Dawn Petten and Amanda Sum; Photo by Emily Cooper

NOV 16, 2022–JAN 01, 2023 | YORK THEATRE

East Van Panto:
The Little Mermaid

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the East Van Panto, we’re going somewhere we’ve never been before: under the sea!

NOV 16, 2022–JAN 01, 2023

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Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
Written by Sonja Bennett
Music by Veda Hille
Directed by Meg Roe

While Ariel is busking with her girl band at New Brighton Beach, she falls in love with a teenage mer-person. Ariel dives into an ocean adventure where she makes a questionable deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, fights off evil electric eels with her trash crab BFF, Sebastian, and has to help save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.

Come join the incredible returning team of Sonja Bennett (writer), Meg Roe (director), long time Panto composer Veda Hille (music), and stand out alumni Dawn Petten, Amanda Sum, Mark Chavez and Ghazal Azarbad as we bring land and sea together for bubbly good times!

Subscribers get first access and up to 20% off tickets to East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid!

In-Person Showtimes & Dates

NOV 16, 17: 7:00 – Preview
NOV 18–19, 22–27: 7:00 PM
NOV 30: 7:00 PM – Filming
NOV 19–20, 26–27: 2:00 PM

DEC 1–3, 6–11, 13–18, 21, 23, 28–30: 7:00 PM

DEC 3–4, 10–11, 17–18, 20–24, 27–28, 30–31: 2:00 PM

JAN 1: 2:00 PM

Online On-Demand

Watch Panto for the first time, see it again, or share the magic with loved ones all around the world!

East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid is available to watch online and on-demand from DEC 17, 2022–JAN 01, 2023 through RE/PLAY, The Cultch’s digital playground.

Venue Location

York Theatre
639 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC

Box office info

1895 Venables St.

Mon to Fri: 12–4PM,
and 1 hour prior to all performances


Written by: Sonja Bennett
Music by: Veda Hille
Directed by: Meg Roe
Choreography: Amanda Testini
Assistant Director: Arthi Chandra

Featuring: Amanda Sum, Dawn Petten, Ghazal Azarbad, Mark Chavez, and Andrew Wheeler

Orchestra: Veda Hille and Barry Mirochnick

Set and Properties Designer: John Webber
Concept Artist and Illustrator: Cindy Mochizuki
Costume Designer: Alaia Hamer
Lighting Designer: Sophie Tang
Sound Designer: Brad Danyluk

Stage Manager: Joanne PB Smith
Assistant Stage Manager: Yvonne Yip
Apprentice: ASM: Marian Munoz


“East Van Panto has earned its place as one of the best-loved holiday traditions in Vancouver”

—Colin Thomas

"It is the silliest, most wonderful of traditions. And for me, it has become essential.”

— Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

“A holiday tradition that joyously skewers convention."

—Kathleen Oliver, Georgia Straight

Past PANTO performers; photos by Emily Cooper


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