december 2016 | Volume 150
nov. 28-dec. 11, 2016
Janet Wright Memorial
A Celebration of Life for Janet Wright will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, beginning at 2 pm at the Granville Island Stage. Doors open at 1 - cash bar. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations to the Rachel Davis Foundation (www.racheldavis.ca).
Opening the week of Nov. 28: the first Vancouver production in decades of David Freeman’s powerful Creeps, from Realwheels at The Cultch; Lucia Frangione’s latest, Holy Mo! A Christmas Show at Pacific Theatre; the Arts Club remount of Mary Poppins at the Stanley; Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol from Theatre Obscura at Jericho Arts Centre; Kahlil Ashanti’s remount of his Basic Training at the Havana; Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical at Maple Ridge’s Theatre in the Country; and for the kids, Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny for one day only at West Van’s Kay Meek.
Continuing beyond this week: Christmas shows from The Cultch (East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood at the York), Arts Club (Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly’s premiere, The Day Before Christmas at BMO Theatre Centre) and Carousel (A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Waterfront); the excellent musicals Avenue Q, remounted by the Arts Club at the Granville Island Stage, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from Fighting Chance at PAL Theatre; Baking Time at North Van’s Presentation House; Forever Plaid at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre; and TheatreSports’ Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition, Trump Card – Winner Takes All, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy and Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies. Explosive Comedy, all at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
Opening the week of Dec. 5: not surprisingly, more Christmas shows—the 8th annual Bah! Humbug! at SFU Woodward’s, The SantaLand Diaries at North Vancouver’s Presentation House, A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel at The Cultch, and A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol at Performance Works. Plus The Mystery Plays at the Havana, Alice in Wonderland at Granville Island’s Studio 1398, The Music Man at Richmond’s Gateway, and Albatross, a dance piece at the Firehall.
Valerie Sing Turner has unveiled a new website for her company, Visceral Visions, a crossroads and clearinghouse for “inciting intersectionality and intercultural theatre in Vancouver and beyond.” www.visceralvisions.com
Theatre Under the Stars presents its Annual Gala, a celebration and fundraiser for the company, Saturday Jan. 28 in the Stanley Park Pavilion. Cocktails 5:30, four-course meal 6:30. Silent auction, door prizes and entertainment. Buy tickets before Nov. 30 to be entered into a draw for a prize package including two nights at the Sutton Place Hotel. Tickets $100 at www.tuts.ca.
Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre invite submissions from Vancouver women playwrights for the next round of Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women. Send your play synopsis and maximum 10-page script excerpt to firstname.lastname@example.org (one submission per person only). Five chosen playwrights will receive rehearsals, tech rehearsals, artists’ fees and a staged reading of their plays on Granville Island during next year’s Fringe Festival. Priority will be given to diversity. Deadline: Feb. 15. www.rubyslippers.ca
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