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Seattle Opera World Premiere Community Preview at BPA August 13

Seattle Opera World Premiere Community Preview
AN AMERICAN DREAM
by Jack Perla with Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo
Thursday, August 13 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Bainbridge Performing Arts

Though we come from different places, no one escapes the pain of loss, the beauty of love. Inspired by true stories from our region’s history, AN AMERICAN DREAM is set during World War II and explores the lives of two Puget Sound women: a Japanese American facing internment and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied with those she left behind.

A Japanese American family burns precious belongings from Japan in an attempt to avoid arrest during World War II. Young Setsuko manages to hide her beloved doll before her family is forced out of their home. A new couple moves in: Jim, a U.S. veteran, and Eva, a Jewish immigrant preoccupied by her family’s situation in Germany. When Eva finds the doll, she discovers the truth—both about Setsuko’s family and her own.

AN AMERICAN DREAM is a new kind of opera— one whose story comes not from myth, or fiction, or current events, but from the opera company’s community. Seattle Opera’s Belonging(s) Project, started in 2011, asked participants to respond to the question: “If you had to leave your home today and couldn’t return, what would you want to take with you? Why is that object, that memory, or that connection to your past so important?” Dozens of responses were filmed and posted to a digital quilt, which may be explored online at www.seattleopera.org/belongings.

Seattle Opera then commissioned librettist Jessica Murphy Moo and composer Jack Perla to weave threads from this digital quilt into a new opera. The World War II experiences of two Seattle women, one Japanese-American and the other German- American, inspired the fictional tale of two families in AN AMERICAN DREAM. Moo returned for additional interviews with the two women and immersed herself in the period.

AN AMERICAN DREAM appears at BPA one night only on August 13 at 7:30 p.m. A moderated audience discussion will follow the opera. Admission to BPA’s working community preview is by donation only. Tickets for the Seattle Opera performances at McCaw Hall on August 21 & 23 range from $50 - $125. Learn more 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.

This community preview is made possible through a special partnership with Seattle Opera (www.seattleopera.org) and is appropriate for ages 10 and older.

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

Last chance for The EDGE Improv this season at BPA is August 1

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, August 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the final performance of The EDGE Improv’s 20th Anniversary Season. 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. Not to worry! The EDGE Improv is back for the 2015 – 2016 Season with First-Saturday performances beginning September 5.

The special rapport The EDGE has 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 makes its final appearance of the 2014 – 2015 Season at BPA on Saturday, August 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 typically 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets for the 2015 – 2016 Season are on sale now at the BPA Box Office and online.

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.

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

First Friday Art Walk: August 7 - “Grace Notes” by Lori Grant

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Grace Notes”
Acrylics and Watercolors by Lori Grant
First Friday Art Walk: August 7
@ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout August at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Visit the BPA Gallery for “Grace Notes” and the First Friday Art Walk on August 7, and join us for a special artist reception and an engaging evening of art, food, and friends. Lori Grant, who also has an extensive background in batik, displays her acrylics and watercolors in this exhibit. She says, “Life in all its fullness is to find the small, stirring, impressions – there for no reason but to enhance our existence.” Lori’s wish is that “Grace Notes” can represent what is ours to notice, seize, and forever hold.

“Grace Note” is defined as a musical note, added for ornament or embellishment. Lori Grant is drawn to the simple, subtle things in the natural rhythm of life, while finding personal balance through her favorite creative pursuit. Her work has often been called “happy,” leading her to choose the title, “Grace Notes” for this exhibit.

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.

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

Audition for Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season August 30

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
with Music Director & Conductor Wesley Schulz
Announce Auditions for the 2015-2016 Season
Sunday, August 30, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for the 2015-2016 Season. The BSO has current openings for horn, bassoon, violin, viola, and double bass. Players of all other instruments are encouraged to audition for the substitute musician list. Interested parties are encouraged to contact BSO General Manager Clara Hanson at BSOManager@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.465.0455.

Auditions will be Sunday, August 30, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Musicians are requested to arrive 15 minutes ahead of their 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.

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Performances during the 2015 – 2016 Season are November 14 & 15, 2015 and February 20 & 21, April 16 & 17, and June 3 & 5, 2016. This year’s enticing four-concert season features new music by living composers including Christopher Rogerson’s “Luminosity” and Mason Bates’ “Mothership.” The BSO will also perform Carl Nielsen’s “Symphony No. 3, ‘Sinfonia espansiva’,” Beethoven’s “Fourth Piano Concerto,” Dvorak’s “Symphony No 8,” and Ravel’s dazzling orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and more. Full details about the BSO’s upcoming season are online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

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 2015 - 2016 Season and celebrate the orchestra’s thriving contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends thanks to Fletcher Bay Foundation, who funds music acquisition for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and Wicklund Dental, who sponsors BPA’s “Youth in Music Initiative.” 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's Mainstage Combined Summer Auditions are July 20 & 28

BPA Mainstage Combined Summer Auditions
Monday July 20 & Tuesday July 28 @ 6:30-9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled to present our Combined Summer Auditions for the 2015 – 2016 Season of Love. Schedule ONE audition for TWO great shows! Interested parties are requested to email BPA’s Production/Stage Manager Deirdre Hadlock at dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an appointment.

