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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vashon Island's Drama Dock Presents "Side by Side by Sondheim"

Vashon Island has its share of docks, but if you have never heard of "Drama Dock" you've missed the boat. No, Drama Dock is not a structure that sticks out into Puget Sound. It's the island's own community theater, with Artistic Director Elizabeth Ripley at the helm. If you go to see a show put on by this talented group of performers, it will stick out, in your memory though, especially if it's the one coming up this weekend.

Don't miss their production of "Side by Side by Sondheim".  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the Vashon Island High School, 20120 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon WA 98070
L to R in back: Elizabeth Ripley, Richard E. Montague (Master of Ceremonies), Stephanie Murray
Front: Marshall Murray                    Photo by Casey Gripp
As in the case of every non-profit organization, funding presents an ongoing challenge for Drama Dock. That is why this production not only honors and celebrates the master of musical theater—the famous lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheimbut is also a FUND RAISER to help keep the theater group afloat.

"Stephen Sondheim is simply the best lyric writer of our time, the most adventurous composer working in the musical theater, and a most considerable musical dramatist," Ripley said in her press release. It was Ripley and husband-and-wife Drama Dock stars Stephanie and Marshall Murray who came up with this idea. Under Ripley's expert direction it will provide a fun evening full of favorite songs from many of Broadway's most beloved musicals. 

Here's a sampling from the press release:
"We will sing for you songs from Gypsy and West Side Story, for which Sondheim wrote the lyrics, and from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Anyone Can Whistle, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Pacific Overtures, Sweeny Todd, Saturday Night, The Mad Show, and Into the Woods, for which he wrote music and lyrics."

This video is a full PBS interview with Sondheim,who celebrated his 80th birthday in 2010.

poster designed by Lillian Ripley

 I loved the clever poster designed by Elizabeth Ripley's daughter Lillian Ripley.  Spotlights shine down on the shape of Vashon-Maury Island, a community with a high percentage of its population involved in the arts.  (Click here to read my article about the arts on Vashon, in a past issue of SeaPort Airlines Magazine - pages 6-7)

"This is a grand gathering of talent not to be missed!" Ripley says. "Get your tickets to support the future of live theatre on Vashon. And there will a raffle as well-- who can resist a raffle—I know I can't!"

Ticket are available at The Vashon Book Shop and at the door. General Admission $20; Drama Dock Members: $15; Seniors & Students: $10.
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