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Bainbridge Dance Center's 34th Annual Student Performance at BPA is June 23 - 27

Bainbridge Dance Center's 34th Annual Student Performance
June 23 – 27: Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. + Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
At
Bainbridge Performing Arts

Don’t miss Bainbridge Dance Center’s 34th Annual Student Performance and celebration. Six great performances showcase more than 130 students, ages 4-18. The youngest students demonstrate pre-technique movement, while beginning through advanced students perform choreography in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap techniques. Choreography for these students is thoughtfully created by BDC’s faculty members. The BDC Advanced Ballet Repertory will present a new ballet suite for the 2015 performances. A re-envisioned “Giselle Suite” includes the joys of a peasant village and the mystery of the Wilies forest. The choreography molded by BDC faculty Karena Birk and Taylor Augustine, was created through referencing the work of Marius Petipa. Please join Bainbridge Dance Center for its annual celebration.

Bainbridge Dance Center has been in continuous operation since its opening season in 1981 and has blossomed into a program offering dancers a high level of technical training as well as a life-long love for the art of dance. Visit BDC online at www.bainbridgedancecenter.com.

BDC’s 34th Annual Student Performance will be held at BPA June 23 - 27, with shows Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. plus Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, $17 for adults, and $13 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. Ticket sales begin May 20. 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.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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

The EDGE Improv's June 6 performance: early-bird appeal for Father's Day

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) present
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a laugh-filled romp with The EDGE Improv and their anything-but-routine first-Saturday performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and the troupe’s June 6th performance holds early-bird appeal for Father’s Day – it’s just right as a special night out for dads of all ages – and, of course, for the families who love them. The EDGE presents an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. The troupe’s riotous antics have earned a devoted community of followers, and have inspired rave reviews and commentary from audience and troupe members alike.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary Season, The EDGE enjoys a loyal following, and the special rapport they have with BPA audiences makes a difference in the quality of each show. “In some venues, you have to spend the first 10 minutes winning the audience over before things warm up,” said player Susan MacPherson. “On Bainbridge Island, they go straight for the cliff from the start.”

The EDGE troupe members 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 next at BPA on Saturday, June 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 typically 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s 2014 – 2015 Sponsor Rolling Bay Café. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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’s 1st Annual Spring Send-Off is June 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Aberown Studio presents
BPA Theatre School’s 1st Annual Spring Send-Off
Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us June 5th for a journey of self-discovery! Combining the emerging talent of BPA Theatre School’s Teen Intensive program with special guest performers from the BPA Mainstage and staff (including Ken Michels, Daniel Stoltenberg, Zandi Carlson, Shannon Dowling, Michelle Abad, and more), this spectacular event is sure to delight audience members of all ages. The evening draws inspiration from variety shows from the past, and explores the theme of “A New World.” Director of Education Zandi Carlson says, “This culminating performance of the 2014-2015 school year will send audience members off to summer with smiles on their faces!”

Join us for BPA Theatre School’s 1st annual Spring Send-Off on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at BPA. This show is appropriate for audience members, ages eight and up (due to stage combat scenes). 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 2014 – 2015 Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and Sponsor Columbia Bank. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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

First Friday Art Walk: “Grey Matters: All Things Elephant” at the BPA Gallery June 5

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Grey Matters: All Things Elephant”
Drawings, mixed media, and prints by John Kenyon Ellis,
with words on elephant wisdom collected and written by Ann Wilkinson Ellis
Friday, June 5 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues through June at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Opening June 5 for a full month in the BPA Gallery, “Grey Matters: All Things Elephant” features drawings, mixed media, and prints by John Kenyon Ellis, with words on elephant wisdom collected and written by Ann Wilkinson Ellis. Drop by the BPA Gallery June 5 for the First Friday Art Walk – a special artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends.

The crisis in poaching elephants in Africa for their tusks continues at a frightening pace. At the current rate of destruction, elephants could become extinct in Africa within six years. Ellis says, “We were moved by this crisis to focus on creating art work with the images of these magnificent animals…first in drawings, and then – under the instruction of Wendy Orville – in monotype prints.” These original prints and drawings will be for sale along with signed archival prints.

