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Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.
Becky’s New Car was commissioned in 2008 as a birthday gift from former islander Charles Staadecker to his wife Benita. Written by Steven Dietz and premiered at ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has grown into an extraordinarily successful phenomenon with dozens of productions worldwide.Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.

The Vashon Island ShakesKIDS! present KING LEAR at First Friday Art Walk at Spoke Gallery along with artwork inspired by King Lear and generated by the company.

VAA Center for Dance “Original Works” returns this March. Previously part of the VAA Center for Dance Spring Recital, Original Works stands as its own production for the third year in a row.

Acclaimed actor/storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky will narrate stories from his popular podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, at the Vashon Theatre on Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Vashon senior class and the Vashon Scholarship Foundation.  His last performance on Vashon in 2011--also a fundraiser for the schools--filled the house.

On Saturday, March 5th at 7:00pm, a talented group of Island artists will perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at St. John Vianney Church on Vashon. 

From roving giant puppets to puppet and comedy shows, Vashon Island’s Zambini Brothers are a versatile and always entertaining troupe of puppeteers and artists. The puppets are handmade from papier-mâché and unusual materials, making every character unique, beautiful and engaging.

An event for the whole family! Full of tumbling, performances, prizes, music, desserts, music and more!
All to Benefit the UMO Ensemble and UMO School of Physical Arts!
 WHEN:  Saturday, February 6th; Doors open at 6pm 

In our lifelong pursuit of work and mediocrity we often lose sight of the little weird pleasantries that punctuate our brief tenures on this planet. In recent years this problem has become so severe that, as a society, we have offshored the job of silly-seeker to those already employed in the fine art of explaining to you what it is you are experiencing when you are experiencing Life.

Vashon Youth Theatre will unwrap its latest production — the timeless tale of THE WIZARD OF OZ — just in time for the holiday season this year.

On December 4, 5 and 6, VAA Center for Dance presents its annual Nutcracker at Vashon High School Theater. This production features more than 50 dancers, showcasing five graduating seniors. New choreography includes the Arabian Princess danced by senior Hannah Van Dusen

The Seattle International Comedy Competition is the REAL “Last Comic Standing.” 26 Days, 22 Shows, 18 Venues from Vancouver to Bellingham. 33 comedians from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

On the weekend of November 20 – 22, Vashon Allied Art’s Youth Musical Theater program will be presenting the new musical, The Snow Queen, based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson, at the Vashon United Methodist Church. There will be 3 shows – Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 PM and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 PM. 16 students will perform onstage and Lizzie Staehli (also a student) will design and run lights and the power point slides.

Get ready to twist and shout with Caspar Babypants! Playing Fab Four covers off his brand new album BEATLES BABY! (along with lots of old favorites), ‘90s alt-rock icon Chris Ballew is back for another fun, high-energy performance full of singing, dancing, jumping and fun you don’t want to miss. Come and sing along to fun renditions of “Hey Jude,” “Honey Pie,” “For You Blue” and a whole lot more. Halloween costumes encouraged! Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10:30 am at Vashon Allied Arts

The classical concert Series continues with violinist and educator Dr. Quinton Morris has played Carnegie Hall, and founded The Young Eight, the only professional African-American classical octet in the world. Morris launches his world tour on Vashon, playing the sonatas of the eighteenth century violinist, conductor and first classical composer of African origin. Accompanied by Alastair Edmonstone on piano.

Within an old trunk in the attic lies a treasure trove of games, memories and circus acts. As the trunk’s contents are revealed, five friends are inspired to relive their formative years, and rekindle their love of play.

One of the world’s most frequently performed operas, The Elixir of Love is cherished for its whimsical wit and endearing characters, not to mention the many intoxicating duets and “Una furtiva lagrima,” one of the most hauntingly beautiful of all tenor arias. Season Seven of  Vashon Opera opens in September

New York City or Bust!
Vashon’s own UMO Ensemble journeys to the New York Fringe Festival in August with FAIL BETTER, their critically acclaimed love letter to Samuel Beckett.
But before they go… they’re inviting you to a benefit performance!

Every year, Dance!Vashon brings a familiar tale to life through the beautiful art of dance. These productions feature original choreography and music and are performed by students of Vashon Dance Academy.

This Summer, Vashon Youth Theatre (VYT) brings Carrie The Musical to Vashon Island! As a youth production, Carrie The Musical gives young island thespians a safe opportunity to explore and grapple with the real world challenges of bullying, domestic abuse and mental illness. In their place, Carrie The Musical asks the question, “What does it cost to be kind?”

This charming chamber opera written in 1947 by Benjamin Britten will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. The busybodies of the Loxford May Day committee cannot find a virtuous female to be the May Queen, so they name the shy, coddled grocer’s son, Albert Herring, as May King.

It’s staggering to me that there are over 2,500 operas and yet today’s opera companies perform the same top 10 over and over again.  This is a trend because yes -  the top 10 or top 20 are great works - but also because it’s a huge financial risk for any opera company not to fill the seats for their performances. This spring folks ask “What is your spring opera?”

“My Praguers understand me”––Mozart’s famous quote is the inspiration for Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert. The program features Mozart masterpieces and charismatic works by Czech composers, including the dreamy “Idyll” by Leos Janacek and a collection of movements by Smetana, Suk and Martinu.

    Vashon’s shiniest, funniest, naughtiest event returns, with an even hotter extravanganza…
Falling on the weekend of Beltane, Burlesco Notturno HOT calls to mind the ancient May Day festival of fertility and fire – a celebration of the power of heat and new beginnings, falling into place as the sun waxes its way strongly into summer.Burlesco Notturno HOT

Islanders Marc Powell and Chaim Rosemarin appear in Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool, a dramatic two-person play that examines the tension between a high school vice-principal and a Middle-Eastern born transfer student.