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Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai, one night only April 25 at BPA

Uncle Bonsai
Saturday, April 25 @ 8:00 p.m.

One Night Only at Bainbridge Performing Arts

“A folk-pop trio from Seattle, Uncle Bonsai performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop.” - The New York Times

Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you'd get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai.

With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep -- densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family.

Uncle Bonsai’s acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets -- the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.

The Associated Press says that “their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization as it incorporates elements of jazz, pop, Broadway, reggae, and classical.” The New York Times says “No other folk group has a vocal blend comparable to Uncle Bonsai. Uncle Bonsai writes and performs songs that combine folk-oriented melodies with lyrics whose intricate rhymes, ironic knowingness and satirical thrust suggest vintage theater songs filtered through the influence of the Beatles.”

On April 25th, Uncle Bonsai will present two thematic one-acts, “Brand New World” and “The Family Feast,” featuring new songs, old songs, and songs from the upcoming release: “The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young.”

"Singers Ratshin, O’Neill, and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements. And if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it. These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.” - The Seattle Times

Uncle Bonsai performs one night only Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Tickets, $20 per person, 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.

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

Visit Uncle Bonsai online at www.unclebonsai.com. Check Bainbridge Performing Arts out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at BPA 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

“Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue” April 4, 16, & 22 @ Kitsap Regional Library

Speaker Series – “Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue”
April 4 @ 2:00 p.m. at Kitsap Regional Library, Silverdale Branch
April 16 @ 3:00 p.m. at Kitsap Regional Library, Port Orchard Branch
April 22 @ 7:00 p.m. at Kitsap Regional Library, Poulsbo Branch

Join BPA Shakespeare Society Director Tom Challinor April 4, 16, and 22 for “Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue” – a program that will help both writers and speakers deepen their understanding of Shakespeare in a way that is both fun and informative.

There have long been doubts about the true identity of the writer who penned the masterpieces of the Elizabethan stage. Join Tom Challinor, Director of the BPA Shakespeare Society, for a mostly objective look at the controversy associated with the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon and who some of the alternative candidates might be.

These free community events will be held at three branches of the Kitsap Regional Library during April: at the Silverdale branch, 3450 NW Carlton St. on April 4 at 2:00 p.m.; at the Port Orchard branch, 87 Sidney Ave. at on April 16 at 3:00 p.m.; and at the Poulsbo branch, 700 NE Lincoln Road on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Additional information is available through the Kitsap Regional Library at www.krl.org.

The off-site Shakespeare Speaker Series is provided as part of month-long celebration of the Bard at Bainbridge Performing Arts this April. Shakespeare enthusiasts may also enjoy Shakespeare in the BPA Garden – a special exhibit by Karen Challinor featuring four flagstones with Shakespearean quotes referencing the flowers that are blooming in BPA’s front garden beds and four faerie gardens depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Kim Scott-Olson’s remarkable collection of arresting photographs from island Shakespeare productions will be displayed in “All the World’s a Stage” in the BPA Gallery, including a special artist reception on April 3. On April 18 & 19, Tom Challinor joins the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra performances of “Comedy and Tragedy with The BPA Shakespeare Society,” in a program featuring music and drama drawn from and inspired by the works of Shakespeare.

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

StoryShare: David Schulz at the Bainbridge Waterfront Park Community Center April 25

StoryShare featuring David Schulz
Saturday, April 25 @ 9:00 a.m.
at the Waterfront Park Community Center

Enjoy a presentation on cultural mythology and the collective memory in this riveting “summary conversation” to Bainbridge Performing Arts’ community outreach program for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS. StoryShare features renowned guest speaker David Schulz, who has presented research globally on issues of rhetoric, public memory, and social movements. Schulz is a professor and Chair of Communication at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington, and his presentation emphasis will be on lessons learned and how we, as a community, move thoughtfully forward from here.

