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BPA welcomes Mark A. Nichols as new Technical Director

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) welcomes
Mark A. Nichols as new Technical Director

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to welcome former board member Mark A. Nichols as the organization’s new Technical Director. “Working on staff with BPA is like a homecoming of sorts for me,” Mark said when asked about his new role. “I started in theatre and music very young and pursued it in my formal academic training. Although my corporate entertainment career occupied center stage for three decades, I kept performing arts active in the wings. I always intended to return to my roots and also to teach. Now everything has come full circle: I finally get to realize both intentions in an organization close to my heart, with people for whom I have great fondness and respect, and for a community I am pleased to serve. I could not be happier or more honored to be given this opportunity.”

After getting his BFA in Drama (USC), Mark served as Performing Arts Director for Spirit Square (Charlotte, NC) promoting and designing hundreds of productions. He later served as Project/Show Producer for Disney, Universal Studios, and others, overseeing all aspects of entertainment projects such as Harry Potter the Exhibition global tour and Reflections of Earth (at Epcot). In 2012, Mark left corporate entertainment, got his Theatre MFA, and moved to Bainbridge Island, where he’s enjoyed working with BPA (on the Board and helping with shows) and BARN (serving as their first Executive Director). Most recently at BPA, Mark designed lighting for Building the Wall and scenery for Xanadu.

This summer, Mark expands his role into teaching various forms of stagecraft in BPA Theatre School’s new Teen Tech Boot Camp, which runs July 13 – August 11. In this class, students will take the lead behind the scenes, gaining practical and applied learning as well as becoming qualified to pursue leadership roles in the tech program at Bainbridge High School.

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) is a non-profit community performing arts center whose team of theatre professionals works with volunteer 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 five Mainstage shows a year, including a summer Shakespeare production at nearby Bloedel Reserve. BPA also houses The Edge Improv, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and BPA Theatre School, which has a longstanding tradition of supporting learners of all ages to build the skills and confidence to perform on stage and in everyday life.

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

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for Return to the Forbidden Planet are June 11 & 13

BPA AUDITIONS for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
Monday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 13 @ 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, June 11 and 13 at BPA. Inspired by Shakepeare's “The Tempest,” this musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Heard it Through the GrapevineYoung GirlGood Vibrations, and Gloria

Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci-fi version of “The Tempest” set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.

Run dates are October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview Preview October 11. Rehearsals extend August 18 through October 10, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:40 – 9:40 p.m. plus Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET includes roles for 12 actors, ages 18 and up – CAPTAIN TEMPEST: A stardust Captain, square-jawed “Boy’s Own” paper hero and pipe smoker • DOCTOR PROSPERO: A Mad Scientist • MIRANDA: Would-be Homecoming Queen • ARIEL: A soft hearted Robot • COOKIE: The ship’s cook, a hopeless romantic • SCIENCE OFFICER (GLORIA): A woman with a mysterious past • BOSUN ARRAS: All-round good guy • NAVIGATION OFFICER: A woman who knows where she’s going • Damage Control Crew: AXEL DENT, DEE TERGENT, ANDY SCEPTIC • and CUTIE CULL.

Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one to one-and-a-half-minute monologue and 32 bars of a Rock or Rock-style song. An accompanist will be provided but you must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. All roles are open to audition.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2018 – 2019 Season! BPA AUDITIONS for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET are Monday, June 11 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition. Callbacks will be held Monday, June 18, by invitation.

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

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

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

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA announces cast for Romeo & Juliet

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) announces
Cast Selection for ROMEO & JULIET
Performances: July 13 – 29 at The Bloedel Reserve
The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 6th Annual Summertime Shakespeare performance

BPA announces the cast for William Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET, Bainbridge Performing Arts’ 6th Annual Summertime Shakespeare performance, appearing July 13 – 29 at The Bloedel Reserve.

