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BPA Chamber Series: Atmospheres & Carnivals, June 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
BPA Chamber Series: Atmospheres & Carnivals
Sunday, June 12 @ 3:00 p.m.

BPA’s Chamber Series concludes June 12 with a lively afternoon program featuring Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies 1-3 (with a new orchestration), Franz Liszt’s Nuages Gris and Die Trauergondel (both with new orchestrations), Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and an opera aria, to be announced. Featured musicians include Jonathan Graber and Larry Telles (violin), Jenny Weaver (viola), Arlayne Eseman (cello), Elizabeth Faye and Josh Anderson (piano), Van Pham (woodwinds), Jon Brenner (bass), and Meg Daly (vocals).

Join us for an enticing afternoon of Chamber Music Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets 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. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. 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

Bainbridge Dance Center's 35th Annual Student Performance is June 21 - 25 at BPA

Bainbridge Dance Center's 35th Annual Student Performance
June 21 – 25:
Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. + Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
At
Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Six great performances showcase more than 130 students, ages 4-18 in Bainbridge Dance Center’s 35th Annual Student Performance. 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. Members of the Advanced Ballet Repertory will present “The Firebird,” a reinterpreted version based on the original choreography of Michel Fokine, with the original music of Igor Stravinsky.

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. Please join Bainbridge Dance Center for its annual celebration, and visit online at www.bainbridgedancecenter.com.

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 35th Annual Student Performance appears at BPA June 21 – 25, with shows Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. plus Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, $17 for adults, and $13 for children (through age 18), seniors (65+), teachers, and military, may be purchased beginning May 4 – online at 8:00 a.m. at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org and through the BPA Box Office at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. After the opening sale date on May 4, 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 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 Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off 2016 is June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Aberown Studio presents
BPA Theatre School Spring Send-Off 2016
Friday, June 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us for BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off 2016 – a rollicking evening showcase bursting with theatrical attractions. Students of BPA’s Teen Intensive program have penned an original murder mystery comedy to showcase their acting and singing abilities and have titled their new work “Diner 66! The Musical with Songs.” Audience members are sure to delight in this spectacular event, which is largely self-designed but also showcases dance choreography by Helen Heaslip and fight choreography by Ken Michels. Director Liz Ellis says, “The students who take the spring Teen Intensive are the ones most dedicated to the theater school program. It’s very exciting to learn what they’re capable of after all these years on our stage and watch them start to take control of their own performance.”

This culminating performance of the 2015-2016 school year is sure to leave patrons smiling. BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off 2016 is appropriate for audience members, ages 8 and up due to stage combat scenes and older-kid themes.

BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off appears Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at BPA. 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 its Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and Community Sponsors: Columbia Bank and Harrison Medical Center. 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

Catch an early Father's Day laugh with The EDGE Improv June 4

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m.

Grab your Dad for an early Father’s Day laugh. Head to BPA for The EDGE Improv on June 4 and an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. 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.

The EDGE is regularly greeted by sell-out crowds on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers that favorably impacts 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.”

Troupe members include Ken Ballenger, 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, June 4 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.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s generous sponsor Rolling Bay Café. 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

BSO presents Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major June 3 & 5 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major
June 3 & 5: Friday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
Pre-concert chat: Sunday, June 5 @ 2:15 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Don’t miss the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s rousing season finale on June 3 and 5 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. The BSO proudly belongs to a consortium put together by New Music for America, which commissioned “Dreamtime Ancestors” by Christopher Theofanidis – one of the most-performed composers of the twenty-first century. One orchestra from every state was selected to participate, and Music Director Wesley Schulz and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra members are thrilled to present the Washington premiere of this new work. To close the season the orchestra will perform Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8 in G major,” one of the composer’s most-beloved and uplifting symphonies.

Leah Deobald, the 1st Place Winner of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Young Artist Competition joins the BSO for this concert with a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, first movement. Widely regarded for her “hauntingly beautiful sound” and “extreme virtuosity,” fifteen year old Leah is a top prize winner of the 2015 Washington Music Teachers National Association in Senior Piano Performance (as the youngest competitor), the 2014 Crescendo International Piano competition in New York City, the 2013 Tzar’s Village Divertimento International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and many more. Leah has appeared in prestigious venues reaching from Carnegie Weil Recital Hall in New York City, to Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, to Pavlovsk Palace near St. Petersburg in Russia, and beyond. She has frequently performed on Classical King FM radio for the NW Focus Live program hosted by Sean MacLean. This summer, Leah will join Music Fest Perugia in Italy to perform with Romanian conductor Mihnea Ignat of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Spain.

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. 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 and the Juneau Symphony.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts of the season are Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m., with a special pre-concert chat on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Tickets are $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers; each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 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 its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsors Fletcher Bay Foundation and San Carlos Restaurant. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. 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

Join us for the BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk June 3

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk June 3: “Buildings in Watercolors”
Watercolor, Collage by Cindy Heine
First Friday Art Walk: June 3 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout June at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery June 3 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art and friends. Cindy Heine’s watercolors have been characterized as “whimsical” and “light-hearted.” This special showing includes recent watercolors of missions in the southwest, west coast lighthouses, and images from the Olympic Peninsula. Cindy’s recent work in collages is also included in the June exhibit. Visit Cindy online at www.artylu.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

BPA announces winner of 15th annual Amy Award for Emerging Artists

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) announces winner of 15th annual Amy Award

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce Dove Cameron as the winner of the 15th annual Amy Award for Emerging Artists. Star of the Disney Channel hit show Liv and Maddie, and global hit Disney Descendants, Dove got her start at Bainbridge Performing Arts at the age of eight. Armed with her headshot, resume of community theatre roles, and her dreams, Dove moved from Bainbridge Island to Los Angeles when she was just fourteen years old. Today she is a grounded, successful young woman with her own television show, four film credits, and numerous other TV and music credits. In addition to her recordings with Disney, Dove writes and performs in the music duo The Girl and the Dreamcatcher with fiancé Ryan McCartan. Dove is the second of Island writer Bonnie Wallace’s daughters to receive the Amy Award.

