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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.

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

Author David Guterson gives pre-show presentation March 22 at BPA

Author David Guterson: Looking Back, Warily, But With Affection
Sunday, March 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

As an adjunct to BPA’s March presentation of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Bainbridge Performing Arts is very pleased to welcome David Guterson for a special pre-show presentation on Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Twenty years after the first publication of Snow Falling on Cedars, its author reflects back on the influences, ideals, and ambitions that led to its writing and what the book means to him now.

It took Guterson five years to write Snow Falling on Cedars, in part because he was teaching full time at Bainbridge High School, and in part because of the extensive research he did on salmon fishing, strawberry farming and the internment. To describe the anti-Japanese hysteria that prevailed in the 1940's, he steeped himself in about 600 pages of oral histories compiled by elderly internees for the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Community Association. And while the fictitious San Piedro Island of Snow Falling on Cedars drifts at some distance from Bainbridge -- on a real map of Puget Sound it would lie in the San Juan Islands -- it is populated by some authentic Bainbridge characters. The literary model for the book, however, was more remote -- Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1960 novel Guterson regularly assigned to his high school English classes. 

Guterson, then 39, received the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award for Snow Falling on Cedars – a remarkable achievement for a first novel. Even more remarkable was the fact that it went on to be not only a critical but also a commercial success: with over four millions copies sold, it has generated a Hollywood film, a stage play, and countless high school student essays. Ironically, it is his novel that is now showing up in high school curricula – if it hasn’t been banned.

Reading Snow Falling on Cedars twenty years later, Guterson encountered an unexpected mixture of emotions. He will share these, along with reflections on how the book was written, with Bainbridge Islanders on March 22 before the matinee performance of the play.

This free community presentation will be held at the Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Additional information is available through the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.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.

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 Winter Showcase offers whirlwind journey March 17 & 19

Aberown Studio presents
BPA Theatre School Winter Showcase
March 17 & 19: Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in March for BPA Theatre School’s Winter Showcase, a family-friendly event showcasing talented students in 3rd – 12th grade. Director of Education Zandi Carlson is thrilled to see the students’ energies and determination come together as a tour-de-force on stage, and she is grateful to lead BPA’s talented cadre of teaching artists. She says, “In BPA Theatre School’s Winter Showcase, we’re pleased to take our audience members on a whirlwind journey from the world of Broadway to the distant Shakespearean city of Ephesus. It’s an evening of theatre for all types of theatre lovers!”

The performance begins with “Bainbridge to Broadway,” a musical revue featuring students from Broadway Dreams and Characters of Broadway. Written by Zandi Carlson and directed by Michelle Abad & Julia Beers, “Bainbridge to Broadway” presents scenes specifically written for the participating students. It strings together beloved Broadway classics and contemporary show stoppers in a never-been-seen-before, action-packed production.

Next up is one of William Shakespeare’s early works – “The Comedy of Errors,” directed by Tom Challinor. This Teen Shakes production follows two sets of unsuspecting twins. Though separated at birth, they now find themselves living in the same city. Mischief, mix-ups, money, and mayhem run wild in this madcap comedy.

Join us for a grand night of theatre not to be missed! The 2015 Winter Showcase appears at BPA February 17 and 19, with shows Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for Seniors, Youth, Students, Military, and Teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School’s 2014 – 2015 Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and 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

Guterson’s hauntingly lyrical saga SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS runs March 13 - 29

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
March 13 – 29: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m. +
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, March 12 @7:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Against the backdrop of an America torn by World War II, cultures and communities clash when a Japanese American islander is accused of murder. This hauntingly lyrical saga—adapted from David Guterson’s acclaimed story of mystery, love, and identity—deftly shifts from courtroom to strawberry fields to bloody battlefront, digging for hard truths buried in a forgotten history. Set in 1954 in a Puget Sound community divided among fishermen and farmers, whites and Japanese, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is at once a courtroom drama, a mystery, a love story, and, in flashbacks, a social history freighted with the angry residue of World War II and the exclusion of Japanese Americans.

The exclusion began on Bainbridge Island on March 30, 1942, when 227 men, women and children — two–thirds of them American citizens — were removed from their homes by U.S. Army soldiers and sent to relocation camps in the California desert. While their departure was mourned by many of their neighbors, not all welcomed their return after the war. The exclusion and its aftermath thus form a crucial part of the Island’s history as well as a reminder of the ongoing need for diversity, justice, and vigilant protection of our civil and constitutional rights.

Director Kate Carruthers, whose BPA directing credits include The Kentucky Cycle, Distracted, Private Eyes, Arcadia, The Grapes of Wrath, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, More Fun Than Bowling, Anton in Show Business, Art and The Philadelphia Story, says “If we don’t repeat these stories, we forget. The theatre is where stories are meant to be shared, and the best theatre grows out of the experiences of the originating community.”

