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38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Semi-Finals at BPA Nov. 18

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) hosts
The 38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition Semi-Finals
ONE NIGHT ONLY: Saturday, November 18 @ 7:30 p.m. @ BPA

Be among the first to learn who this year’s finalists will be in America’s biggest touring comedy festival – one night only at BPA. The 38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition starts November 2 and continues nightly at venues throughout the region until a winner is crowned on Sunday, November 26, at the Comedy Underground in Seattle.

It’s America’s biggest touring comedy festival: 25 days – 20 shows – a host of regional 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 5 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.

At the last semi-final show at Bainbridge Performing Arts, the finalists will be announced. Five comedians will get to go big, and five will get to go home. After two days to recover and plan, the final round begins on Tuesday November 21. After final-round visits to the Washington Athletic Club and theaters in Vashon, Kirkland and Bremerton, a new champion will be announced after the last show at the Comedy Underground. Track the nightly results at www.facebook.com/seattlecomedycompetition, and learn more online at www.seattlecomedycompetition.org.

Join us for the semi-finals! The 38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition appears at BPA one night only on Saturday, November 18 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. The performance is not suitable for children.

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

BPA Theatre School Fall Play Festival is November 9 & 10

BPA Theatre School Fall Play Festival 2017
Thursday & Friday, November 9 & 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

See two shows for one ticket at BPA Theatre School’s annual Fall Play Festival, a family-friendly affair featuring Tales from Asgard and Thor in Valhalla, plus a special musical treat from the Theatre School “Jukebox Divas.” BPA Theatre School Director of Education Liz Ellis says the Fall Play Festival is “great family fun for ‘kids’ of all ages, whether they’re affiliated with the Theatre School or not!”

BPA Theatre School students, Grades 2 – 4 dive deep into Norse Mythology with Tales from Asgard. In this enchanting adventure, we’ll meet all the tricksters, warriors, gods, dragons, and more that would form a cornerstone for so much of popular culture to come.

Thor in Valhalla features BPA Theatre School’s 5th – 8th graders. Fighting all day long may sound like a good time for Viking warriors, but when there’s a break in the action we learn what these heroes are really thinking. Valkyries, Frost Giants, Shapeshifters, and more will guide Thor as he explores this ancient world and tangles with Loki, the king of malicious mischief.

BPA Theatre School’s fall Intermediate Musical Theatre class showcases the “Jukebox Divas” – 5th – 10th grade students who’ve taken their musical theatre skills to the next level. From Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer to Madonna and Tina Turner, we’ll be treated to the lively, dynamic music of the ‘70s and ‘80s in grand style.

BPA Theatre School’s Fall Play Festival appears Thursday and Friday, November 9 and 10 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.

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

Virtuosic trio 9 Horses appears one night only at BPA November 5

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
9 Horses
Sunday, November 5 @ 7:00 p.m. @ BPA

Blurring the lines between jazz, classical, and folk music, this spectacularly virtuosic trio returns to Bainbridge to light their special brand of musical fireworks. 9 Horses is in concert one night only at BPA. Don’t miss the Bainbridge stop on their national tour!

Made up of veterans of the bands of Regina Spektor, Esperanza Spalding, and Kaia Kater, 9 Horses is a dazzling trio of genre-hopping instrumentalists. Featuring Joe Brent on mandolin, Sara Caswell on violin, and Andrew Ryan on bass, 9 Horses is the recent winner of the 21CM LAUNCH Emerging Artists Competition, and the group is kicking off their west coast tour with a return to Bainbridge Island, where they have deep roots among the community.

Hear samples online at www.josephbrent.com/9horses or facebook.com/9horses. Watch their recent release at https://youtu.be/DdmlY7F8Q48.

9 Horses appears at BPA one night only on Sunday, November 5 at 7:00 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.

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

Hilarious fall harvest of laughs with The EDGE Improv November 4

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv

Saturday, November 4 @ 7:30 p.m. @ BPA

The days may be getting shorter, but your laughs are about to get longer with The EDGE Improv and their hilarious fall harvest of imagination on demand. You won’t want to miss The EDGE Improv’s November performance at BPA, where the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from shrewd onlookers since the beginning of time.

For more than two laughter-filled decades, The EDGE Improv has delivered ingeniously improvised first-Saturday evenings of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. The troupe performs to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA where the troupe’s gambols and shenanigans have earned a devoted community of followers seeking respite from life’s wearisome routines and worries.

Troupe member Cynthia Lair says, “Only onstage with The EDGE is there an amusement park where you pay to sit in a hole, an elevator full of people taking a shower, and an exotic-dancing car repair shop. All totally believable.”

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Todd Erler, 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 November 4, with shows First Saturdays all year 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 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

BPA Gallery November First Friday Art Walk: “Foreign Friends”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Foreign Friends”
Acrylic on Canvas by Mark Fredrichs
First Friday Art Walk Reception November 3 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout November at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery November 3 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Mark Fredrichs’ November exhibit in the BPA Gallery offers a fun romp through the unusual among us, and he hopes his collection will bring smiles to all who visit the show. While living in Mexico for a number of years, Mark picked up a brush to record the vast array of diverse people, places, and a few animals that crossed through his world. His years of study in Europe, Asia, America, and Mexico are vibrantly reflected is this very colorful display. For this collection, Mark drew from his professional history as a psychotherapist, using his trained eye to seek out the character inside and unveil qualities that are rarely revealed on the surface.

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 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

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical at BPA, October 13 - 29

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL
October 13 – 29: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, October 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 13 @ 6:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Take a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! 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.

