STOMP those winter blues away

Garbage cans, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps, brooms, perhaps even the bones of former Blue Man Group members – is there nothing that STOMP cast members won’t use in their quest to turn everything into a percussive instrument?

Nope. STOMP repurposes everything, including the kitchen sink, to make a thrilling, crowd-pleasing noise that will help dispel those West Coast winter blues (known around these parts as the fancier-sounding “Seasonal Affective Disorder”). The North American touring company of the long-running show returns to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, with four performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) from Jan. 13 – 15.

Since its premiere as a street performance in 1991, STOMP has become an international phenomenon. Performers have brought the show to more than 50 countries and more than 24 million people, earning rave reviews, numerous awards and sell-out engagements along the way.

For its Vancouver run, producers are partnering with Red Truck Beer for a Vancouver Food Bank drive. Underway now, the drive will culminate on Jan. 13 with a special afternoon STOMP performance at the Red Truck Beer Truck Stop (295 E. 1st Ave.) using materials at hand (kegs, bottles, cans, etc).

STOMP is in Vancouver for a total of four performances – two evening shows (Jan 13 & 14) and two matinees (Jan 14 & 15). Tickets are $55/71/82 at ticketstonight.ca or 1-877-840-0457. For more info visit stomponline.com. You can also watch a 2013 trailer here.

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