Tag Archives: Bainbridge Performing Arts

BPA Slates ‘Rocky Horror,’ ‘Chicago’ for 2010-11 Season

Bainbridge Performing Arts will feature productions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Annie,” “The Philadelphia Story” and “Chicago: The Musical”  during their 2010-11 season.

Exact dates haven’t been announced, but “The Rocky Horror Show” will be up in October, 2010, “Annie” in December, “The Philadelphia Story” in February, 2011 and “Chicago” in May, 2011.

More information is available, or will be soon, at bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

More later …  — MM

More ‘Sweeney Todd’ Auditions at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts will conduct an extra audition for “Sweeney Todd (School Edition) ” for males ages 13 to 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. June 11.

The auditon is at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge Island. Auditioners are asked to prepare one Broadway song NOT from “Sweeney Todd” (go figure), BYOSM (Bring Your Own Sheet Music) and a two-minute memorized monologue, plus a current photo.

Rehearsal classes are Mondays through Fridays fro 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 29 to July 29, and the class tuition is $395.

Information and appointments: Deirdre McCollom, (206) 842-1464, dmccollom@bainbridgeperformingarts.org

More later … — MM

Performance dates are July 30 to Aug. 2.

Some (Brothers) Have All the Luck

This item from our friends at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb):

Actress Carla Gugino had instant chemistry with her new Broadway co-star Pablo Schreiber — because she’d just played his brother Liev’s lover in a movie.

Gugino found herself hopping out of bed with one Schreiber brother in the film “Every Day” and straight back into bed with the other in a new New York production of “Desire Under the Elms.”

And the actress insists it was a familiar experience. She told the New York Daily News, “I knew Liev because we did a movie where we play lovers just before this. Pablo and I had an immediate natural chemistry, which was essential. There’s a lot of physical and emotional violence in the play.”

So, why do we care? Because both Liev and Pablo are the sons of Bainbridge Island resident — and actor — Tell Schreiber , who recently finished a successful run in Bainbridge Performing Arts’ production of the Yazmina Reza play “Art.”

And because I’ve had a major whoop-dee-doo crush on Carla Gugino for, about, ever.

So, way to go, Schreiber boys.

More later … — MM

BPA Announces All-Blockbuster 2009-10 Season

I’ve actually had this for a couple of days, but didn’t have time to post it until now. Bainbridge Performing Arts will stage four pretty well-known crowd-pleasers for its 2009-10 season, starting off with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.”

The Producers ” will run Oct. 9 to 25, directed by dependable Teresa Thuman.

Peter Pan ” will follow for the holidays, Dec. 11 to 20, co-directed by Steven Fogell and Lee Ann Hittenberger.

The Grapes of Wrath ,” adapted from the great John Steinbeck novel, will run March 19 to 27, directed by Kate Carruthers (whose excellent staging of Yazmina Reza’s “Art” just wrapped up).

And “Man of La Mancha ,” directed by Corey D. McDaniel, will be up May 7 to 23.

BPA also announced the dates for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra ‘s three performance weekends — Nov. 14 and 15, Feb. 20 and 21 and April 17 and 18. Programs will be announced later.

Information: (206) 842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.com

More later … — MM

Youth Served by Bainbridge Symphony Program, Art Display

Youth — and music lovers of all ages — will be served by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra ’s program “Fables and Fairy Tales,” which will be performed March 7 and 8 at Bainbridge Performing Arts .
Music Director David Upham will be on the podium for the program, which will get a 3 p.m. matinee treatment both days.
On the easels will be the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major (with guest soloist Tyler Sherper ), selections from Edward Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suites and Prokofiev’s beloved “Peter and the Wolf” (with actor Guy Sidora providing the narration.
The music definitely is geared for a young audience, and much of the concerts’ ambiance will be created by young artists. BSO put out an open invitation for youngsters to submit their work, and received several hundreds of responses. More than 100 submitted pieces have bee incorporated into a slide show, which will be shown during the “Wand of Youth” performances each day. The artwork also will be shown before and after the performances in the lobby.
Sherper, a student at Bainbridge’s Hyla Middle School , will front the orchestra for the opening movement of Mozart’s good-natured, optimistic concerto, which also is known as his second “coronation concerto.”
English composer Elgar orchestrated pieces he originally wrote as a child for his “Wand of Youth” suites. The movements, from theatrical pieces created by Elgar and his siblings, were given fanciful titles like “Moths and Butterflies,” “The Sun Dance” and “Faeries and Giants.”
Prokofiev’s whimsical “Peter and the Wolf” debuted quietly in 1936, but gradually grew into a cornerstone of children’s classical repertoire. Its storytelling, which incorporates various orchestral instruments providing the “voices” of the animals, makes it a favorite of audiences — young and otherwise — to this day.
Each performance will be preceded at 2:15 p.m. by a pre-concert chat with Maestro Upham.

‘Fables and Fairy Tales’
Who: Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, David Upham, Music Director; Tyler Sherper, piano; Guy Sidora, narrator
What: Concert of pieces by Mozart, Elgar and Prokofiev
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N
When: 3 p.m. March 7 and 8
Tickets: $18 to $15
Information: (206) 842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.org

Beware ‘Burlesque Night’ in Kitsap County

Beware the Ides of March.

But if you’re not a Burlesque fan, you might want to start bewaring a day early. On March 14, Kitsap gets a double dose of the bawdy art form with shows on Bainbridge Island and in Bremerton .

The Atomic Bombshells will strut their Seattle-based stuff in a 7:30 p.m. show at Bainbridge Performing Arts , 200 Madison Ave. N. Tickets are $20. Information: (206) 842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

The Voodoo Dollz , a mainstay of the flourishing Vancouver, B.C. Burlesque and alt-entertainment scene, will be onstage with Big John Bates as part of an evening’s merry mayhem at Winterland , 1220 Sylvan Way in East Bremerton. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with sets from local units James Hunnicutt and Hard Money Saints . Cover is $7. Information: (360) 479-5686, myspace.com/winterlandrocks.

If you time it just right (remember to drive safely), you can see ’em both. More tassles and feather boas and pasties than you’ve seen in one night in a long, long time, I’ll wager.

More later … — MM

Thespians, Step Into the ‘Light’ at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts auditions for the musical "The Light in the Piazza " are Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at BPA’s Hodges Hall, 200 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island. Interested parties are requested to contact BPA’s stage manager Deirdre McCollom for an appointment at dmccollom@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or (206) 714-5766. The production, directed by Steven Fogell , will run from May 14 to 24.

More later … — MM

Thanks to the Thaw, ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ is Back

December peformances of Bainbridge Performing Arts ‘ "Once Upon a Mattress " that were postponed by all that snow and ice have been rescheduled. There’ll be two shows, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

It’s a wild, funny show, with lots of great performances and lots of yuks. So if you missed it before, here’s your chance. Tickets for the postponed performances will be honored at the Jan. 4 show, but the theater is asking that you call ahead and exchange them, so they’ll know how many seats are available for newbies.

Information: (206) 842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.org

More later … — MM