wouldn’t do theater school at all if it wasn’t so dang much FUN!”

For information or queries, please contact Director of Education Liz Ellis 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 and tuition 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 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