Some of the images were inspired by Jamie Bechtel’s wonderful photography taken at the orphanage itself. These photos will also be for sale during the exhibit. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant and rhino orphanage in Kenya.

On the front line of this crisis, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage takes in the young after their parents are slaughtered. Sadly, the orphanage faces overwhelming demands and needs our financial assistance to take in more of the orphaned young. For more information about the trust, visit www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org. Supporters in the USA wishing to make tax-deductible contributions can do so through the U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a US based 501(c)(3).

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.

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

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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 Showcase is June 2 & 4

Aberown Studio presents
BPA Theatre School Spring Showcase
June 2 & 4: Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in early June for BPA Theatre School’s Spring Showcase, a family-friendly event showcasing talented students in Grades 2 – 7. Director of Education Zandi Carlson is honored to see the students’ hopes and determination come to fruition on stage, and she is proud to lead BPA’s talented cadre of teaching artists. BPA Theatre School’s Spring Showcase offers a delightfully adventurous romp that will engage family members of all ages, and Zandi says, “These shows are shaping up to be the funniest BPA Theatre School shows to date. This is the perfect show for the whole community to come share in laughter together!”

The performance begins with THE DILEMMA OF HUMPTY DUMPTY written by Tina LaPlant and directed by Zandi Carlson. Popular nursery-rhyme characters come to life in this jumbled up and re-imagined tale! Humpty Dumpty guards the castle wall, and the mysterious One Eyed Jack is jealous. Will we finally find out if Humpty actually fell, or if it was something else entirely? Word-play and puns will delight children and adults alike in this fantastical production.

Next up is SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL by Louis Sachar, with adaptation by John Olive and direction by Julia Beers. Students have been turning into apples, there’s a cow loose in the school, and that’s just the start of the craziness here at Wayside School. Bizarre characters follow a zany classroom journey that promises to excite and thrill the entire family.

Join us for a charmingly humorous night of theatre that’s not to be missed! The 2015 Spring Showcase appears at BPA June 2 and 4, with shows Tuesday and Thursday 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 2014 – 2015 Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and Sponsor Columbia Bank. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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 Performing Arts Announces 2015 – 2016 59th Anniversary Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) Announces
2015 – 2016 59th Anniversary Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) has been entertaining Bainbridge Island and beyond for nearly six decades and is thrilled to announce its 59th Anniversary Season! Since 1956, BPA has served as the artistic heart of Bainbridge Island and is a community theater in the very best sense of the phrase. The talented and creative collaborations of actors, musicians, singers, writers, poets, dancers, and designers produce spectacular sights and sounds that fill the stage each month with deliciously captivating musicals, riveting plays, beautifully crafted music performances from the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Series, uplifting comedy from The EDGE Improv, an innovative and character-building Theatre School program for Pre-K through adults, and so much more.

BPA’s mission to promote appreciation of and participation in the performing arts to build, educate, and inspire our vibrant, creative community is manifest in the 2015-2016 Season. A sizzling Theatre Season begins October 8 – 25 with the iconic musical HAIR. The wildly popular MARY POPPINS offers fun for the whole family December 3 – 20. A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Running February 4 – 14, it serves up a banquet of love. Peter Shaffer’s award-winning AMADEUS runs March 10 -27. Our fifth Mainstage production is a new family classic, to be announced (rights pending), and runs May 12 – 29. The BPA Shakespeare Society returns with another fantastic outdoor performance in July 2016.

Join the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for its 42nd Anniversary Season and help celebrate the orchestra’s flourishing vitality and contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island. Performances for the BSO’s 2015-2016 four-concert season are November 14 & 15, February 20 & 21, April 16 & 17, and June 3 & 5. With the exception of the final concert, all performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. The June concerts are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. to accommodate the first-Saturday return of The EDGE on June 4.

On the heels of their 20th anniversary season, The EDGE Improv kicks off an all new decade of laughs, with performances September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, and August 6.

