Alessandra Rose, a Bremerton-based chanteuse who has charmed islanders with prior performances at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA), Open Space for Arts & Community and Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret, will return to the island at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, for a holiday-themed show at VCA.
The evening, a presentation of Debra Heesch Productions and VCA, will come complete with a stage full of fluffy flocked trees with sparkling lights, serving as a backdrop to Rose and her trio as they deliver 21 classic holidays songs, performed in a distinctive, jazzy style.
In a phone interview, Rose said she’s excited to return to Vashon to bring “a little bit of merry and happy” to island audiences, young and old. She’ll be dressed appropriately for the occasion, she said, wearing her trademark sequins.
“I have an outfit I’m very excited to wear,” she said.
Rose said that as the mother of two, she has crafted her new holiday show to appeal to family audiences, with her own jazzy, storytelling take on songs including “Frosty the Snowman” and many more.
The show will open with a short set by Star Anna, another performer who has frequently performed on Vashon, before Rose takes the stage with Seattle composer and pianist Christopher Jones and David Nichols, a multi-instrumentalist who will bring his electric guitar to the show.
For Rose, who performed her new holiday show with Jones and Nichols for the first time last week at the Tokeland Hotel, in Tokeland, Washington, the show is a joyous way to take the stage again after a long pandemic hiatus.
The intimate evening of holiday classic songs, she said, has given her a chance to “be vulnerable again” and “to ease back into production.”
She has long wanted to present her own holiday show, she said — describing her effort to create the show as a deep dive into understanding and delivering up familiar songs in a new way to tell a complete story.
The lyrically-inspired show, she said, will give audiences that chance to really hear each song — an experience she also had while putting the show together.
“It’s been fun to listen to what the songs really are this time,” she said.
To purchase tickets and see a short trailer for the event, visit vashoncenterforthearts.com. To find out more about Alessandra Rose, visit alessandrarose.com.