Arts and Entertainment

Bloedel Reserve to host BPA’s ‘Twelfe Night’

Bainbridge Performing Arts will join with the Bloedel Reserve to present an outdoor summertime performance of “Twelfe Night, or What You Will” by the BPA Shakespeare Society from July 11 through July 26 in the meadow at the reserve.

BPA notes that the Bloedel Reserve will offer the ideal backdrop for the play. In the exotic Mediterranean dukedom of Illyria, there is a plague upon the land. Everyone is in love — with the wrong person. Disguise and deceit are the order of the day as a love triangle entangles an ever-widening circle, and only music has the power to cure the madness of love.

“Bloedel Reserve is excited to collaborate with BPA, as they are experts in producing high-quality entertainment,” said Korum Bischoff, director of communications and events for Bloedel. “Their superb performance, coupled with the reserve’s inspiring landscape, promises a memorable outdoor show for theater-goers.”

Director Tom Challinor will lead an experienced cast joined by assistant director Lee Ann Hittenberger.

The show starts Tony Gasbarri as Orsino, Luc Rosenthal as Sebastian, Tres Cozine as Antonio, Charlie Hamilton as Sea Captain/Priest, Paul Leonetti as Valentine, Gary Fetterplace as Sir Toby Belch, Brace Evans as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Matt Eldridge as Malvolio, Peter Denis as Fabian, Joel Underwood as Feste, Jenny Crooks as Olivia, Zenaida Smith as Viola, Kristi Ann Jacobson as Maria, Tyler Weaver as Officer/Lord, Ben Eldridge as Lord, Zac Norberg as Lord, and Sophie Eldridge as Lady.

Just over two hours, the production has one intermission. Seating is limited, and those attending may bring lawn chairs or blankets.

“Twelfe Night, or What You Will” will be presented at 7 p.m. July 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26. Gates open at 6 p.m. Visitors may enter the grounds earlier in the day by paying a reduced admission fee to Bloedel.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers, and may be purchased online at, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. North. The BPA Shakespeare Society’s 2013 production of “The Tempest” was met with rave reviews and sold out quickly; patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

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