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

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

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for [title of show], September 20 & 21 at BPA. Director Philip Lacey and Musical Director Joel Kurzynski make their BPA debut with this thoroughly unique and comical postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals.

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

Roles are available for two men and two women in their early-20s to mid-30s: Hunter, a book writer; Jeff, a composer/lyricist; Susan, their actor friend; and Heidi, their actor friend.

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

Those auditioning are encouraged to pick material that particularly showcases their personality, as well as their abilities. All roles are open to audition. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

BPA’s team of theatre professionals work with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-attended shows in our 245-seat facility on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge is a beautiful 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle and the theater is a short walk from the dock. We do provide walk-on ferry passes for our Seattle cast members for all rehearsals and performances.

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

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

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Theatre School Now Registering for Fall Quarter

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

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

To that end, BPA Theater School has a lot in store for the coming season. Ellis says, “We’re going to continue the strong program we’ve had for Pre-K through Middle School, and we’ll expand on our Teen and Adult education. This will allow students to build on the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired growing up with us, and it will make them ready to step into any role in any theater to which they might travel.”

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

Offering year-round classes and camps for students of all ages and experience levels, BPA Theater School has a longstanding tradition of supporting learners of all ages to build the skills and confidence to perform on stage and in everyday life. Younger students are taught to act, sing, and dance while developing the soft skills like teamwork and personal responsibility on which they can call in any classroom, work, or social setting. Teens and adults get the joy of being silly, glamorous, or sincere with the added benefit of growing not just their portfolio, but also their poise and tenacity. Ellis reflects, “We wouldn’t work as hard as we do to provide the best possible theater school program if we didn’t believe in its value and efficacy. And we wouldn’t do theater school at all if it wasn’t so dang much FUN!”

For information or queries, please contact Director of Education Liz Ellis at eeliis@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.842.4560 x3, and register online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/theatre-school.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for A Christmas Story, The Musical are September 7 & 8

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

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, September 7 & 8 at BPA. Director Joanna Hardie is joined by Musical Director Elizabeth Faye and Choreographer Debbie Pierce to present this laugh-out-loud holiday tale of American Christmases past that has been cleverly re-wrapped as a new musical. “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

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

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

Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece. An accompanist will be provided but those auditioning must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. Please - no outside accompanists or acapella singing. All roles are open to audition, and interested parties may view a complete listing of characters online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! BPA AUDITIONS for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL are Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for youth under age 14 and Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. plus Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. for teens and adults. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

BPA’s team of theatre professionals work with volunteer cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-attended shows in our 245-seat facility on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge is a beautiful 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle and the theater is a short walk from the dock. We do provide walk-on ferry passes for our Seattle cast members for all rehearsals and performances.

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

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

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery: Call for Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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

BPA is supported, in part, by the Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Workshop series with Dinah Manoff begins September 11 at BPA

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

Tony Award-winning actress Dinah Manoff will be teaching a series of classes through BPA this fall. Manoff has over 30 years of experience acting, directing and casting. These six-hour workshops, given once a month over the course of six months will begin in September and offer a variety of opportunities. This series offers a great schedule for those who don’t have time to commit to a weekly class and encompasses a range of instruction from developing basic acting skills to selecting appropriate material for auditions.

Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month with the exception of February 2017, when students will meet on the first Sunday. Classes will be held in the portable behind BPA and students are instructed to wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch. Offerings include the following:

The Nuts and Bolts of Acting – Sunday, September 11, 2016
This workshop will provide a foundation for actors who would like to learn the “nuts and bolts” of the craft. Using a variety of techniques with practical application for scenes and monologues, this class is perfect for actors of all levels, from those with little or no experience to more seasoned actors who want to brush up on the basics.

Constructing a Character – Sunday, October 9, 2016
Character development is more than just putting on a costume or speaking with an accent. It is about being real while playing someone who may not be like you at all. In this workshop Dinah uses creative exercises and improvisation to teach students how to build believable characters – those that are similar and dissimilar to those participating. Students will leave with invaluable tools for assembling characters from the inside out.

Monologues with Muscle – Sunday, November 13, 2016
There is much more to a monologue than standing up and giving a speech. Participants will learn how the tools of “sensory work” and “unrelated action” can take a monologue from a stiff presentation to an interesting and captivating piece.

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

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

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

Limited to 14 students (per class) and recommended for ages 16 and older, The Actors Tool Belt will be offered at $125 per class or at $100 per class for a package of three or more. Registrants must contact Director of Education Liz Ellis at eeliis@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to obtain the package discount. For additional information or queries, please contact Liz at eeliis@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.842.4560 x3, and register online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/theatre-school.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for Picasso at the Lapin Agile are July 18 & 19

BPA AUDITIONS
for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
July 18 & 19: Monday & Tuesday  @ 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, July 18 and 19 at BPA. Teresa Thuman directs Steve Martin’s zany comedy, which places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

Run dates are October 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview October 6. Rehearsals are mid-August through October 6 – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Four female roles are available for characters, ages 18-40 and seven male roles are open for characters, ages 18 and older. Actors of color of are encouraged to audition for all roles.

Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue. All roles are open to audition, and interested parties may view a complete listing of characters online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! BPA AUDITIONS for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE are Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19 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.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Auditions are August 21 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
with Music Director & Conductor Wesley Schulz
Announce Auditions for the 2016 – 2017 Season
Sunday, August 21, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for the 2016 – 2017 Season. The BSO has current openings for English horn, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, 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 Larry Telles at BSOManager@bainbridgeperformingarts.org.  

Auditions will be Sunday, August 21, beginning at 2:00 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. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Wesley Schulz return for our four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with “The British are Coming!” – a program showcasing English greats on Novermber 12 & 13, 2016. The BSO teams up with the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra for “Mahler’s Symphony No. 1” in a special set of off-site performances on March 4 & 5, 2017. The BSO and the Bainbridge Chorale join forces for another off-site set of concerts and extraordinary partnership with “Sacred and Profane: Carmina burana” on April 22 & 23, 2017. BSO’s “Season Finale” on June 2 & 4, 2017 turns to celebrated American composers including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, and Aaron Copland. This program also showcases the 2017 winner of the BSO’s annual Young Artist Concerto Competition.

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 2016 – 2017 Season and celebrate the orchestra’s thriving contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsor San Carlos Restaurant. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Fifth Annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival Aug. 19 & 20 at BPA

Fifth Annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival
August 19 & 20: Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. + Saturday Matinee @ 3:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Ten original plays. Three shows. Two days. Island Theatre presents its Fifth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival featuring local playwrights at Bainbridge Performing Arts on August 19 & 20. Out of 66 submissions from established and emerging Kitsap County playwrights, ten were selected by a jury of theatre professionals for production: “The Royal Deluxe” by Jim Anderson, “Memory” by Sara Bartsch, “a.d.a.m” by Rob Burke, “Stella & Stanley: First Date” by Mary Dombrowski, “Benchwarmer” by Miranda Feldtman, “Poisoned Pens and Palates” by Judith Glass Collins, “Sleep” by Richard Leinaweaver, “One Night at the Hotel Barbary” by Paul Lewis, “The Easy Chair” by Ned Thorne, and “Plugged In” by Wendy Wallace.

Island Theatre’s 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festivals played to full BPA houses both evenings. Besides the delight of seeing entertaining plays written, directed, and performed by their friends and neighbors, audience members know that even if they aren’t crazy about one play, another is just ten minutes away!

Now celebrating its twenty first anniversary, Island Theatre's regular schedule includes bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library plus, in intervening months, potluck dinners in privately hosted homes at which all guests are welcome to join in a selected play reading. Island Theatre is an all-volunteer nonprofit IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization. Its motto is “Can we rehearse at your house?”

Admission to the Fifth Annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Visit Island Theatre for additional information at www.islandtheatre.org.

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 60th Anniversary Season Kick-Off is August 5 & 6

BPA’s 60th Anniversary Season Kick-Off
August 5: Open House & First Friday Art Walk - “BPA: 60 Years of Storytelling”
August 6: Anniversary-themed EDGE Improv (@ 7:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Bainbridge Performing Arts celebrates 60 years of storytelling and launches its 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season with a two-day lineup of special events August 5 & 6. You can help shape the celebrations! BPA invites fans and followers to complete our online survey about how BPA and the arts have influenced their lives: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/60th-survey.

Drop by August 5 for an open house and the First Friday Art Walk, along with live music, small bites, and a beer garden. We’ll proudly commemorate all that BPA’s directors, designers, actors, musicians, artists, educators, students, and audience members have undertaken and realized throughout six decades of passionate performance. Photographs, set pieces, and costumes from six magical decades of theatre, music, dance, and comedy will adorn the BPA Gallery walls as visitors enjoy a lively evening of art, food, and friends. Interested parties are requested to RSVP by emailing Dominique Cantwell at dcantwell@bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Friday admission is free, and the gallery exhibit continues throughout August at BPA.

Join us August 6 for a special anniversary-themed ticketed performance by The EDGE Improv at 7:30 p.m. For more than two laughter-filled decades at Bainbridge Performing Arts, riotous antics from The EDGE Improv have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life. Patrons won’t want to miss the troupe members’ uproarious BPA roast and improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s generous sponsor Rolling Bay Café. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Evening of Stories with The Moth Founder and Storyteller/Host at BPA July 23

BPA presents An Evening of Stories
with The Moth Founder George Dawes Green and Storyteller/Host Dan Kennedy
Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled and honored to present “An Evening of Stories with The Moth Founder George Dawes Green and Storyteller/Host Dan Kennedy” one night only on July 23. The ideal way to experience the style of The Moth is live and in person, where you can feel the electricity in the room and be a part of the visceral dialogue between teller and audience.

George Dawes Green created the Moth in 1997. He is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: The Caveman’s Valentine, which won an Edgar award for Best First Mystery, and was made into a motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson; The Juror, which sold nearly three million copies worldwide and was the basis for a film starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; and Ravens, which was featured on many Best Novel of the Year lists for 2009, including Publisher’s Weekly, the UK’s Daily Mirror, and Entertainment Weekly. Recently Mr. Green assumed the 2016 Mackey Chair for Creative Writing at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, joining a long list of distinguished writers who have held the post, including Raymond Carver, Ursula K. Le Guin and Robert Stone.

Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth storytelling podcast, a longtime host and performer at Moth live events, and has spent much of the last fifteen years traveling the world writing and performing. His stories have appeared in GQ Magazine, in McSweeney’s, and in numerous print anthologies. He is the author of three books, Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown 2003), Rock On (Algonquin 2008, a Times of London Book of The Year, series rights bought by HBO) and American Spirit: A Novel (Houghton Mifflin/Little a, 2013. Publisher’s Weekly starred Review). Kennedy has been a guest lecturer at Yale, and a visiting writer at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in The Best of McSweeney's. He lives in downtown New York.

Join us for this special event one night only at BPA on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 per person, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA 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.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine