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Bainbridge Performing Arts Celebrates Life and Talent of Bob McAllister

Bainbridge Performing Arts Celebrates Life and Talent of Bob McAllister

Bainbridge Performing Arts is deeply saddened by the loss of former actor, poet, instructor, mentor, and dear friend, Bob McAllister. Bob’s BPA career included appearances in Twelve Angry Men and Noises Off, and his poetry was exhibited in the BPA Gallery. He also appeared in the Indie film Jurisdiction, playing Tommy Tongue, the anti-hero psychopath. Bob had an abiding love of theatre, and he had an unshakeable commitment to the community of artists he mentored, loved, and collaborated with at Bainbridge Performing Arts and the Island’s entire theatre community.

After teaching 34+ years of English and Theater at Bainbridge High School, Bob taught Acting, Communication and English classes at Olympic College. His vibrant presence in the community ranged from instructor to poet and actor, and he touched innumerable lives with his singular way of being in the world, his deep insights, and eagerness to share both his knowledge and the countless successes he inspired in so many.

Bob’s irreplaceable presence and the scope of his influence on the island is perhaps best captured by his own words. The following is the artist statement that accompanied the March 2008 exhibit of his poetry at BPA:

“In 1972 I began teaching a poetry workshop at the soon-to-be arson-immolated building of Bainbridge High School on High School Road under the auspices of Olympic College Extension Courses. The first class was comprised of students, neophyte writers, a few housewives, a couple of guys who wanted to test the waters, and importantly, Nancy Rekow.

I asked the students to write a poem. I believe everyone and everything has a poem to tell. I agree with Richard Brautigan when he said: “Every girl ought to have a poem written about her even if we have to change the goddamn world to do it.” This applies to everyone. Poetry is a way to view the world. William Carlos Williams said it best: “It’s hard to get the news from poetry/ but people die miserably every day/ for lack of what is found there.”

After a few years of teaching through Olympic College, I decided to do an independent class at my home. The class grew. Eminent poets like John Willson, Dick West, John Davis, Linda Hyde, Bonnie Wallace, Tom Snyder, Beverley West, Everett Thompson, Ralph Cheadle, Margi Berger, Sue Hylen, Beverly Dight, Peggy Julian, Judy Bagley, Celine O’Leary, Peter West, Katie Kent, Jenny Schmid, Alice Fisher, Andy Drury, Graham Bader, Donna Smith, and plenipotentiary others joined in.

For a while, during the 80’s, the class, then called Bainbridge Writers’ Workshop, was taught by both Nancy Rekow and me, and we had several years hosting the workshop at Kate Cunningham’s home here on the Island. Later classes were also held at the homes of Beverley West, Linda Hyde, Peggy Julian, Beverly Dight, Elane Hellmuth, and Margi Berger. Cheese, dips, poetry, and chips – what better?

Later, when I became too busy with building houses, teaching English, and directing plays at BHS to continue the workshops, Nancy started teaching her own workshop, and later John Willson did also through the Bainbridge Park & Recreation District. Over the years, the ensuing tides of poetry on this island, and of poets who pursue the fretful muse, have continued to swell.

Part and parcel of this poetic flowering has been nourished by the San Carlos Poetry Readings at Lee and Marianne Jorgensen’s restaurant in Winslow. Every spring, aspiring poets present their latest offering to the altar of the muse, while others listen, reflect, and know that, inside themselves, a poem awaits. That’s the blessing of poetry: the need to speak the truth, to examine what’s real, and to approach the infinite.

Before coming to Bainbridge, I studied poetry with and was inspired by Nelson Bentley, the renowned UW professor and poet. During the 80’s, Nelson and I gave a poetry reading here at BPA. That night I described Nelson as the seed log—the one that nourishes other trees to grow. That description applies to the cedar, pine, birch, and madrona trees that grow on this island and become illuminated by light and focus and commune with the “force that through the green fuse lights the flower.” The quote is from a poem by Dylan Thomas. If you don’t know it, read it.”

Bob’s voice will live on in the community of directors, actors, staff, board, and audience members who witnessed his dynamism and the kindness he brought to each and every role, whether on or off stage.

Online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Dance the afternoon away with Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs September 21

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs
Dance the afternoon away Sunday, September 21 @ 1:00 p.m.

Don't miss an afternoon of GREAT music for kids and families one day only on September 21 at BPA! Johnny Bregar is a seasoned family music performer. He is known for his engaging live concerts that delight kids and parents alike. His original songs and arrangements of familiar children’s songs have a rootsy, jazzy, bluesy, poppy sound. He has recorded three CDs in his Ballard studio, and one in his Bainbridge Island studio and appears on four Putumayo compilations. Says Warren Truitt, Senior Children’s Librarian at The New York Public Library’s Early Childhood Resource and Information Center, “Bregar’s been doin’ his homework...originals like “Blue Dog,” “Blackberry Pie,” and “Owl” are wonderfully authentic, to the point where you would think they’re Americana relics. Bregar has a knack, as well, for super catchy country pop: listen to the shimmery “Airplane” and the awesome choruses of "Best Friend” and “Summertime.””

