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For the last seven years, the word ‘joy’ has been a touchstone for Theatre Replacement as we put together our beloved Panto. It is something that we ask our company to focus on, even when the days are long and the work is hard. Every year, we try our absolute best to bring you a show that is bursting with joy.

Panto Come Home! is certainly full of joy—and it is our sincere hope that it will make you laugh and cheer—but for this particular production, there is another word that feels more central: care.

Over the last six months, we’ve proceeded with caution, slowly building up a culture of care, changing course whenever it was necessary to keep each other safe.

Sometimes, this has required separation. We had to make the difficult decision to not include our Panto Kids this year (miss you guys!). Likewise, we had to ask our Studio 58 students not to join us (Sarvin, Jacob, Tanner, and Sabrina—we know you would have been brilliant!). Our cast is performing beneath masks and our orchestra is playing behind plexiglass. And, of course, you are watching from the safety of your own homes.

Care has also meant slowing things down, looking for the beauty in what is simple, and discovering the power of adaptation.

We are very proud of this show, and grateful to our partners at The Cultch for standing by the project so steadfastly during this period of profound uncertainty. Above all, we are grateful to this amazing company of artists, stage managers, designers, and technicians who have taught us that, even when times are at their toughest, if we take care for each other then, together, we will find a way.

Thank you for being with us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Theatre Replacement

Maiko, James, Corbin, Chelsea and Arthi

Welcome to Panto Come Home! A re-imagined East Van Panto for 2020!

After years of celebrating the holidays at the East Van Panto with all of you, we couldn’t possibly get through this difficult year without it. The Cultch and Theatre Replacement (T/R) are so grateful to be a part of your holiday celebrations, especially this year when gatherings will look so different. We all need a really good laugh and a lot more joy and as you know that is what the Panto brings us all! Thank you for welcoming us into your living rooms, virtual family gatherings, and hearts this holiday season!

When the Panto first started, the incredible team at T/R and The Cultch had no idea what to expect but we threw our hearts and souls into the project year after year. Never did we imagine a Panto like this one but we did it! I am so proud of the Panto team for all they have done to make this year’s show a reality. They are reinventing how we do things and making magic happen so we can again share the good Panto feelings with our loved ones and our community.

It has been such an honour to watch this holiday tradition grow, reaching more and more people every year. Livestreaming the Panto online means your family and friends across the country and all over the world can join you and us for a holiday celebration. If you have not yet reached out to those that are dear to you across the country and the world then do it now and share with them your cherished holiday tradition. 

A huge thank you to our amazing Panto sponsors West Coast Reduction, D&H Group LLP, Averra Developments, Mark and Oonagh Pontin, Westbank/Crombie REIT, McMedia Audio Visual, and Recycling Alternative; their generous support has made this year’s show even more magical. 

Our 2020/21 Season has just begun! Thanks to each and every one of you who have supported us as a subscriber or donor these last few months. Your support means we are able to continue to bring you amazing virtual programming in the new year. The 2021 3-box Subscription Packages are now on sale and, like this Fall, we are committed to bringing the best of The Cultch directly to you, no matter what happens. We can’t wait for you to join us in 2021!

Have a wonderful holiday season. Our wish for you is that you are able to connect with those you love in any way you can. Happy New Year. May it be filled with peace and good health for everyone. 

Warm virtual hugs,

Heather Redfern

Panto Come Home!
Theatre Replacement

Playwright: Mark Chavez
Directors: James Long and Maiko Yamamoto+
Music and Lyrics: Veda Hille

Choreographer: Amanda Testini+
Assistant Director: Arthi Chandra
Stage Manager: Jan Hodgson+
Assistant Stage Manager: Yvonne Yip+

Cast: Mark Chavez, James Long, Shawn Macdonald, Dawn Petten, Donna Soares,  Amanda Sum and Maiko Yamamoto+
Orchestra: Veda Hille and Barry Mirochnick

Costume Coordinators: Barbara Clayden and Alaia Hamer
Based on Costume Designs by: Barbara Clayden, Marina Szijarto, and Heather Redfern
Lighting Designer: Sophie Tang
Lighting Design Associate: Adrian Muir
Sound Designer: Brad Danyluk
Props Builder: Heidi Wilkinson
Props Coordinator: Carol Macdonald
Chandelier Design: Laura Zerebeski and Yvan Morissette
East Van Drop: Laura Zerebeski
Wig Styling: Donnie Tejani
Animated Text: Sam Tudor
Title Cards and Graphics: Zoe Yuan
Intermission Archival Photos: Emily Cooper

Video Director: Cameron Anderson 
Assistant Videographer: Mily Mumford
Head Electrician: Kaden O’Reilly
Assistant Head Electrician: Nicole Weismiller
Head Audio: Kyra Soko
Head Audio: Chris Engleman
Head Fly: Ross Albrecht
Assistant Production Manager: Taylor Janzen 
Technical Director/Video Switcher: Cody Biles
Production Manager: Andrew McCaw

Theatre Replacement Staff:
Artistic Directors: James Long and Maiko Yamamoto
Managing Producer: Corbin Murdoch
Operations Manager: Chelsea MacDonald
Artistic Producer Intern: Arthi Chandra

The Cultch Staff

+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. 

Produced with the cooperation of UBCP/AC

Huge thanks to: Charles Demers, Ami Gladstone, Stephen Drover, Marcus Youssef, Anita Rochon, and all of the past Panto artistic and production teams; Kirsten McGhie, Sarah Sosick, Darryl Millot, and Ace Martens; Geoff Hicks; Justin Kellam; Sarvin Esmaeili, Jacob Leonard and Tanner Zerr; Kathryn Shaw, Yvan Morissette, David Hudgins, Daniel Dolan and Studio 58; Bard on the Beach and Arts Club Theatre; Elia Kirby, Kyle Sutherland, Kiki Lightburn and the GNW Scene Shop; Jennifer Reidle and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association; Jason Cameron and UBCP.

