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BPA Teen Playmaking Competition is August 25 & 26

BPA Theatre School presents
Teen Playmaking Competition
August 25 & 26: Friday & Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

BPA Theatre School teens conclude a rigorous two-day playwriting process, with performances of their original works on BPA’s stage. At the encore presentation on August 26, judges will award prizes for Best Script, Best Performance, Best Use of Assigned Genre, Best Use of Assigned Prop, Best Use of Assigned Dialogue, and Best Production, plus performers will vie for an Audience Choice Award.

On August 20, teen students delved into playmaking in a one-day workshop with instructors from the Dacha Theatre Company. On August 23, teams of teen playwrights, actors, directors, and costumers were given the parameters in which to create a play. Don’t miss the rousing plot lines, dramatic twists, flambouyant costumes, vivid lighting, and stirring scenes spurred by this creative burst of teen energy and talent. BPA Education Director Liz Ellis says, “Devising is a fascinating, challenging process that forces participants to work as a team, sharing in the creative process, and learning from each other. We’re always excited to offer this experience to teens before they head out into the world in hopes that they will be clearer, more generous thinkers as a result. Plus, it’s going to be a blast!”

BPA’s Teen Playmaking Competition appears Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26 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.

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

Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival is August 18 & 19 at BPA

Sixth Annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival
August 18 & 19: Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. + Saturday Matinee @ 3:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Ten original plays. Three shows. Two days. Island Theatre presents its Sixth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival featuring local playwrights at Bainbridge Performing Arts on August 18 and 19. Out of 57 submissions from established and emerging Kitsap County playwrights, ten were selected by a jury of theatre professionals for production by Island Theatre directors and actors: “Bloody Mary” by Aleks Merilo, “Flight of the Valkyrie” by Noah Barfield, “Gel Us” by Paige Zubel, “Jellyfish Apocalypse” by Karen Polinsky, “Lessons Learned” by Jenny Weaver, “Memories of an American Occupation” by Paul Lewis, “Moving On” by Caroline Smith, “Of a Feather” by Wendy Wallace, “Roadsides” by Betsy Dorfman, and “Spreadsheet Me” by Jeffrey Brown.

Island Theatre’s 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ten-Minute Play Festivals played to packed BPA houses. Besides the delight of seeing entertaining plays written, directed, and performed by their friends and neighbors, audience members know that even if they aren’t crazy about one play, another is just ten minutes away!

Now celebrating its twenty second anniversary, Island Theatre's regular schedule includes bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library plus, in intervening months, potluck dinners in privately hosted homes at which all guests are welcome to join in a selected play reading. Island Theatre is an all-volunteer nonprofit IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization. Its motto is “Can we rehearse at your house?”

Island Theatre’s Ten-Minute Play Festival appears Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. plus Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Please join Island Theatre in the BPA lobby an hour before showtime for refreshments. The theater doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Visit Island Theatre online at www.islandtheatre.org for more information.

Reserved seat tickets, $15 for adults and $10 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.

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

Madcap evening of summer laughs with The EDGE Improv August 5

BPA presents The EDGE Improv
Saturday, August 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Wrap up the season with a madcap evening of summer laughs and The EDGE Improv on August 5 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, Matty Whitman, and Todd Erler. 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, August 5 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

“Breathing Room” at BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk August 4

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Breathing Room”
Watercolor Journeys to Open Spaces
by Janice Harris
First Friday Art Walk: August 4 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout August & September at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery August 4 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Janice Harris is a Bainbridge Island watercolorist and weaver whose work reflects her journeys to spacious, usually-unpeopled places that offer respite from the often-compressed and too-often-anxious human world. Her abstract watercolors attempt to express a sense of rest, continuity, and reassurance to people yearning for a world that is larger and much older than themselves.

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

Join us for MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR., July 27 - 29

BPA Theatre School presents
MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR.
July 27 – 29: Thursday – Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. + Saturday @ 3:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the BPA stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. 

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world. 

