Arts Briefs | Feb. 23 edition

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day early, audition for Drama Dock Theatre’s next mainstage productions, and more.

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day early

A house concert featuring two masters of Irish traditional music will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, featuring seven-time Ireland accordion champion and islander John Whelan, joined by Chicago’s own Seán Cleland.

Whelan is often hailed as one of the world’s most accomplished living Irish button accordion players. He was born to Irish parents living in Dunstable, England, and raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, learning his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor, and his teacher, Brendan Mulkaire. Whelan has received the “Musician of the Year” award from the Irish Music Association twice. He has recorded more than 15 CDs and spent several weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard World Music Charts.

Cleland is an award-winning Irish fiddle player, Irish music teacher, adjudicator, collaborator, producer and the executive director of the Irish Music School of Chicago, a non-profit traditional Irish music school, which he founded in 2003. He, too, has performed and traveled widely, appearing with acclaimed acts in his genre.

Donations for the concert are $20 – $25 at door. Please contact Jan Strolle at 206-228-0730 or for a reservation and information about the show’s location.

Audition for Drama Dock

Auditions for Drama Dock Theatre’s next mainstage productions will take place from 1 to 6, Saturday, March 4, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in the Green Room of Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA). Actors can sign up in advance for audition times at a link provided at

Shows to be cast include “An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly, which will have a run from June 22-25 at VCA, and “See How They Run,” which will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2, at Vashon High School Theater.

“An Inspector Calls” a drama/mystery thriller set in England in 1912, has four male and three female roles, in the age range of the early 20s to mid-60s.

“See How they Run” is a British farce, with roles for five males and four to six females, ranging in age from 30s to 60s. The setting is 1940s rural England.

All roles will be paid, and all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to audition. Seattle and Tacoma actors who are not available to audition in person can make arrangements for virtual auditions by calling 206-712-5573 or emailing

Drama Dock is also looking for lighting, scenic, and costume designers, as well as stage managers — send a resume and email inquiry to All design and stage management positions are also paid.

Vashon’s Got Talent

A community talent showcase, art exhibition and reception to raise funds for Safe Grad Night at Vashon High School (VHS) will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the VHS Theater.

The evening will start with appetizers, a VHS student art exhibit, a silent auction and a raffle in the VHS Great Room. The show will start at 7 p.m.

Performers will include signer/songwriter Kat Eggleston; musical trio Maire Kennan, Lewis Schofield and Jack Odegard; dancer Talia Roybal; comedian Pearce Cobarr; musicians Eva Cain and Daryl Redeker; the Vashon High School Drama Club performing a scene from “Alice in Wonderland,” and the family band of Louisa, Giacomo, Arlette and Steffon Moody.

All proceeds from this event go toward putting on Safe Grad Night 2023 — a top-secret, all-night adventure to begin immediately after the graduation ceremony.

Safe Grad Night is sponsored by VARSA and is open to all graduating island seniors regardless of whether or not they have attended Vashon High School.

Admission to the fundraiser is $30 and includes pre-show appetizers.

Purchase tickets here.