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BPA Theatre School is Now Enrolling Winter Classes

BPA Theatre School is Now Enrolling
Winter Classes run January – April at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School enrollment for winter classes is now open for pupils of all ages. Under the fun, clever, and insightful tutelage of Kate Drummond, students (ages 4 – 7) in Creative Drama will explore the elements of theatre and learn to use their faces, bodies, and voices to tell a story. Kate will also lead students from grades 1 – 3 as they learn two song-and-dance numbers and engage in goofy, imaginative skill-building theatre games in Introduction to Musical Theatre.

BPA Theatre School is thrilled to collaborate with Bainbridge Dance Center on the Bainbridge to Broadway series this winter. For grades 2 – 4, students in Bainbridge to Broadway – Musical Movie Stars will learn the ropes of what it takes to mount a musical and gain a historical on how the movie musical evolved through the decades. In this inaugural joint venture, BDC student choreographers will work directly with our BPA theatre students. As part of the new collaboration with Bainbridge Dance Center, students from grades 5 – 8 in Bainbridge to Broadway – Magnificent Movie Machine will bring some of their favorite stars to life on our stage: From Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; from Guys and Dolls to the Muppets, and from 42nd Street to Madison Avenue North! Students from both Bainbridge to Broadway classes will perform The Movie Musical Machine in the BPA Theatre School Winter Showcase on March 28 & 29.

In BPA’s Teen Lab: Intermediate Acting led byPete Benson and Ann Wilkinson Ellis, students (ages 12 and up) will explore a variety of acting methods and styles through a series of intensive exercises, improv games, culminating in a performance of two One-Act plays in a black box setting on April 19 & 20 with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. plus April 26 – 28, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. plus Sunday at 3:00 p.m., and a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview Thursday, April 18 & 7:00 p.m.

Read more and register today online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or contact Pete Benson by phone at 206.842.4560 x3 with questions.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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 Fall Play Fest is November 15 & 16

BPA Theatre School presents
Fall Play Fest
November 15 & 16: Thursday & Friday @ 7:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

See three shows for one ticket at BPA Theatre School’s annual extravaganza, a family-friendly event showcasing talented students in the Fall Play Fest, which runs in November each fall.

Our 2nd – 4th grade production of War of the Worlds finds a new center of the universe right here on Bainbridge Island. Will Old Lady Wilmuth’s lost chickens ever be found? Will Orson Wells break open the science behind the fidget spinner? Will mankind be saved by the luscious sounds of Space Disco? Tune in your radios and head to BPA for the Fall Play Fest to find out.

Blazing World is here to blaze trails and build confident, capable actors! In this work our 5th – 8th grade students have fashioned a wonderfully diverse world of characters and dispositions, with each actor wearing, quite literally, many hats. You won’t want to miss this zoological cornucopia!

Our 5th – 10th grade Musical Theatre students round out the performance in their first ever musical theatre intensive collaboration. The students were mentored by two “Rees(c)es” who are more than peanut butter cups: Acclaimed international singer and actress Stephanie Reese made her BPA teaching debut this fall, and Reece Sauvé is widely regarded for his work as a musical theatre director, pianist, vocalist, actor, and music teacher for all ages. As a dynamic duo, these “Rees(c)es” helped the students craft a work that is more than just pieces.

Don’t miss BPA Theatre School’s Fall Play Fest at BPA on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16 at 7:00 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. 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, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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

At BPA November 13: The 39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) hosts
The 39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7:30 p.m. at BPA

Join us to help launch the semi-finals in America’s biggest touring comedy festival – one night only at BPA! Past winner Tommy Savitt, aka the questionable guru Tommy Lama, will emcee. The 39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition starts November 1 and continues nightly at venues throughout the region until a winner is crowned on Sunday, November 25, at the Comedy Underground in Seattle.

It’s America’s biggest touring comedy festival: 25 Days – 20 Shows – a host of Venues – 32 comedians – over $15,000 in cash and prizes – and talent executives from CBS, NBC, and more, with movie studios, managers, agents and producers in attendance.

There are two “preliminary” rounds of 16 comedians; each comedian gets five minutes to impress. Each Preliminary round consists of five shows, and a combination of entertainment industry and celebrity judges and audience reaction determines who moves on when all the scores are tallied. The top five comics from the two Preliminary rounds make the semi-finals; all the semi-finalists win some cash, and get to compete for the title by performing for ten minutes nightly for five shows.

The performance is not suitable for children. Visit online at www.seattlecomedycompetition.org, and track the nightly results at www.facebook.com/seattlecomedycompetition.

