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BPA AUDITIONS for the Seattle-Area Premiere of
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL
Saturday, May 13 @ 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. & Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA is thrilled to announce auditions for the opening show of our 2017 – 2018 Season, the Seattle-area premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL. Auditions will be held at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 16 at 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL recounts the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends – Tick, Bernadette, and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio, who take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up reaching their wildest dreams.

Run dates are October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview October 12. Rehearsals are August 12 through October 12 – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays @ 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL includes roles for 20-30 actors, singers, dancers, and drag queens, ages 18 and up, plus one 8-11-year-old boy. Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a disco or 80’s pop song that shows range and individual character. An accompanist will be provided but you must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder.  Please – no outside accompanists or acapella singing. All roles are open to audition, and interested parties may view a complete listing of characters online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2017 – 2018 Season! BPA AUDITIONS for PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL are Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 16 at 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

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

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

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA presents the rollicking fantasy BIG FISH May 12 - 28

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents BIG FISH
May 12 - 28: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, May 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, May 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

BIG FISH is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Director Ken Michels’ impressive list of credits includes past BPA hits Mary Poppins, The Full Monty, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, Avenue Q, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Michels is joined by Musical Director Aimee Hong, who describes herself as one part Teaching Artist, one part Voice Teacher, and one part Music Director. An Adjunct Music Faculty member at Bellevue College, Aimee also teaches for The Seattle Symphony, Studio East, and Village Theatre. Choreographer Heather Dawson’s work has been seen in BPA Theatre School’s Seussical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Mary Poppins, and she was also seen dancing in The Drowsy Chaperone.

The dynamic directing trio leads an exciting cast featuring BPA newcomer Jason Gingold as Edward Bloom, plus Ryan Patrick O’Donnell (Will Bloom), Kylee Gano (Sandra Bloom), Tori Konig (Josephine Bloom), Julian Mudge-Burns (Young Will), Jayln Green (Amos Calloway), Elizabeth Dangelo (Jenny Hill), Colleen Gillon (The Witch), Max Lopuszynski (Karl), Lance Valdez (Don Price / Dance Ensemble), Teagan Howlett (Mermaid / Dance Ensemble), Robert Craighead (Doctor Bennett / Dance Ensemble), Rico Lastrapes (Zacky Price / Dance Ensemble), and Michael Loudon (Ashton Mayor / Ensemble), and additional ensemble members including Sophie Eldridge, Cordelia Janow, Matt Howe, Kevin Tanner, Lucien Caro, Ben Eldridge, Pete Simpson, Forrest Blair, Kate Pippinger, Becky Eastguard, Sarah Taylor, Hailey McCulloch, and Ruth Urbach.

BIG FISH appears at BPA May 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, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $21 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. BIG FISH is produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and is suitable for ages 12 and older.

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 to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Celebrate Mother's Day with The EDGE Improv May 6

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Perfect for Moms and those who have Moms! (That means YOU!) Don’t miss The EDGE Improv on May 6 as the troupe delivers an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life.

According to troupe member Ken Ballenger “The EDGE is like therapy, but cheaper.” Terence Wheer, author, actor and all-around good fellow, quips, “If you’re up for some surprises then The EDGE is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or bottled spring water.”

The troupe performs at BPA on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers. Performers 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 at BPA Saturday, May 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. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk May 5: “The Big Fish”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “The Big Fish
Paintings by Neil Johannsen
First Friday Art Walk: May 5 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout May at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery May 5 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. When Neil Johannsen began to translate the novel The Big Fish into colorful, whimsical pieces of art, he realized that the story is about the journey of life – one that could have been borrowed from the epic poem The Odyssey, or maybe from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Challenging himself to interpret the story’s tall tales into painted pictures of the truth, Johannsen relied on the larger-than-life lessons of fish (and fishing): “Just how big WAS that fish?” “How does an artist out-fox a fish with paint and brushes?” “How can a painter stretch the truth on canvas?” In the end, Johannsen discovered that all an artist need do is seek meaning in the natural beauty around us to translate the treasure of life on this wonderful blue planet.

Johannsen paints nature for the joy of painting and also to connect with the viewer – to communicate something universal about the natural world upon which we all depend. Raised on a working ranch in Northern California, he holds three degrees in the natural sciences, is a retired director of Alaska State Parks, is a former chief of operations for California State Parks, and has been a serious student of art his entire life. Johannsen’s art is in more than fifty private and public collections around the world, including in the National Steinbeck Center in California, and at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work may be viewed online at www.neiljohannsenart.com. Half of all profits from sales will be donated to 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 – 5:00 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 and One Call for All.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Announces adventure-filled 2017 - 2018 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) Announces
2017 – 2018 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce its 2017 – 2018 Theatre Season. From a journey to the heart of fabulous to the neverland you never knew, BPA’s adventure-filled 2017 – 2018 lineup is sure to draw interest from people of all ages and all walks of life.