Esteemed local director Kate Carruthers leads an ensemble of newcomers and BPA favorites, including Gavin Michaels (ROMEO), Keara Dooley (JULIET), Michala Hansen (LADY CAPULET), Connor Kinzer (TYBALT), Dylan Zucati (MERCUTIO), David Breyman (BENVOLIO), Kristi Ann Jacobson (NURSE), Gary Fetterplace (FRIAR), Victoria Brown (MONTAGUE / APOTHECARY), Jean Sleight (PARIS / SAMSON / CHORUS ), Citori Luecht (ROSALIND / BALTHAZAR / CHORUS), Kristopher Jones (GREGORY / PETER / CHORUS), Fred Saas (CAPULET), and Robert Craighead (PRINCE).

One of the Bard’s most popular romantic tragedies, ROMEO & JULIET centers on a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families that disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly — and fate causes them to take their own lives in despair.

Kate Carruther’s BPA directing credits include August: Osage County, Amadeus, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Kentucky Cycle, Distracted, Private Eyes, Arcadia, The Grapes of Wrath, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2006), More Fun Than Bowling, Anton in Show Business, Art, and The Philadelphia Story. She directed Much Ado About Nothing, BPA’s 4th annual summertime Shakespeare performance, at The Bloedel Reserve in July 2016, and she is looking forward to directing Romeo & Juliet this summer.

Join us for The Bard at Bloedel and a dramatic summer evening suitable for all ages. Performances are July 13 – 29, Thursdays – Sundays, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, July 12. All performances are at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are available now at 206.842.8569 or www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

BPA is excited to welcome Title Sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Media Sponsor KCTS 9 – Public Television for this production. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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

BDC’s 37th Annual Student Performance is June 28 - 30 at BPA

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 37th Annual Student Performance
June 28 – 30: Thursday & Friday @ 7:00 p.m. + Saturday @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)
Tickets go on sale May 16

Bainbridge Performing Arts is delighted to host Bainbridge Dance Center’s 37th Annual Student Performance showcase on June 28 – 30. Featured in four performances, dancers age four to eighteen will perform short works choreographed by the BDC faculty that demonstrate student artistry and technical skill in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap techniques. A celebrated island tradition since 1981, BDC’s annual performances showcase how young dancers develop over the course of their training. BDC invites the community to join them for this celebration of the craft and artistry of dance.

Each performance will feature a new ballet commissioned by NYC based choreographer Christopher Williams for the BDC Advanced Repertory Ballet Program: an original production of Les Sylphides. First choreographed in 1909 by Michel Fokine for the Ballet Russes with music by Frederic Chopin, Les Sylphides is a romantic reverie of sylphs dancing in the moonlight with a young poet. This ballet is in the repertory of nearly every ballet company in the world. BDC is honored to present Christopher’s unique and magical reimagining of this seminal work.

Christopher Williams, dubbed “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (NY Times) and “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker), is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer who has made over thirty original and collaborative movement-based works since 1999. His work has been presented in the US, France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Russia. Visit him online at www.christopherwilliamsdance.org.

Founded in 1981, Bainbridge Dance Center is dedicated to providing high-quality dance education focused on cultivating curiosity, generosity, and professionalism. BDC offers classes in creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, pilates, and dance composition for children and adults. Visit online at www.bainbridgedancecenter.com.

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 37th Annual Student Performance is June 28 – 30, with shows Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m. plus Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Beginning May 16, tickets, $20 for adults and $16 for students, seniors, and military, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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 Theatre School Spring Send-Off 2018 is June 7 & 8

BPA Theatre School Spring Send-Off 2018
June 7 & 8: Thursday & Friday @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

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

The game is afoot as two distinct Sherlock Holmes productions tackle five of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most classic capers involving kings, carbuncles, and catalepsy. With our Teen Intensive workshop, what makes it to the stage is a mystery in and of itself, as our talented group of youths busily devise and improvise their way towards a performance that truly reflects the voices of its participants.

BPA Theatre School’s Spring Send-Off will uplift ‘kids’ of all ages, says Director of Education Pete Benson. “These kids are fearless. That’s one of the main reasons I love working with young people. They haven’t yet learned to be cautious. They share Holmes ‘love of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of daily life.’”

BPA Theatre School’s Winter Showcase appears Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8 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, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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

Grab Dad for an early Father’s Day laugh with The EDGE June 2

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

Grab your Dad for an early Father’s Day laugh, and head to BPA for an evening of “imagination on demand.” Troupe member Ken Balenger quips, “The Edge is like therapy, but cheaper.” Audience member Rebecca Farwell raves, “The Edge Improv is milk-through-the-nose funny. Really, I’m laughing right now.”