The 39th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition takes place one night only at BPA on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $30 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, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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 season opens November 10 & 11 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
With new Music Director and Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres
presents EMERGENCE
Saturday, November 10 @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, November 11 @ 3:00 p.m. +
Pre-Concert Chat Sunday, November 11 @ 2:15 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s opening concerts will introduce our new Music Director and Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres and showcase a program that is set to comfort, welcome, and delight our beloved audience. The concert opens with the soothing and warmhearted Gayane’s Adagio by Aram Khachaturian, from his ballet “Gayane.” Nathan Chang then joins the stage to perform Elgar’s mesmerizing Cello Concerto in E minor, one of the most important pieces in the cello literature. The BSO will conclude the concert with Brahms’ most endearing symphony, Symphony No. 2 in D Major. After almost twenty years of perfecting and working on his first symphony, the second bloomed effortlessly from the master’s mind. On the surface, this work is light in character; digging deeper, we find that Brahms’ second symphony embraces an expansive and nuanced array of emotions.

Mario Alejandro Torres is a conductor, teacher, and performer native to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Torres made his Benaroya Hall conducting debut in collaboration with Maestros Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee in an exciting concert with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he has served in a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Morlot in collaboration with artists such as Hilary Hahn and John Luther Adams. As the Music Director of Poulsbo Community Orchestra, he has brought a new and exciting sound to the ensemble. Outside of the United States, he has conducted performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, and Victoriano Lopez School of Music Choir.

Cellist Nathan Chan discovered his talent for music at an early age through conducting. Before he was two, he could emulate the styles of conductors he saw on music videos such as Seiji Ozawa, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, using a chopstick as a baton. As a toddler, his imitations were so intuitively musical that he caught the attention of San Francisco Opera Assistant Conductor Sara Jobin. Under her eye, he made his debut as a conductor at age three, leading the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in a set of Mozart variations, despite not yet being able to read music. This was followed by a guest appearance with the Palo Alto Philharmonic a year later, conducting the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Initially drawn to the sounds of low strings, he began formal music lessons with cellist Irene Sharp at age five. He later studied with Sieun Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Listen to Nathan online at https://www.youtube.com/nathanchancello.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 – 2019 season debut is November 10 and 11, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, November 11 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, 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. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. 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 Media Sponsors Classical KING FM 98.1 and KCTS 9 – Public Television and Community Sponsors Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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

Elevate your spirits with The EDGE Improv November 3 at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, November 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
@ BPA

Elevate your spirits and brighten the dark days of November with a bouquet of sunshine from The EDGE Improv on November 3 at BPA. The troupe skillfully delivers imagination on demand, divined spontaneously from audience suggestions. You won’t want to miss the troupe’s first-Saturday performances, which Ken Ballenger likens to therapy (but cheaper!).

Performing to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA, the troupe’s shenanigans have earned a devoted community of followers seeking respite from life’s wearisome worries and unrelenting news cycle. The EDGE Improv ingeniously improvises facts of all persuasion, and the group’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from shrewd onlookers since the dawn of time.

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, John Ellis, Todd Erler, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

The EDGE Improv appears next at BPA on November 3 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are requested to arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. prior to each performance. 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, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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

New Beginnings: A debut concert by Bridges at BPA November 2

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
New Beginnings: A debut concert by Bridges, a String Orchestra
Benefit for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Friday, November 2 @ 7:30 p.m. @ BPA

Bridges, a newly-formed string orchestra, will perform its debut concert program, “New Beginnings,” on November 2 at Bainbridge Performing Arts beginning at 7:30 p.m. Violinist and founder Pat Strange leads the 13-member conductor-less ensemble made up of musicians from the Bainbridge Island community.

String orchestra music has been missing from Bainbridge Island’s classical music scene, and Bridges aims to fill the void. Pat Strange states: “We are excited by the string orchestra literature we are discovering and are eager to share our enthusiasm with our audiences. Bridges is about making new connections among composers, musicians, and audience members.”

“New Beginnings” will feature music by composers who differ in nationality, style, and time period, yet they are united in their love for the string orchestra sound. The composers include Janacek, Nielsen, Khachaturian, Part, Gardel, and Whitacre.

Join us for “New Beginnings” at BPA on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are requested to arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. prior to each performance. Admission is by donation, and proceeds will benefit the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. Information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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 November First Friday Art Walk: “Performers”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Performers”
Watercolors/Ink/Chalk by John Wiens
First Friday Art Walk Reception November 2 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout November at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery November 2 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends, with an exhibit of watercolors, ink, and chalk on watercolor paper, Yupo paper, and print paper.

As an enthusiastic Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra attendee, John Wiens has been fascinated by the movement of the conductor, the instruments, and the music. Through sketches and photos, he attempted to capture the drama of performance. He is also mesmerized by tango dancers, whose movements are dramatic and filled with emotion.

