1976. America’s Bicentennial. Dancing Queen from Abba was #1. A group of arts-minded neighbors on Vashon created a nonprofit called Drama Dock to bring quality stage presentations to our island.
Forty-five years later, we celebrate the many accomplishments of our community’s longest running theatre organization. Over the last nearly five decades, Drama Dock and its cast of performers, stagehands, and other volunteers has presented serious plays, holiday favorites, musicals, and great comedies.
Especially important is the label nonprofit. No theatre can pay its bills purely on ticket sales. This island has supported Drama Dock for nearly half a century. We are grateful for the thousands of tickets sold, the pages of program advertising and gifts of materials that have made our shows possible.
Those involved in our performances have been talented residents of Vashon with an occasional addition from the mainland. Thespians of all ages and expertise have graced our stages. People of all walks of life have built and painted the sets. Many of our island’s young people had their first exposure performing with Drama Dock. Several have taken these experiences to college theatre and beyond.
Other performing organizations have been founded on the island by people who got their start with Drama Dock. We are delighted for the endless possibilities of even more theatre and look forward to collaborating whenever the opportunity rises.
Whether you are a newcomer to Vashon, a theatre veteran who is ready to re-engage or a long time islander looking for something new to do, Drama Dock is the place you can stoke your dramatic, comedic or musical fires. Or, if you like to pound nails, push a paint brush, and be involved in the technical side of theatre, we have a place for you. Whatever your interests, you will find all your fellow volunteers to be a fun, vibrant group of island neighbors.
We also welcome a new generation of Board members who will continue to build and enhance the foundations of an enduring arts organization. At the helm is Lisa Peretti, artistic director who brings 30 years of professional experience to Drama Dock. An islander since the age of five, Lisa knows Vashon Island intimately and is proud to lead the iconic Drama Dock organization into the future. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Post-graduate degree in Acting and Musical Theatre from Mountview Theatre Academy (London, UK), and an M.A. in Performance Studies from The University of London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK). She is an actor, singer-songwriter, theatre educator, director, and playwright. Drama Dock is thrilled to have Lisa leading the organization.
Just around the corner!
Drama Dock returns to the stage with a production of the award-winning ‘ART’, a riotous play about art and friendship. It comes to the Vashon Center for the Arts July 15-18 during Strawberry Festival. Tickets are on sale now at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Visit DramaDock.org for upcoming performances for 2021 and 2022, including an original musical written by Lisa Peretti, ‘Winghaven Park’. This new musical play, set on Vashon during 1944, is a nod to the golden-age of musicals. With mix of dialogue and song, the ‘Winghaven Park’ explores the consequences of war and forgotten love.
For 45 years, Drama Dock has been a cultural gem for this place we call home in the center of Puget Sound. We can’t wait to throw open the doors, raise the curtain and bring up the lights for a great new season of live entertainment – for you. Welcome back!