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Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

Dec 2, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016

York Theatre


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Recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, The Cultch recommends Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto for ages 5 and up.
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

An East Van Panto is back! Theatre Replacement steps way off the beaten path for this year’s edition with the weird and wonderful Hansel and Gretel. Complete with an edible house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witch, Hansel and Gretel lures you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a fantastic holiday treat.

The draw: Panto favourites Veda Hille, Allan Zinyk, Dawn Petten, and Charlie Demers return

Rave Reviews for An East Van Panto:

Freewheeling fun…now, that’s what I call holiday entertainment” — The Georgia Straight

An absolute joy…It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little pantomime” — The Vancouver Sun

Buy a ticket for your inner child and a few more for stocking stuffers. No one is too Bah, Humbug! or too grownup for Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto” — Jo Ledingham

What a hoot! This year the East Van Panto delights family-filled audiences…beautiful singing voices, hysterical timing and line delivery, and an impressive ability to morph into a variety of characters” — Family Fun Canada

Wizard acting talent, canny choreography, dashing sets & costumes. Well check, check, check & check again” — Broken Leg Reviews

A colourful comedy smorgasbord for the kids, and a feast of funnies for the adults in tow” — The Westender

Praise for last year’s An East Van Panto:

Go. Take somebody you love. Start a holiday tradition” — The Georgia Straight

A refreshing romp… Here’s hoping this truly is the beginning of a homegrown tradition” — The Vancouver Sun

It’s rowdy, it’s musical, it’s a heap of fun for the kids and, best of all, writer Charlie Demers jam-packs it with so many digs at current affairs (look out, Kinder Morgan, Mike Duffy and BC Ferries) that it’s a hoot-and-a-half for grownups, too” —The Vancouver Courier

Zany, zany, zany is how I’d describe this year’s East Van Panto, a melange of the Disney classic, with East Vancouver characters” — Review Vancouver

Kids & parents giggle galore” —Broken Leg Reviews

Venue: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Dr.

Show Dates and Times:
Dec 2 + 3, 7 PM: Previews
Dec 4, 7 PM: Opening
Dec 5, 9 – 12, 16 – 20, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, Jan 2: 7 PM
Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 22 – 24, 26, 27, 29 – 31, Jan 2, 3: 2 PM

Running time: 120 minutes, includes a 15 minute intermission

Post-show talkbacks: Dec 6, 9, 13, 16, 22

Playwright: Charles Demers. Director: Stephen Drover. Musical Director, Composer: Veda Hille. Choreographer: Tracey Power*. Assistant Director: Katrina Darychuk. Set & Properties Design: Drew Facey. Costume Designer: Marina Szijarto. Lighting Designer: Adrian Muir. Scenic Illustrator: Laura Zerebeski

Josue Laboucane*, Dawn Petten*, Maiko Yamamoto, Allan Zinyk*

Lillian Doucet-Roche+, Caitlin Goruk+, Carly Pokoradi+

Veda Hill, Barry Mirochnick

Stage Manager: Jan Hodgson*. Production Technical Director: Jayson McLean. Producer, Theatre Replacement: Corbin Murdoch. Production Manager, The Cultch & the York: Borja Brown. Technical Director, The Cultch & the York: Kris Boyd. Apprentice Stage Manager: Ruth Bruhn. Assistant to Set & Properties Designer: Athena Ivison. Costume Team (sewers, cutters, builders): Victoria Klippenstein, Tina Ozols, Line Richard, Tamara Unroe. Production Assistants: Elan Bertles+ and Gillian Hanemayer++. Scenic Construction: GNW Scene Shop. Publicist: Jodi Smith

* Appears with the permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
* Theatre Replacement engages under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement, professional Artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
+Student of Studio 58
++Student of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts


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