This season’s One Acts, produced by Tom Challinor and Swinging Hammer Productions run January 22 – 24, and feature “All in the Timing.” According to Time Magazine, this collection of one-act plays by David Ives is “Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart.”

BPA’s rich tradition of engaging the community and touching the hearts of actors and musicians as well as audience and community members is beautifully captured by author David Guterson’s comments about BPA’s 2015 production of his work, Snow Falling on Cedars: “The play spilled out of the theater and into the lobby, and from there into schools and public forums. It kept something alive in our community that is always in danger of fading. It was truly for the sake of the children. It passes the torch to a new generation of islanders. Art, history, and the social good all merged in that theater.”

BPA’s Season Subscriptions are now on sale at the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569. Individual tickets may soon 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. Through the Open Doors program, free and reduced cost tickets are always available to those in need. Please inquire at the BPA Box Office or Helpline House for more information.

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

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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: Seussical Summer at BPA Theatre School

BPA Theatre School Now Enrolling Summer Session
SEUSSICAL Jr. and So Much More
At
Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School is delighted to announce open enrollments for the Summer Session (June 29 – August 1). “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Summer fun’s waiting, here at BPA," says Director of Education, Zandi Carlson. "This summer we are taking inspiration from the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss. We believe theatre education provides life-long skills of confidence, collaboration and a joy of learning – all in a fun and supportive environment. Come build character with us!” Led by impassioned and experienced teaching artists, BPA Theatre School provides year-round classes and camps for all ages and experience levels.

This summer, we’re pleased to offer two charming Creative Drama camps for Grades K – 1: “Oh the Thinks You Can Think” led by Dana Mitchell and Camella Cooper (June 29 - July 3) and “Anything’s Possible!” with instructor Camella Cooper (July 13 – 17). Each day’s adventure builds onto an enchanting week-long story that students create and act out.

Julia Beers and Camella Cooper lead students, Grades 1 – 3 on an enticing musical adventure. In “Intro to Musical Theatre: SEUSS” (July 27 – 31), students will grow their singing, acting, and dancing skills through the dramatic and spellbinding world of musical theatre!

Led by Director of Education Zandi Carlson, BPA’s summer production camp for Grades 4 – 10 (July 6 – 31) offers students the opportunity to rehearse and perform a full production complete with music, choreography, and technical support provided by theatre professionals and experienced instructors. This year’s camp focuses on the hit show “SEUSSICAL JR.,” in which our best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper featuring numerous solos and fun dances for all levels of experience. An extra week of class is available for Grades 6 – 10 with the “Intermediate Intensive + SEUSSICAL JR. Production Camp” (June 29 - July 3). This intense week of training gives students the tools to tackle leadership roles in our hit summer production SEUSSICAL JR. These two camps culminate in a fantastical musical extravaganza July 30 – August 1 directed by Zandi Carlson, with musical direction by Michelle Abad, and choreography by Heather Dawson.

Not only does BPA Theatre School offer a cadre of top notch teaching artists, three of them (Zandi, Michelle, and Heather) are performing on stage together in The Drowsy Chaperone at Bainbridge Performing Arts May 8 – 24. Zandi says “Heather, Michelle, and I are having a great time working onstage together in The Drowsy Chaperone. We are looking forward to collaborating again on Seussical Jr. this summer.”

BPA Theatre School is now accepting registrations for the Summer Session. BPA Theatre School presents a fun and enriching environment for students of all ages and all walks of life. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of something magical. Register today online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/theatre-school. For additional information or queries, please contact Director of Education Zandi Carlson at zcarlson@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.842.4560 x3.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School’s 2014 – 2015 Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and Corporate Sponsor Columbia Bank. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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 Symphony Orchestra presents Gershwin’s Piano Concerto May 30 & 31

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents
Gershwin’s Piano Concerto
Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 31 @ 3:00 p.m.
with a pre-concert chat Sunday @ 2:15 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra season finale marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss with performances of two of his works, the Concerto for Horn No. 1 and Feierlicher Einzug. The first work is likely the result of growing up with a famous horn player at home, his father, and the latter work was composed in 1909 for ceremonial events held by the Knights of St. John. Debussy’s beautiful masterpiece L’aprés-midi d’un faune and Wagner’s extract from Tristan und Isolde will hold you spellbound with their innovative harmonies and rich orchestral tapestry. Bringing the season to a rousing conclusion is Gershwin’s jazzy Piano Concerto in F major. The program features Anne Marie Cherry (horn) and Johan Botes (piano).

