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BPA Gallery presents photography by Don Roake in December

BPA Gallery presents “Atmospheric”
Photography by Don Roake
Exhibit runs through December 2014 at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Stop by the BPA Gallery in December for a photography exhibit by Bainbridge Islander Don Roake. His work focuses on the color, light, and magic of the landscapes here in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The works in this exhibit are fine art giclee prints and infused metal prints. More of his work can be seen at the Millstream in downtown Winslow or at www.dcroakephoto.com.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Contact Dominique Cantwell at 206.842.4560x1 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), 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

Find your grail with Monty Python's Spamalot December 5 - 26 at BPA

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management presents
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
December 5 - 21: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Exception: Matinee on Saturday, December 6 @ 3:00 p.m.
Addition: Industry Night on Monday, December 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled to stage MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Maangement and opening December 5. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table- featuring cows, killer rabbits, and a Diva to end all divas.

Director Ken Michels (Avenue Q, The Full Monty, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, The Musical, and The Santaland Diaries is so pleased to return to BPA for this production, saying, “When Heather Dawson agreed to choreograph Spamalot, the word spectacular came into play. Come be silly and enjoy a spectacular evening of fun..” BPA’s Resident Musical Director Josh Anderson (Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Shrek, The Musical, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) is equally enthusiastic, and says, “SPAMALOT has a rollicking score and a fabulous band that perfectly compliments the humor of Monty Python. Paired with Heather Dawson's high-energy choreography, Spamalot is sure to have you tapping your toes and humming along!”

Featuring newcomers and veterans of BPA’s stage, the stellar cast includes Gregory Conn as KING ARTHUR, Ryan Patrick O’Donnell as PATSY, Jalyn Green as SIR ROBIN, Matthew Cordell as SIR LANCELOT, Justin Wayne Lynn as DENNIS GALAHAD, Emily Kight as LADY OF THE LAKE, Olivia Lee, Brittany Hobson, Kayla Teel, Diane Peterson, Rowan Lanning, Hayden Longmire as LAKER GIRLS, VILLAGERS, CAMELOT DANCERS & ENSEMBLE, Robert Craighead as SIR BEDEVERE & CONCORDE, Ryan Bohannon as HISTORIAN & BROTHER MAYNARD, Alex Fuller as PRINCE HERBERT & NOT-DEAD FRED, Gary Fetterplace as MAYOR & GALAHAD’S MOTHER, Jack Hilovsky as KNIGHT WHO SAY NI, Kayla Teel as SIR BORS, Luke Walker as FRENCH TAUNTER, BLACK KNIGHT & TIM THE ENCHANTER, Walker Ranson as SIR NOT APPEARING, Kayla Teel, Hayden Longmire, Gary Fetterplace as ROBIN’S MINSTRELS, and Alex Fuller, Gary Fetterplace, Jack Hilovsky, Luke Walker, Walker Ranson, Ryan Bohannon as KNIGHTS & ENSEMBLE.

With book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Winner of three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” The original Broadway production was produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz,Elan V McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Producers Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, and Clear Channel Entertainment.

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT appears at BPA December 5 - 21, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. plus Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The run includes one exception and one addition: the Saturday, December 6 performance is a 3:00 p.m. matinee, and there is a special Industry Night performance Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. A Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, December 4 at7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, December 5 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.

Our generous Title Sponsor for MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. 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

BSO Concerto Competition Application Deadline is December 15

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra 2015 Young Artist Concerto Competition
Application Deadline is December 15, 2014
Competition is Sunday, January 11, @ noon at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that the 2015 Young Artist Concerto Competition will be held January 11, 2015, beginning at noon at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Application deadline is December 15, 2014. The competition is open to all instruments (instrumental and vocal) for young musicians ages 12-21. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to perform with Maestro Schulz and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on April 18 & 19, 2015!

ELIGIBILITY

  1. All instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, harp and voice, are welcome to audition.
  2. Applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 21 years old as of the competition date.
  3. Applicants need not be residents of Bainbridge Island.

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Acceptable works for competition include single movements of concertos or single movement solo works. Exceptions can be made, but must be approved by Maestro Schulz in advance. Voice applicants are welcome to audition with arias or solo works that fit the time requirements.
  2. Works should be between 5-20 minutes in length.
  3. All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by Maestro Schulz. This step is required to ensure feasibility by the BSO in regards to personnel, music procurement and preparation. Rental works are eligible this season (pending the approval of Maestro Schulz), provided that applicants are willing to pay for the costs of music rental.
COMPETITION RULES
  1. Music must be memorized.
  2. Accompaniment is required.
  3. There is an audition time limit of 10 minutes. Cuts are permissible and will have no negative impact on the judge’s evaluation. Mark any cuts clearly in the scores (i.e. orchestra tutti’s).
  4. Applicants must present two copies of the score for use by the judges (photocopies are permissible). These will be returned. Please number your measures and mark cuts.

One winner will be chosen to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony on April 18 & 19, 2015. This person will receive publicity from Bainbridge Performing Arts, the opportunity to work with Maestro Schulz, and the privilege of performing with the BSO. The judges may designate a runner-up and/or honorable mention at their discretion. In the event a suitable winner cannot be determined, the judges reserve the right to declare no winner. All competitors will receive written comments from the judges.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Maestro Schulz at wschulz@bainbridgeperformingarts.org with QUESTIONS and for REPERTORY APPROVAL.

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 "Snow Falling on Cedars" are December 9 & 10

Don’t Miss BPA’s Auditions for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
December 9 & 10: Tuesday and Wednesday @ 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled to present auditions on December 9 and 10 for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, the lyrical saga adapted from David Guterson’s acclaimed story of mystery, love, and identity.

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS runs March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, and 29, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on March 12. Rehearsals extend January 20 – March 5, 2015. BPA is seeking one lead woman and two lead men, plus an ensemble of three – five women and six - eight men, ages 18 and up to play multiple characters. All roles are open to audition. Those auditioning should prepare a one-two minute monologue. A detailed character breakdown is available on our website.

This haunting production is directed by Kate Carruthers (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, and more). Against the backdrop of an America torn by World War Two, cultures and communities clash when a Japanese American islander is accused of murder. The story deftly shifts from courtroom to strawberry fields to bloody battlefront, digging for hard truths buried in a forgotten history.

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is produced by special arrangement with Book-It Repertory Theatre. Our Corporate Sponsor is The Maggi Rogers Fund, and the production is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

BPA auditions for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS are Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9 & 10 at 6:30 - 9:30 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

The EDGE Improv kicks off the holidays December 6 (note the correction!)

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

Celebrating their 20th anniversary this season, The EDGE Improv kicks off the holidays December 4! On the first Saturday of each month, the troupe 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.

The EDGE enjoys a loyal following, and that established bond 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, December 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.

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

BIYO presents Free Community Fall Concert at BPA November 16

Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra (BIYO)
Free Community Fall Concert
Sunday, November 16 @ 4:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra’s free community Fall Concert at Bainbridge Performing Arts features two string orchestras: the Senior Orchestra, and the Sinfonietta. Performers, ranging in ages from 7 to 18, are led by BSO/BIYO Music Director Wesley Schulz. This is the first of three Community Concerts Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra plays annually on Bainbridge Island. BIYO will also perform in a side-by-side concert April 18 & 19 with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO), a holiday concert at Pacific Place in Seattle December 13, and a school outreach tour March 6 at local public and private schools.

BIYO serves a vital role in the community given that stringed instruments are not part of the Bainbridge Island public school curriculum. A non-profit 501 (c)3 local organization, the organization presents young musicians with the opportunity to learn ensemble skills that are essential to becoming advanced musicians. Through study of orchestral music, students learn both the importance of striving for excellence and the responsibilities of working in community with others. BIYO actively promotes musicianship, cooperation, camaraderie, and an understanding of the effects of music to bring joy and beauty in our world.

Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert is Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Doors open for seating at 3:45 p.m.

BPA and BIYO are 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 Fall Showcase is November 12 & 14

Aberown Studio presents
BPA Theatre School Fall Showcase
November 12 & 14: Wednesday & Friday @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in November for BPA Theatre School’s 2014 Fall Showcase, a family-friendly event showcasing talented students in 3rd – 7th grade. Happy to oversee showcase development from inception to the stage, BPA Director of Education Zandi Carlson is both proud of the students’ accomplishments and grateful to be a part of their journey, saying, “From the deep sea to the deep south, we’ve discovered magic, mystery, and what it means to be a friend.”

Performances open with the world premiere of A Tale of Two Seas by Victoria Whitlow Tuttle. A group of young fish venture into the unknown on a dare only to find an entirely new “seadom” that has been hidden from them all these years. Much like their own home, it is masked in sadness, and the youthful adventurers must find a way to unite the two worlds and bring happiness back to the sea. Director Julia Beers is joined by Assistant Director by D’Arcy Clements to lead a super-charged cast of 3rd – 5th graders in this enchanting tale.

Next up is Puttin’ on the Ritz sung by Rufus Wainwright, choreographed by Zandi Carlson, and featuring performers from BPA Theatre School’s Theatre Dance program.

Concluding the show is Marvelous by Holly Arsenault, based on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Marvelous follows Gertie, a young girl both loving and heroic, who runs away from a circus in the Deep South to search for her best friend Kai. With her faithful companion Sal the educated pig, and help from Goleta the Snake Charmer and the wild Robber Child, she sets out on a quest to rescue Kai from the clutches of the mysterious Snow Queen. Director Zandi Carlson is supported by Assistant Director Dylan Lehotsky, and together they venture south, leading a talented cast of 5th – 7th graders. Playwright Holly Arsenault won the 2013 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play for Marvelous.

The 2014 Fall Showcase appears at BPA November 12 and 14, with shows Wednesday and Friday 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

35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition at BPA November 15

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) hosts the
35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition
ONE NIGHT ONLY Saturday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Join us for America’s biggest touring comedy festival – one night only at BPA! The Seattle International Comedy Competition is the REAL “Last Comic Standing.” Featuring 33 comedians from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and Africa, and offering over $15,000 in cash prizes, the festival is hosted by talent executives from television networks, movie studios, managers, agents and producers. The 35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition starts November 5, 2014 at The Columbia City Theatre in Seattle and continues nightly at venues throughout the region until a winner is crowned on Sunday, November 30 at The Comedy Underground in Seattle. Learn more at www.seattlecomedycompetition.com.

The 35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition appears at BPA on night only on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 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. The performance is not suitable for children.

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

BSO opens with intoxicating program from Russia November 8 & 9

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto
Saturday, November 8 @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, November 9 @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Indulge yourself with this intoxicating program from Russia and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s seeason opener on November 8 and 9. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23 in B-flat minor sits at the top of the concerto repertory, and guest pianist Angelo Rondello will dazzle audiences with his energy and technical flair. Vasily Kalinnikov’s life was cut short by illness but not before he wrote his magnificent Symphony No. 1 in G minor. If you are a fan of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies then you will love this hidden jewel from the Russian repertory. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture will open the program with rousing brass fanfares and spectacular color.

Pianist Angelo Rondello has been described as “fascinating, enthralling, magnetic…” (The Philippine Star) and “a true tour-de-force such as not often encountered." (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Rondello gave his New York debut in the Trinity/St. Paul Concert Series, and has performed throughout the US and in Southeast Asia as a pianist and teacher. A native of Bellingham, WA, Rondello began studying music at age five, and by his early teens, he was concertizing regularly. 

Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra, Maestro Wesley Schulz has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. This fall, he also assumes the new post of Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony with Music Director Ludovic Morlot. Passionate about the November program, and eager to launch the BSO’s 2014 – 2015 Season, Wesley says, “We wanted to kick-off the symphony season in spectacular fashion, so I chose some of the greatest music to emerge from Russia over the last century.”

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s opening concerts of the season are November 8 and 9, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., with a pre-concert chat on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Under BPA’s Youth in Music Initiative generously sponsored by Wicklund Dental, each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. 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), 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

The EDGE Improv & 20th Anniversary Season Bash November 1 at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv and their 20th Anniversary Season Bash
Performance: Saturday, November 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Catch The EDGE Fever! Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Catch The EDGE fever! The EDGE Improv is celebrating their 20th Anniversary Season in style November 1 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. In addition to their “anything-but-routine” First-Saturday show, this performance will include a short video with a look back at The EDGE Improv’s FIRST twenty years.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and troupe member John Ellis encourages patrons to come early to share their memories of The EDGE, saying “please remind us of that one scene you just loved with us on camera, so these memories can be captured!” Some of these interviews will become part of “The EDGE at The Movies,” the opening-night film at Celluloid Bainbridge on November 14 at the Lynnwood Theatre.

Other anniversary fun will include (but is not limited to) prizes for 1) Earliest EDGE attendee, and 2) Greatest EDGE attendance (that’s numbers of shows attended, not “favorite” audience member). ALL audience members are the troupe’s favorites!

The Edge Improv has performed to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA for two decades, and this season marks their 20th anniversary. On the first Saturday of each month, the troupe 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. Troupe member Ken Ballenger says, “The Edge is like therapy, but cheaper.”

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.

Join them November 1 for their never-the-same performance and help celebrate two decades of fun with a special anniversary bash. The performance is Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 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.

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