2019 Expressions Theatre Festival brings a quartet of shows to Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella brings a variety of performances to the stage this month; leading the way is the opening of its Theatre & Music Department’s 2019 Expressions Theatre Festival, followed closing by the Dance Company’s season finale BE MOVED.

Expressions Theatre Festival, running May 17-25 at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island, features the talents of students in the Pre-Professional Program: Arts Umbrella’s Junior and Senior Musical Theatre Troupes, and its Junior and Senior Theatre Troupes. 

“I’m incredibly proud of the exceptional talent and work of these bright young minds at Arts Umbrella,” says Paul Moniz de Sá, Artistic Director of Theatre & Music at Arts Umbrella. “As we continue to develop our programs, the students and their passion never cease to amaze me. Our instructional team works to not only create an environment that nurtures creativity, but one that acts as a springboard for our students’ next steps in life—in the theatre and in the world.” 

Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival : Animal Farm
Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival : Animal Farm

Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional theatre programs offers students the training and tools needed to pursue a career in theatre. At Expressions Festival, emerging artists perform on a professional stage and learn about all of the facets and operations behind bringing works to life. 

The 2019 Expressions Theatre Festival Lineup includes the following family-friendly shows: 

Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival : Peter Pan
Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival : Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Performed by the Junior Theatre Troupe
Saturday May 18, & Friday May 24 at 7 pm

George Orwell’s Animal Farm
Adapted by Nelson Bond.
Performed by the Senior Theatre Troupe
Saturday May 18, & Friday May 24 at 9 pm

James and the Giant Peach
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul.
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Performed by the Junior Musical Theatre Troupe
Sunday May 19 at 4 pm & Thursday May 23 at 7 pm

Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Book by James Lapine
Performed by the Senior Musical Theatre Troupe
May 17, 19, 21, 22, 25 at 7 pm

Tickets for all Arts Umbrella 2019 Expressions Festival performances are available online at artsumbrella.com

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