The iconic rock-musical HAIR, directed by Teresa Thuman, runs October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on October 8 and Industry Night on October 19. Rehearsals are August 22 – October 8: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30-9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p. m. BPA is seeking five principal women, five principal men and a Tribe of 20-35 adults to play 50+ characters. Must be 18 and older. A widely diverse cast, including gender identity, age, and ethnicity is strongly desired for this production; several specific roles require performers of color. Actors who play musical instruments are encouraged to audition. There will be full and partial nudity in this production, however this is not a prerequisite for being cast, and the audition forms will include an opportunity for actors to express their comfort level. We are committed to providing a safe and professional environment for all cast members.

MARY POPPINS, the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure, directed by Ken Michels, runs December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview December 3 and Industry Night on December 14. Rehearsals are September 26 – December 3: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30-9:30 p.m. + Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p. m. BPA is seeking 10 principal men, 10 principal women and an ensemble of six or more teens and adults. NOTE: This production will also feature a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, as well as a youth ensemble. Auditions will be held September 16 for all youth roles, ages 9-15.

Audition requirements: Please prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece. An accompanist will be provided but you 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. Youth auditions (ages 9-15) for MARY POPPINS will be held September 16.

BPA’s 2015 – 2016 Mainstage Combined Summer Auditions are Monday, July 20 and Tuesday July 28 at 6:30-9:00 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition. Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2015 – 2016 Season of Love.

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

Fine tune your audition skills in BPA's Adult Audition Workshop July 1 & 8

BPA Theatre School Adult Audition Workshop
Part I: Wednesday, July 1 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Part II: Wednesday, July 8 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School is pleased to offer two special audition workshops for adults on July 1 and July 8. The workshops are strategically designed to help actors prepare for BPA’s Combined Mainstage Summer Auditions, which are slated for July 20 and 28. Participating students will receive individualized coaching on audition material and presentation from BPA’s Resident Musical Director Josh Anderson and Director of Education Zandi Carlson. The workshop is held in two segments, with Part I on July 1 and Part II on July 8. Students may sign up for Part I or Part II individually, or for both classes for a well-rounded audition preparation experience.

In Part 1, Zandi and Josh will give each participant a tailored 10-minute individual consultation to assess their strongest choice for presentation at BPA’s Combined Mainstage Summer Auditions. They will help select a 32-bar cut of a song and a short monologue that showcases each actor to the very best of their abilities, and they will ensure that these selections are the ideal fit for the shows for which each actor is auditioning. Josh and Zandi will additionally provide feedback on headshots, resumes, audition attire, and more!

In Part 2, students will present their prepared audition material and receive feedback from the instructors. Zandi and Josh will guide students through a crucial set of auditioning skills including 1) how to best present yourself as you walk into the room, 2) how to communicate with the accompanist, 3) ways to connect with your material even with audition jitters, and more. Students will leave the class with confidence and be fully prepared to shine on audition day.

Tuition is $35 per session for students who sign up for one class. Students who sign up for both classes will receive a discounted tuition rate of $50. Josh and Zandi will contact each participating student prior to their initial session to gather information to help facilitate a customized consultation. Students are highly encouraged to bring possible songs and/or monologues in for an assessment of which option is most effective.

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

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 stages SEUSSICAL JR. July 30 - August 1

Aberown Studio presents SEUSSICAL JR.
July 30 - August 1
@ Bainbridge Performing Arts
Thursday & Friday @ 7:00 p.m. + Saturday @ 3:00 p.m.

Join us July 30 – August 1 for the hit show SEUSSICAL JR., where Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in this fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, and Ragtime). BPA Theatre School Director of Education Zandi Carlson says, “This summer’s production has the music, the humor and the spectacle that will engage audiences of all ages. We are so proud of the energy and enthusiasm our young performers bring to rehearsals. This will be such a fun and wondrous production, and we can’t wait to share it with you!”

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat (our narrator), tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

SEUSSICAL JR. appears at BPA, with shows Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m. plus Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults, and $8 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. Patrons may also enjoy the Family Fun Price of $8.75 per person, which is available for families of four or more. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. SEUSSICAL JR. is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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

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

Don’t miss a minute of summer fun with The EDGE Improv July 11

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, July 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss a minute of summer fun with The EDGE Improv at Bainbridge Performing Arts on the second Saturday in July. 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, July 11 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.