This exhibit includes fifteen art pieces, six featuring performers from the BSO, five showcasing tango dancers, and a four-panel piece portraying the lyrical nature of symphonic music. This exhibit continues throughout November at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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

BSO announces 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition
Application Deadline is October 26, 2018
Competition is Saturday, December 8, 2018
Offsite at Steinway Piano Gallery, 1218 3rd Ave #105, Seattle

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that the 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition will be held December 8, 2018 offsite at Steinway Piano Gallery, 1218 3rd Ave #105, Seattle. The competition is open to all instruments (instrumental and vocal) for young musicians ages 12-21. The winner of the 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition must be available to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on April 13 & 14, 2019. The competition application deadline is October 26, 2018, and interested parties are invited to download the application from www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Please note that this event is not open to the public and is for competitors only.

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.

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS
1) Works should be between 5 and 20 minutes in length. 2) Acceptable works include a movement from a multi-movement concerto or single movement solo works that meet the time requirements. Duos and trios are not permitted. Standard repertory works are encouraged, though rental works will be considered provided that applicants are willing to assume the costs of music rental if selected (this can average $400-$900 per concert set). 3) All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by Maestro Torres. This step is required to ensure feasibility by the BSO in regards to personnel, music procurement, and preparation.

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). 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. 4) The application fee is non-refundable after the application due date.

One winner will be chosen to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on April 13 & 14, 2019. This person will receive publicity from Bainbridge Performing Arts and the privilege of performing with the BSO and Music Director & Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres. 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.

QUESTIONS / REPERTORY APPROVAL
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Maestro Torres at mtorres@bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Media Sponsors Classical KING FM 98.1 and KCTS 9 – Public Television and Community Sponsors Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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 season opens October 12 with Return to the Forbidden Planet

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
October 12 – 28: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday,
October 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 12 @ 6:30 p.m. at BPA

Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci fi version of “The Tempest” set to rock ‘n’ roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, who wreaks havoc on the space craft. This Atomic-Age romp includes classics like Born to be Wild, Wipeout, Good Vibrations, Great Balls of Fire, and The Monster Mash.

Director Ryan Patrick O’Donnell’s first directing turn at BPA was as assistant director to Ken Michels for Peter and the Starcatcher. Musical Director Trina Williamson Jackson has acted, music directed, and directed at a variety of theatres here and in Seattle over the past 30 years. Choreographer Heather Dawson is familiar to BPA audiences for her choreography of BPA’s Big Fish, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, and BPA Theatre School’s Seussical.

Together, the artistic trio leads an enticing cast featuring mostly newcomers to BPA’s stage, plus a few returning favorites, with Bob Reed as CAPTAIN TEMPEST, Megan Twamley as MIRANDA, Nelsen Spickard as DOCTOR PROSPERO, Helene Minassian as ARIEL THE ROBOT, Michelle Hensel as SCIENCE OFFICER, Matt Howe as COOKIE, Meghan Newton as BOSUN ARRAS, Jennifer Pippin-Montanez as NAVIGATION OFFICER, Jennifer Carrillo as DEE TERGENT, Kevin Tanner as ANDY SCEPTIC, Alexis Rodriguez as CUTIE CULL, and Brian Danzig as NEWSREADER.

Thrilled to be directing BPA’s season opener, Ryan says, “We’ll journey to a galaxy far, far away on a classic rock adventure in space, the final frontier, to battle the monsters outside the pod bay doors and those lurking inside the mind of a man, whose lovestruck daughter and faithful robot have fake-speare close encounters with a crew of starship troopers as they blast off to infinity and beyond!”

Join BPA for Shakespeare’s forgotten rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece October 12 – 28, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. The run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 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.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

BPA extends special thanks to Media Sponsor, KCTS-9 Public Television. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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

The EDGE improvises facts of all persuasion October 6 at BPA

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

Perk up your fall harvest with a barrel of laughs and The EDGE Improv on October 6 at BPA. Performing to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA, the troupe’s shenanigans have earned a devoted community of followers seeking respite from life’s wearisome worries and unrelenting news cycle.

The troupe skillfully delivers imagination on demand, divined spontaneously from audience suggestions. You won’t want to miss the troupe’s first-Saturday performances, which Ken Ballenger likens to therapy (but cheaper!).

The EDGE Improv ingeniously improvises facts of all persuasion, and the group’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from shrewd onlookers since the dawn of time.

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, John Ellis, Todd Erler, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

The EDGE Improv appears next at BPA on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are requested to arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. prior to each performance. 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, the City of Bainbridge Island, 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 a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. 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 BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) 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