This wildly fresh and funny musical features a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife.

The BPA artistic team for this production features a trio of award winners: A Seattle based director, choreographer, performer and arts educator, Director Jessica Low was the 2014 Gregory Award recipient for Outstanding Choreography for The Wild Party produced by Sound Theatre Company. Musical Director Brandon Peck received a Broadway World Award for Music Direction for his work on Jesus Christ Superstar at SMT and a Gypsy Rose Lee Award nomination for music direction on Toxic Avenger with StageRight. Costume Designer Barbara Klingberg received a Broadway World Award for Best Costume Design for BPA’s Amadeus in 2016 and Reboot Theater’s 1776 in 2015.

The dazzling cast includes DIVAS Melissa Fleming, Hannah Knapp-Jenkins and Emily Welter, with Troy Wageman as TICK (MITZI), Matty McCaslin as BERNADETTE, Bo Mellinger as ADAM (FELICIA), Ellen Dessler as MARION, Gregory Conn as MISS UNDERSTANDING, Doug Knoop as BOB, Melissa Fleming as CYNTHIA, Joey Chapman as JIMMY, Trey Field-Bennett as BENJI, Michelle Abad as SHIRLEY, Cailin Mackenzie as FARRAH / YOUNG BERNADETTE, and featuring ensemble members Shane Patrick Hoffmann, Mariesa Genzale, Andrea Ogg, Josh Wingerter, Ben Wynant, and Derek Villanueva.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL appears at BPA October 13 – 29, 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 12 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, October 13 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. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL is produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and is Suitable for mature audiences.

We’re grateful to our Community Partner, Bainbridge Pride. 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

Just in time for Halloween - The Poe Show at BPA

BPA Theatre School presents
THE POE SHOW
October 30
@ 7:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Join BPA Theatre School students for a one-act medley of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s better-known short stories, including “The Telltale Heart” and “The Premature Burial.” THE POE SHOW will be spooky, edgy, and dark – just in time for Halloween!

BPA Theatre School presents THE POE SHOW Monday, October 30 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.

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

Join BPA October 7 for an evening of imagination on demand

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

Perk up your fall harvest with a barrel of laughs, The EDGE Improv, and an evening of imagination on demand! You won’t want to miss The EDGE Improv’s October performance at BPA, where the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from shrewd onlookers since the beginning of time.

For more than two laughter-filled decades, The EDGE Improv has delivered ingeniously improvised first-Saturday evenings of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. The troupe performs to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA where the troupe’s gambols and shenanigans have earned a devoted community of followers seeking respite from life’s wearisome routines and worries.

Troupe member Cynthia Lair says, “Only onstage with The EDGE is there an amusement park where you pay to sit in a hole, an elevator full of people taking a shower, and an exotic-dancing car repair shop. All totally believable.”

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Todd Erler, 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, with shows First Saturdays all year 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 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

BPA Gallery October First Friday Art Walk: “Landed”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Landed”
Photography by Tom Ciaburri

First Friday Art Walk Reception October 6 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout October at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery October 6 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Photographer Tom Ciaburri describes his October photography exhibit in the BPA Gallery as a story about spheres that descend one spring night in the Berkshire Hills. Why they appear is unknown. What they are or do is unknown. “Landed” is about the moment of discovery, the moment when – even if just for a second – absolute belief exists, and everything is possible.

Tom says, “As a kid, I always dreamed of finding some object, or witnessing an event that would forever transform my life – allowing me to transcend pain, loneliness, and normalcy – a cure-all. The characters in ‘Landed’ see their own escape within these spheres – and maybe their own true potential.”

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 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

See Bridget Young’s new monologue WILD ORPHAN BABY at BPA September 30

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
Bridget Young’s new monologue WILD ORPHAN BABY
With folk-music trio The Lonely Coast
Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. at BPA

Please join us September 30 for a special evening of laughs and musical entertainment, with proceeds benefitting Morrow Manor. Bridget Young’s new monologue, Wild Orphan Baby, is a funny, poignant, and true story about growing up fast during hard times. The opening act features The Lonely Coast, a trio of folk music artists who perform mesmerizing close-harmony folk arrangements from Eastern Europe and the Americas.

A hometown girl, Bridget grew up on the mean streets of Bainbridge Island and Indianola. The quirky and surprising story of her family’s fall from grace and her determination to patch together a better future for herself in difficult circumstances should resonate with teenagers, anyone who survived New Age parents and those who have been or who work with the hidden poor.

Bridget Young originally started performing Realtor Lady using stories from her real estate career as a way to entertain her fellow agents. She has since written and performed numerous shows about motherhood called Because I Said So. Her newest monologue is a humorous and heartfelt story about her childhood called Wild Orphan Baby. Bridget has performed at The Admiral Theatre in Bremerton, Bainbridge Performing Arts, The Indianola Clubhouse, Suncadia Lodge, 12 Minutes Max at On The Boards, The Rendezvous, The Bainbridge Art Museum, and the Jewelbox Theatre. All proceeds from her performances characteristically go to support non-profit organizations and needy families.

All proceeds from Bridget’s September 30 performance at BPA go to Morrow Manor, which offers safe, supportive, affordable, longer-term housing for survivors of domestic violence in Kitsap County. Visit Morrow Manor online at www.supportmorrowmanor.org.

Bridget Young and The Lonely Coast appear at BPA Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., The Lonely Coast performs at 7:30 p.m., and Bridget Young takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 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. Wild Orphan Baby is suitable for ages 12 and above.

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