East Van Panto – Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

Through the enchanted viaduct and over to the York Theatre in East Vancouver, we find this year’s East Van Panto, Snow White & The Seven Dwarves.

Photo: Emily Cooper

For the fifth year, Theatre Replacement and The Cultch have teamed up to present a holiday treat for the whole family.  Sticking to the traditional structure of a pantomime; take a children’s tale, add music, slapstick comedy, cross-dressing characters, topical jokes and pop-culture references and you’ve got an uproariously silly good time.  East Van Panto takes Snow White, a goth teen, lock her up in her aerobic instructor stepmother’s West Vancouver home, whilst she longs for the freedom and hipness of East Van. As she escapes, Snow encounters a collection of East Van characters and locations.  Ming Hudson’s Snow White is the centre of the show, a surprisingly grounded heroine who anchors the panto and allows the other crazy cavalcade of characters the freedom to be over the top.  Allan Zinyk’s Wicked Stepmother is a scenery chewing, ridiculous villain, eliciting the well deserved boos and hisses of the audience.

Photo: Emily Cooper

Most of the actors play multiple roles throughout the show, creating some interesting and comedic moments when both of those roles are in the same scene.  Amy Rutherford and Chirag Naik stand out in their supporting roles, both excelling in the slapstick comedy and music.

Veda Hille, also returning for a fifth year, music brilliantly combines modern pop and rock tunes with updated, topical lyrics that both move the story along but also bring up plenty of laughs.  Set to tunes of Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child, Lorde’s Royals, Push It by Salt-n-Pepa, Lose Yourself from Eminem, Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling and many more tracks lend familiarity while tickling your funny bone with hilarious lyrics.

Talking about what happens to Snow White along her journey may give away too much of the story will ruin some of the current affairs humour and characters so just go see East Van Panto for yourself and find out what happens to Snow White.

East Van Panto : Snow White & The Seven Dwarves runs until January 6th at  York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.  Visit thecultch.com for information and to purchase tickets.


5 Plays for the 2017 Holiday Season

O what fun it is to see family friendly live theatre!  Here’s 5 Christmas themed plays that everyone in the family will enjoy this Holiday season.

A Christmas Carol – December 7 – 24, 2017 – Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Charles Dickens’ classic, plus a few Ghostly visitors, help Scrooge and all of us find the spirit of Christmas


The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
  – November 25 – December 31, 2017 – Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island, Vancouver
Join the Pevensey children as they step through the wardrobe and visit the magical world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia classic adventure


Disney’s Beauty And The Beast – December 7, 2017 – January 13, 2018 – Arts Club Theatre Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Disney’s tale as old as time comes to life, with a song as old as rhyme, lavish costumes and lush sets.


East Van Panto : Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
– November 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018 – York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Join Snow White as she flees across East Van from the Evil Queen of North Vancouver with helps of the magical Vancouver characters she meets along the way.


Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa – November 22 – December 23, 2017 – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
HRM (Her Royal Meanness), The Christmas Queen returns to once again attempt to foil Christmas, will she finally succeed?  

Bonus: Christmas Queen – Drag Race – Saturdays November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11:15pm – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
The Christmas Queen is joined by guest host, The Unstoppable Connie Smudge for 5 naughty late night shows when anything could, and will, happen.

Picks of the Week – November 30, 2016

December is finally upon us, perhaps we can find some dry days ahead to enjoy some of the festival fun in these picks of the week;

Bright: Until January 1st, millions of lights fill Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza to the delight of children young and old

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company brings the hilarious Avenue Q back to the Granville Island Stage until December 31st while  The Day Before Christmas is on the Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until Christmas Eve and family fave Mary Poppins starts on Saturday.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks are back at Rogers Arena for a pair of games this week; Thursday versus Anaheim Ducks and Saturday against Toronto Maple Leafs

Van Dusen Festival of Lights

Garden: The annual Festival Of Lights brings the dancing lights and illuminations to Van Dusen Botanical Garden from December 1st to January 2

Panto: The 4th Annual East Side Panto: Little Red Riding Hood brings some local flavour to the fairy tale at the York Theatre until December 31st.

Tree: Robson Square is now the spot to be on Friday night to watch the 10th Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Laughs: Funny lady, Amy Schumer brings her opinionated, bawdy humour to Rogers Arena on Friday night.

