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 and 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, 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.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA's AMADEUS named Best Play!

South Sound Critics Association (SSCA) has announced the best of the 2015 - 2016 theater season, and BPA and BPA actors are among those chosen for recognition. Each year SSCA awards recognize the magic of live theater. SSCA remembers the great performances. SSCA celebrates the great shows. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Auditions are August 21

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for the 2016 – 2017 Season. The BSO has current openings for principal and 2nd flute, English horn, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, violin, viola, and double bass. Players of all other instruments are encouraged to audition for the substitute musician list. Interested parties are encouraged to contact BSO General Manager Larry Telles at Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

Fifth Annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival is August 19 & 20 at BPA

Ten original plays. Three shows. Two days. Out of 66 submissions from established and emerging Kitsap County playwrights, ten were selected by a jury of theatre professionals for production this year. Island Theatre’s 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festivals played to full BPA houses both evenings. Besides the delight of seeing entertaining plays written, directed, and performed by their friends and neighbors, audience members know that even if they aren’t crazy about one play, another is just ten minutes away! Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA’s 60th Anniversary Season Kick-Off is August 5 & 6

Bainbridge Performing Arts celebrates 60 years of storytelling and launches its 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season with a two-day lineup of special events. Drop by August 5 for an open house and the First Friday Art Walk, along with live music, small bites, and a beer garden. Join us August 6 for a special anniversary-themed ticketed performance by The EDGE Improv at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

“Masterpeach” of a tale is based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories.

Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm audience members of all ages July 28 - 30. Victoria Whitlow Tuttle, who was BPA’s Director of Education from 2011 – 2013, returns to direct this tasty peach of a production, which showcases an enthusiastic cast of veteran and novice 4th – 10th grade BPA thespians. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

Summer stories with THE MOTH founder one night only July 23 at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled and honored to present “An Evening of Summer Stories with THE MOTH Founder George Dawes Green and Storyteller/Host Dan Kennedy” one night only on July 23. The ideal way to experience the style of THE MOTH is live and in person, where you can feel the electricity in the room and be a part of the visceral dialogue between teller and audience. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – opening July 8 at The Bloedel Reserve

Join us in July for The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 4th Annual Summertime Shakespeare performance – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – at The Bloedel Reserve. The meadow at this award-winning public garden offers an unforgettable setting for William Shakespeare’s spicy tale of scheming lovers and fiery antics. Kate Carruthers, who directed BPA’s mighty production of Amadeus this past spring leads a stellar cast of BPA newcomers and island favorites. Read more.

Written by Sally Jo Martine