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BPA seeks part-time Front of House Managers

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) seeks Front of House Managers
Application Deadline: September 26

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) is looking for energetic, customer service-oriented personnel to oversee the overall experience of our patrons. The Front of House Managers work closely with the Operations Manager to maintain the mission and integrity of Bainbridge Performing Arts. Front of House Managers are responsible for the operation of all Front of House areas (lobby, auditorium, kitchen, box office, and other public areas). This shared position encompasses bar/concession management, box office operations for performances, patron assistance, and on-site volunteer management during BPA’s busy schedule of events.

A warm, welcoming, can-do customer service attitude is a must. The successful candidate(s) will hold a post-secondary education diploma or certificate, have experience with volunteers and practical knowledge of the theatre environment, be attentive to detail and have a commitment to accuracy and follow-through, maintain excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills, possess strong organizational, record keeping, and management skills and have the ability to multi-task in a busy environment with many disruptions. First Aid training and CPR are preferred, and MAST Certification is required prior to concessions work (at company expense).

The successful candidate(s) will help to maintain current momentum and will continue to grow and shape BPA’s stature in the community. Contenders must be able to lift 50 lbs and physically assist patrons. This shared flexible part-time position is up to 15 hours per week on a rotating schedule. Weekend, evening, and/or split shifts are essential to success in this role. Preference will be given to qualified local candidates.

For a complete job description, or to apply for the position, please contact Siobhan Maguire, Operations Manager, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, or respond by email to smaguire@bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Application materials will be accepted through September 26 or until vacancies are filled.

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) is a non-profit community performing arts center whose team of theatre professionals works with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-attended shows in our 245-seat facility. We produce six Mainstage shows a year, including a summer Shakespeare production at nearby Bloedel Reserve. BPA also houses The Edge Improv, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and BPA Theatre School for children, teenagers, and adults.

BPA is supported, in part, by the 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 Picasso at the Lapin Agile October 7 - 23

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
October 7 – 23: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, October 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 7 @ 6:30 p.m.

Steve Martin’s 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.

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. The two are joined by an eccentric cast of bystanders, including Picasso’s date and agent, the bartender and his mistress, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen, an idiot inventor, and a charismatic dark-haired singer time warped in from a later era.

Director Teresa Thuman leads a sterling cast featuring both familiar faces and newcomers including Matt Manguso (Freddy), Fred Saas (Gaston), Melissa Fenwick (Germaine), Tim Takechi (Albert Einstein), Madison Jade Jones (Suzanne), Chris Martinez (Sagot), Cooper Harris Turner (Pablo Picasso), Luke Sayler (Charles Dabernow Schemendiman), Jennifer Pippin-Montanez (The Countess), and Max Martina (a visitor). Teresa previously directed BPA’s productions of HAIR, The Who’s Tommy, The Producers, Noises Off, Secret Garden, Urinetown, Kiss Me, Kate, and Little Shop of Horrors.

BPA’s team of theatre professionals work with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-attended shows in our 245-seat facility. We produce six Mainstage shows a year, including a summer Shakespeare production at nearby Bloedel Reserve. BPA also houses The Edge Improv, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and BPA Theatre School. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE was previously produced at BPA in January of 2006 and directed by Kate Carruthers.

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE appears at BPA October 7 – 23, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, October 7 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.

BPA is pleased to offer a special “Date Night” package on for families whose children have been enrolled in BPA Theatre School classes during the past year. On the Saturday, October 8 evening performance, parents are invited to bring their children for a supervised evening of improv games and a movie while they enjoy the opening show of BPA’s 60th Anniversary Season.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its Community Sponsor The Maggi Rogers Fund. 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 available for most programs 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 Gallery First Friday Art Walk: Michael Pontieri's “Views of Utopia”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Views of Utopia”
Acrylics and Watercolors by Michael Pontieri
First Friday Art Walk: October 7 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout October at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery October 7 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.

