Photo of Steffanie Davis and Panto Kids by Emily Cooper; Illustration by Cindy Mochizuki

The Cultch Presents

East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast

Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

Written by Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana
Music by Veda Hille
Directed by Anita Rochon

NOV 22, 2023–JAN 07, 2024

Box Office Hours


Monday 12 -6pm
Tuesday through Saturday 12-4pm

Open 1 hour prior to every show

Vancouver’s most beloved holiday theatre tradition!

Bright, business-minded Belle has always been different from other kids growing up on the Drive. Her nose is always stuck in a book—a general ledger book that is! 

Everything changes when she’s separated from her free-spirited dad Maurice and becomes imprisoned in an enchanted specialty grocery store by a strangely familiar Beast who seems very set in his ways. Time is running out and Belle and her new friends Miso Potts, little Tofu and their Bento Buds must do everything they can to flip the perspective of Belle’s captor and break the curse before the last cherry blossom falls!

Get ready for a hilarious adventure through the neighbourhoods of East Van! Featuring unforgettable characters, pop song parodies, stunning sets, silly costumes, and fantastic performances by some of Vancouver’s best actors, Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto is an enchanting experience for audiences of all ages!

The 11th East Van Panto welcomes new Panto Playwrights Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana and returning Panto Director Anita Rochon (Snow White & Little Red Riding Hood) with music by Panto Composer Extraordinaire Veda Hille. Join new and returning performers: Steffanie Davis, Munish Sharma, Jason Sakaki, Mark Chavez, Maiko Yamamoto, Veda Hille, June Mirochnick, and Mishelle Cuttler. Choreographed by Amanda Testini, with design by Alaia Hamer (costumes), Sophie Tang (lights), Brad Danyluk (sound) and Lauchlin Johnston (set). Featuring scenic illustrations by Cindy Mochizuki.

Limited time offer:
Save up to $37 with a Family Pack

Includes 4 tickets:
2 adults + 2 children

Available for showtimes NOV 22–DEC 3

The Draw

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

Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail


“Only in East Van could such creative insanity take place.”

—Janet Smith, STIR

“This is the kind of show that would be worth seeing more than once.”

 —Colin Thomas, Vancouver theatre critic

“This year’s panto is wackier than ever.”

Jo Ledingham, On the Scene

Show Credits


Jivesh Parasram & Christine Quintana

Anita Rochon*

Composer / Musical Director:
Veda Hille

Amanda Testini*

Assistant Director:
Howard Dai

Assistant Musical Director:
Mishelle Cuttler

Assistant Choreographer:
Julian Lokash


Set and Properties Designer:
Lauchlin Johnston

Costume Designer:
Alaia Hamer

Lighting Designer:
Sophie Tang

Sound Designer:
Brad Danyluk

Scenic Illustrator:
Cindy Mochizuki

Head of Props:
Heidi Wilkinson
& Flying Fox Prop Shop

Assistant Set Designer:
Jenn Stewart

Assistant Costume Designer:
Sarah Sosick


Stage Manager:
Emma Hammond*

Assistant Stage Manager:
Jenny Kim*

Apprentice Stage Manager:
Caroline Tang

Production Manager / Technical Director:
Daniel O’Shea

Production Assistant & Child Wrangler:
Samantha Levy & 
Ethan DeHoog


Steffanie Davis* as Belle
Jason Sakaki* as Beast
Mark Chavez as Art Dude / Señor Tamaki / King Skunk
Munish Sharma* as Maurice / Salman Roe
Maiko Yamamoto as Enchantress / Miso Potts
Veda Hille & Mishelle Cuttler on the Keys (alternating nights)
June Mirochnick on Percussion
Emma Abbott+, L Danger+, and Hikari Terasawa+ as the Bento Box Buds & East Van Skunks


Greta Flinn, Mia Lin, Noa Lin, Scout Lobo, Hayden Mangan, Jude Mangan, Loa Martin, Bryony Martyn, Cluny Martyn, Marika MacRae, Marlowe Bea Petten, Tasio Pietropaolo, Jasper Podbrey, Ida Roeliani, Max Tyler-Hite.

Theatre Replacement

Artistic Director:
Maiko Yamamoto

Operations Director:
Chelsea MacDonald

Senior Producer:
Katie Roberts

Panto & Associate Producer:
Jamie King


Production Manager:
Andrew McCaw

Assistant Production Manager:
Siobhan Powell

Technical Director:
Kaden O’Reilly


Head Fly / Carpenter:
Darren (DJ) Miller

Head Audio:
Neal Miskin

Head Electrician / Cultch ATD:
Jude Weismiller

Head Wardrobe:
Florence May Barrett


*Appears with the permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Theatre Replacement engages professional artists who are members of the CAEA under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement. We thank them for their support.

