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BSO Announces Winner of 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Congratulates Phoebe Rawn (flute)
1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition is Phoebe Rawn for her performance of Flute Fantaisie by Hüe. A junior at Garfield High School in Seattle, Phoebe Rawn began studying flute with Alicia Suarez, and currently studies with Zart Dombourian-Eby of the Seattle Symphony. She is a member of the Garfield Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Youth Symphony, and also studies music academics at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. She has played on Classical KING FM as a finalist in the the KING FM Young Artist Awards and as a winner of the Seattle Flute Society’s Horsfall Competition. In addition, Phoebe has performed flute concertos with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle. In January 2018, she will perform as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, having been selected through their Young Artists Auditions. This past summer, Phoebe attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as a member of their Young Artists Orchestra.

Seattle native Carson Ling-Efird (cello) was awarded 2nd Place for her performance of Saint-Säens’ Cello Concerto. A 12-year-old who began studying cello at age four, Carson currently studies with Dr. Kevin Krentz and studio collaborative pianist Dr. Li-Tan Hsu. Just after beginning her cello studies, Carson had the opportunity to meet and play for Yo-Yo Ma, an experience that helped to inspire her goal of becoming a professional cellist. Carson will be making her solo debut with the Seattle Symphony after being selected as a 2017-2018 Seattle Symphony Young Artist. In addition, she has been a medalist and finalist in numerous competitions, including the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, the Simon-Fiset Strings Competition and the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside.  She began playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s programs three years ago and is currently principal cellist for SYSO’s Junior Symphony Orchestra.

Also this year, the judges issued two Honorable Mentions – to Owen Espinosa (piano) for his performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G and Adlai Erickson (cello) for his performance of Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.

BSO’s outgoing Music Director Wesley Schulz congratulates all participants in the BSO’s 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition, saying, “It was a true pleasure to hear so many talented and capable young musicians. Everyone displayed solid musicianship, careful preparation, and great confidence. There are few people in the world that can study an instrument, memorize a concerto, and perform at such a high level”

The 1st Place Winner Phoebe Rawn is unavailable to perform this season but we are pleased to present the 2nd Place Winner Carson Ling-Efird in a performance of Sant-Saens Cello Concerto in A, Movements II and III with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on April 14 & 15. BSO Music Director Finalist Tigran Arakelyan will lead the orchestra in our family-friendly spring concert “Superheroes and Villains!” with favorite music from the original Batman, Superman, and even John Williams’ original scoring for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will also be featured in a side-by-side performance.

Don’t miss the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s February concert – Franck Symphony in D minor – on February 17 & 18 with Guest Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres and featured artist David Krosschell, who will be performing Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra. Tickets and performance details are available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BSO Media Sponsor Classical KING FM 98.1, Community Sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café, and “Youth in Music Initiative” Sponsor Wicklund Dental. 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 & BSO Announce Music Director Finalists

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) & Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announce
MUSIC DIRECTOR FINALISTS
Finalist Tigran Arakelyan conducts Superheroes and Villains! on April 14 & 15
Finalist Bobby Collins conducts Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 on June 1 & 3, plus
Guest Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres leads BSO in Franck Symphony in D minor, February 17 & 18
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

BSO Music Director Wesley Schulz’s December 31st departure portends a springtime evolution for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. Following an extensive search and rigorous competition for the position relinquished by Wes, BPA and BSO are pleased to announce two impressive Finalists for the role of BSO Music Director, and audience members can help usher in our final selection by attending our spring concerts: Tigran Arakelyan will lead the BSO in Superheroes and Villains! on April 14 and 15, and Bobby Collins will lead the BSO in Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 on June 1 and 3. Guest Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres will step in to conduct the remaining concert of the season, Franck Symphony in D minor on February 17 and 18.

