In the House Festival Brings Live Theatre Performances into Commercial Drive Homes, June 1 – 3

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In the House Festival, June 1 – 3, breaks down barriers between audiences and Vancouver’s vibrant theatre scene.

Live performances – including music, dance, plays, spoken word and circus – can seem less accessible than movie tickets to the latest alien zapping blockbuster. And when you do score theatre tix, there’s always the risk of sitting behind a pillar in the lofty nosebleed section.

In the House Festival 2012 solves these dilemmas for Vancouver culture buffs, bringing a vibrant onslaught of talent to Commercial Drive residents’ homes and backyards. 13 homes around Victoria Drive will host 70 acts, over 20 theatre shows, in three days.

Find out more about the Inside the House Festival program, and how to get (budget-friendly) tickets after the jump.

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Now in its ninth year, In the House Festival has many options for families to choose from and the real challenge is narrowing down what to see. Once way to avoid limiting your options is to go for the Weekend Pass ($95 adults / $75 kids), or the Four Show Pass ($50 adults / $30 kids), as opposed to single ticket route ($15 adults / $10 kids).

Alternatively, here are some program highlights sure to appeal. In the House kicks off June 1, with The World in Music featuring an impressive array of orchestral and solo world music performances from Iran, Vietnam and even Afro-Gypsy fusion. The perk of watching this in a residential setting? Feeling the full musical blast at close range. It may even induce some toe-tapping. 

Fun Times Cabaret is another standout performance taking place June 1, that boasts puppets, music, a clown and even a special guest appearance by Michael Jackson.

On June 2, East Van Represent presents a trio of hip, East Van talents – Bow and Antler (experimental folk with a ukelele), Maria in the Shower (folk/minstrel) and The Tailor (bluesy folk).

It’s not often you get the chance to scrutinize a professional magician at close range. Miracles of Magic delivers the jaw-dropping wow-factor with a killer magic show by magicians including Jamie D. Grant, who’s appeared on Ripley’s Believe It or Not and befuddled the likes of Cirque Du Soleil with his trickery.

June 3, the unmissable show is the Grand Finale Circus with performances by The Underground Circus, founded by two Cirque Du Soleil alumni who not only excel at mind-bending acrobatics, they even teach circus arts to interested Vancouverites.

In the House Festival
takes place in Commercial Drive neighbourhood June 1 – 3. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Highlife Records (1317 Commercial Dr.), on-line, or at the festival box office (1929 Napier St.)

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