The fashion world of BPA

"Whether it's a late-19th-century evening gown or a grass skirt, Bainbridge Performing Arts has the costume you never knew you were looking for.Peacoats, kimonos, crystals, uniforms and other duds will go on sale from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 23.We've got a lot of fun stuff, said BPA's Mykel Pennington. All kinds of things we've had to beg, borrow and steal for shows.BPA normally costumes its productions through second-hand stores, sewing volunteers, loans and donations, all overseen by each show's costume designer.Costumes range from productions as diverse as My Fair Lady, The Little Prince, Annie, Born Yesterday and The Wind in the Willows, and more.While providing for all stripes of everyday sartorial use, the sale is also a prime opportunity for Halloween browsing.Pennington pulled out a polyester shirt - black body, technicolor sleeves and ultra-wide collar.Somebody out there should be wearing this, she said.(The writer rather liked the plaid jacket littered with buttons like MAD: Musicians Against Discos.)Costumes from last year's A Christmas Carol will not be available, however, as BPA plans to restage the production this December.We try to be responsive to the community, Pennington said. Lots of people came to see it and have been saying 'Bring it back,' so we will.Productions are chosen by a board who compiles a list of submissions and whittles it down based on space requirements, the available local talent pool and royalties and production costs. They then read the plays on the short list and make the final decision.We try to provide a diversity of shows for the actors as well as the audiences, Pennington said - usually a drama, a family show, a comedy and a musical comprise the season's schedule.This year, BPA will produce Deathtrap, a dark comedy by Ira Levin, A Christmas Carol by Dickens, the comedy You Can't Take it with You by Moss Hart and George Kaufman and the famous gangster musical Guys and Dolls.And if you see something you like on-stage, keep it in mind. It may be for sale next year.* * * * *Bainbridge Performing Arts is now taking patron subscriptions for the upcoming theater and orchestra seasons. The theater season will include these productions:Deathtrap by Ira Levin (Oct. 20-Nov. 4) - Billed as a thriller to remember...with gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter, in which a frustrated playwright goes to any length for fame and fortune.A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Dec. 8-23) - A true-to-text version of the holiday favorite. Ebenezer Scrooge is called to account for being selfish, greedy creature by three spirits who share the true meaning of life on Christmas Eve.You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (Feb. 16-March 3) - The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows the misadventures of the Sycamores in a tale of romance, fireworks, duchesses and tax collectors.Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser from a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (April 20-May 5) - Enter a world of gangsters, gamblers, wild humor, and song and dance.The orchestra season will include:Nov. 19-20 - Rossini, Barber of Seville Overture; Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1; Schubert, Symphony No. 8, Unfinished Symphony.March 17-18 - Grainger, Irish Tune from County Derry; Grieg, Norwegian Dances, op. 35; Tschaikovsky, second symphony, Little Russian; Vivaldi, Sinfonia No. 3.June 2-3 - Beethoven, Prometheus Overture; Dvorak, Symphony No. 6 in D-minor.Theater season packages are $60 for adults, $48 for students and seniors; orchestra season packages are $30 for adults, $24 for students and seniors.Information: 842-8569. "

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