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Perk up your fall harvest with a barrel of laughs and The EDGE Improv October 1!

Troupe members dish out a delectably 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. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Announces Cast for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL

BPA’s team of theatre professionals works with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce six Mainstage shows a year. Director Joanna Hardie is joined by Musical Director Elizabeth Faye and Choreographer Debbie Pierce to present this laugh-out-loud holiday tale of American Christmases past that has been cleverly re-wrapped as a new musical. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

October 7 - 23: Steve Martin’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

This absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. Steve Martin pits genius against genius with dizzying brilliance. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses spar over art and science, the source of inspiration, their respective libidos, and the promise and dreams of the 20th century. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk October 7: “Views of Utopia”

Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Painter Michael Pontieri says, “Utopia means no place but it is still worth the attempt to get there.” Pontieri’s October 2016 exhibit in the BPA Gallery features narrative acrylic paintings along with a smattering of mainly decorative watercolors in fancy second hand shop frames. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

Perk up your fall harvest with a barrel of laughs and The EDGE Improv October 1!

Troupe members dish out a delectably 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. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA AUDITIONS for [title of show] are September 20 & 21

Director Philip Lacey and Musical Director Joel Kurzynski make their BPA debut with this thoroughly unique and comical postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals. Roles are available for two men and two women in their early-20s to mid-30s: Hunter, a book writer; Jeff, a composer/lyricist; Susan, their actor friend; and Heidi, their actor friend. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

Get your groove on with One Night in MOTOWN September 23

Motown the Musical’s Broadway stars Jarran Muse and Martina Sykes come together for a concert honoring the record label that transformed America, Motown Records, and its founder, Berry Gordy. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Theater School is Now Registering Fall Classes & Workshops

BPA Theater School has a lot in store for the coming season. Director of Education Liz Ellis says, “We’re going to continue the strong program we’ve had for Pre-K through Middle School, and we’ll expand on our Teen and Adult education. This will allow students to build on the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired growing up with us, and it will make them ready to step into any role in any theater to which they might travel.” A full range of classes and workshops are now available for Pre-K through Adult. Register today!

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL are September 7 & 8

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL offers roles for 5-10 men, 2-10 women, and 8-12 youth for characters, ages 7 and older. Don’t miss this opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! Director Joanna Hardie is joined by Musical Director Elizabeth Faye and Choreographer Debbie Pierce to present this laugh-out-loud holiday tale of American Christmases past that has been cleverly re-wrapped as a new musical. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA's 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season opens with The EDGE September 3

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, September 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts’ 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season opens September 3 with an audience favorite – The EDGE Improv. For more than two laughter-filled decades at Bainbridge Performing Arts, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life. Sell-out BPA crowds greet The EDGE on the first Saturday of each month, and the troupe’s capers have earned a devoted community of followers that energizes the house during each show.

Member Ken Ballenger says the troupe’s name came out of a discussion about improvisational performing: “I started to ‘get it’ after a horrible scene where we stood on the edge of a volcano and talked about jumping. I later realized that a scene doesn’t really start until you jump. The fun, the craziness, the oddities all happen during freefall. To me, good improv is fun in freefall.”

Joining Ken are troupe members Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, Nathan Whitehouse, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE online at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org for tickets, bios, upcoming performances, video clips, and more.

The EDGE Improv appears at BPA on Saturday, September 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 is supported, in part, by the 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