Short Subjects

Posted October 19, 2006

Casting call

The Vineyard Playhouse is holding open auditions for Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," set to be performed weekends from Dec. 8 through 23. Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo, the play is part of the repertory for the Playhouse's annual Family Holiday Show.

There are eight roles open for girls and boys ages 10 to 12, four teens ages 13 to 18, and six adults. Actors will read from scripts provided at the audition. Audition times are 3 to 6 pm on Friday, Oct. 27, for children and teens, and 9 to 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 28, for adults. For more information call 508-696-6300 or visit

Brigish's best

Island photographer Alan Brigish's photographic book debuts this week, full of images taken over the past 10 years in places such as Africa, South America, and the Vineyard. The book is a retrospective, "best in show" of Brigish's work as a documentary photographer. Only 50 copies of "The Brigish Collection 2006 Limited Edition" have been printed, and they are $75 plus tax and shipping. For more information, visit Mr. Brigish can be reached at 508-696-3109 or at

Dance instructor Chester Freeman can teach even the stiffest partner some moves.
Dance instructor Chester Freeman can teach even the stiffest partner some moves.

Get into the swing

Swing dance instructors Linda and Chester Freeman will be on the Island again this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at Outerland in Edgartown. The pair taught a class at the Yard last summer as part of the weekly community dance program.

The Saturday workshop begins at 11 am with a two-hour class for those who are new to swing or need a refresher. At 2 pm a more advanced class begins. On Sunday from 1 to 3 pm, the class is for those who know the basics and anyone who took the Saturday classes. On Sunday, the class will be based on the original eight-count Lindy Hop from the 1930s and 40s. Saturday evening show off your new steps with the Freemans and dance to live music by the Compaq Big Band, a 21-piece swing band. Admission is $15.

The Freemans are based in the Hudson Valley, N.Y. Mr. Freeman is a member and assistant director of the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and winner of a silver medal at the Canadian Lindy Hop Championships.

Workshop fees are $25 for one class; $40 for two classes; or $50 for all three. Register for the workshops in advance at or at the door.

Dennis Webster and John Basinger
Dennis Webster (left) and John Basinger rehearse "This Island Alone."

Go to the show

The Vineyard Playhouse Fall Workshop announces the start of "This Island Alone," a new play by Catherine Rush and Adrian Blue. Based on the history and culture of the deaf community on the Island, it will be performed both in spoken English and American Sign Language. Perfect for the whole family, the play features seven professional actors who have regional as well as Broadway credits.

Dedicated to developing new plays, the fall workshop was started last year by Artistic Director MJ Bruder Munafo.

"This Island Alone," Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, 7 pm. The Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., downtown Vineyard Haven. $15. For more information, call 508-696-6300 or

More Miyazaki

Since the last Hayao Miyazaki Film Festival was such a success, Betty Burton has decided to continue showing more Miyazaki animated films on Wednesday afternoons. The films begin at 3:15 at the Vineyard Haven Library. Though they are animated, they are suggested for children older than 12. Snacks will be provided, and for more information call Betty Burton at 508-696-4211.