You won’t want to miss The EDGE Improv’s June 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.

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

The EDGE Improv appears next at BPA on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are requested to arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. prior to each performance. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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 Gallery June 1 First Friday Art Walk: “Spectrum”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Spectrum”
Oil paintings by Elyse Cregar
First Friday Art Walk Reception June 1 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout June at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery June 1 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Combining her love of painting with travel, Elyse Cregar’s oil paintings reflect her love of light – from the vibrant golds of the Jurassic Coast cliffs in Dorset, to the shimmering glaciers of the Olympic Mountains, and from English thatched roofs to flower-draped picket fences. Juried in as a Signature Member of the Marblehead Arts Association in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1995, Cregar more recently has been a professional muralist in northern Idaho. Ready for the perfect weather of the Pacific Northwest, she is now a permanent resident of Poulsbo. She says, “As these scenes have captured my fancy, I hope they will capture yours as well.”

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

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BSO presents “Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4” June 1 & 3

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Presents “Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4”
with Music Director Finalist Bobby Collins
Split Performances June 1 & 3: Friday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BSO Music Director Finalist Bobby Collins leads the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s season finale on June 1 and 3. The openings of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 could not be more dissimilar. Written just before Stalin’s death, Shostakovich’s concerto opens with the low strings brooding with tones that barely suggest a melody. Elsewhere in the concerto, Shostakovich spells out his own name in musical notation using German transliteration. The pitches D-E-flat-C-B (or, DSCH) cry out with sarcasm and fierce wit. This is a titanic concerto for violinists, and superstar Rachell Ellen Wong will hold you spellbound with her virtuosity and sensitivity.

Next up, 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.

Bobby Collins has conducted a variety of ensembles including symphony, chamber, and pit orchestras, as well as contemporary music ensembles ranging from beginning to professional level. He currently serves as Music Director and Co-Founder of The Sound Ensemble, an innovative contemporary music collaborative in Seattle, 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. Bobby is active regionally and has appeared in performance with groups such as Saratoga Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Thalia Symphony, and Inverted Space Ensemble. He is uniquely gifted at crafting engrossing concerts to enrich and entertain diverse audiences.

Pleased to be a Music Director finalist with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Bobby says, “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.”

Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is at home both with the modern and the baroque violin. She has soloed with orchestras across the US and abroad. Recent concerts include a tour with the New Zealand String Quartet, performing Alexander Ekman’s ballet Cacti with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and recitals with world renowned pianists Anton Nel and Byron Schenkman. She has won numerous prizes in international and national competitions, including the Grand Prizes in the 52nd Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, and the 2013 International Crescendo Music Awards. Recent music festivals include the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Seminar, Tafelmusik Baroque Institutes, Sarasota Music Festival, London Masterclasses, and the Starling-Delay Violin Symposium. Rachell is a Kovner Fellow in the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School. She received her Masters of Music from the Jacobs School of Music. She lives in New York, NY.

Don’t miss the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s season finale on June 1 and 3 – Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., with a pre-concert chat on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Media 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, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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 names Keiko Green recipient of the 18th annual Amy Award

BPA names Keiko Green as Recipient of the 18th annual
Amy Award for Emerging Artists

Presented to a young adult under the age of 35, who is or has been an island resident, the Amy Award annually recognizes those who have compiled a body of work in the visual or performing arts, and whose work demonstrates a sense of quality, creativity, exploration and dedication. In recognition of her award-winning original work, dedication, and potential, Bainbridge Performing Arts has named Keiko Green the recipient of the 2018 Amy Award for Emerging Artists. Keiko will be honored at an event at BPA later this spring.

Keiko Green is a Bainbridge Island-based playwright and performer. She was a 2016 Core Acting Company Member of ACT Theatre and a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2015 - 2017 Resident Writers’ Group. 

Keiko’s original work focuses on marginalized voices, specifically changing the narrative to centralize characters that are usually plot devices. In 2017, her play Nadeshiko won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List, which lists the top underproduced plays written by women. She is a Finalist for both the 2018 - 2019 Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, as well as a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation for her play Ballad of the White Tiger. Keiko has also had several world premieres at Seattle’s beloved Annex Theatre, among other venues, like Island Theater’s Ten-Minute Play Festival and NW Actors Lab’s One Act Festival on Bainbridge Island.

