Musical Theatre in Vancouver’s Great Outdoors: Theatre Under the Stars

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park is famous for its old-growth forests, Pacific beaches and incredible views. But during the summer months it adds another, unexpected attraction: Theatre Under the Stars.

Since 1940, the gently sloping green lawns of Malkin Bowl in the heart of the park have been the scene of hundreds of plays and musicals staged by aspiring local performers – everything from the timeless classic South Pacific to more contemporary hits like Footloose.

On warm evenings, spectators gather by the thousands in neat rows of folding chairs flanked by towering evergreens. Stage lights rise as the sun sets, and the sounds of hooting owls and chattering birds are joined by a chorus of voices belting out show tunes and snappy dialogue.

This year’s lineup features two musicals that explore the lighter side of climbing the corporate ladder. The hit Legally Blonde follows sorority girl Elle Woods as she bumbles her way through Harvard Law School with her little dog Bruiser. Meanwhile, the classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying revisits the Mad Men era through a comic lens, offering up some of the most memorable tunes written for musical theatre.

The Theatre Under the Stars season runs July 8-Aug. 17. Tickets start at $19. For more information, check out the official website.

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