In this podcast, BCB’s Channie Peters interviews Tom Challinor, Director of the Shakespeare Society of Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) about this year’s production, Twelfth Night. 

It will be performed at the South Meadow of Bloedel Reserve on three weekends from July 11th until July 26th.

Tom is a seasoned and long-time student, actor, teacher and director of Shakespeare. In this interview, he gives us a brief director’s insight into “Why Shakespeare?” on Bainbridge Island. And he explains how this production fits perfectly into the pastoral setting of Bloedel Reserve.

The performances start at 7:00pm, but patrons may arrive at 6:00pm for reduced admission to enjoy Bloedel’s beautiful gardens.  After 6:00pm, picnic dinners will be allowed in the meadow before the performances on blankets or lawn chairs.  For more information, visit

Ticket purchase in advance is encouraged because last year’s Shakespeare production (The Tempest) sold out.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the box office at 200 Madison Ave North.

Tom also teaches popular weekly drop-in classes on Shakespeare.  In June and July, classes will be on Mondays at Waterfront Park Community Center (formerly, the Senior Center) from 2:30 to 4:00pm, and on Wednesdays at BPA from 10:30am to noon.  Starting on June 2nd, the class will be reading Twelfth Night.

Credits:  BCB Host: Channie Peters; BCB Audio Editor: Stuart Stranahan.  Synthetic music splash: Dave Bristow. BCB ferry music: Dogfish Bay Studios.