Tigran Arakelyan is the Music Director of Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, the Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director /Conductor of Port Townsend Community Orchestra. Arakelyan held conducting positions with California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Northridge Youth Philharmonic and the University of Washington. He received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington studying with Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee. Excited to be a finalist with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Arakelyan says, “[The April] collaboration is especially special because it is with the BSO and the talented young musicians of BIYO. In the 21st century two of the most important institutions for the future of orchestral music in the U.S. are youth orchestras and community orchestras. They educate and inspire communities all over the country. I look forward to working with the BSO musicians and sharing the music with the supportive community.”

Bobby Collins currently serves as Music Director and Co-Founder of The Sound Ensemble and Conducting Assistant to Music Director Sarah Ioannides at Symphony Tacoma. Recent awards include the Legh Burns Conducting Fellowship for the Pacific Northwest Conducting Institute as well as being named one of the 2017-18 Conducting Fellows for Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He is uniquely gifted at crafting engrossing concerts to enrich and entertain diverse audiences.

Bobby is “deeply honored” to be a finalist for the Music Directorship of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and as a former member of the orchestra, he says, “I have experienced firsthand the unique community that surrounds the orchestra and fills the island. This is a treasure that I hope to honor, nurture, and enrich as Music Director. The BSO has established itself as a central part of the island’s cultural identity and I hope to deepen the impact of its work by continuing to provide magnificent concerts while expanding our outreach so that nobody misses the opportunity to experience the joy of music.”

BPA Executive Director Dominique Cantwell says, “It’s exciting to approach a new chapter in the BSO’s rich legacy here from a position of such strength. Both of our candidates bring thoughtful and unique qualities to their work that I think will continue to help the orchestra grow within our community. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!”

Based in Seattle, the BSO’s February Guest Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres is bringing a new and exciting sound to the Poulsbo Community Orchestra, where he has been recently appointed music and artistic director. On February of 2017 he did a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Ludovic Morlot in an exciting concert where Hilary Hahn performed the impassioned Bruch’s first violin concerto. At University of Washington, his energy and passion to work with young musicians have set UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras to higher artistic performances.

Music has always been at the heart of the BPA mission, and the organization’s commitment stands undiminished to this day. It has the backing of a well-organized Board and a thriving institution. It takes a lively community of volunteer musicians and listeners to make such a commitment sustainable, and BPA thanks the BSO musicians and audience members for their part in keeping the classical music program lively and growing. Previously-announced programming will remain in place for the BSO’s enticing 2017 – 2018 Season, and you’re invited to help celebrate the orchestra’s thriving contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island. Read more about the BSO’s new faces online at goo.gl/r5KJ67.

BPA is a 501 (c)(3) organization and non-equity performance center whose team of theatre professionals works with volunteer orchestra and cast members from Bainbridge, Kitsap, Seattle, and beyond to produce professional-quality, vigorously-supported, and enthusiastically-attended shows in our 245-seat facility. We produce four BSO concerts each season, plus six Mainstage shows a year, including a summer Shakespeare production at nearby Bloedel Reserve. BPA also houses The EDGE Improv and BPA Theatre School for children, teenagers, and adults.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BSO Media Sponsor Classical KING FM 98.1, Community Sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café, and “Youth in Music Initiative” Sponsor Wicklund Dental. 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's inaugural Irish Play Series opens with TRAD January 13

Irish Play Series: TRAD by Mark Doherty
A Rehearsed Reading Directed by Wilson Milam
Saturday, January 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA opens its inaugural Irish Play Series on January 13 with Mark Doherty’s TRAD, a recent production of which the Irish Times described as “Waiting for Godot meets Dancing at Lughnasa.”

