Arts and Entertainment

Thespians plan to do it on the fly in fundraiser for VAA, Drama Dock

Local thespians will fly without a net on Saturday, when Drama Dock throws “Improv Night,” an event aimed at raising money for the community theater company and Vashon Allied Art’s new performing arts center.

The evening will pit teams of actors against each other in a contest for prizes, audience affection and applause. The teams — made up of islanders of all ages and experience levels — will have to quickly devise plans to improvise sketch comedy scenarios that will be generated by the audience.

Organizers promise an interactive, fast-paced evening — “a celebration of good humor and exuberance.” Violinist Sarah Perlman and a group of her musical friends will provide the soundtrack for the evening.

The night will be hosted by Andrew McMasters, a seasoned pro and artistic director of Jet City Improv, a 20-year Seattle comedy institution.

McMasters also travels widely to host auctions and presentations for corporate clients, as well as conduct workshops that use the concepts of improvisational theater to improve communication and teamwork.

Drama Dock, now in its third decade as the island’s community theater group, plans to stage “Black Comedy,” a British farce by Peter Schaffer, in April in a production directed by Steffon Moody. The company’s summer musical will be “Into the Woods,” a Stephen Sondheim blockbuster hit that intertwines several famous fairy tales. Auditions for that show will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the McMurray band room and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Vashon High School band room.

Drama Dock’s “Improv Night” will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron, with a no-host wine bar and locally made gourmet chocolates and other confections. Tickets, $10, are on sale at Vashon Bookshop and the Blue Heron.


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