In the course of BPA’s production of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, audience members were invited to share how the experience of exclusion relates to their lives by recording their comments on tags very similar to those issued to Japanese Americans during the Japanese American exclusion experience. These completed tags will be on display at the Waterfront Park Community Center during StoryShare and will subsequently be archived at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum as the “2015 Exclusion Tag Community Project.”

This free community presentation will be held Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Dr. SE, Bainbridge Island. Additional information is available through the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District at www.biparks.org or 206.842.1616.

BPA’s outreach programs for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS are supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a state-wide non-profit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington, and contributions from individuals and foundations. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and our generous sponsor is The Maggi Rogers Fund. 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 holds mid-season auditions (by appointment)

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
with Music Director & Conductor Wesley Schulz
Announce Mid-Season Auditions at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is holding mid-season auditions for immediate placement. Of special interest are violins (first and second), viola, and horn. Players of all other instruments are encouraged to audition for the substitute musician list.

Auditions are by appointment only at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Musicians are requested to arrive 15 minutes ahead of their arranged appointment and look for signs to the warm-up and audition rooms. Those auditioning should prepare two contrasting works of their choice that display the depth of their musical sensitivity and range of technical ability. Come prepared to play a total of five-eight minutes of music. Sight-reading for all instruments will be requested; music will be provided on site. Those interested in auditioning for principal positions will be asked to prepare excerpts.

Please contact BSO General Manager Clara Hanson for more information and to arrange an audition time at BSOManager@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.465.0455.

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Upcoming performance dates are April 18 & 19, and May 30 & 31, 2015. Read more about the BSO Season at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/bso-2014-2015.

Music has always been at the heart of the BPA mission, and the organization’s commitment stands undiminished to this day. It has the backing of a well-organized Board and a thriving institution. It takes a lively community of volunteer musicians and listeners to make such a commitment sustainable, and BPA thanks the BSO musicians and audience members for their part in keeping the classical music program lively and growing. Please join us for the BSO’s 2014 - 2015 Season and celebrate the orchestra’s vitality and contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island.

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is generously sponsored by Wicklund Dental, supporter of our Youth in Music Initiative, and 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

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra: Music Inspired by The Bard April 18 & 19

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents
SHAKESPEARE: Comedy and Tragedy with the BPA Shakespeare Society
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 19 @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Shakespeare has long been a source of artistic inspiration. His literary works have inspired visual art, plays, film, dance, music and more. In this concert series the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will collaborate for the first time with The BPA Shakespeare Society and Director Tom Challinor, featuring music and drama drawn from and inspired by the Bard. The program will additionally showcase the BSO’s 1st place Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner Andrew Barnwell and Runner Up Shintaro Taneda, plus the Senior Orchestra from the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra in a side-by-side performance.

On the program are NICOLAI – The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture, MENDELSSOHN – Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, LALO – Symphonie Espagnole (1st movement performed by Shintaro Taneda), GRIEG – Piano Concerto in A minor (1st movement performed by Andrew Barnwell), BERNSTEIN/PERESS – West Side Story Overture, BEETHOVEN – Coriolan Overture, and TCHAIKOVSKY – Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture (1880).

Tom Challinor is the founder of The BPA Shakespeare Society and director of last summer’s Twelfe Night and the previous summer’s The Tempest. He has acted in Noises Off (Frederick Fellows), Macbeth (Macduff), and As You Like It (Duke Senior) with BPA, also Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), and As You Like It (Roland de Boys) with Studio H’Poko in Maui.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Barnwell is a junior at Mercer Island High School. A frequent participant in local festivals, he has won 3rd Place in Seattle’s 2013 Russian Music Competition, 2nd Place in the 2014 NW Bach Festival, 1st Place in the 2014 GMCC competition, 1st Prize in the 2014 Chopin NW Festival, and was invited to compete for a spot in the 2015 Minnesota International Piano Junior e-Competition. In 2014, Andrew was selected to participate in the internationally renowned Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary, Canada; while there, he was invited to perform at the National Music Center, and was also awarded the Stuart Holland Memorial Award, which was given to four students whom the faculty felt best took advantage of the opportunities offered. When not competing, he works with a student-run non-profit organization, Instruments for Change, which promotes music in the community.

