Theatre Under the Stars 2012 at Stanley Park: The Music Man & TITANIC

TUTS at Stanley Park. Photo: TUTS

Stanley Park’s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is back for Summer 2012 with two new musical productions, The Music Man and TITANIC, starting July 8.

One of Vancouver’s largest musical theatre companies, TUTS performs two musicals every summer at Stanley Park’s outdoor Malkin Bowl, where you can sit in traditional seating or bring your picnic blanket and watch from the grassy lawns. It literally is “theatre under the stars.”

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Theatre Under the Stars 2012 at Stanley Park: The Music Man & TITANIC

Huzzah for Kooza!

Cirque du Soleil returns to its clowning roots with Kooza (Photo: OSA Images)

To Kooza or not to Kooza? That is the question.

In a Vancouver summer vibrant with family-friendly arts offerings–The Lion King, Theatre Under the Stars, Bard on the Beach, and The Improv Musical to name just a few–it’s tough to choose where to invest your entertainment dollars.

In a perfect world, theatre tickets would be cheap like borscht and we would merrily feast on everything that was served up. But reality is otherwise–it can cost several hundred dollars for a family-night-out these days–and we find ourselves wondering: but will it be worth it?

Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza is definitely worth it.

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Huzzah for Kooza!

Theatre Under the Stars 2010: Singin’ in the Rain & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Theatre Under the Stars 2010 performs Singin' in the Rain

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit: My partner and I LOVE Singin’ in the Rain. Like, if Singin’ in the Rain had conventions, we would totally go (dressed as Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, of course). My partner once did the Gene Kelly windmill-arm dance in a bar; “Moses Supposes” is one of the few songs I know well enough to sing to my four-month old.

So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out that TUTS—Stanley Park’s famous outdoor Theatre Under the Stars—is performing Singin’ in the Rain for their 2010 season. It’s the perfect marriage of two of our favourite things!

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Theatre Under the Stars 2010: Singin’ in the Rain & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

TUTS is back!

View into Stanley Park from the Water - Malkin Bowl is in the  middle!
I love summer for theatre. It’s not so much that the best shows come here in the summer – though some would argue that – but that the venues and backdrops get more and more spectacular.

Bard on the Beach, that yearly festival of Shakespeare down at Vanier Park, opened in May, and now, with the opening of Theatre Under the Stars last weekend, the summer theatre season is truly underway.

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TUTS is back!