TRAD is a feast of Irish words. Mark Doherty weaves a surreal tale of the importance of tradition and legacy as an ancient father “Da” and his 100 year old son “Thomas” embark on a road trip to find their long lost heir. With infirmities befitting their advanced years – Thomas has only one good arm and his “Da” has a wooden leg – the twosome set off on a road they’ve rarely travelled out of their village. This absurd comedy that weaves stories of Ireland’s past poverty and hard life is more than merely a unique communication between father and son. Thomas is a stranger in his own strange land. He constantly asks to turn around, go back home, abandon the quest, which his centenarian-plus father will not let him do. They are bound together on this journey, with father teaching son. A feast of brilliant Irish banter and wit, TRAD both skewers and pays homage to Irish stereotypes and tall tales.

Writer Mark Doherty performed as a stand-up around Ireland, England and in Edinburgh, Adelaide and New York between 1995 and 2000. His play, TRAD, won a Fringe First at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival and transferred to the Bush Theatre in April 2006. Mark has just been nominated for Best Script (Film) at the Irish Film and Television Awards (2009) for A Film With Me In It.

Director Wilson Milam began his career in Seattle. He has worked in Dublin, London and New York. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore as well as a Lucille Lortel nomination for his direction of Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe.

BPA’s Irish Play Series is recommended for ages 13+ and appears at BPA one night only on Saturday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 per person, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. TRAD is presented through special permission of United Agents LLP.

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 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

Stand-up Night LIVE! with Headliner Brad Upton is January 20

Stand-up Night LIVE! with Headliner Brad Upton
Saturday, January 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Break in the New Year with an evening of LIVE stand-up with host DAN ROSENBERG, special guest BRIDGET YOUNG, and headliner BRAD UPTON. Sharing the stage are band leader RAFFI MINASIAN and announcer JONATHAN HIBBS.

DAN ROSENBERG has been performing stand-up in clubs, theaters, and festivals for over two decades, appearing at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, as well as festivals in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Boston. He has hosted radio and TV shows in Orlando, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and he has shared the stage with many comedy legends, such as Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, Richard Belzer, and the late Rodney Dangerfield. He is the author of “The Book On Hosting, How Not To Suck As An Emcee”.

BRIDGET YOUNG originally started performing a show called “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 new monologue “Wild Orphan Baby” is a humorous and heartfelt story about her childhood. Bridget has performed at The Admiral Theatre, 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.

BRAD UPTON first stepped on stage in September of 1984 and he’s never looked back. This ex-grade school teacher is now in his 32nd year of comedy and is nearing 6000 lifetime performances. He is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared recently at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. He has spent the last eight years as the opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and did multiple shows all over the country with the late, great Joan Rivers. He has also been seen in concert with The Smothers Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lewis Black, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis and many others. Coast to coast all over North America isn’t the only place Brad performs. In 2014 Brad headlined in Singapore, Hong Kong, The MGM in Macau and did eight nights in Israel as part of the Comedy for Koby benefit. His new CD entitled, “Brad Uptonogood” is heard regularly on Sirius Satellite Radio and is available online wherever music is sold. He also just released his first DVD entitled “Brad Upton, Live from the 509”. Learn more at www.bradupton.com.

Stand-up Night LIVE! is recommended for ages 18 and older and appears at BPA one night only on Saturday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $15 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 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

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble brings energizing music to BPA January 19

BPA Cultural Outreach Program: Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
Friday, January 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
+ Hands-On Marimba Workshop @ 4:00 p.m. for ages 8 and older
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, celebrate a day of community with your friends and neighbors as the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble returns for it’s 6th annual appearance at BPA to perform the lively and beautiful melodies of Southern Africa, one night only on January 19. Anzanga celebrates 30 years performing throughout the Northwest and globally. This Seattle-based ensemble brings the electrifying and energizing music of African marimba to the national and international stage with regional appearances at the Northwest Folklife Festival and Bumbershoot as well as performances in South Africa and China. The troupe’s repertoire is primarily from Zimbabwe, with influences from throughout Africa, in addition to original compositions. This special public performance is part of BPA’s Cultural Outreach Program.

