TUTS Vancouver’s Mary Poppins Will Make You Believe in Magic

Ranae Miller as Mary Poppins; Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

The first time I watched the movie version of Mary Poppins, I was filled with wonder as the Banks children were introduced to the infinite talents of their new nanny. What would Mary Poppins do next? How could I also enter the world that she created?

That feeling of joyful suspension of disbelief returned when I recently attended a performance of Theatre Under the Stars’ (TUTS’) Mary Poppins (TUTS runs until August 19, 2017). Overall, it was an exuberantly entertaining, talent-packed, and, above all, magical staging of this well-loved Broadway Musical.
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TUTS Vancouver’s Mary Poppins Will Make You Believe in Magic

It’s Celebration Season in Vancouver – See What’s Going On!

Summer in Vancouver | Photo credit: Lindsay Elliott

You can feel it on your skin with the warming sun. You can smell ocean air, barbecue and tropical sunscreens. You can see it as you watch people riding their bikes, carrying dewy growlers, and walking their dogs and sun-hatted kids onto the nearest swath of grass in parks across the city. It’s Celebration Season in Vancouver, and the Canada Day festivities were only the beginning!

Check out the Tourism Vancouver events page for a list of outdoor theatre, summer festivals, art shows, Canada 150+ events, and concerts happening from now until the end of September. (Bonus – you can even enter to win a trip to the Rockies!)

Film noir musical opens this weekend!

City of Angels Performance Works

Cast members from City of Angels, a Tony Award-winning film noir musical opening at Performance Works July 8.

Warm temperatures, bright blazing sunshine—that can only mean one thing in Vancouver: film noir season!

Next month, Cinematheque presents its annual programme of movies from the golden age (mostly) of Hollywood crime stories. We’ll have a post with more details on Monday.

Meanwhile, a group of committed local (and some out-of-town) actors, actresses and stage technicians are presenting City of Angels. It’s a Tony Award-winning stage musical with original songs and a book by professional wiseacre Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). The Vancouver production of the musical, which first hit Broadway in 1989, stars veterans of television, movies and theatre, and opens at Performance Works on Granville Island on July 8. It runs until July 17.

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Film noir musical opens this weekend!

Free CBC downtown musical nooner series starts this Friday!

The CBC free summer concert series Musical Nooners kicks off this Friday, July 7 with a performance by Said the Whale. The local Juno Award-winning indie rock band Said The Whale headlines the special two-hour concert, which begins at noon with a set by local act Fake Shark.

Other highlights of the series include a Kids Day, a Brazilian-style dance party, and more singer/songwriters than you can shake a Peter Gzowski at. Scroll down for more.  Continue reading:
Free CBC downtown musical nooner series starts this Friday!

Theatre Under the Stars is Back This Summer with High-Flying Hilarity (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Tim Matheson

Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) injects a delightful dose of magical entertainment into summer with Mary Poppins & The Drowsy Chaperone, running July 7 – August 19, 2017 at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl. On alternating evenings, audiences can indulge in these high-flying adventures – one, an iconic family musical starring an ever so enchanting nanny; the other, a riotous Broadway sensation and tribute to the Roaring Twenties.

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Theatre Under the Stars is Back This Summer with High-Flying Hilarity (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

MOA Showcases Northwest Coast Art In A Different Light

Kaayd hllngaay skaayxan (spruce-root basket) with Wasgo (Sea Wolf) imagery, c. 1890-1920; Woven by Skidegate Haida artist and painted by Neeslant, John Cross (1867 – 1939); spruce root, paint; Promised Gift, Private Collection, Montreal; Photo: MOA/Tyler Hagan

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) has recently unveiled a stunning new display space, the Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks.

The first exhibition to be housed there is titled In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art and brings together 110 historical Indigenous artworks, exploring questions of community, culture, and the intricacies of history.

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MOA Showcases Northwest Coast Art In A Different Light

The reviews are in! Bard on the Beach’s summer Shakespeare productions on now

A scene from Bard on the Beach’s 2017 production of Much Ado About Nothing.

The reviews are in for this year’s Bard on the Beach, and they are much ado about something.

In a local publication, theatre reviewer Kathleen Oliver describes The Winter’s Tale as “exquisite.” And critic Jerry Wasserman enthused over Much Ado About Nothing, this summer’s other Bard production. Writing in the Vancouver Sun, Wasserman singled out Amber Lewis as Beatrice and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s “witty choreography.” Both are performed at Vanier Park on alternating days until September.

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The reviews are in! Bard on the Beach’s summer Shakespeare productions on now