The Amy Award for Emerging Artists is given each year to a Bainbridge Island artist under the age of 35, whose work demonstrates a strong sense of quality, creativity, exploration, and dedication. The annual cash award is funded by an endowment established by David and Caren Anderson in honor of their late daughter and administered by Arts and Humanities Bainbridge.

“Amy’s involvement in the arts on Bainbridge was our inspiration for the award,” reflected Caren Anderson. Amy pursued a wide variety of artistic endeavors– ranging from theatre to dance, writing, and the visual arts, and the Amy Award was conceived as a meaningful way to memorialize her passions. Further, the Anderson’s envisioned the award as a means of nourishing emerging artists at the nexus of pursuit and discovery.

Aside from the financial benefit that helps recipients to continue to hone their craft [benefit as recipients continue to hone…], the Amy Award bestows vital community acknowledgement as well – demonstrating to recipients that although they may still be struggling, they have achieved recognized success in their field.

Now encompassing two sets of siblings, the tally of award winners includes Korum Bischoff (2001), Solia Hermes (2002), Jessica Tuffley (2003), Rain Ross (2004), Tracy Lang (2005), Vincent Palazzolo-Packard (2006), Gregory Glynn (2007), Dove’s sister – Claire Hosterman (2008), Jonathan Hallet (2009), Wesley Corbett (2010), Annie Huntley (2011), Jherek Bischoff (2012), Raquel Stanek (2013), Liz Ellis (2014), and Dove Cameron (2015).

The annual Amy Award recipient is selected by Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and Bainbridge Performing Arts on alternating years. Founded in 1948 by a group of Bainbridge Island artists, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts has a proud history as the first visual arts organization on Bainbridge Island and one of the very first in Washington State. A nonprofit art gallery, BAC’s mission is to encourage the creation and appreciation of fine contemporary art and craft by exhibiting and selling the work of Northwest artists, and by offering art education to a county-wide audience of all ages.

BPA’s mission is to promote appreciation of and participation in the performing arts to build, educate, and inspire our vibrant, creative community. What began in 1956 as the only community organization to combine theatre, dance and music on Bainbridge Island thrives still today. Bainbridge Performing Arts joyfully serves as a gathering place for the energy, talent, and spirit of artists, writers, directors, musicians, dancers, students, volunteers, and art enthusiasts.

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 Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID May 13 - 29

BPA presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
May 13 – 29: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, May 13 @ 6:30 p.m.
Industry Night: Monday, May 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is an unforgettable love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World.

Featuring the winning artistic team that led BPA’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone last season, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is directed by Joanna Hardie, whose choreography has also been seen at BPA in Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek, The Full Monty, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, and A Chorus Line. Josh Anderson, fresh off the sets of Amadeus, Mary Poppins, and Hair, returns to provide music direction, and Debbie Pierce – familiar for her work with Evita, Peter Pan, and Jesus Christ Superstar at Ovation! – provides choreography.

Together, this creative directing trio leads an enticing cast of newcomers and BPA veterans, including Myriah Riedel (ARIEL), Riley Donahue (PRINCE ERIC), Jasmine Joshua (URSULA), Rachel Brinn (SCUTTLE), Jesse Smith (SEBASTIAN), Matt Eldridge (GRIMSBY), Trey Field Bennett (FLOUNDER), Gregory Conn (TRITON), Joey Chapman (FLOTSAM), and Teagan Howlett (JETSAM). MERSISTERS include Barbi-Jo Smith, Jordyn Carrillo, Mikeala Karter, Tina Kirkpatrick, Alana Morrison, and Rebecca DuRivage-Jacobs, and the ENSEMBLE features Josh Williamson, Lucien Caro, Justin Silver, Job Koscho, Nicole Billies, Andrea Ogg, Aimee Budge, Paul Depew, and Dylan Moroch.

Destined to become a new favorite, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is suitable for fun-loving, fanciful dreamers of all ages! It features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, with book by Doug Wright based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker, written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. It was originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and is produced at BPA by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID appears at BPA May 13 – 29, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., and an Industry Night will be Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Opening Night Reception will be Friday, May 13 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.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Community Sponsor The Family of Jack Clements. 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

Perfect for Moms and those who have Moms! See The EDGE May 7 at BPA!

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

Perfect for Moms and those who have Moms! Don’t miss The EDGE Improv on May 7 for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. 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.

The EDGE is regularly greeted by sell-out crowds on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers that favorably impacts 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.”

Troupe members include Ken Ballenger, 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, May 7 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.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s generous sponsor Rolling Bay Café. 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 Gallery First Friday Art Walk May 6 features abstract seascapes by Kelly Johnston

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk May 6: “Wavelengths”
Water Soluble Oil on Canvas by Kelly Johnston
First Friday Art Walk: May 6 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout May at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery May 6 for an artist reception, a fun evening of art, food, and friends. The waters surrounding Bainbridge Island and the San Juans provide endless inspiration for Kelly Johnston’s abstract seascapes. Bold brushstrokes and loosely dripping paint combine to capture the interaction of sunlight on the water’s surface. Working with water soluble oils, Johnston uses swirls of color, fluid patterns and atmospheric depth to evoke sunlight and waves at sea. Visit online at www.kellyjohnstonart.com, www.instagram.com/kellyjohnstonart, and www.facebook.com/KellyJohnstonART/.

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