Anzanga plays using seven marimbas—three sopranos, two tenors, a baritone, and a bass—and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are hand-crafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The tuning is based on the tonalities found in Zimbabwean music. Each key sits above a resonator that has a vibrating membrane which amplifies the sound and adds a unique “buzz” to the music. For additional information visit Anzanga online at www.anzangamarimba.band

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble appears at BPA one night only on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for children (ages 12 and under), 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. Marimba enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up for the hands-on workshop held at BPA at 4:00 p.m. in advance of the show. Space is limited! Reserve your spot for this special annual workshop by calling the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569; reservations are $20 per person for ages eight and older. 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 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

Kick off the New Year with The EDGE Improv January 6

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

Kick off the New Year with The EDGE Improv and the troupe’s hilarious evening of imagination on demand. The EDGE takes center stage to ring in the New Year January 6 at BPA, where their 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 January 6, 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 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

Satterwhite returns to BPA for January First Friday Art Walk

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Into the Light”
Fine Art Photography by Dinah Satterwhite
First Friday Art Walk Reception January 5 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout December & January at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery January 5 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Painting with her camera, Ms. Satterwhite captures light in a somewhat surreal and very imaginative, abstract way. The images are often mistaken for paintings, as she combines manual camera settings, motion, and natural light to depict a sense of graceful motion. They’re offered as metal prints, canvas wraps, and acrylic prints. See more of Dinah’s work at www.DinahSatterwhite.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 – 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 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 Auditions for Peter and the Starcatcher are December 4 & 5

BPA AUDITIONS for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Monday, December 4 & Tuesday, December 5 @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, December 4 and 5 at BPA. This Tony Award-winning show 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.

Run dates are March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview March 8. Rehearsals extend January 13 through March 7, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays @ 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER includes 12 roles for ages 12-70 plus an ensemble. Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one to one-and-a-half-minute monologue and 32 bars of a Broadway song. An accompanist will be provided but you must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. You may also sing acapella. This is a play with four musical numbers, and not all characters will need to be strong singers. The following characters’ singing features more prominently: Mrs. Bumbrake, Molly, Alf, and Smee. 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 PETER AND THE STARCATCHER are Monday, December 4 at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

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

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 offers antidote for the holiday blues December 2

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, December 2 @ 7:30 p.m. @ BPA

Need an antidote for the holiday blues? The EDGE Improv delivers hilarious imagination on demand, and you won’t want to miss their December 2nd show 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 December 2, 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 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 presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang December 1 - 17

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
December 1 – 17: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m.
+ Early Saturday Matinees @ 2:00 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, November 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, December 1 @ 6:30 p.m. a
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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 blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is led by an impressive artistic trio. This past summer, Director Kristi Ann Jacobson marked her fifth year with the BPA Shakespeare program, directing BPA’s wildly successful The Merry Wives of Windsor in the lovely meadow at The Bloedel Reserve. With a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in French horn performance, Musical Director Kelli McAuley frequently plays in the pit orchestra, sings on stage, or provides music direction, and is the founder of both the Kitsap Community Youth Choir and Kitsap Fringe Opera. Choreographer Helen Heaslip is a recent Bainbridge Island transplant from London where she worked as a movement tutor and choreographer on the BA and MA Acting programs at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

The amazing cast includes Ryan Patrick O’Donnell, Evelyn Cantwell, Gracie Payne, Mackenzie Brown, Nelsen Spickard, Michelle Hensel, Robert Craighead, Miranda Feldtman, Gary Fetterplace, Terry McAuley, Pete Simpson, Isaac Etobi, Sarah Taylor, Jon Payne, Sophie Eldridge, Delaney Taylor, Emily Blackwell, Amber Goldby, Carter Wolff, Isabel McDermott, Molly Watkins, Audrey Benson, Olivia Opalski, Barrett Lhamon, and Hailey McCulloch.

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG appears at BPA December 1 – 17, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., early Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. There is no evening performance on December 1, and the run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, December 1 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. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, www.MTIShows.com.

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 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