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MAY 2024 | VOLUME 239



Game 7: End of the Season?

As I’m writing this, the Canucks are preparing for their Game 7 finale tonight against the Oilers. Will this be the end of their season or the beginning of a new round of exciting games? The theatre season, too, is winding down. Every one of our subscription theatres will be running their final show of the season, if they haven’t already. But here, too, is an exciting new round of shows, including the rEvolver Festival and the Children’s Festival, with Bard of the Beach and Theatre Under the Stars on the near horizon. So keep the faith, cheer on the Canucks, enjoy a show or three and the rest of the spring.

See our On Now page for everything running through mid-April. Be sure to look for the BUY TICKETS buttons. Plot out your theatregoing through mid-May with the offerings on our Coming Soon page.

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Gateway Theatre is holding auditions for its December production of the musical Oliver!Application deadline: May 23. Info at https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Casting-call-Oliver.pdf

The Arts Club celebrates its 60th anniversary withn a gala fundraiser, A Diamond Celebration: Shining Bright for 60 Years. Dinner and show at Performance Works, Granville Island, May 24, 6 pm. $450; Show only (8 pm): $150. Tickets and info at https://artsclub.com/events/a-diamond-celebration.

rice & beans theatre presents the Polyphonic Multilingual Creation Residency Showcase featuring works by resident artists Carolyn Nakagawa (Anne's Cradle) and Yulissa Campos (I, Frida). Progress Lab, 1422 William St. or online. May 30. https://www.riceandbeanstheatre.com/polyphonic

Ruby Slippers Theatre invites applications for its Advance Theatre Festival 24/25 from female-identifying and gender non-conforming playwrights and directors who also identify as IBPOC. Chosen plays will have costs of rehearsals, tech, promotion, venue and artists’ fees covered. Playwrights should send play synopsis, brief bio, and maximum ten-page script excerpt to info@rubyslippers.ca. Deadline: May 30.

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival takes place June 1-30 with a variety of events at the Roundhouse Community Centre and other venues.https://queerartsfestival.com/

Theatre Replacement invites applications for its Accelerator Lab International Fellowship. Deadline June 3. Info https://www.theatrereplacement.org/accelerator-lab

The Cultch’s 2024-25 season looks to be its usual eclectic mix of 15 shows with a strong dose of Indigenous performance and a new play from the great Ronnie Burkett. https://thecultch.com/ticket-packages/#shows

The Arts Club has announced its 2024-25 season, skewed towards musicals, old chestnuts and new work. https://artsclub.com/season-tickets/packages

United Players’ five-play 2024/25 season includes Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband plus a musical from Lucia Frangione and a Québécoise play in translation with Ruby Slippers Theatre. https://unitedplayers.com/product/2024-2025-season-tickets/

Metro Theatre announces an 8-play season of mysteries, comedies, musicals and a panto. https://metrotheatre.com/season-20242025

UBC Theatre has announced an abbreviated 3-show season. www.theatrefilm.ubc.ca

Theatre Replacement’s summer camps for kids, PantoLand + PantoTown,are available for registration. https://www.theatrereplacement.org/panto-pantoland-and-pantotown

The Improv Centre is offering classes in improv at all levels. For info and registration, go HERE.

Carousel Theatre for Young People offers summer drama camps for kids, pre-teens and teens ages 3-17. https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/dramaschool

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre Academy is offering acting and musical theatre classes for kids ages 6-7. https://gatewaytheatre.com/academy

Perry Ehrlich’s Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! musical theatre camps for kids ages 9-19 are available in monthly sessions, July and Aug., at the Jewish Community Centre. Info and applications at https://www.jccgv.com/perry-ehrlichs-gotta-sing-gotta-dance/.

Go, Canucks!!




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