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"An Empty Space provokes a crowded stage. Or to put it another way - director Peter Brook's book has inspired the North Kitsap-based West Sound Academy to fill the Bainbridge High School theater with dance, drama, music and visual arts. We're looking at how different acts of theater can transform the performance space, said producer Jack Yantis. The show depends upon BHS students for technical support, and involves several West Sound Academy pupils who live on the island.Every one at BHS has been most professional, Yantis said. This is a demanding show, but the theater accommodates everything we need.The performers certainly have some curious requirements. In one piece, on-stage artists sketch dancers on a 160 square-foot canvas. In another, performers dramatize poetry into dance. Colin Turner, an island actor training at West Sound Academy, says that merging visual arts and movement can have unusual results, and fellow island student Kelsey Shackel-Anderson agrees. She describes a dance that incorporates soccer and dance movements - it's unusual, she says.The same could be said of the line-up in general. Yantis cites an actor planted in the audience during Neil Simon's version of Anton Chekhov's The Audition as an example of the evening's unconventional treatment of theater. And when he mentions that the old men in David Mamet's The Duck Variations have been substituted for two young girls, it becomes clear that even pieces of traditional theater have been given an experimental twist. We've tried out a lot of different ideas, Turner said. It's been pretty cool.An Empty Space will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Bainbridge High School. Tickets are $5. Information: 598-5954."

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