Dawn Petten, Amanda Sum, and Mark Chavez by Emily Cooper

Dawn Petten, Amanda Sum, and Mark Chavez 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

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

Mark Chavez by Emily Cooper Photography_East Van Panto_ The Little Mermaid_2022_0136-masked-web

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.

Join the incredible returning team of Playwright Sonja Bennett, Director Meg Roe, long-time Panto Composer Veda Hille, stand-out Panto alumni Dawn Petten, Amanda Sum, Mark Chavez, Ghazal Azarbad, and Barry Mirochnick, and Panto newcomer Andrew Wheeler for bubbly good times!

In-Person Showtimes & Dates

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

Be Part of the Making of Panto On Demand
Be our studio audience! On NOV 27  and NOV 30, you’ll get the same Panto fun, plus be a part of the filming magic! All filming tickets are just $35!

Accessible Performance

DEC 18:  2PM VocalEye Performance


Please contact The Cultch box office (604 251 1363) to reserve tickets and description equipment.


Learn more about our accessible performances.


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: 12–6PM, Sat 12-4
and 1 hour prior to all performances

Cultch Connects

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to outreach@thecultch.com.

Digital Program

Share the magic of Panto with family and friends around the world!

Panto Online is available to
stream on-demand from DEC 17—JAN 01.


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

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 Stage Manager: Mariana Munoz

Rave Reviews

“Spectacular, a stupidly good time”

—Colin Thomas, Theatre Critic

“It’s the most hilarious time of the year!”

—Jay Minter, On the List

"Wondrous production design filled with the vibrant colours of the ocean"

—Rick Chung, Georgia Straight

"Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the show hits the sweet spot this year"

—Janet Smith, STIR

"This is the best one ever."

Jo Ledingham, On the Scene

PANTO performers; photos by Emily Cooper

10 Years of Panto

‟It is the silliest, most wonderful of traditions.”

— Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

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

—Colin Thomas

‟A holiday tradition that joyously skewers convention"

—Kathleen Oliver, Georgia Straight

‟A holiday tradition, an exceptional Christmas gift idea, or just because you want to laugh yourself silly, tickets to the East Van Panto are a must."

—Family Fun Vancouver

“If the East Van Panto isn’t part of your holiday tradition yet, what are you waiting for?”

Georgia Straight

Past PANTO performers; photos by Emily Cooper

The East Van Panto is supported by our incredible community of sponsors

panto partner

panto champions

Oonagh & Mark Pontin

Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack & the Beanstalk

  • 2013


  • 2014
Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

  • 2015
Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

  • 2016
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

  • 2017

All Photos by Emily Cooper


Subscribe to our Winter/ Spring 2023 Season

Get the best seats at the best prices, discounts on additional tickets, unlimited access to our upcoming RE/PLAY Digital Series, and more perks.

Explore our shows