Johnny’s songs are about everyday life as a child. He reaches across cultural and geographic boundaries with tunes that spark children’s imaginations and are comfortable and familiar. Johnny strives to make his music educational as well as fun. Very few of his songs are written simply to be silly –- he aims to strike a chord with kids by providing vignettes that echo the way they think about the world around them, while at the same time remaining fun and accessible. His music has been reviewed positively by NPR’s All Things Considered as well as ParentMap, Zooglobble.com, Parenting Magazine, and many, many others.

Save the date for Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs September 21 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets, $10 for adults, and $5 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. A special “family-fun price,” available for groups of four or more is $6.25 per ticket. 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.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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

The EDGE Improv kick starts 2014 - 2015 Season September 6

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, September 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

The EDGE Improv kick starts the 2014 – 2015 Season September 6 with an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For nearly two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members and earned entertaining commentary from the troupe members themselves. Troupe member Ken Ballenger quips, “It’s like therapy, but cheaper!”

The troupe has gathered an enthusiastic band of followers and performs to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA. Members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE online at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

Troupe member Ken Ballenger says “The EDGE is like therapy, but cheaper!” Don’t miss their next performance September 6 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 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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

Island Theatre's Ten-Minute Play Festival is August 23 & 24 at BPA

Island Theatre presents the 2014 Ten-Minute Play Festival
Saturday & Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.

Island Theatre’s annual Ten-Minute Play Festival presents sixteen works by local playwrights over two evenings, August 23 and 24 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Eight plays will be performed on Saturday evening, and the other eight will be performed on Sunday evening. Festival goers will be invited to vote for an audience choice award for each night. In addition, an overall festival favorite, determined by the judges, will be awarded a cash prize at the end of the festival on Sunday night.

The plays were chosen from fifty-seven submissions from throughout Kitsap County and include "A Place That Looks Like Davenport" by Paul Lewis, "An Argument for Lovers" by Steven Lee Palay, "At The End of Her Rope" by Trish Bittman, "Bliss" by Miller Shor, "Embracing the 99%" by Charlie Hamilton, "I Know Just What You Mean" by Jeff Fraga, "It Is Always Three A.M." by Ulla Solberg, "It's Not Too Late" by Rob Dalton, "The Love Collar" by Wendy Wallace, "Red or Black?" by James E. Anderson, "Slam Dunk" by Ned Thorne, "Tech Support" by Diane Walker, "The Beach House" by John Ratterman, "The Interview" by Gwen K. Adams, "What Price an Orange?" by Connie Bennett, and "Without" by John Ellis.

The festival is recommended for ages 13 and above as some plays include strong language and adult subject matter. Check the Island Theatre website, www.IslandTheatre.org, for the final schedule.

The stagings feature Island Theatre directors and actors. The directors include Susan Anderson, Diane B. Bankart, Larry Blaine, Kate Carruthers, Rozzella Kolbegger, Fred Saas, Sara Scribner, and Steve Stolee. The plays will feature an ensemble cast of thirty-two Kitsap County actors: Jessica Aubin, Noah Barfield, Tia Bannister, Victoria Brown, Robert Craighead, Barbara Deering, Robin Denis, Tyler Detrick, Tracy Dickerson, Ted Dowling, John Ellis, Ken Enright, Todd Erler, Tony Gasbarri, Rilla Hughes, Ashley Hurd, Eva Jane, Cyndi King, Dylan Lehotsky, Sam McJunkin, Jennifer Pippen-Montez, Arthur Mortell, Marybeth Redmond, Patrick Ryan, George Shannon, Miller Shor, Sandi Spellman, Bronsyn Springer, Tim Tully, SueEllen VanDuyne, Ann Wilkinson, and Andrejs Zommers.

Island Theatre’s 2014 Ten-Minute Play Festival is August 23 and 24, with shows Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Visit Island Theatre at www.IslandTheatre.org for additional information. The Ten-Minute Play Festival is supported, in part, by the Maggi Rogers Fund and the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Island Theatre also receives funding from One Call for All.

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

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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

Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour - One Night Only August 28

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
One Night Only: Thursday, August 28 @ 7:00 p.m.

Seattle’s own, Doktor Kaboom, is creating a brand new show to premier at the Kennedy Center this fall. Join us for this exclusive preview performance!

Science comedian, Doktor Kaboom, travels the world performing interactive one-man shows designed to make audiences laugh hysterically, and truly learn. This newest show, co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center, is focused on the wonders of electricity, and is geared towards the entire family. Audiences of KING5’s New Day Northwest, will know that Doktor K’s approach to science education is not just for kids. He believes that science is for everyone, so the show must be, as well. Everyone in the family is guaranteed to have a great time, even (especially?) the adults. Siblings, parents, grandparents all have a blast laughing together, learning, and cheering whenever he is on stage – making it clear why Broadway World calls him, “a force to be reckoned with… a complete delight!”

The creation of Actor/Comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom! creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Don’t miss his last test-run of the show one night only at Bainbridge Performing Arts!

David Epley has been fortunate enough to discover two passions in his life. Science, his first, took him to studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. His second, performing, became his career, and for 20 years David has made his living writing, performing, and directing original interactive comedy across the US and Canada. He now brings his passions together with an explosive style that refuses to allow his audiences time to catch a breath.

Doktor Kaboom! appears one night only August 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Tickets, $15 for adults, and $10 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.

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

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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 seeks Teaching Artists for BPA Theatre School’s 2014 – 2015 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) seeks Teaching Artists for BPA Theatre School’s 2014 – 2015 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts is currently accepting applications for teaching artists for BPA Theatre School’s 2014 – 2015 Season. BPA Theatre School offers year-round classes for students, age three-and-a-half to adult. Previous teaching experience is required. Applicants should email Interim Director of Education Zandi Carlson (zcarlson@bainbridgeperformaningarts.org) with weekday availability and a teaching resume by Friday, August 1.

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) is a non-profit community performing arts center including a theater, a symphony orchestra, a variety of comedy, dance, musical and other performances, and theater education programs for children, teenagers, and adults.

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

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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

Don’t miss The EDGE Improv August 2 as the troupe wraps up its 2013 – 2014 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, August 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss The EDGE Improv August 2 as the troupe wraps up the 2013 – 2014 Season with an ingeniously improvised performance of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For nearly two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members and earned entertaining commentary from the troupe members themselves. Troupe member Frank Buxton quips, “We can’t do it without you so please help us; otherwise we’ll have to take you on a fantasy trip to the moon complete with seventeen musical numbers all in praise of NASA.”

The troupe has gathered an enthusiastic band of followers and performs to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA. Members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE online at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

The EDGE Improv appears first Saturdays all year at BPA, and their next performance is August 2 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 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Fridays Art Walk August 1st: “Longstreet/Monochrome”

BPA Gallery First Fridays Art Walk: “Longstreet/Monochrome”
Humanist Realism in black and white images by Harry Longstreet
Friday, August 1 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to showcase photography by Harry Longstreet in the BPA Gallery this August. Harry reflects, “No one just takes up space. The human condition is an entire canvas of thoughts, emotions and reactions to circumstances.” Harry uses photography to try to capture the truth about diverse people and how they live and reflect on their respective spaces. His subjects never know they’ve been photographed. He doesn’t set-up or pose any shot and he never employs anything but available light. Visit Harry Longstreet online at www.harrylongstreet.com.

Join us in the BPA Gallery for the First Fridays Art Walk August 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for a special artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Gallery hours throughout the month are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and participates in the First Fridays Art Walk nearly all year. Contact Dominique Cantwell at 206.842.4560 with gallery inquiries.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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 Artist Reception July 5: “Lasting Impressions”

BPA Gallery in July: “Lasting Impressions”
Oils on Canvas by Nikki Vick
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 5 @ 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
@ Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Stop by the BPA Gallery in July for “Lasting Impressions,” a collection of oils by Nichole (Nikki) Vick. Taking cues for color and brushwork from the Impressionists, Nikki creates colorful landscapes, still lifes, and figures that leave an impression of a moment, a place, or a face – realistic paintings yet softened so viewers engage with details from their own memories.

Join us in the BPA Gallery for a special artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends preceding The EDGE Improv on Saturday, July 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours throughout the month are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and participates in the First Fridays Art Walk nearly all year. Contact Dominique Cantwell at 206.842.4560 with gallery inquiries.

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

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Bainbridge Performing Arts and Kids Discovery Museum seek part-time bookkeeper

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) and Kids Discovery Museum
Seek Part-Time Bookkeeper

Bainbridge Performing Arts and Kids Discovery Museum are jointly seeking a part-time bookkeeper. Qualified local candidates should be proficient in QuickBooks Online and how to do journal entries, credit card and debit card charges as well as possess an understanding of the basic principles of accounting, liabilities, assets and equity. “Fund” accounting for nonprofits is important and this position handles accounts payable, income entries, payroll and taxes.

Interested candidates should send a resume to Susie Burdick at susie@kidimu.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

Bainbridge Performing Arts is an equal opportunity employer. BPA does not discriminate in employment based on race, gender, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, national origin, Veteran status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local laws.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) 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