As an actress, notable work includes the world premiere of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (Seattle Repertory Theatre/Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Stupid F#$%ing Bird, Dangerous Liaisons, A Christmas Carol, Bad Apples (ACT); The Comparables (Seattle Repertory Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bring Down the House Pts. I & II, Othello, Love’s Labours Lost, and Much Ado About Nothing (Seattle Shakespeare Co/Wooden O); Water by the Spoonful (Theatre22); Amadeus (Seattle Public Theatre). She won the 2016 Gregory Award’s People’s Choice Award for her work as a Supporting Actress in Water by the Spoonful. She launched her career in the area with the Bainbridge Performing Arts production of Private Eyes, for which she was named “Outstanding Actress” by the Kitsap Sun.

Keiko is currently working on two commissions for theatre scripts, several screenplays, and she is in the process of developing the web series Maids. Visit Keiko online at www.keikogreen.com.

The Amy Award has been presented since 2001 to talented young artists who have continued to work in their chosen field including theater, dance, film, music, printmaking, jewelry making, mosaics, sculpture and photography. The tally of award winners includes Korum Bischoff (2001), Solia Hermes (2002), Jessica Tuffley (2003), Rain Ross (2004), Tracy Lang (2005), Vincent Palazzolo-Packard (2006), Gregory Glynn (2007), Claire Hosterman (2008), Jonathan Hallet (2009), Wesley Corbett (2010), Annie Huntley (2011), Jherek Bischoff (2012), Raquel Stanek (2013), Liz Ellis (2014), Wes McClain (2015), Dove Cameron (2016), Adam Bentz (2017), and Keiko Green (2018). Learn more at www.ahbainbridge.org/amyaward.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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

MAMMA MIA! – the ultimate feel good show – is coming to Bainbridge Island May 2019

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) Announces
May 2019 Change to 2018 – 2019 Season Lineup
MAMMA MIA! – the ultimate feel good show – is coming to Bainbridge Island May 2019

Bainbridge Performing Arts is excited to announce a thrilling change to its 2018 – 2019 Theatre Season lineup. MAMMA MIA! – the ultimate feel good show – will replace SHE LOVES ME in May 2019. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make MAMMA MIA! a guaranteed smash hit. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

An award-winning, non-profit, community theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts’ 2018 – 2019 lineup is steeped in intrigue, heart, and humor. In the words of Kim Hastings with AXS, “Bainbridge Performing Arts could be a primer to the other theaters in the south and mid-Sound on how to do things the right way.” Vibrant performances, hit shows, and breathtaking artistry have emerged as the BPA trademark, and – in recent years – BPA has drawn increasing awards and accolades from BroadwayWorld Seattle, Kitsap Sun, South Sound Critics Association, and more.

Don’t miss a minute of BPA’s 2018 – 2019 Season: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece opens the season October 12 – 28, 2018. Based on the classic 1939 film of the same name, THE WIZARD OF OZ brings holiday enchantment for all ages December 7 – 22, 2018. Get ready for a bold, brave and blisteringly funny new work about feminism, legacy and standing up for one’s beliefs with THE REVOLUTIONISTS and a heady spring offering on March 8 – 24, 2019. Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show, and BPA is thrilled to add it to the 2018 – 2019 lineup with shows May 3 – 19, 2019. Thought to be the sunniest of all Shakespeare’s comedies, AS YOU LIKE IT will wrap up the season with The Bard at Bloedel: BPA’s 7th Annual Summertime Shakespeare offering.

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

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents a four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations on November 10 & 11, 2018, February 16 & 17, 2019, April 13 & 14, 2019, and June 8 & 9, 2019.

The EDGE Improv delivers their riotous antics on First Saturdays all year long, and BPA Theatre School trains and showcases a rising generation of actors throughout the year.

“What a great show!” – “I should do that more often!” – “That was magical!” If thoughts like these follow you out of the theater, then it’s time for you to become a BPA subscriber! Stay tuned for our subscriber launch in March 2018.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to 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.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine