Arts Briefs | June 23 edition

Celebrate Polynesian culture at an upcoming event at VCA, enjoy a classical piano series, and more.

Aloha, Vashon

Island Vibes, a free 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 p.m., with performers demonstrating dance and instruments, as well as food and fun for the whole family.

Find out more about this free event at

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

Classical Piano series at Vashon Center for the Arts

Vashon Center for the Arts is proud to introduce a new classical summer piano series, PianoFête, from July 6 to 9.

PianoFête presents four distinct concert experiences featuring acclaimed pianists Vyacheslav Gryaznov, Katya Kramer-Lapin and Konstantin Soukhovetski, with accompanying musicians from the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra.

Curated by artist-in-residence Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov, this series will be the first time VCA’s Katherine L. White Hall will host two concert grand pianos on stage to accommodate the mastery of duo and four-hand playing compositions ranging from Rachmaninoff to Ravel.

Individual tickets to performances are $28 to $35. Youth under 18 are free. Passes for the entire concert series are available for $75.