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Church of Great Rain marks the season with a festive show

Church of Great Rain cast members will whoop it up at a holiday show. - Jeff Dunnicliff Photo
Church of Great Rain cast members will whoop it up at a holiday show.
— image credit: Jeff Dunnicliff Photo

Vashon’s own variety show, The Church of Great Rain, will celebrate the spirit of the season with a special holiday show at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

The holiday show will feature the Church House Band, twisted news and irreverent views expressed in holiday sketches featuring the Holy Roller Radio Players and a lively impromptu sermon by the troupe’s preacher, played by local performing icon David Godsey. More than 60 Island actors, musicians, writers and technical crew contribute to Great Rain shows. Joining the cast for this performance will be Island actor and singer Louis Mangione.

Special musical guests will be Manooghi Hi, an East-meets-West ensemble made up of musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds. The band’s lead singer, India native Mehnaz, has worked with her Northwest accomplices to construct a new take on music, mixing up rock-and-roll instrumentation and presentation with Indian scales, harmony and rhythms.

Seattle PI music critic Gene Stout has described Mehnaz and her music as “mesmerizing and otherworldly.”

The band has performed at the Triple Door, Bumbershoot, South By Southwest, Sundance Film Festival, Oregon Country Fair and Oregon’s World Music Festival, among other places.

Church of Great Rain holiday show tickets are $10 at Vashon Bookshop and Golden Circle Passes for four, including a reserved table in front, are $60 at and at the door.

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