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APRIL 2024 | VOLUME 238


April 8-21

Spring into Theatre and Fun-Raise!

The spring theatre season is on in full force until the end of May. Then it’s essentially Arts Club musicals, Theatre Under the Stars, and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare until the fall. So take a hard look at what’s playing this month and next before most of our companies shut down for the summer. We’re also deep into fundraising season now. See below for opportunities to have fun, win prizes, and support your favourite theatre company.

See our On Now page for everything running through mid-April. Be sure to look for the BUY TICKETS buttons. Plot out your theatregoing through mid-May with the offerings on our Coming Soon page.

Theatre lovers, theatre students, theatre historians and casual readers are invited to browse our ARCHIVES pages. Read 1000+ reviews of what you may have seen or missed over the past two decades of Vancouver-area theatre.

Important Note: The BUY TICKETS button on our PREVIEW and REVIEW pages is strictly a convenience for theatregoers. Click on the button and get direct access to the company’s box office for that show. Vancouverplays gets no cut or commission from your ticket purchase. 100% of the money goes directly to the theatre company.

Presentation House Theatre presents Stand-Up Comedy Night, a fundraiser for the theatre, hosted by Erica Sigurdson. April 8, 7:30. Tickets $75. https://www.phtheatre.org/8th-annual-all-star-stand-up-comedy-night-2024/

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre is holding a raffle until April 14 to support its production of Parifam at The Cultch. Tickets starts at $15. Great prizes! https://vact.ca/parifam-raffle/

Carousel Theatre for Young People invites you to two fundraisers: Step It Up! with John Fluevog Shoes, April 18, 5-9 pm at 65 Water St., Gastown; and Sissy That Brush! May 10, 7 pm at Carousel Theatre on Granville Island. www.carouseltheatre.ca

Realwheels Theatre presents staged readings of new plays at the Roundhouse: Vascular Necrosis by Jordyn Wood, May 9; Faye’s Room by Alex Masse, May 10; Saturday Night at Axle’s by Adam Grant Warren, May 11. All readings 7 pm. Tickets $10 each at https://bit.ly/4cshJcN. “Zombies, Mannequins and Talking Heads” panel where the playwrights discuss their work, free,May 11, 12:30 pm. www.realwheels.ca

Kay Meek Arts Centre invites you to its annual “Sneakers Ball” fundraiser, May 11, 7:30. Tickets HERE. They’re also holding a fundraising raffle with luxury prizes. Tickets HERE

The Arts Club celebrates its 60th anniversary witha gala fundraiser, A Diamond Celebration: Shining Bright for 60 Years. Dinner and show at Performance Works, Granville Island, May 24, 6 pm. $450; Show only (8 pm): $150. Tickets and info at  https://artsclub.com/events/a-diamond-celebration.

Ruby Slippers Theatre invites applications for its Advance Theatre Festival 24/25 from female-identifying and gender non-conforming playwrights and directors who also identify as IBPOC. Chosen plays will have costs of rehearsals, tech, promotion, venue and artists’ fees covered. Playwrights should send play synopsis, brief bio, and maximum ten-page script excerpt to info@rubyslippers.ca. Deadline: May 30.

Touchstone Theatre has announced the winner of this year’s $3000 David King Prize for the development or production of a new comedic work: David Johnston for his script Tuxedos. Congrats to David. https://touchstonetheatre.com/the-david-king-prize/?mc_cid=7338c875aa&mc_eid=c1d9fb3e8b

The dire economics of Canadian Fringe festivals has been in the news lately, and the Vancouver Fringe is no exception. They are having to cut back the 2024 fringe by 1/3 because of funding issues – and are asking for the community’s financial support. You can donate at https://www.vancouverfringe.com/campaign/

The Arts Club has announced its 2024-25 season, skewed towards musicals, old chestnuts and new work. https://artsclub.com/season-tickets/packages

United Players’five-play 2024/25season includes Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband plus a musical from Lucia Frangione and a Québécoise play in translation with Ruby Slippers Theatre. https://unitedplayers.com/product/2024-2025-season-tickets/

Theatre Replacement’s summer camps for kids, PantoLand + PantoTown,are available for registration. https://www.theatrereplacement.org/panto-pantoland-and-pantotown

The Improv Centre is offering classes in improv at all levels. For info and registration, go HERE.

Carousel Theatre for Young People offers summer drama camps for kids, pre-teens and teens ages 3-17. https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/dramaschool

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre Academy is offering acting and musical theatre classes for kids ages 6-7. https://gatewaytheatre.com/academy

Perry Ehrlich’s Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! musical theatre camps for kids ages 9-19 are available in monthly sessions, July and Aug., at the Jewish Community Centre. Info and applications at https://www.jccgv.com/perry-ehrlichs-gotta-sing-gotta-dance/.

C’mon, Canucks!!




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