DECEMBER 2019 | VOLUME 186
SO LONG, JOHN;
CONGRATS MAIKO AND JAMES;
BUY THEATRE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
We mourn and celebrate John Mann, who died Nov. 20 after battling early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was only 57. A great musician, singer, songwriter and performer, John’s history with Spirit of the West speaks for itself. A terrific actor and scintillating musical theatre artist, he lit up Arts Club stages in Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Les Miz and more. Our hearts go out to his wife Jill Daum, his family and friends. Rock on, John.
Big-time congrats to James Long & Maiko Yamamoto. The Theatre Replacement duo were awarded this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize for Directing, the most prestigious Canadian theatrical honour. The winners (called Laureates) get to choose a protégé; theirs is Conor Wylie. Read their acceptance statements at https://siminovitchprize.com/recipients/laureates
and https://siminovitchprize.com/recipients/proteges/. www.theatrereplacement.org
A plethora of holiday shows (and a few others) continue and open these first weeks of Dec. Treat someone you love to theatre tickets for the holidays and beyond—perfect Xmas/Kwanzaa/Chanukah gifts. Hit any PREVIEW button on our What’s On or Coming Soon page and the BUY TICKETS button takes you straight to a box office.
Continuing this week: The Arts Club’s The Sound of Music at the Stanley and It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the BMO Centre; The Cultch’s East Van Panto: Pinocchio at the York; FADO – The Saddest Music in the World at the Firehall; A Christmas Carol at Pacific Theatre; Carousel’s Peter Pan at the Waterfront and Where the Wild Things Are at North Van’s Presentation House for the kids; Hedda Gabler at the Moberley Centre, and TheatreSports at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.
Forever Plaid at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, The Man Who Saved Christmas at Langley’s Theatre in the Country, Frankenstein, the DIY Panto at North Van’s Hendry Hall, and Once Upon a Fairytale at New West’s Bernie Legge Theatre.
Opening Dec. 2-8: Lucia Frangione’s Cariboo Magi at the Havana, The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth at Jericho Arts Centre, Cock at The Cultch, the annual Bah Humbug! at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre, In Response to Alabama at the Russian Hall, Feydeau’s Un fil à la patte at Alliance Française, James & Jamesy’s O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy moves over to the Playhouse, and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley starts previews for its remount at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage.
Opening Dec. 9-15: Holiday at the Elbow Room Café at The Cultch, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Richmond’s Gateway, Charlie Brown Christmas at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, Alice in Wonderland panto at Metro Theatre, Christmas Presence at Pacific Theatre, and the musical Girlfriend at Granville Island’s Nest.
Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews. To buy tickets, click on our BUY TICKETS buttons. And see the lineup of plays opening through mid-January at vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.Western Gold Theatre presents Quills Don’t Tweet, “an afternoon of memories, nostalgia and the art of the written word,” by Bernard Cuffling and Anna Hagan. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 pm, at the PAL Studio, 581 Cardero St. $32 (incl. pastries and beverage). www.westerngoldtheatre.org or 604-363-5734.
Deep Cove Stage Society is holding auditions, Dec. 8, 5-9 pm, at Deep Cove Cultural Centre, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Van for their March-April production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Rehearsals begin Jan. 19. For info go to https://deepcovestage.com/auditions/.
Registration is open for Carousel Theatre for Young People’s 2020 Drama School classes for kids of all ages (3-17), beginning Jan. 11. Info at https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/drama-school/.
Ruby Slippers Theatre invites submissions for the 2020 Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women festival, to be held during next year’s Fringe. Playwrights should send a synopsis, brief bio and maximum 10-page script excerpt to email@example.com. One submission per person. Deadline: Feb. 15.
Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture announces the Geoff McMurchy Artists Development Grant for a BC artist living with a disability. The grant includes a $500 cash award, a $250 Opus gift card and more. Application deadline: Mar. 1. Info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-343-9141.
Theatre for Living is offering their annual Training Workshops, July 11-16 (Level 1) and July 19-24 (level 2) at the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender St. $600 + gst. Info and registration at http://www.theatreforliving.com/trainings.htm.
THE ARTS ARE NOT SOMEHOW APART FROM OUR NATIONAL LIFE,
THE ARTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE.
— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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