Welcome to final episode of the “Bainbridge Stay At Home Companion.” Produced in partnership with Bainbridge Prepares and the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), it's like good old-fashioned fireside radio! Binge episodes 1 - 8 on BPA's Facebook page.

Episode 8: The Next First Step. The eighth and final episode of the Bainbridge Stay at Home Companion, "The Next First Step," was hosted by Pete Benson and produced by Miranda Feldtman, Liz Ellis, Matt Longmire, Ann Wilkinson-Ellis, and John Ellis. This week featured music by St. Paul de Vence. Theme music was provided by Adam Prairie. Written by Miranda Feldtman and Liz Ellis, "May I Have Your Attention Please: This is REALLY Your Captain Speaking" featured Travis Samson and Tim Koivu and was edited by Travis Samson. "Animal Radio," written by Layne DeGrow and Liz Ellis was performed (“with significant improvements”) by Henry Epp, Justin Lynn, JC Figueroa, Jesse Smith, Catherine MacLeod, Cynthia Lair, Layne DeGrow, Ted Dowling, and Kayla Teel. "Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth" featured Maddy Garfunkel in conversation with Miranda Feldtman and the improv stylings of Bhama Roget, Hope Koon, and John Ellis.

Host: Pete Benson. This week's host and BPA's Director of Education, Pete has most recently been seen in several BPA productions including Much Ado About Nothing, August: Osage County, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. From the age of nine, Pete Benson pounded the boards in San Jose, California working primarily with San Jose Children’s Musical Theater (Now CMT San Jose) and City Lights Theater Company. After gaining a two-year degree from the Professional Actor’s Conservatory in Orange County he performed up and down the West Coast with various theaters, including The Western Stage and PCPA. Looking to further refine his skills, Pete attended California Institute of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts. For the last two decades, Pete has been working with Matt Groening Productions, first in the design department of the animated-show Futurama and then for a decade-long stint in merchandise and publishing with all of MGP properties, including The Simpsons and Life in Hell.

Featured Musical Guest: St. Paul de Vence. Originally born of the inspiring life story of lead-singer, Benjamin Doerr’s grandfather, the music of St. Paul de Vence followed the journey of the boy who grew up in the south of France, came of age under the Nazi Occupation, and went on to fight with the Free French, liberating France at the end of WWII. Driven by a love of strong harmonies, varied instrumentation, and a narrative at once adventurous and relatable, the band continues to explore sonic landscapes, bringing a great dynamic with them from the record to the stage. Having built their sound - and indeed their entire experience - organically, they continue to find themselves in inspiring performance opportunities ranging from festivals to living rooms, clubs to private events. At the heart of the process is the never ending re-discovery of the human condition.