Arts and Entertainment

A concert, puppet show and spooky play are on the way

A New Works concert is coming up

Vashon Allied Arts’ New Works Series will continue in October with a multimedia performance by Christopher Overstreet, an artist and classical and modern improvisational pianist.

Overstreet will merge his performance and composition skills with self-designed computer software to create a spectacle of piano, movement and computer-generated sound and light.

Abby Enson will add a movement element to the performance.

The New Works Series, a longtime Vashon Allied Arts program, provides the Blue Heron venue for local artists from all disciplines, including music, dance, literature and theater, to premiere new work.

The series has included plays, concerts, one-person shows and elaborate multi-media collaborations.

Overstreet’s performance, “Impromptu 4 Laser Piano” will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets for the show are $12 to $14. Call 463-5131 to purchase by phone.

Drama Dock presents Bradbury plays

Just in time for Halloween, Drama Dock will offer two one-act plays from science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.

“The Veldt” and “Kaleidoscope” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22 through 24 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Vashon High School Theater.

In “The Veldt,” well-meaning parents reap catastrophic results when they delegate child-rearing duties to machines and technology. “Kaleidoscope” explores lost dreams and opportunities not taken when seven astronauts find themselves in a situation of certain death.

The shows have original music composed by Christopher Overstreet. Cast members include Dianna Ammon, Kirk Beeler, Jill Bulow, Sue DeNies, Michael Fitzgerald, Antonia Greene, Maya Krah, Molly Mazor-Brown, Gordon Millar, Gretchen Neffinger, Mary Kay Rauma and Adam Westerman. Patricia Kelly is the production’s director.

Tickets, $8 to $10, are on sale at Vashon Bookshop, Books By the Way and at the door.

A new family series kicks off with Tears of Joy

Vashon Allied Arts is launching a new family series that will include variety of programs between now and April.

The first show in the series, slated for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, will be “When Animals Were People,” by Vancouver, Washington-based Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre.

The show is inspired by a tale from the Huichol Indians of Mexico. The puppeteers will also perform “The Lazy Bee,” based on an Argentinian fable. Dialogue will mostly be spoken in English, but peppered with Spanish words and phrases as well.

Tickets cost $8 to $12, depending on age and VAA membership status. Call 463-5131 to purchase in advance.

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