Formed in 2001 by parents and local teachers with a desire to have their children grow up with orchestra as an essential part of their musical experience, the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra fosters musicianship and camaraderie within the community through education and performance. The organization consists of two ensembles - the Orchestra and the Sinfonietta, plus several ensembles during the Spring Melodies term.

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, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 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

Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage in "String Stories" - April 10

Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage present
STRING STORIES
Friday, April 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
at
Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us for a sensual and unique fusion of classical, flamenco, and jazz on guitar, banjo, ukulele, and harp guitar. Original Spanish-influenced music combines with Bach, Leonard Cohen, jazz standards, East Indian rhythms, fiery South American songs, and early music and improvisations on the Beatles. On April 10, one night only at BPA, Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage present STRING STORIES – an evening of passionate music, replete with improvisation, humor, and storytelling.

Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, Seattle-based, award winning, Segovia-trained guitar artist/composer Andre Feriante has performed for over three decades in Europe, S. America and throughout the U.S., bringing his sensual, contemporary blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles to people from all walks of life. Through his performances in recent years, along with his latest albums Beatles Masquerade and Novella, Ukulele Mosaique, Feriante has garnered rave reviews for applying his innovative approach and guitar mastery to rare instruments such as custom ukuleles and the nylon stringed banjo. Feriante’s concerts promise inspiring musical journeys with original music, classical and jazz standards, vocals in Italian, and poetry over guitar. Feriante was named “Best Local Musician” by Seattle Magazine, and, according to Harriet Bullitt, “Feriante’s guitar truly sings.”

The Bohemian Entourage showcases Stella Rossi’s neo-flamenco dance, guitar, and vocals and Anil Prasad on world-fusion tabla and cajon. Beginning her artistic career at the young age of three, Stella joined the National Ballet Folklorico Municipal of Asuncion at age 15, performing as an ambassador of the Paraguayan culture in several International Festivals around the globe. Rossi also performs with her own band, Deseo Carmin (www.reverbnation.com/deseocarmin). A student of tabla masters Tor Dietrichson, Ustad Akram Khan, and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Prasad records and performs with many western, world music, and Indian groups in Seattle and beyond, including sitar master Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee.

Solo artist, support artist, composer, and educator Clipper Anderson joins The Bohemian Entourage as a special guest for this performance. Hailed as a virtuosic improviser, Anderson is known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Anderson as “a player for the connoisseur to savor,” and his musical resume is as impressive as it is deep. He has played with a long list of jazz greats including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Samuels, Peter Erskine, Bruce Forman, Tamir Hendelman, Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Paquito D’Rivera, Phil Woods and Buddy DeFranco.

YouTube videos for Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage can be found at http://youtu.be/1B_JTkUaQmA (String Stories), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46YgPaUd61U, http://youtu.be/p3RpdS_FVNI, and http://youtu.be/wV0B0MEwZk8.

Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage appear as part of BPA’s Cultural Outreach Series, one night only on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for children, 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.

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

Get your daily dose of laughter with The EDGE Improv April 4

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

Get your daily dose of laughter with The EDGE Improv on April 4 and their anything-but-routine first-Saturday performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts. 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, April 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. 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 Gallery First Friday Art Walk April 3: “All the World’s a Stage”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “All the World’s a Stage”
Photography by Kim Scott-Olson
April 3
@ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout April at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery for a special artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends on April 3. Kim Scott-Olson exhibits her remarkable collection of arresting photographs from Shakespeare productions on Bainbridge Island, 2012 – 2014. The “behind the scene roles” of directors, choreographers, costume designers, stage managers, light and sound technicians, family, and friends are just as essential as the courage it takes to perform. The team effort involved in any production is what makes each moment Kim captures on any stage a sweet miracle. In essence, Kim’s art is that of seeing, revealing, and preserving glimpses of the collective magic created by others