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

The BPA Shakespeare Society presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM July 9 - 26 at Bloedel Reserve

The BPA Shakespeare Society presents
The Bard at Bloedel 2015: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
July 9 - 26, 2015
@ Bloedel Reserve

Bainbridge Performing Arts is partnering with the Bloedel Reserve to present an outdoor summertime performance. The BPA Shakespeare Society will perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM July 9 – 26 in the meadow at Bloedel Reserve.

In the heart of summer, the Bloedel Reserve offers an unforgettable backdrop for William Shakespeare’s famed works. In A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, all of Athens prepares for the wedding day of Duke Theseus and his new queen. But teenagers are arguing with their parents, and now the Duke has to get involved. Everyone runs off to the forest, where they meet the woodland faeries for a bit of madness and misuse of love potion, before returning to Athens for the big community theatre performance.

Director Tom Challinor, supported by Assistant Director Lee Ann Hittenberger, leads a talented and engaging cast of familiar faces and newcomers, featuring Dara Lillis, Jennifer Pippin-Montanez, Aaron Moore, Max Levit, Kat Zommers, Heidi Lindholm, George Shannon, Marc Cantwell, Joel Underwood, Kristi Jacobson, Jennifer Hodges, Austin Bennett, Evelyn Cantwell, Sophie Eldridge, Olyvia Renae-Young, Zac Norberg, Ben Eldridge, Trey Bennett, Matt Eldridge, Gary Fetterplace, Bob Downing, Chris Lane, Linda Owens, Diane Walker, and Chris Norberg.

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve whose mission is to “enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.” The BPA Shakespeare Society’s summertime performance aligns seamlessly with the founder’s vision “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.” Korum Bischoff, Director of Communications & Events says, “Bloedel Reserve is excited to collaborate with BPA, as they are experts in producing high-quality entertainment. Their superb performance, coupled with the Reserve’s inspiring landscape, promises a memorable outdoor show for theater-goers.”

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM appears at Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island. Shows are July 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, and 26, Thursday - Sunday at 7:00 p.m. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. Audience members should be prepared for a breathtakingly-beautiful 5-minute walk between the parking area and meadow. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Patrons may enter the grounds earlier by paying a reduced same-day-only rate of $5.00 valid after 4:30 p.m. Patrons must be on the Will Call list or present their ticket(s) to Bloedel Reserve to take advantage of this offer.

Picnics will be allowed in the meadow after 6:00 p.m. Beer and wine will NOT be available for purchase. Just over two hours, the production has one intermission. Patrons are advised to bring their own seats, low lawn chairs, or blankets on which to sit. Staff members will assist patrons upon their arrival in the meadow. Seating on blankets will be in front; seating in elevated chairs will be in rear. Space is limited, and seating is first come first served. As there is no ADA parking close to the stage, patrons requiring handicap access can make use of a Shuttle drop off at the stage area. Patrons shall please note that the audience area is a grassy region and that there is no paved access to the meadow.

The BPA Shakespeare Society’s 2013 and 2014 productions were met with rave reviews and sold out quickly; patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.Tickets, $25 for adults, and $20 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. Contact Production Manager Siobhan Maguire at 206.842.8569 for additional information.

Performances will continue as scheduled in very light rain. In the event of more inclement weather, performances will be canceled at the discretion of the production crew to ensure the safety and comfort of our performers and patrons. While we are unable to provide refunds for weather-related cancellations, ticket holders for any canceled performances will be welcome to join us on another date of their choice.

Bainbridge Performing Arts 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 First Friday Art Walk July 3: “Retrospective” by Craig Spencer

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Retrospective”
Oil on Canvas by Craig Spencer
Friday, July 3
@ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout July at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Visit the BPA Gallery for “Retrospective,” and drop by July 3 for a special artist reception and an engaging evening of art, food, and friends. The works on display in this exhibit began more than two decades ago, with the awakening of Craig Spencer’s interest in the esoteric traditions of Alchemy, Hermetic Philosophy, and Buddhism. During this period, Craig developed an intense focus on dream imagery and lucid dream practice. Integrating formal aspects of line, shape, and color, with representational and symbolic content became the primary concern in his work. Craig describes this process as “the Alchemical transmutation of base materials into spiritual gold.”

A spiritual theme is woven throughout Craig’s work. The Sleeping Poet was inspired by a medieval poem, in which the poet tells of an initiatory dream experience on the banks of a stream. Craig muses, “The fish might represent newly activated energies that dwell in the fluid element of the unconscious or inhabit the realm of pure images.” Craig painted Los's Bright Halls while reading William Blake's Jerusalem. He says, “Los represents the archetypal creator and custodian of sacred images that preserve the spiritual life of man who, once cut off from the creative and divine influx, is doomed to spiritual death.”

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.

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