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Try out for Drama Dock plays

Drama Dock is holding auditions for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Ober Park. Those auditioning should prepare a song, preferably from the show. Auditions are for ages 18 and older only, and I.D.s will be checked. Performances of this show will be July 7 to 17. Auditions for “Enchanted April,” which features characters ages 18 to 100, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Ober Park performance space. Thespians will read from the script. The show will be performed in April. Scripts for both shows are available at Vashon Library. Questions? Call Elizabeth Ripley at 463-6388.

Lend your voice to two choirs

Vashon’s Free Range Folk Choir will begin its winter season with rehearsals from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 10 at the Methodist Church.The choir celebrates the ways music from around the world can lift the spirit and cultivate community. No auditions are necessary. For more information, visit or contact Shane Jewell at 463-0778.

The Vashon Island Chorale begins its next session on Jan. 11. The choir rehearses in the Vashon High School band room every Tuesday from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. and will prepare the Brahms’ “Requiem” for concerts on April 9 and 10. Tenor and bass voices are especially needed. Pre-registration will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 8, at Vashon Bookshop. Dues and music costs are $64. For more information, call Karen Baer at 463-9247.

“Whistling Monster” is coming

Vashon Allied Arts will bring “The Whistling Monster” to the stage in the spring, as a culmination to several upcoming classes for youth.

“The Whistling Monster,” based on a South American folk tale, began its life on Vashon last year, when 450 students in Andy James’ music class at Chautauqua Elementary School adapted the story with help from Island artists. The result was a CD composed, played and sung by the young students.

Shortly after the CD was released, Blue Heron Dance Director Christine Juarez inquired about producing “The Whistling Monster” as a dance performance. The result is a number of classes that will support the dance performances, which will take place at Vashon High School on May 6, 7 and 8.

Classes, which will begin in late January, will include a youth chorus, instructed by James, for grades 3 to 8. A drum corps, led by Geoff Johns, is also for grades 3 to 8. A class in set design for grades 5 to 12 will be taught by Kim Newell, and a class in costume design for grades 6 to 12 will be led by Patricia Toovey. Steffon Moody will also teach a class in puppet-making for grades 3 to 6. Dance classes for members of the Blue Heron Dance Company will also focus on the story of “The Whistling Monster.” Tuitions vary for each class, and scholarship applications are encouraged. To find out more, call Wendy Finkleman at 463-5131 or pick up a copy of Island Arts.

Audition for two short plays

Auditions for two short plays in Vashon Allied Arts’ New Works Series, “The Cure” and “Uncommon Clay,” will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 22, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Blue Heron Arts Center. There are parts for adult men and women of all ages. Actors and actresses should prepare one short monologue, and selections from the script will also be provided. For more information, call Marc Powell at 225-8085.

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