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 Enrollment Begins February 12

BPA Theatre School Enrollment Begins February 12 for Spring Session +
Announcing Summer SEUSSICAL JR. Production Camp & Intermediate Intensive
At
Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School begins taking enrollments for the Spring Session (mid-April – late May) on February 12. The Spring Session includes offerings in five primary programs: Developing Actors, Building Character, Teen Intensive, Performance Series, and Specialty Classes. BPA is also delighted open enrollment for the “SEUSSICAL JR. Production Camp” (July 6 – August 1) and the “Intermediate Intensive + SEUSSICAL JR. Production Camp” (June 29 – August 1). Led by experienced teaching artists, BPA Theatre School provides year-round classes and camps for all ages and experience levels.

Noted for the benefits it provides in creativity, social skills, and brain development, BPA’s Developing Actors program focuses on developing capable people as well as future performers. Classes include “Story Drama” led by Director of Education Zandi Carlson for Ages 3 ½ -5 and “Creative Drama - Tree House Adventures” with instructor Rachael LeValley for Grades K – 1.

BPA Theatre School’s Building Character program emphasizes ensemble building, pursuing objectives, overcoming obstacles, and using voice and body to create captivating characters. Classes include “Developing Stage Presence” for Grades 2 – 4 and “Physical Comedy” for Grades 4 – 6), both taught by Rachael LeValley.

As part of a year-long program, Zandi Carlson teaches the Teen Intensive Program along with guest artists, who are also working theatre professionals. This quarter, Zandi Carlson and many special guests lead classes and rehearsals for Grades 8 – 12. Students will create a never-been-seen-before variety show. Showcasing scene-work, to singing and juggling, to gymnastics, teens will also get to rehearse and perform with BPA staff in the “Teen & Staff Showcase” June 5.

BPA Theatre School’s Performance Series program is about more than just getting on stage. When it comes to performing, BPA’s educational program inspires confidence building, character building, community building, and celebrating the joy of artistic expression. This spring Zandi Carlson leads students, Grades 2 – 4 in the delightful “Dilemma of Humpty Dumpty,” while Julia Beers leads students, Grades 5 – 7 in “Sideways Stories from Wayside School.”

Designed specifically with our students in mind, BPA Theatre School’s Specialty Classes offer unique learning opportunities for students. The ability to read and learn music is essential for the theatre performer, and this spring, we’ve crafted a special class for Grades 4 & Up led by Michelle Abad: “Sight Reading and Music Theory for Singers.” Students, Grades 5 & Up are encouraged to take the ever-popular “Dance Theatre” class with Zandi Carlson.

BPA’s summer production camp for Grades 4 – 10 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.,” where Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! An extra week of class is available for Grades 6 – 10 with the “Intermediate Intensive + SEUSSICAL JR. Production Camp.” BPA Theatre School will open registrations for an additional array of exciting classes for the Summer Session in March.

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

Exclusion Commemoration March 30 at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial

Exclusion Commemoration
Monday, March 30 @ 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Special Appearance by Congressman Derek Kilmer @ 11:00 a.m.
at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial

As part of the community “conversation” surrounding BPA’s March presentation of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, residents are invited to gather at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial on March 30 to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the 1st day of the Japanese American exclusion experience.

Inspired by the unique legacy of a community that welcomed their Japanese American friends and neighbors home after World War II, visitors are encouraged to assemble for a commemorative event at the memorial, where they may walk in the footsteps of those who were exiled, share in reflection, and, if so inspired, offer service in the form or maintenance or improvements to the National Historic Site. This year’s event includes both a special presentation by Congressman Derek Kilmer and the revealing of a new sculpture specially designed for the memorial at 11:00 a.m.

This free community commemoration will be held Monday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive NE. Additional information is available through Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) website at www.bijac.org.

BPA’s outreach programs for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS are supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a state-wide non-profit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington, and contributions from individuals and foundations. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and our generous sponsor is The Maggi Rogers Fund. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine