The Bard at Bloedel - "Much Ado About Nothing" - July 7 - 24

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents The Bard at Bloedel
4th Annual Summertime Shakespeare Performance
July 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, and 24, 2016 + PWYC Preview July 7
All Performances at 7:00 p.m. at The Bloedel Reserve

Join us in July for The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 4th Annual Summertime Shakespeare performance – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – at The Bloedel Reserve. The meadow at this award-winning public garden offers an unforgettable setting for William Shakespeare’s spicy tale of scheming lovers and fiery antics.

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a lover’s trap for the avowed bachelor Benedick and his favorite sparring partner Beatrice. Meanwhile, the evil Don John schemes to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, this wildly hilarious comedic romp turns out to be “much ado about nothing.”

Kate Carruthers, who directed BPA’s mighty production of Amadeus this past spring leads a stellar cast of BPA newcomers and island favorites, including Kylie Soder (BEATRICE), Pete Benson (BENEDICK), Sarah Meadow Walsh (HERO), Max Levit (CLAUDIO, WATCH), Max Martina (DON PEDRO), Bob Downing (DON JOHN), Chris Martinez (LEONATO), Gary Fetterplace (DOGBERRY, MESSENGER), Geoff Finney (BORACHIO), Christine Lange (MARGARET), Victoria Brown (ANTONIA), Jennifer Hodges (BALTHAZAR, SEXTON), Jeff Brown (CONRAD), Jean Sleight (URSULA), Paula Elliot (WATCH, ENSEMBLE), and George Shannon (FRIAR, WATCH, ENSEMBLE).

BPA has been Kate’s haven and creative playground since she came to the Island in 1982. Additional BPA directing credits include Snow Falling on CedarsThe Kentucky CycleDistractedPrivate EyesArcadiaThe Grapes of WrathPicasso at the Lapin AgileMore Fun Than BowlingAnton in Show BusinessArt, and The Philadelphia Story. She is also a founding member, and frequent director for Island Theatre.

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve whose mission is to “enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.” The BPA Shakespeare Society’s summertime performance aligns seamlessly with the founder’s vision “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.”

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING appears at The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, with shows on July 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, and 24, plus a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview on July 7. All performances are at 7:00 p.m. Audience members should be prepared for a breathtakingly-beautiful 5-minute walk between the parking area and meadow. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Patrons may enter the grounds earlier by paying a reduced same-day-only rate of $5.00 valid after 4:30 p.m. Patrons must be on the Will Call list or present their ticket(s) to Bloedel Reserve to take advantage of this offer.

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

BPA’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 productions were met with rave reviews and sold out quickly; patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.Tickets, $25 for adults, and $20 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. Contact Production Manager Siobhan Maguire at 206.842.8569 for additional information.

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

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.

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