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A performer cooks up a theatrical feast
Vashon performer Arlette Moody is joining together with some of her closest Island friends on Friday and Saturday to present “More Feasting,” a variety show that she hopes will leave her audiences feeling pampered.
“More Feasting” — a collection of 12 theater, music, dance and comedy vignettes — has been put together by Moody as part of Vashon Allied Arts’ ongoing New Works Series.
The show, she said, is “about appreciating what we have and enjoying simple, delectable pleasures, like allowing someone to make you feel good by giving you a stroke on your check or having a little glass of wine and a conversation. Everyone wants to feel loved and appreciated.”
To that end, Moody has invited some of the people she loves most on Vashon to be in the show, which will be staged at the Blue Heron on a set decorated with her own hand-made, crescent-shaped luminaries.
The cast includes a group of singers, dancers and performers who are well known to Island audiences — Esther Edelman, Kathy Zbryck, Cathy de Smet, Lynelle Sjoberg, Abby Enson, Adrienne Selvey Mildon and Lyn McManus.
Members of Moody’s own family will also make appearances. Funny man and UMO founding member Steffon Moody will perform a vignette in the show on Friday night only, and Steffon and Arlette’s 12-year-old daughter Louisa will help her mother close the show both nights with a special dance.
Other prominent Islanders have also been enlisted to help behind the scenes. Actor, writer and theater impresario Kevin Joyce directed Moody’s opening number for the show, and choreographer Francois Serre y Berga choreographed a jazz trio piece that will be performed by Moody, Edelman and Zbryck.
Audiences can also expect tender solo pieces by Moody, as she sings songs by her favorite songwriter, Kate Bush.
Moody, who moved to Vashon 15 years ago, said she was thrilled to be sharing the stage with so many friends.
“What a glorious thing to work with your friends on these creative projects — how lovely is that?” she asked. “I socialize through my work, so this was a great way to interact with my friends. It’s a very powerful thing to connect with other people, when you’re all singing the same thing together, or dancing together.”
Moody also plans to connect with her audience during a special moment at the beginning of her show.
“I might be gifting the audience with some little treats,” she hinted. “I love my audience and want them to feel so happy that they came.”
“More Feasting” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Blue Heron. Tickets, $12 and $15, are on sale at the Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Island book stores and www.brownpapertickets.com. The show is rated PG-13.