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, MADAGASCAR JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. appears at BPA July 27 - 29, with shows Thursday – Saturday at 7:00 p.m. plus Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults, and $8 for children, or a special Family Fun Price of $8.75 per person (for families of four or more), 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.

MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. 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 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

The Bard at Bloedel: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, July 7 - 23

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 5th Annual Summertime Shakespeare Performance
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
July 7 – 23: Thursdays – Sundays @ 7:00 p.m. + PWYC-Preview Thursday, July 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
At The Bloedel Reserve

Join us in July for The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 5th Annual Summertime Shakespeare performance – THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – at The Bloedel Reserve. 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.

Director Kristi Ann Jacobson leads a stellar cast of BPA favorites and newcomers, including Jennifer Hodges (MISTRESS FORD), Ali Budge (MISTRESS PAGE), John Ellis (SIR JOHN FALSTAFF), Pete Benson (FORD), Matt Eldridge (PAGE), Max Martina (SIR HUGH EVANS), Gary Fetterplace (DOCTOR CAIUS), Jeanette Oswald (MISTRESS QUICKLY), Citori Luecht (ANNE PAGE), Isaac Ettobi (FENTON), Derek Villanueva (ABRAHAM SLENDER), George Shannon (ROBERT SHALLOW), Alex Sanso (NYM / JOHN), Geoff Schmidt (PISTOL / ROBERT), Victoria Brown (HOSTESS OF THE GARTER INN), Evelyn Cantwell (ROBIN), Garrett Guse (JOHN RUGBY), Ben Eldridge (SIMPLE), and Chapple Langemack (GUEST OF THE GARTER INN).

This summer marks Kristi Ann’s 5th year with the BPA Shakespeare program No matter how busy her schedule, each summer she finds herself drawn back to the magic of the meadow to revel in the words of The Bard. This year promises to be a merry one. As Mistress Page says to Mistress Ford, “Wives may be merry and yet honest too.” She looks forward to THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR being “As merry as crickets.”

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

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR appears at The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, with shows on July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, plus a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview on July 6. All performances are at 7:00 p.m. Audience members should be prepared for a breathtakingly-beautiful 5-minute walk between the parking area and meadow. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Patrons may enter the grounds earlier by paying a reduced same-day-only rate of $5.00 valid after 4:30 p.m. Patrons must be on the Will Call list or present their ticket(s) to Bloedel Reserve to take advantage of this offer.

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

BPA’s 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 productions were met with rave reviews and sold out quickly; patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.Tickets, $25 for adults, and $20 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at 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. Contact Production Manager Siobhan Maguire at 206.842.8569 for additional information.

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

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Title Sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. 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

Dive into the dog days of summer with The EDGE Improv on July 1

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

Dive into the dog days of summer with The EDGE Improv on July 1 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, Matty Whitman, and Todd Erler. 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, July 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

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk July 7: “Island Light”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Island Light”
Digitally Enhanced Photography by Tom Martin
First Friday Art Walk: July 7 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout June at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery July 7 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. Tom Martin is a Bainbridge Island artist that uses photography to create conceptual artwork, which is based on everyday life and objects. His works can appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, and past and present fuse. The end result sometimes radiates a cold, latent violence…and at times, a disconcerting beauty emerges. Tom incorporates a wide variety of tools to include everything from brushed acrylic overlays, digital brush work, color modification, and compositing to achieve a final variation of the original image. View Tom’s work online at www.finegrainart.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 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 Announces 2017 – 2018 Four-Concert Classical Season

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Announces
2017 – 2018 Four-Concert Classical Season
November 11 & 12, 2017, plus February 17 & 18, April 14 & 15, and June 1 & 3, 2018
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Wesley Schulz have announced the 2017 – 2018 Season, their annual four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations held at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season in November with “Mozart and Sibelius” – a program featuring Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration as well as pianist Oksana Ejokina in a performance of Mozart’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, and works from the sonic world of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

The February program showcases César Franck’s most enduring work for orchestra, Symphony in D minor, plus composer Bright Sheng’s moving and beautifully haunting Black Swan, an orchestration of Brahms’s Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2. Also on the program is bass trombonist David Krosschell, who will perform Eric Ewazen’s riveting Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra.