Queried about his work, Pontieri muses, “The painter had only a few collectors and one of them, perhaps hoping to broaden his audience, sent word of him to a picture shop owner. The painter had long known about the shop but never seeing anything similar to his own work there, he gave it little or no thought (perhaps a grunt or two), but he felt that he should now pay a visit. The shop owner remembered him from when he had shown in a nearby gallery, now gone and she asked where he had shown since. The painter enumerated the places he had shown since then, including this very place here, but the shop owner – as if she had heard only a slight breeze – asked the question again. This gave the painter the idea that he could bend the concept of utopia, no-place, to paintings he had already finished. He thought this concept could also shape some work to come as well as a statement he would inevitably have to write for his next show, whether it existed or not.” Visit Michael Pontieri online at nocturnalpicnic.blogspot.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

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

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

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

The troupe performs at BPA on the first Saturday of each month, and their riotous antics have earned a devoted community of followers and inspired rave reviews from audience members. Patron Rebecca Farwell reports, “The Edge Improv is milk-through-the-nose funny. Really, I’m laughing right now.”

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 at BPA Saturday, October 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

Broadway stars sing Motown legends at BPA September 23

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
One Night in MOTOWN
Broadway Stars sing Motown Legends
Friday, September 23 @ 8:00 p.m.

What icons come to mind when you hear Motown? Marvin Gaye? Diana Ross? The Temptations? Stevie Wonder? Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5? The list goes on! Two stars of Broadway’s Motown the Musical come together for a concert honoring the record label that transformed America, Motown Records, and its founder, Berry Gordy. Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye) takes audience members on a historical musical journey, accompanied by Martina Sykes (Mary Wells) for a celebration that is sure to bring patrons to their feet before the night is done. Featuring hits from the legendary Motown catalogue, One Night in MOTOWN is fun for all generations!

One Night in MOTOWN appears at BPA on Friday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets, $25 per person, 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

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

BPA AUDITIONS September 20 & 21
for [title of show]
Tuesday & Wednesday @ 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for [title of show], September 20 & 21 at BPA. 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.

Run dates are February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview February 9. Rehearsals extend mid-December through February 9 – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! BPA AUDITIONS for [title of show] are September 20 and 21, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece. An accompanist will be provided but those auditioning must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. Please - no outside accompanists or acapella singing. 

Those auditioning are encouraged to pick material that particularly showcases their personality, as well as their abilities. All roles are open to audition. 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 work with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-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. We do provide walk-on ferry passes for our Seattle cast members for all rehearsals and performances.

[title of show] is the February Mainstage production in our 60th Anniversary Season. BPA produces six Mainstage shows a year, including a summer Shakespeare production at nearby Bloedel Reserve. BPA also houses The Edge Improv, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and BPA Theatre School.

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 Now Registering for Fall Quarter

BPA Theatre School
Now Registering Fall 2016 Quarter
Enrollment begins August 19
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School opens registration for the Fall 2016 Quarter, with enrollment beginning August 19. “BPA is honored to participate in the shaping of young performers,” notes BPA’s incoming Director of Education Liz Ellis. BPA’s artistic community provides a safe and reliable creative space as well as a place that will encourage and challenge each child to grow. Not only does theater education teach skills that will augment each student’s artistic life forever (whether on a professional level or as a hobby). It also teaches the kind of creativity, grace, and empathy that enriches every aspect of a life well lived.

To that end, BPA Theater School has a lot in store for the coming season. 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.”

Fall classes include “Creative Drama: 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea” and “Creative Drama: Around the World in 80 Days” for ages 4 – 7; “Intro to Musical Theatre – A Christmas Story” for grades 1 – 3; “Introduction to Playwriting” and “Dancing in Character” for grades 5 – 8; “Baron Munchausen” for grades 2 – 4 and “Tales of the Heroine Atalanta” for grades 5 – 8 as part of the BPA Theatre School’s Performance Series; “Teen Intensive: Shakespeare” for ages 13 - 20; and four star-studded workshops for teens and adults: “The Actor’s Tool Belt with Dinah Manoff, “Lifetime Theatre: Building a Dramatic Portfolio” (for ages 50+) with Barbara Deering, “The Art of Comedy” with Bhama Roget, and “Movement for Theatre” with Helen Heaslip.