Queen: Will the Christmas Queen find herself a beau? Found out if her suitors can melt the mean, cold heart of Vancouver Theatresports League’s Christmas Queen  

Luminate: The third annual Lumiere Festival lights up the night with art-light installations at Morton Park, Jim Deva Plaza and throughout the West End

After-Party: Once you’ve enjoyed the lights and art of Lumiere Festival, head upstairs to XY YVR for ONYX – Lumiere After-Party with DJ Bertossi and host Bibi Souphresh


Lights: Throw on your boots and trek your way through Enchant, the worlds largest Christmas light maze and market illuminating the shores of False Creek (between Cambie Bridge & Olympic Village)

Market: Ride the Carousel, grab a bite or drink as you shop the Vancouver Christmas Market at its new location in Jack Poole Plaza

East Van Panto – Little Red Riding Hood

eastvanpanto-redThrough the woods to Grandmother’s house Little Red Riding Hood is making her way to the grand old York Theatre, from November 23rd – December 31st.  The 4th annual East Van Panto, finds Little Red Riding Hood cycling down the Adanac bike trail to deliver a basket of goodies to her sweet little granny, along the way she battles bike thieves, distracted drivers and of course, The Big Bad Wolf.  Providing help or hinderance, the Three Little Pigs make an appearance as well. 

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto has become a winter tradition for hundreds of local families. The theatre company continues to expand the circle of artists that work on the East Van Panto including an all-star cast featuring Andrew McNee, Rachel Aberle, Chirag Naik, and James Long. This year, writer Mark Chavez and director Anita Rochon are welcomed into the Theatre Replacement Panto family.

Vancouver comedian Mark Chavez is one-half of world-renowned comedy duo the Pajama Men, who regularly tour North America, Europe, and Australia with their unique style of live narrative comedy that tends towards the surreal and macabre. When not on the road, Chavez spends his time in Vancouver where he joins improv group The Sunday Service.

This year’s director of East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood is Anita Rochon, who is also one of the Artistic Directors at Vancouver’s The Chop Theatre here in Vancouver. The award-winning Rochon frequently collaborates with some of the city’s most celebrated companies including Theatre Replacement, Théâtre la Seizième, Vancouver Opera, Bard on the Beach, and Electric Company Theatre.

The Cultch presents East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, from November 23 – December 31, 2016.
Tickets are available online from $20.

Picks of the Week – December 10, 2014

There’s lots of Christmas traditions to partake of in today’s picks of the week including:

Gig: Tonight, The Tea Party play the second of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom

Market: Find unique gifts for your Christmas Shopping at the 5th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market as it continues until Dec 24th

Guitar: Steve Hackett, the legendary guitarist from British rock act Genesis, brings his Genesis Extended 2014 World Tour to the Vogue Theatre on Thursday evening.

Ballet: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker makes its return to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 5 performances this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hallelujah: Another great Holiday traditions comes to the stage on Friday night as the Vancouver Chamber Choir present Handel’s Messiah at The Orpheum Theatre.

Laughs: For some Holiday fun of a different style, the Vogue Theatre welcomes the Trailer Park Boys’ Dear Santa Claus, Go F#CK Yourself Tour on Friday and Saturday evening.

Retro: Remember the 90s at Flashback Fridays at Heaven’s Door, the perfect way to get your early evening started. Watch, dance or sing-along to retro videos from 9-11pm

Booty: Get ready to shake your moneymaker, late night up the stairs at Heaven’s Door / ClubHD as the second of their new rotating Friday night events get underway: Bootybox kicks off at 11pm

Cultch: Theatre Replacement is back to The Cultch, York Theatre with Cinderella: An East Van Panto, a twist on the classic tale that’s fun for the whole family (but perhaps not for the very young)

Pucks: Saturday night, Vancouver Canucks return from their long road trip to welcome the New York Rangers to Rogers Arena

Locals: Vancouver’s own Mother Mother fill the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night

Diorama: Saturday night, the 25th Annual Diorama Party, supporting the Huntingdon Society of Canada, gets underway at 7pm at Celebrities with a host of amazing performances throughout the night.

DJ: Hitmaking Canadian DJ Glenn Morrison gets the music going at BarNone on Saturday night