Carruthers leads a stellar cast, including Craig Peterson, Ruth Yeo-Peterman, Tim Takechi, Tell Schreiber, Sam McJunkin, Anthony Gasbarri, Eva Burgeson, Shirley Oliver, Victoria Brown, Rob Burke, Austin Bennett, Barbara Wells ten Hove, Matt Eldridge, Christopher Wong, and Rowan Lanning.

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS appears at BPA March 13 – 29, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. plus Sundays at 3:00 p.m. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, March 12 at7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, March 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.

Written by David Guterson, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is adapted by Kevin McKeon and Book-It Repertory Theatre, and the play is performed through arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc., for David Guterson. FIRST COMMISSIONED, DEVELOPED AND PRODUCED IN THE “BOOK-IT STYLE”™ BY BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATRE (Founded in 1990 in Seattle, Washington - www.book-it.org). Copyright © 1994 by David Guterson. All rights reserved.

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’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. 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

"Incarceration and the Role of the Local Press” March 10 at Bainbridge Public Library

“Our Japanese to Enemy Aliens: Incarceration and the Role of the Local Press”
Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library, Bainbridge Island Branch

In advance of BPA’s March presentation of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Glenda Pearson, head of Microform and Newspaper Collections for UW libraries, presents a slide talk on how Seattle area newspapers covered the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the exclusion.

This free community presentation will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Additional information is available through the Kitsap Regional Library website at www.krl.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.

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

Put some spring in your step with The EDGE Improv on March 7

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

Put some spring in your step with The EDGE Improv on March 7 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, March 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. 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 Corporate 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 in March: “Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar”

BPA Gallery in March: “Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar”
First Friday Art Walk: March 6 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout March at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum will install its award-winning exhibit, “Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar,” in the BPA lobby during the run of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS. Join us for a reception in the BPA Gallery March 6 for the exhibit opening and a stimulating evening of history, art, food, and friends. The exhibit displays an ensemble of visual representations from the World War II era, including local images and artifacts from the Historical Museum, with selected items on loan from the collections of Frank Kitamoto, Mary Woodward, and David Guterson.

Two hundred and twenty seven Japanese American Bainbridge Islanders were the first sent to camps under Executive Order 9066, and they were taken to Manzanar. Ansel Adams was invited by the camp commander to visit the Manzanar “War Relocation Center” in 1943. He was permitted to photograph everything except the barbed wire fences and guard towers, images that would have undermined the official storyline that the move to the camps was a “voluntary migration.” The result is an extraordinary collection of images of Japanese American camp residents, their living quarters, and the places where they worked or went to school.

BPA Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Open 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. every day, the Historical Museum’s own extensive collection of historical materials from before, during and after WWI is readily available to the public.

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.

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

BPA Auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone are February 17 & 18

Don’t Miss BPA’s Auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
February 17 & 18: Tuesday and Wedne
sday @ 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled to present auditions on February 17 and 18 for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, a loving send-up of the Jazz-age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE runs May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on May 7. Rehearsals extend March 9 – May 6, 2015. BPA is seeking five lead women, eight lead men, and an ensemble of 4-6 adult and teen performers. All roles are open to audition. A detailed character breakdown is available on our website.

Those auditioning should prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece. An accompanist will be provided but those auditioning must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. Please - no outside accompanists or acapella singing. Callbacks (by invitation) will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This ravishing musical is directed by Joanna Hardie, with musical direction by Josh Anderson, and choreography by Debbie Pierce. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a masterful meta-musical with a show-within-a-show plot that pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Winner of 5 TONY Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), it is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

BPA auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18 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.

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

Japanese American Exclusion Film Screening & Discussion at BPL Feb. 27

Japanese American Exclusion Film Talks
Saturday, February 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library, Bainbridge Island Branch

In advance of BPA’s March presentation of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) presents three short films – The Red Pines, The Woman Behind the Symbol, and Visible Target – relating to the Japanese American exclusion experience on Bainbridge Island.

The Red Pines explores the cultural forces that enabled many of the Island’s Japanese American community to return and rebuild their lives after exile and incarceration by their own government during World War II. The Woman Behind the Symbol highlights the story of 31-year-old Islander Fumiko Hayashida, a Japanese American mother whose photograph by a Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer has since become an iconic symbol of the internment experience. Visible Target is a documentary that tells us: “It is a part of history almost too painful to talk about, yet impossible to forget.”

This free community presentation will be held Friday, February 27 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. The screening will be followed by discussions facilitated by BIJAC members. Additional information is available through Bainbridge Public Library at 206.842.4162 and through the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community 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.

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