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march 2017 | Volume 153


Mar. 20-April 2

Refugees, Apartheid, Puppets, Angels and Spring

Happy Spring – and it’s a very happy intro to spring indeed for Vancouver theatre-lovers with a couple of the most exciting weeks of the year on offer. A string of great shows, many with important related themes, open this week and next, joining some pretty terrific shows in progress.

Opening the week of Mar. 20: Mary Vingoe’s Refuge at the Firehall, the Jason Robert Brown musical Songs for a New World at PAL Studio, and Carmen Aguirre’s The Refugee Hotel at Studio 58 all deal with refugee and immigration issues; the great playwright of apartheid-era South Africa, Athol Fugard, has two plays opening on the same day, The Train Driver from United Players at Jericho Arts Centre and Valley Song at Pacific Theatre; Ronnie Burkett returns to The Cultch for his 4th straight year with his astonishing adults-only puppet improv, The Daisy Theatre; and the Arts Club begins previewing at the Stanley one of the late 20th century’s classic plays with one of the strongest casts assembled in Vancouver in recent memory: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. WOW!!

Continuing shows: a Spring Break treat for the kids, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat from Carousel Theatre continues at the Waterfront, Guilty Conscience at Metro Theatre, a wonderful production of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs at UBC’s Frederic Wood, the Brave New Play Rites festival at Granville Island’s Studio 1398, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Douglas College, and Jan Eyre: The Musical at Langley’s Trinity Western.

Opening Mar. 27 week: Raes Calvert and John Patrick Oliver’s highly anticipated Canadian First Nations in World War One drama Redpatch premieres at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre; fresh off Daniel MacIvor’s Canadian Screen Award for Best Screenplay (Weirdos), this terrific writer’s Marion Bridge opens at North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Shaw Theatre; Vinci, by another talented Canadian playwright, Maureen Hunter, opens at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre; and the students of Langara’s Studio 58 present Zoetrope: The Curiosity of Puppet Oddities.

Fighting Chance Productions invites you to its 10th Anniversary Gala, Sunday April 30, 7 pm at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, 650 W. 41st Ave. A cast of 50 and an onstage band will reminisce about Fighting Chance’s musical theatre history. Tickets $25 (until Mar. 31. VIP tix $65 (until Mar. 31) include a special pre-show event (5:30 pm) with wine, snacks and a pre-show performance. Tickets at https://tickets.vendini.com.


Mitch and Murray Productions and The Working Actors Gym are offering a scholarship for eight weekly classes of actor training and mentorship for an actor under 25. To apply, send photo and resume and a one-page letter describing your background, what you know of Mitch and Murray Prods. and why you think you’re a good candidate to info@mitchandmurrayproductions.com. Deadline Mar. 22.

Theatre Under the Stars is offering a musical theatre summer camp in four sessions: for kids 8-12, July 17-21 or July 31-Aug. 4, 10 am-3 pm, M-F ($450); and for ages 13-18, July 24-28 or Aug. 14-18, 10 am-4 pm, M-F ($495). Both camps include a final showcase on the final Friday at 7 pm. For further information and registration: https://www.tuts.ca/registration/camps/2017.

Theatre Replacement has opened registration for the PantoLand Academy, a five-day creative summer camp for kids 5-10 based on The East Van Panto. Two sessions of the Academy will take place at The Cultch, July 31-Aug. 4, 9:30-3:00 pm (Mon-Fri); Aug. 8-12, 9:30-3:00 (Tues-Sat). Cost: $275 + GST. Information and registration at www.eastvanpanto.ca/pantoland.

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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