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Ovation! presents One Night in Argentina

Matthew Cordell and April Spain are two of the artists scheduled to appear at Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge’s Gala Event May 17.   - Keith Brofsky photo
Matthew Cordell and April Spain are two of the artists scheduled to appear at Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge’s Gala Event May 17.
— image credit: Keith Brofsky photo

Tickets are on sale now for Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge’s festive Gala Event, One Night in Argentina.

The evening of song, dance, fun and food is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Grace Church.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve put together to celebrate Ovation! and everything they do for our community,” said Lynn Smith, an Ovation! board member and event chairwoman. “The committee’s been working hard and has put together a terrific combination of super fun entertainment, fantastic food, Argentinian wines, an auction of one-of-a kind items and experiences, dancing and much more. This takes dinner and a show to new heights!”

The event’s committee members are Melinda Lucas, Nichole and Troy Niehaus, Karla Mather, Marijane Milton, JoEllen O’Reilly, Dawn Janow, Elizabeth Faye, Jen O’Neill and Lynn Smith.

One Night in Argentina will also feature a special guest appearance by Argentinian President Juan Peron and the first lady, Eva Duarte Peron (played by Ian Kelly and Michelle Lorenz Odell, who are appearing in Ovation!’s summer production of “Evita.” They will also perform a number from the show).

Many other favorite Ovation! performers are also performing including Matthew Cordell, April Spain, Gary Chambers, Sharon Acton, Dan Englehard, Sarah Mather, Priya Niehaus, Lily Lucas, Myriah Riedel and Todd Baylor.

The event features dinner catered by island favorite Simply Bainbridge, Argentinian Wines from Island Vintners, sweets from Bon Bon and musical entertainment and dancing with the Poulsbo Jazz Collective.

There will also be an auction centered on experiences and art.

“There are a lot of auctions at fundraisers and we are making this one a bit different by focusing on unique experiences and one-of-a-kind artwork and items,” Smith added.

“This event could not come at a better time for Ovation!,” said Ovation! co-founder and board member Marijane C. Milton.

“We are facing a 40 percent rate increase to use the high school stage for our mainstage shows as well as increased costs in many other areas. We hope the community comes out to support Ovation! at this critical time,” she added.

Ovation! will also be announcing the title of its holiday 2014 production at the gala event.

For more information, visit, email or visit Ovation!’s Facebook page.

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