Rock! Opera! Drama Dock! Vashon’s longstanding community theatre organization pulls out all the stops with its summer production of The Who’s ‘Tommy.’ The show opens June 27 for a two-weekend run at Vashon Center for the Arts.
Drama Dock’s all-island cast features Allison Shirk, Tony Mann, Haily Quackenbush, Chair Ste.Marie, Sarah Howard, Elise Ericksen, Julea Gardner, Matt Wilson, Anne Moses, Sue deNies, Gabriel Dawson, Lucy Rogers and Phoebe Ray. Musicians include Christopher Overstreet, keyboards; Andy James, guitar; Gavin Ford Kovite, bass; Jesse Whitford, percussion; and Mike Nichols, harmonica. ‘Tommy’ is directed by Elise Morrill. Choreographer is Hallie Aldrich and Musical Director is Christopher Overstreet.
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album by Pete Townshend, The Who’s ‘Tommy’ is an exhilarating journey of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for 50 years. Since Townshend first wrote and recorded ‘Tommy’ with The Who as a double album in 1969, it has had multiple incarnations – as a Ken Russell film fantasy starring Elton John, as a London Symphony Orchestra version, and as a wildly successful Broadway production, winning five Tony Awards.
Like a rock ‘n roll rocket, Drama Dock’s ‘Tommy’ aims to accelerate the senses by offering the story as an explosive musical theatre piece, surrounded by one of the most powerful musical scores ever written. But there is also deeply thoughtful momentum at play in Vashon’s treatment of this rock opera for the ages. Director Elise Morrill, Musical Director Christopher Overstreet and Choreographer Hallie Aldrich, together with a talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians are creating a vital and vibrant work, with a significant artistic gesture towards empathy and healing. Vashon audiences will want to not miss this event! Drama Dock suggests parental guidance for children age 13 and under.
Dates for Drama Dock’s The Who’s ‘Tommy’ are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 27-29, at 7 pm; Sunday, June 30, 2 pm; Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, at 7 pm; Sunday, July 7 at 2 pm.
Tickets $25 general; $22 seniors, students, VCA and Drama Dock members, available at vashoncenterforthearts.org
As a non-profit organization inspiring Vashon audiences since 1976, the mission of Drama Dock is to experience, enrich and express our community through the creation of theatre. Please visit