Offering year-round classes and camps for students of all ages and experience levels, BPA Theater 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. 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 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 A Christmas Story, The Musical are September 7 & 8

BPA AUDITIONS September 7 & 8
for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
Youth under 14: Wednesday, September 7 & Thursday, September 8 @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Teens & Adults: Wednesday, September 7 @ 7:30 – 9 p.m. & Thursday, September 8 @ 6:30 – 9 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, September 7 & 8 at BPA. 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!”

Run dates are December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview December 1. Rehearsals are October 3 through November 30 – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Roles are available for 5-10 men, 2-10 women, and 8-12 youth for characters, ages 7 and older. A complete list of characters is available online.

Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece. An accompanist will be provided but those auditioning 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 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! BPA AUDITIONS for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL are Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for youth under age 14 and Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. plus Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. for teens and adults. 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 work with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-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. We do provide walk-on ferry passes for our Seattle cast members for all rehearsals and performances.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL is the December production in our 60th Anniversary Season. BPA produces six Mainstage shows a year, including a summer Shakespeare production at nearby Bloedel Reserve. BPA also houses The Edge Improv, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and BPA Theatre School.

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: Call for Artists

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Exhibit your work in the BPA Gallery!

The BPA Gallery is a high-visibility, no-commission venue that showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby. Exhibiting artists routinely participate in Bainbridge Island's First Fridays Art Walk and receive viewings by patrons of BPA events held throughout each month.

Both artists and patrons benefit from the no-commission arrangement. The BPA Gallery is a visually enticing space that provides artists with a lot of traffic, and when BPA's patrons consider buying a piece of art, they know that 100 percent of their money is going directly to the artist who created the work. This fosters a special and unique value-focused relationship between artists and art enthusiasts in the BPA community.

Stop by this August and September for “BPA: 60 Years of Storytelling.” Drop in for the First Friday Art Walk October 7 to see “Views of Utopia” – acrylics and watercolors by Michael Pontieri and November 4 for “Around Trees” – photography by Paul Brians.

Gallery hours are 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday plus one hour prior to each performance.

Artists interested in showing their work are encouraged to contact Dominique Cantwell at gallery@bainbridgeperformingarts.org and attach a minimum of two digital samples that are representative of their body of work. Prospective artists will be contacted in September and October about scheduling.

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

Workshop series with Dinah Manoff begins September 11 at BPA

BPA Theatre School Now Enrolling
The Actor’s Tool Belt
A Series of Six One-Day Workshops beginning September 11
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Tony Award-winning actress Dinah Manoff will be teaching a series of classes through BPA this fall. Manoff has over 30 years of experience acting, directing and casting. These six-hour workshops, given once a month over the course of six months will begin in September and offer a variety of opportunities. This series offers a great schedule for those who don’t have time to commit to a weekly class and encompasses 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 the second Sunday of each month with the exception of February 2017, when students will meet on the first Sunday. 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, September 11, 2016
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, October 9, 2016
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, November 13, 2016
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.

Step by Step, Scene Study – Sunday, December 11, 2016
Using scene samples from great playwrights like Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and David Mamet, and more, Dinah will teach students how to interpret a scene’s rhythms or “beats,” and the importance of knowing a scene’s “subtext” and “intention”.

The Song’s the Thing –Sunday, January 8, 2017
Dinah teams up with local talent vocal coach and pianist Corinna Munter for this workshop. The ladies will present both acting and singing techniques designed to teach students how to express themselves and communicate a story effectively through song.

The Art of Auditioning – Sunday, February 5, 2017
The Art of Auditioning is an invaluable workshop for actors of all levels. Participants will learn to audition with confidence and receive tips on choosing the best material to spotlight their talents. Actors are encouraged to bring a 1-2-minute monologue to class.

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