+Student of Studio 58


Panto Partners

Panto Champions

A Taste of the Panto

A Chat with the Panto Creators

Panto: In Rehearsal

Videos by Cameron Anderson

The East Van Panto:

a beloved Vancouver holiday tradition for more than a decade!

Photos by Emily Cooper

Reviews for Past Pantos

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

—Colin Thomas, Vancouver theatre critic

“A holiday tradition that joyously skewers convention.”

 — Kathleen Oliver, Georgia Straight

“…funny, imaginative and exhilarating…should be near the top of everyone’s list of this year’s holiday shows.”

— Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun

Ticket Prices

Section Pricing from:
A+: $79
A: $74
B: $59
C: $49
D: $20

Panto Family Pack (2 adults + 2 children):
A+ / A: $199
Available for showtimes NOV 22–DEC 3

Panto Child Price:
All Sections: $39
Available for showtimes NOV 22–DEC 3 and ages 16 and under

Indigenous Pricing:
Self-identifying Indigenous patrons can get tickets (sections A / A+) for just $25!
Use promo code: 2324Indigenous

Valid for performances NOV 24–DEC 03.
Not applicable for Community Pricing previews.

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 [email protected].

Community Tickets:

We are thrilled to offer pay-what-you-choose pricing on select performances!  We encourage you to pay as you are able and help support the creation of these shows.

Be Part of the Making of Panto Online

Be our studio audience! On DEC 5 and DEC 6, you’ll get the same Panto fun plus be a part of the filming magic!
All tickets just $35. 

Baby-Friendly Performance

Calling all parents! We generally recommend the Panto for ages 5+ and everyone who loves to laugh, but on DEC 3 at 2 PM, we’re hosting a baby-friendly matinee! Bring your little ones, enjoy the show, and let your baby do their baby thing. We have a babes–in–arms policy requiring everyone in the building to have a ticket, so be sure to purchase a Child Ticket for your little one!


Wed, Nov 22, 7:00PM

Thurs, nov 23, 7:00pm

fri, nov 24, 7:00pm

sat, nov 25, 7:00pm

sun, nov 26, 2:00pm

wed, nov 29, 7:00pm

thurs, nov 30, 7:00pm

Fri, dec 1, 7:00pm

Sat, dec 2, 2:00pm

Sat, dec 2, 7:00pm

sun, dec 3, 2:00pm

sun, dec 3, 7:00pm

Tues, dec 5, 7:00pm

wed, dec 6, 7:00pm

thurs, dec 7, 7:00pm

fri, dec 8, 7:00pm

sat, dec 9, 2:00pm

sat, dec 9, 7:00pm

sun, dec 10, 2:00pm

sun, dec 10, 7:00pm

Tues, dec 12, 7:00pm

Wed, Dec 13, 7:00pm

thurs, dec 14, 7:00pm

Fri, dec 15, 7:00pm

sat, dec 16, 2:00pm

sat, dec 16, 7:00pm

sun, dec 17, 2:00pm

sun, dec 17, 7:00pm

tues, dec 19, 7:00pm

wed, dec 20, 7:00pm

Thurs, dec 21, 7:00pm

fri, dec 22, 7:00pm

sat, dec 23, 2:00pm

sat, dec 23, 7:00pm

sun, dec 24, 2:00pm

wed, dec 27, 2:00pm

wed, dec 27, 7:00pm

thurs, dec 28, 2:00pm

fri, dec 29, 2:00pm

fri, dec 29, 7:00pm

sat, dec 30, 2:00pm

sat, dec 30, 7:00pm

sun, dec 31, 2:00pm

tues, Jan 2, 2:00pm

wed, jan 3, 2:00pm

wed, jan 3, 7:00pm

thurs, jan 4, 2:00pm

fri, jan 5, 7:00pm

sat, Jan 6, 2:00pm

sat, jan 6, 7:00pm

sun, Jan 7, 2:00pm

Panto On Demand

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

Available to stream on-demand from DEC 18–JAN 07
Closed Captioning is available.

Online tickets from $25

Panto On Demand Bundle
Enjoy two Pantos for just $40!

Includes: East Van Panto: Beauty & The Beast (2023) & The Little Mermaid (2022)

Make it a Panto On Demand Party & Save!
Panto Party Package (5 links):
$100 ( A savings of 20%)