August 2016 | Volume 146
aug. 22-sept. 4, 2016
LAST CHANCE TO CATCH A LOT OF SUMMER THEATRE
Three sets of the repertory shows that have made this summer such a theatrical feast come to an end as August does: Heathers: The Musical and Green Day’s American Idiot from Fighting Chance Productions at the Waterfront Theatre, Awkward Stage’s Fakespeare Festival featuring Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Andrew Wade & Jenny Andersen’s TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus at the York Theatre, and Theatre Under the Stars’ West Side Story and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello and Pericles continue into September at Bard on the Beach in Vanier Park, as does Surreal: An Interactive Theatre Experience at a secret Gastown location. Vancouver TheatreSports continues its regular shows at the Improv Centre along with summer specials OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy, The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie and Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies. Explosive Comedy.
As usual, first company out of the blocks to mark the new fall season is United Players, opening its 18th century comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem at Jericho Arts Centre. Broadway Across Canada’s touring The Book of Mormon is back at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a couple of weeks. One-nighters the Vancouver International Puppet Festival’s Puppet Slam plays at the Granville Island Revue Stage and Forbidden Vancouver’s Who Killed Kraft Bier at the Broadway Skytrain Station. Break a Leg!, the summer show from Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, plays for two nights at the Rothstein Theatre.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming special events include Operas and Arias: The Magic Flute, a costumed concert staging, Aug. 29 & Sept. 5, 2 pm & 7:30 pm and Wine Wednesday, 6 pm, Sept. 7. Info and tickets at www.bardonthebeach.org.
Mitch and Murray Productions haven’t received the grant they were hoping for, and will have to cancel November’s planned production of Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit unless they can raise $15,000 through their Indiegogo campaign. If you’d like to give them a hand, you can donate at https://www.indiegogo.com.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival opens Sept. 8, but the Opening Night Event takes place on Sept. 6, 7 pm at Performance Works. It’s Butt Kapinski: Dick on the Fringe. Tickets are $50 and include food, booze and VIPs. www.vancouverfringe.com/openingnight
Theatre Replacement and Electric Company Theatre invite you to spend Screen Time with them. Watch the theatrical film Germinal at PL 1422, 1422 William St., 7:30 on Saturday, Sept. 10. Full bar and free popcorn. Admission by suggested donation of $5-$10. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. http://theatrereplacement.org.
Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre, has announced Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, a series of staged readings of new plays by Janet Hinton, Frances Koncan, Jenn Griffin, Carmen Aguirre and Quelemia Sparrow, Sept. 12-16 at False Creek Community Centre. Details at http://rubyslippers.ca.
The PuSh Festival is holding open auditions for 16-19 year olds for its production of Jordan Tannahill’s Concord Floral at the 2017 Festival in January. No experience necessary. Auditions will be held Sept. 12 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. To register, go to http://pushfestival.ca.
Royal City Musical Theatre is holding auditions for their April production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. Singing auditions Sept. 17-18 & 24-25, callbacks Oct. 1-2 at the Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave., New Westminster. Auditionees must also attend a dance call, Sept. 18 or 25, 10:30 am. Book your audition at http://rcmt.appointy.com. More info at http://www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com.
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