In the words of Kim Hastings with AXS, “Bainbridge Performing Arts could be a primer to the other theaters in the south and mid-Sound on how to do things the right way.” Vibrant performances, hit shows, and breathtaking artistry have emerged as the BPA trademark, and – in recent years – BPA has drawn increasing awards and accolades from BroadwayWorld Seattle, Kitsap Sun, South Sound Critics Association, and more.

Don’t miss a minute of BPA’s 2017 – 2018 Season:

October 13 – 29, 2017 – Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL recounts the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends – Tick, Bernadette, and Adam – a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up reaching their wildest dreams.

December 1 – 17, 2017 – Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is one family-friendly adventure that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

March 9 – 25, 2018 – The Tony Award-winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this wildly theatrical adaptation playfully explores the depths of greed and despair...and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

May 4 – 20, 2018 – Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the ‘20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, THE MUSICAL brings musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features hits from the 1920s, including Let’s Misbehave, ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do, and There’s a New Day Comin’!

Summer 2018 – One of the Bard’s most popular romantic tragedies, ROMEO & JULIET centers on a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families that disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly — and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair. Join us for The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 6th Annual Summertime Shakespeare offering.

BPA’s Theatre Season is rounded out by Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, The EDGE Improv, BPA Theatre School classes and performances, and a whole lot more.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Wesley Schulz present a four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations on November 11 & 12, 2017, February 17 & 18, 2018, April 14 & 15, 2018, and June 1 & 3, 2018.

The EDGE Improv delivers their riotous antics on First Saturdays all year long: September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2, 2017 plus January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, and August 4, 2018.

“What a great show!” – “I should do that more often!” – “That was magical!” If thoughts like these follow you out of the theater, then it’s time for you to become a BPA subscriber! Subscribers get the best seats in the house (held for renewal every year), ticket and Theatre School class discounts, invitation to special subscriber events, complimentary concession items, and free ticket exchange. And – new this season – BPA’s FLEXPASS allows patrons to choose a subscription package now but select show dates later. Subscribe today at 206.842.8569 or 206.842.4560 x 2.

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 to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for The Merry Wives of Windsor - April 17!

BPA AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Monday, April 17 @ 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA is pleased to offer a second opportunity to audition for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on April 17 at BPA. Embraced by audiences as one of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, this most merry and English of comedies centers on the lovable rogue Sir John Falstaff. Hard up for money and seeking to restore his riches, he sends identical love letters to two wealthy wives. But the wooed Windsor women see through his schemes and set him up for some hilariously sweet revenge. BPA transforms the Bloedel meadow into the Windsor forest in this farce that’s not to be missed.

Run dates are July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview July 6. Rehearsals are May 6 through July 5: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR includes roles for five or more women ages 20 and up, 11 men ages 20 and up, and three youth ages 12 and up. Those auditioning are requested to prepare a 1 to 1 1/2 minute comedic classical monologue (pre-1900s) for their audition. Please note: some characters in the play do sing, so those auditioning may be asked to sing a snippet of their favorite song a Capella. All roles are open to audition. All roles are open to audition, and interested parties may view a complete listing of characters online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2016 – 2017 60th Anniversary Season! BPA AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR are Monday, April 17 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

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

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BSO & Bainbridge Chorale present Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana April 22 & 23

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra & Bainbridge Chorale
with Wesley Schulz & Michael Austin Miller, Conductors
present Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana
April 22 & 23: Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge High School Gym

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Bainbridge Chorale join forces for another extraordinary partnership on April 22 and 23. Together they will perform iconic sacred works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms before turning their attention to Carl Orff’s famed Carmina Burana. Led by conductors Wesley Schulz and Michael Austin Miller, this thrilling collaboration features the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Bainbridge Chorale, Olympic Girls Choir, Jessica Robins Milanese (soprano), and Paul Karaitis (tenor/baritone). The BSO and the Chorale last collaborated in the spring of 2014 for a production of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Verdi’s Requiem.

In 1803 a manuscript was discovered in a Benedictine monastery in Germany. Carmina Burana contains beautiful poetry and songs written by wandering students and minstrels in the 12th and 13th centuries. Hardly sacred in nature, the poems satirize, celebrate, complain about, and revel in all aspects of life. First performed in 1937, this anthology of poems and songs for large orchestra, chorus, children’s choir, and soloists has become a favorite of audiences all over the world.

Maestro Wesley Schulz made his Seattle Symphony Orchestra debut in a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov in February 2015. As the 2014-2015 Conducting Fellow Schulz served as cover conductor for Maestro Ludovic Morlot, led seven world premieres at the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, and assisted with recordings for the symphony’s Grammy-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media. A leader of educational and family concerts, Schulz makes frequent appearances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra conducting their Halloween Family Concert as well as their Young People’s Concerts; the latter reaching over 30,000 Texas students. In addition to serving as Music Director and Conductor of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Schulz is Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound and Music Director of Seattle Festival Orchestra. Upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Port Angeles Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Juneau Symphony, and the Venice Symphony Orchestra.