An active free-lance horn player and music educator, Anne-Marie Cherry has held the title of principal horn with the Round Rock Symphony from 2008-2012, and she has performed with the San Antonio, Downey, and Austin Symphonies in addition to the Dallas Wind Symphony, Victoria Bach Festival and the Austin City Brass Ensemble. She can be heard on several recordings with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, including the ground-breaking recording of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus, and a soon-to-be released recording on the Klavier label.

Dr. Johan Botes is Assistant Professor of Piano at Marshall University. First-Prize winner of the National Piano Competition in South Africa, he has performed as a soloist with orchestras in South Africa, Europe and America. In 2010, he won the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompaniment and in the same year began collaborative Piano Trio work with cellist Francesco Mastromatteo. Their first performance in October 2010 resulted in critical acclaim, winning them Prize for the best Chamber Music Recital at The University of Texas at Austin in 2011.

Maestro Wesley Schulz is garnering attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances as well as building orchestras and growing audiences. In constant demand, Schulz is the Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. In the fall of 2014 Schulz assumed the post of Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony with Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra performs at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. A special pre-concert chat will be held on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts (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.

Under BPA’s Youth in Music Initiative generously sponsored by Wicklund Dental, each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Bainbridge Performing Arts extends additional thanks to Fletcher Bay Foundation, who also funded music acquisition for the season. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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

The Drowsy Chaperone brings pure energy and fun to BPA stage May 8 - 24

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
May 8 - 24: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m. +
Industry Night: Monday, May 18 @ 7:30 p.m. +
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, May 7 @ 7:30 p.m. +
Opening Night Reception: Friday, May 8 @ 6:30 p.m.

Winner of five Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a loving send-up of the Jazz-age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and the show begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a masterful meta-musical with a show-within-a-show plot that pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. BPA Executive Director Dominique Cantwell says, “the show is pure energy and fun – those who haven’t heard of it yet will leave never wanting to forget it!”

Director Joanna Hardie, Musical Director Josh Anderson, and Choreographer Debbie Pierce lead a bewitching cast of BPA veterans and newcomers, including Nelsen Spickard, Marybeth Redmond, Gary Fetterplace, Ryan Bohannon, Ryan O’Donnell, Jalyn Green, Zandi Carlson, Ben Cournoyer, Joey Chapman, Luke Walker, Colleen Gillon, Ellen Dessler, Michelle Abad, Heather Dawson, Emily Kight, Whitney Mayer, James Sgambati, and Cailin Mackenzie.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE appears at BPA May 8 - 24, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. plus Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and an Industry performance Monday, May 18. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, May 7 at7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 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. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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

Enjoy a lively, laugh-filled evening with The EDGE Improv May 2

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) present
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a lively, laugh-filled evening with The EDGE Improv and their anything-but-routine first-Saturday performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Their May 2nd performance is just right for an early Mother’s Day, offering merriment for moms of all ages. The EDGE presents an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. The troupe’s riotous antics have earned a devoted community of followers, and have inspired rave reviews and commentary from audience and troupe members alike.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary Season, The EDGE enjoys a loyal following, and the special rapport they have with BPA audiences makes a difference in the quality of each show. “In some venues, you have to spend the first 10 minutes winning the audience over before things warm up,” said player Susan MacPherson. “On Bainbridge Island, they go straight for the cliff from the start.”

The EDGE troupe members 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 next at BPA on Saturday, May 2 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 typically 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s 2014 – 2015 Sponsor Rolling Bay Café. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. 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