For a decade, Theater Replacement and The Cultch have introduced Vancouver audiences a present like no different: the pleasant, irreverent, and hilarious East Van Panto. Well-known tales like Cinderella, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland have obtained an East Van twist – bringing new life to outdated favorites and fairytale magic to acquainted neighborhoods.
To have a good time her tenth anniversary, the East Van Panto is taking an underwater journey with The little mermaid. Live performances at The Cultch’s York Theater start November 16 and stream on-line December 17 via the finish of the yr.
So the place’s the twist? Ariel (a human teenager) is busking with her woman band on the seaside in New Brighton when she falls in love with a teenage merman. She plunges into an ocean journey that includes making a shady deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, combating evil electrical eels with her finest buddy Sebastian, a rubbish crab, and serving to save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.
The writer-director duo from final yr’s critically acclaimed movie East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland, Sonja Bennett and Meg Roe, return to create this yr’s tenth anniversary manufacturing alongside Veda Hille, who has written the music – humorous parodies of standard songs – since the very first East Van Panto. Featuring performances by recurring favorites Amanda Sum, Dawn Petten, Ghazal Azarbad and Mark Chavez – in addition to panto newcomer Andrew Wheeler – this present takes audiences on an journey to the backside of Burrard Inlet and again.
“Panto is something that both adults and children can enjoy on different levels,” says Bennett, the present’s playwright.
“There’s a chemistry in the East Van Panto that defies description. It’s a part of that neighborhood – which I occur to reside in – however it created a neighborhood of its personal,” writes Marsha Lederman for The Globe and Mail.
“It is the most stupid, most wonderful of all traditions. And for me it has become indispensable,” she provides.
While the Panto has obtained many constructive critiques from theater critics over the years, its biggest endorsement has been the many households who’ve made the East Van Panto an integral a part of their vacation season.
“Over the past year, a lot of people have come out to say how much they love sharing the panto with their families and friends around the world, so we’re bringing it back online,” says Managing Director Heather Redfern.
While most panto followers will get pleasure from seeing the efficiency at the York Theater, The little mermaid may also be out there on-line from December seventeenth to January 1st.
Whether that is your first panto or your tenth – and whether or not you are 10 or 110 or someplace in between – this story of friendship, household, fish, music, love and deep sea magic will make your coronary heart swell with pleasure.
It’s like the Georgia Straight: “If the East Van Panto isn’t already part of your holiday tradition, what are you waiting for?”
Visit The Cultch’s web site for tickets and present instances.
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