The April program is sure to entice the entire family! Listeners will hear their 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 be featured in a side-by-side performance with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the winner of the BSO’s ever-popular Young Artist Competition will perform.

In June, local violin virtuoso Rachell Wong will perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. This titanic concerto will entrance audience members with its sensitive and probing musical lines. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony erupts with a fanfare for brass that is moody like Shostakovich’s concerto. As the symphony unfolds, however, gaiety and excitement hold court. Perhaps his most famous symphony, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Fourth will end BSO’s 2017-2018 Season with a flourish. 

Don’t miss a minute of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 – 2018 Season – four rousing concerts for music lovers of all ages on November 11 & 12, 2017, February 17 & 18, 2018, April 14 & 15, 2018, and
June 1 & 3, 2018.

“What a beautiful concert!” – “I should do that more often!” – “That was so moving!” If thoughts like these follow you out of the performance hall, then it’s time for you to become a BSO subscriber! Subscribers get the best seats in the house (held for renewal every year), discounted tickets, invitation to special subscriber events, complimentary concession items, and free ticket exchanges, plus Theatre School class discounts. Subscribe today at 206.842.8569 or 206.842.4560 x2.

Join us as we bring the orchestra’s monumental 2016 – 2017 Season to a peaceful and stunning conclusion on June 2 & 4, 2017. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s final concert this season turns to celebrated American composers including John Williams and Aaron Copland. John Williams’ music for the Spielberg-directed film Lincoln reveres and mourns the late president. Copland explores socio-economic variability in his opera, The Tender Land. Although the opera itself was not successful, this suite of extracted music has moved audiences with its beautiful melodies and nostalgic overtones. This program also showcases Charlotte Marckx, the 2017 winner of the BSO’s annual Young Artist Concerto Competition in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra extends special thanks to its sponsors: Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and 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 Theatre School Spring Send-Off is June 8 & 9

BPA Theatre School Spring Send-Off 2017
Thursday & Friday, June 8 & 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us for BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off 2017 – a festive annual showcase bursting with theatrical attractions. Enjoy two short plays for the price of one. Performances will begin with the 2nd –8th grade productions of tales from Hugh Lofting’s series on Doctor Doolittle, and end with an original work devised by Teen Intensive students to showcase their talents!

Patrick Hurlburt and Liz Ellis direct the 2nd –8th grade students in Doctor Doolittle, a wacky tale in which the good doctor of the classic story has been split into three sisters who each go on their own adventure. The youngest, Minnie Doolittle, goes to the moon to save a cat who went up to chase the mice she figured would be after the moon cheese and got stuck when she couldn’t afford a ticket home. Lula Doolittle goes under the sea to treat a tone-deaf orca with an oar caught between her teeth, and the oldest, Sarah Doolittle takes all the odd creatures they bring home to the circus, only to have an adventure of her own.

Liz Ellis directs 5th – 8th grade students in Doctor Doolittle and the Puddleby Pantomime. This wacky tale reveals the adventures of a two-headed antelope, a housemaid that’s really a duck, a seal dressed as a lady, a horse wearing glasses, plus a pig, dog, lion, and leopard.

The Teen Intensive performance will debut original works designed and staged by students from this spring’s workshops. Director Liz Ellis says, “The students who take the spring Teen Intensive are the ones most dedicated to the theatre school program. It’s very exciting to learn what they’re capable of after all these years on our stage and watch them start to take control of their own performance.” Come with them as they compete on a game show that’s unusual to say the least, chat with their anthropomorphized moral quandaries, pick through the facts in their bedtime stories, and more.

Doctor Doolittle is appropriate for all ages. Parents with children under the age of 8 may choose to leave at intermission.

BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off appears Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 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.

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