The 2016 – 2017 season marks the seventh year of Michael Austin Miller’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Bainbridge Chorale. Under his direction, the Chorale continues to attract new singers and audience members while experiencing growth in vocal skills and exploring both contemporary and classic choral repertoire. As evidence of its increasing stature in the choral community, the Chorale has been privileged to perform at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on three occasions and has had opportunities to perform at Benaroya Hall as well. Videos of their performance at St. Mark’s can be found on YouTube.

Jessica Robins Milanese, soprano is critically acclaimed for the depth and sparkle she brings to her performances on the concert and opera stage. Most recently Ms. Milanese performed the roles of Miss Wordsworth, Albert Herring, and Soeur Constance, Dialogues des Carmelites, with Vashon Opera. Ms. Milanese has performed with many of the region’s leading arts organizations such as Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony and Orchestra Seattle.

Paul Karaitis is a versatile singer with international solo credits in oratorio, opera, concert stage, and recording studio ranging from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eugene Ballet, the Victoria (B.C.) Symphony, the Northwest Boys Choir, Seattle Opera Association, Portland Opera, Ballet Idaho, to the Pittsburgh (PA) Ballet. He is one of a select few who has sung all male solos (tenor and baritone) in Carmina Burana.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s spring collaboration with Bainbridge Chorale will be presented off-site at Bainbridge High School Gym on April 22 and 23, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets, $26 for adults, $22 for seniors (age 62+), and $18 for students, military, and teachers, may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2804376. Children (13 and under) receive free admission.

Bainbridge Chorale extends special thanks to sponsors Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and Town & Country Market. Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and the BSO’s “Youth in Music” Initiative Sponsor Wicklund Dental. BPA and Bainbridge Chorale are supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

One Night Only April 15: Vocal Jazz Ensemble BlueStreet Voices

Vocal Jazz Ensemble BlueStreet Voices
April 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BlueStreet Voices, a vocal jazz ensemble based out of Seattle, performs tunes with a professional trio at their back. They put forth everything from foot-tappin’ jazz standards to classically-arranged contemporary pop hits, including Latin, blues, gospel, rich ballads, and songs by contemporary jazz artists such as Michael Bublé, The Beatles, Kurt Elling, Coldplay, Groove for Thought, Maroon Five, Manhattan Transfer, James Taylor, Jane Monheit, Paul Simon, and more.

BlueStreet journeys across the water April 15 for their first performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts. A mere 10-minute walk from the ferry dock, Bainbridge residents and Seattle visitors alike are welcome to partake in a night of music and treats. Come enjoy old and new jazz favorites, BlueStreet’s famous chocolate buffet, wine wall, and the chance to win a free 7-day Holland-America Cruise for you and a friend.

Listener Quinn W. championed BlueStreet, saying, “I saw this group at the Triple Door last year and was blown away by their sound. They perform a variety of music including Jazz standards but I was surprised to hear them sing Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ and Maroon 5’s ‘Sunday Morning.’ It was really cool!”

Tickets, $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, are available at Brown Paper Tickets, www.bsvonbainbridge.brownpapertickets.com. Visit BlueStreet Voices online at www.bluestreetvoices.com. Additional 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 and One Call for All.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk April 7: “The Many Faces of Gaia”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “The Many Faces of Gaia
Paintings by Deborah Jane Milton, PhD
First Friday Art Walk: April 7 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout April at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery April 7 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. The April exhibit features the spirit-guided paintings of Bainbridge artist Deborah Jane Milton, PhD who teaches ART as a way of knowing, as a way of transforming, as a way of embracing the issues of our time on this planet. She currently teaches Painting Poetic Prayers for the World to anyone interested in creative expression. Guided by spirit, she describes the intuitive prayer painting process as “good medicine for whatever ails us, our culture, our world.” With Prayer Painting, she paints with intention, transforming “grief to grace, the scared to the sacred, anger to compassion, loneliness and estrangement to belonging and community.”

Certain to be a centerpiece at Milton’s month-long exhibit in the BPA Gallery, Deborah’s painting “S/He Who Hears the Whales Cry” has been in two juried shows in the past year: Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton and the Best of the Northwest Show in Port Townsend. The same painting graces the cover of the 2017 Mago Work Calendar and serves as February’s image. In addition it is featured in Deborah’s handcrafted artist’s chapbook called: Ode to Gaia, accompanied by this text: We can choose love as our true compass. With love as our bedrock, everything changes. The chapbooks can be purchased at the First Friday Art Walk or directly from Deborah. Learn more about her work online at www.deborahmiltonartist.com or www.awakeningstorylines.com.

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 – 5:00 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 and One Call for All.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Camaraderie, community, and laughs with The EDGE Improv on April 1

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Celebrate Earth Day and share a joyful evening of camaraderie, community, and laughs with The EDGE Improv on April 1. They’ll deliver an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life.

According to troupe member Ken Ballenger “The EDGE is like therapy, but cheaper.” Terence Wheer, author, actor and all-around good fellow, quips, “If you're up for some surprises then The EDGE is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or bottled spring water.”

The troupe performs at BPA on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers. Performers 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 at BPA Saturday, April 1 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. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine