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.

“Last year was our most successful summer on record – more than 45,000 guests passed through our gates!” says Naveen Kapahi, TUTS Board President. “In 2017, we will build on this momentum by putting our patrons in the talented hands of two of the Lower Mainland’s most celebrated directors. Shel Piercy will follow-up last summer’s epic Beauty and the Beast with Mary Poppins; and we are thrilled to welcome Capilano University’s theatre luminary Gillian Barber as director of The Drowsy Chaperone.”

TUTS’ 2017 season offers a supercalifragilistic classic and an uproarious ode to golden age glam:

photo: Tim Matheson

Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way. The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love & imagination.

Practically perfect favourites like ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ come to life in the cherished musical – complete with brand-new dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft.

Making her TUTS debut as Mary Poppins is Ranae Miller who is joined by Victor Hunter (Bert), returning following his hilarious portrayal as Lumière in 2016’s Beauty and the Beast. Mr. & Mrs. Banks are played by Russell Roberts and Lalainia Lindbjerg-Strelau. Nine-year-old TUTS newcomer Nolen Dubuc performs as Michael Banks alongside 11-year-old Lola Marshall (Jane Banks) taking part in her third TUTS production.

This performance is directed by Shel Piercy and choreographed by Nicol Spinola, with musical direction by Wendy Bross Stuart.

photo: Tim Matheson

The Drowsy Chaperone is bursting with show-stopping song and dance. This Canadian musical parody & five-time Tony Award-winner whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.

Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the colourful & chaotic characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more.

Starring as Man in Chair is five-time Jessie Award-winner Shawn Macdonald who takes the stage with TUTS newcomer and lauded actor Caitriona Murphy (The Drowsy Chaperone) as well as Shannon Hanbury, who makes her ninth TUTS appearance as Janet van de Graaff.  Joining them are Stuart Barkley (Robert Martin), Blake Sartin (George), and Dimitrios Stephanoy as the Latin lothario Aldolpho.

Directed by Gillian Barber, The Drowsy Chaperone features choreography by Shelley Stewart Hunt, with musical direction by Kevin Michael Cripps.

Performances At-A-Glance:

When: July 7 – August 19, 2017 (Performances alternate evenings)
Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park | 610 Pipeline Rd. Vancouver, BC
Time: All shows at 8pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7pm
Ticket Prices: $30 – $49
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83 Responses to Theatre Under the Stars is Back This Summer with High-Flying Hilarity (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

  1. Clinton Fernandes

    My friend is a huge Mary Poppins fan and has supported me in several ways. This would be a terrific thank-you gift!

  2. Natalie Vermaas

    One of my good friends is having her second baby in September and she LOVES Mary Poppins and I would love to surprise her with this! It would be a fun girls night out!

  3. Linda Burgess

    Love the movie Mary Poppins and would love to see the musical and to see it in this awesome venue!

  4. Samuel Rodriguez

    My kids and wife love Mary Poppins they also love all the outdoor fun activities and Symphonies, Plays, Operas, Etc. They would be ecstatic if they could go for free. Thank you.

  5. Leanne

    My mom has all of the programs for TUTS from when it was first founded. TUTS is a Vancouver institution and tradition. One that I will be taking part in. I saw Mary Poppins on Broadway so I would enjoy seeing the Drowsy Chaperon as I have never heard of it before.

  6. Coral

    Back in our beloved Vancouver for only a couple of months, and taking in everything we possibly can. Would love to add one of these fun performances to that list!

  7. Brent

    I’d love to see Mary Poppins. Malkin Bowl is a fabulous summer venue to relive one of my childhood favourites!

  8. Sheila

    A summer evening at Malkin Bowl is the quintessential Vancouver experience!

  9. José De La Vega

    I absolutely love TUTS! I’ve been going to both plays every year since I moved to Vancouver 5 years ago! I can’t wait to be there this year :)

  10. Lawrence

    I haven’t watched Mary Poppins for decades. Would love to surprise my friend with free tickets since he hasn’t been to Malkin Bowl in years.

  11. sylvia

    TUTS has been a tradition for me growing up, for my children and now for my grandchildren as we feel the culture of live theatre is a MUST to learn and appreciate!
    The added benefit to enjoying the live theatre is to enjoy the outdoors in Vancouver.
    WE LOVE TUTS….well done and keep it up!

  12. Milynne

    I’d love to be a part of this as Mary Poppins is one of my favourite movies! Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Rachel

    I have never been to TUTS, but would love to see either show in such an amazing back drop

  14. Ema

    I’d love my kids to see a live production of Mary Poppins, they LOVED the movie.

  15. Danielle

    TUTS is such a great tradition for my family and I love being in Stanley Park in the summer!

  16. Olivia Brauner

    I’m a huuuge Mary Poppins fan from Germany! I’m currently in Canada on a Working Holiday Visa and heard lots about Stanley Park already. I plan on renting a bike and go all around Stanley Park this summer. Finishing it off with one of my favorite movies would be awesome :)

  17. HR

    Would love to see a live production as I loved the film as a child.

  18. Marilyn M

    My granddaughter is a fan of Mary Poppins, she played in a high school theatre production in Toronto and is visiting me in August, I would love to take her.

  19. Miranda

    I love Mary Poppins!! It would be great to see the musical!

  20. Daniel L

    Would love to watch an outdoor play

  21. Janet Turcotte

    I am 2 years new to Greater Vancouver and would love to have an outdoor theater experience in Stanley Park. Either play would be wonderful. Living on fixed income doesn’t give us opportunity to do this kind of activity.

  22. I’m a set designer and I’m new to Vancouver. I’ve always wanted to design a show on the TUTS stage. I’ve never seen a show at TUTS and I would love the opportunity to experience it.

  23. SantoshBhalla

    Iwouldlove to bring my grandchildren to the Mary Poppin show. I will buy 3 additional tickets if I can get 2 free. Thank you.

  24. Judy Warner

    I’m a big Mary Poppins fan. I would love to see it again and bring my mom for her birthday ?

  25. Flavio Morado

    I’d really like to bring my 4 year old son to Mary Poppins show with my wife and introduce him to theatre under the stars ✨

  26. Lorena Grande

    I absolutely adore Mary Poppins but mostly I would love to go to support live theater, and enjoy a perfect eveing at “Tuts” as how can one possibly beat this beautiful environment!

  27. Diane

    Absolutely love Mary Poppins and have never been to TUTS. Now I have ‘A spoonful of sugar’ stuck in my head for the rest of the day :)

  28. This sounds like a super neat event to attend.

  29. Maltais

    It sounds like an amazing show!

  30. Cindy Smith

    Outdoor theater with a picnic and blanket is a perfect date night with my husband!!

  31. Tracy

    Would love to enjoy Mary poppins outdoor!

  32. Lenka

    I have never experienced Theatre under the Stars in my life.

  33. Lynn

    Planning to go to The Drowsy Chaparone, and getting the tickets free would be a great bonus.

  34. Bonnie Y.

    I want to be part of the crowd at TUTS because the shows they put on each summer are so entertaining, and it’s great to be out in beautiful Stanley Park, especially during the summer.

  35. Christelle

    The location for this great event is amazing and part of a Vancouver summer. I don’t know The Drowsy Chaperone and I would love to see it in Stanley Park.

  36. Melissa

    Mary Poppins is my favourite children’s movie. Would love to take my boys to see the musical.

  37. Emma

    It’s a summer tradition in my family to go see TUTS because it’s always a great night out. I LOVE Mary Poppins, one of my favourite movies and I’d love to see it live. I’ve never heard of the Drowsy Chaperone, but we’d be really interested to see the play (musical?).

  38. Tushita

    I come from a small town and I am new to Vancouver. Your website “” has helped me so much in exploring the city! My goal is to visit every place that you have suggested on your website in the next two months that I am here. I would love to go experience outdoor theater as well, as it is something I have never done before!

  39. nanci

    My family will be visiting Vancouver for the first time in a couple of weeks. I’d love to take my grandaughter to Mary Poppins! That would absolutely make our trip!

  40. Would be absolutely fantastic to attend “the Drowsy Chaperone” at Malkin Bowl…lots of good memories seeing wonderful shows over the years! …why not in 2017!

  41. K. Giesbrecht

    I haven’t been to TUTS since 2011 and we NEED a night away from our 3-year-old. Thi would fit the bill nicely.

  42. April

    Granddaughters come In the summer and I have sung them mary poppins songs so would love them to actually see this live!

  43. Tammy

    I would love to take my Vancouver mother, Irene, to see Mary Poppins. She has had two hip replacements in the past several years, and it has slowed her down so much. She would enjoy it immensely!

  44. Hilary

    Love Tuts!

  45. Kim Stuart

    My sister and I love Mary Poppins. And there is nothing better than seeing a musical at Malcolm Bowl.

  46. Nicolle

    Not only has it been AGES since I’ve been to TUTS but I’d love to be able to take my friend for their first experience Under The Stars! :D

  47. Erin Bergen

    I have two girls that LOVE the arts and have a huge appreciation for the classics like Mary Poppins. This would be such an amazing experience for us to enjoy as a family.

  48. Kathy

    My mom has been taking me to TUTS since I was a child, it’s been a tradition for us, because of health reasons we haven’t been in a few years, I would love to take my mom to TUTS and re-start our tradition. Thank you for this chance to win tickets to such a wonderful outdoor theatre!!

  49. Olena

    We are now reading Mary Poppins book with my daughter. She would absolutely love to see it live!

  50. Sonya

    I’ve never been to TUTS – would simply like to experience it and treat a friend!

  51. Brad

    My girlfriend has loved Mary Poppins since she was a little girl, so this would be a fantastic gift for her!

  52. Christine

    TUTS is a fantastic night of entertainment in a beautiful setting. Attending is both a great privilege and pleasure!

  53. Pamela

    Would love to see Mary Poppins live! And remember my chilhood! :)

  54. Anika

    I’ve never been to TUTS but I’ve always wanted to experience it! Mary Poppins being the show is an added bonus :)

  55. Erin

    I would love to experience this!!! Thanks :)

  56. Kay

    Had a rough past few months and this would be a treat!

  57. Kate

    Winning these tickets so I could take my granddaughter to TUTS would allow me to continue to be known as “Best Grandma in the Universe”! Thank you!?

  58. Carolina

    My best friend will come to visit Vancouver in August 5th from Ecuador. We are fans of Mary Poppins and we love to go show with our families.

  59. Anna

    I’m a Mary Poppy fan. It’s one of the best stories told on screen and in person.

  60. Lily

    My best friend and I watch TUTS every year and her baby will be due in August, so a TUTS show before her due date will be able perfect way for her to relax and laugh! :)

  61. Joanne

    Would LOVE to watch Mary Poppins under the stars!

  62. wyn

    Never been to TUTS but their productions look great and would love to check it out.

  63. Shonna

    We love TUTS and go every year! We have family coming from Ohio and we’d love to show them a good time at Mary Poppins!

  64. L. S.

    The warm evening air breezing over, audience camaraderie, people enjoying the evening, a wonderful musical about a beloved character, what more could be asked for? Would love to have tickets!

  65. carol

    I’m coming to Vancouver in August with two teenage grandchildren. I would love to expose them to live theatre and TUTS would be a perfect way to get them to love it.

  66. Jamilla

    It sounds like an amazing musical! What would be better than watching it outside under the stars?

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  68. Tina

    My sister is visiting from England this Summer, we used to watch Mary Poppins on repeat when we were kids! Would love to experience it live! X

  69. Keiron

    My mom is currently battling Aplastic Anemia, and I am in town this week to support her. She would love a night out

  70. My husband and I will be in Vancouver July 15, 16 and 17th. We will be there to meet up with the family of a young boy, who is a Cancer survivor, whom I met while I was at a conference in Hawaii, several years ago. A concert under the stars would be a wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

  71. Maryanne

    Beacause I LOVE Mary Poppins!

  72. Mouse604

    I watched Mary Poppins as kid and would love to hear all the great songs again

  73. Melissa Vig

    I’d love to go on a date with my partner! Definitely something different for us!

  74. Johnny P.

    I love watching Theatre Under the Stars!

  75. Judy Warner

    Can’t wait to sing along with Mary Poppins !

  76. Claudia

    Hi there,
    I am a new refugee in Canada, and I started dating a nice Canadian man this week, so I would love to be in this event, to learn and enjoy the Canadian culture, and to make my new relationship stronger by spending quality time together, and who don’t LOVE Mary Poppins?!

    Best regards,

  77. Louise Painchaud

    I want to be part of the crowd at this awesome entertainment event because Mary Poppins is one of the coolest movie stories ever and to see this story told live and under the stars, well this just has to be the best crowd to be a part of ever, says I.

  78. simon crum

    That would be loverly, becoz awfer worching Mary Poppins, I tauwk lyke this fer a whole bloomin’ week I do! An it drives the kids nuts!

  79. Marsalie

    I would love to take my kids to see Mary Poppins. It is one of our favourite musicals!

  80. Sandra

    Love TUTS and Mary Poppins because both are “supercalifragilisticexpealidocious”!!! Favourite movie of all time! ???✨??????

  81. Bernie McDonald

    I am visiting my son and partner here from Dublin Ireland. I would love to treat them to this awesome event and would purchase 2 more tickets if we won. Loving Vancouvet so much to see and do. Hope we have the luck of the Irish.

  82. jessica eapen

    Mary Poppins was a childhood favorite; I’d be delighted to see it performed!

  83. Al Good

    We love outdoor theatre, we will be in your wonderful city on a vacation of a lifetime from the UK. I’d love to treat my wife to either performance. What better than a night out in Vancouver.
    We can’t wait. roll on August From two excited Brits.