Arts Briefs | June 16 edition

Audition for ‘Sweeney Todd,’ celebrate Polynesian culture, and more.

Auditions for ‘Sweeney Todd’

Vashon Repertory Theatre (VRT) will stage Stephen Sondheim’s comically macabre musical, ‘Sweeney Todd,” Feb. 16 to 19 and February 23 to 26, 2023, at Open Space for Arts and Community on Vashon.

Auditions for this legendary show will happen from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, at Open Space, located at 18870 103rd Ave SW.

Aspiring performers should come prepared to sing a song (not from the show) and deliver a short (one to two minutes) monologue. A resume and headshot are required. An accompanist will be provided. The two lead roles, Sweeney and Ms. Lovett, are cast.

VRT’s Producing Artistic Director, Charlotte Tiencken, will direct the play with musical direction by Christopher Overstreet and choreography by UMO’s Elizabeth Klob. Rehearsals begin in Oct. 2022 on a limited basis and in earnest in January 2023.

To sign up for auditions, go to Those who are unable to attend the in-person auditions may send a video (Vimeo or YouTube link) to no later than June 30. Send questions to

‘Prince Achmed’ combines film, live music

Acclaimed Seattle duo, Miles and Karina, are set to deliver a cinematic treat to Vashon — they’ll perform a live, original score featuring viola, banjo, guitars, accordian, glockenspiel and more to accompany the 1926 silent film classic “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Vashon Center or the Arts.

Youth 18 and younger will be admitted free to the show, which is suitable for family audiences.

The oldest existing full-length animated film, “Prince Achmed” tells a story inspired by tales of “The Arabian Nights.” The film is entirely made from exquisite silhouette cut-out animation, crafted by pioneering German filmmaker, Lotte Reiniger.

Tickets, $15 to $23, are available at

Aloha, Vashon

Island Vibes, a celebration of Polynesian dancing, food, music and culture, will take place from 6 to 8 pm. Friday, June 24, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Included in the event is a performance by the Halau Hula O Napualani dance group, and kumu hula Gloria Huji Nahale’a will take to the stage with stories, dance and music. After the show, there will be a party in the VCA Atrium from 7 to 8 pm., with performers demonstrating dance and instruments, as well as food and fun for the whole family. Find out more and get tickets at

Chilean star Pascuala Ilabaca comes to town

Hailing from Valparaiso, Chile, singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca is a distinct and treasured voice in both the Latin American and World Music scenes. In little more than a decade, she has released six albums and performed on multiple world tours. She is known for her performances that are both flamboyant and refreshing. Ilabaca has performed in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the UK, and soon on Vashon Island. Come join us for her Kay White Hall debut at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

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