In order of appearance, subject to change

Don’t Cry Out Loud: Melissa Manchester

Bootylicious: Destiny’s Child

The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car: Trooper

Umbrella: Rihanna, JAY-Z

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It): Beyonce

POPSTAR (feat. Drake): DJ Khaled, Drake

Silver Bells: Anne Murray

Rock Me Amadeus: Falco

Losing My Religion: R.E.M. 

Papa Don’t Preach: Madonna

Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin

bad guy: Billie Eilish

Monster: Kanye West, JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record): Dead Or Alive

In My Feelings: Drake

Lose Yourself: Eminem 

Poker Face: Lady Gaga

Shake It Off: Taylor Swift

Over The Rainbow: Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg

Sweet Caroline: Neil Diamond

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Gene Autry

New Rules: Dua Lipa

Don’t Start Now: Dua Lipa

Chandelier: Sia

Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirò): Andrea Bocelli

Figaro’s Aria: Gioachino Rossini

I Will Always Love You: Whitney Houston 

See Me, Feel Me: The Who

We Are The Champions: Queen

Take on Me: a-ha

Silent Night: Bing Crosby 

Time Warp: Richard O’Brien

Our House: Madness

Cameron_Anderson

CAMERON ANDERSON is a professional videographer with a special focus on live performance. As a filmmaker, he has produced, shot, and edited several short documentaries and films, and is co-directing, alongside Chelsea Haberlin, the upcoming short film Dust, written by Marcus Youssef. He is the resident process videographer of Neworld Theatre, and the current in-house videographer of The Cultch. He has collaborated with several dozen local arts organizations, including Music on Main, Theatre Replacement, and Electric Theatre Company. He has also built promotional videos for the Vancouver Green Party, Green Party of Canada, and current BC Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with distinction. His film training includes a diploma in Documentary Filmmaking from In Focus Film School, and a one-year practicum with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Arthi_Chandra
ARTHI CHANDRA (she/her) is a Vancouver based director, writer, and performer. She studied contemporary theatre performance and directing at Simon Fraser University. Her practice is based on text-based devising and adapting canonical work. Arthi is interested in work that engages with queerness, intersecting identity policies, and explores the concept of radical empathy. Arthi is currently the artistic producing intern for Theatre Replacement, and is directing Peninsula Production’s NextGen program. Additionally, she is a part of PTC’s Block A program, as well as Tightrope Theatre’s Director’s Circle. Arthi is also alternating between writing an adaptation of King Lear and a YA novel about magic sorts of things and detectives.
Mark_Chavez

MARK CHAVEZ is a writer, actor, and comedian who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is one half of the Pajama Men, a narrative-sketch comedy duo that The Guardian hailed as “one of the most influential comedy groups of a generation”. He has written or co-written numerous screen and teleplays for studios including the BBC, Scott Free, Film 4, and CBS and recently co-wrote season two of the critically lauded podcast, This Sounds Serious with Kelly & Kelly, winner of the Banff Podcast of the Year Award. He is also the writer of two other East Van Pantos (Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White) and is super excited that Theatre Replacement allowed him to write himself into this one. Mark can also be found on the web every week as host of a show for young people called Fun Time Funday! on Campbonkers.com, and every Sunday night Chavez can be found performing with Vancouver’s longest running independent comedy show, The Sunday Service improv group.

Barbara_Clayden_2
BARBARA CLAYDEN has costumed a great number of shows for many different companies over a lot of years and won a few Jessie Awards along the way.
Brad_Danyluk
BRAD DANYLUK is a Vancouver-based sound designer who specializes in musical theatre. His past work includes many productions at Arts Club, TUTS, Gateway Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, Theatre Calgary, and others. He also works as a sound system consultant, a music recordist and mixer, and as an operator for live music and theatre shows. Post-pandemic he has shifted to primarily working as a recording and broadcast sound engineer for classical music at the Chan Centre, and helps all kinds of productions sound their best in recorded or streamed formats.
Alaia_Hamer_2
ALAIA HAMER is an emerging theatre designer and artist located in Vancouver, BC. Recent projects include: associate costume on Amahl and the Night Visitors (VO); costume design on The Birds and the Bees, assistant costume design for Sweat, The Humans (Artsclub); set design for The Drawer Boy (ETC); assistant costume for Three Winters (Amiel Gladstone); costume for C’mon Angie (Touchstone), assistant costume for Coriolanus, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); set design for She Kills Monsters (UBC); along with wardrobe work and design for a variety of smaller shows and companies. Alaia is a graduate of the UBC Theatre Design program in 2017 and holds an English literature degree from 2012.
Veda_Hille

VEDA HILLE is very happy to be playing around with the East Van Panto, as always.  You can keep track of her comings and goings at vedahille.com or on Instagram @loveyoulikealion. She has a new solo album called Little Volcano that you can download at her site or on bandcamp, or go nuts and order it on gold vinyl! Look for more online shows in the new year, and good luck and love to you all in this strange season.

Jan_Hodgson_2
JAN HODGSON is happy to be once again hanging with the Panto Gang in the York Theatre. Select Credits: Betroffenheit (Kidd Pivot/Electric Company); Coyotes, Law of the Land, Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Caravan Farm Theatre); Mustard, Angels in America; Part 1 (Arts Club Theatre); Titus Bouffonius (Rumble Theatre); Mump and Smoot; Tear The Curtain, Studies In Motion, No Exit, Palace Grand, Brilliant (Electric Company); The Overcoat, Death of a Salesman, I Am My Own Wife, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly (Vancouver Playhouse); The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary); The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/ National Arts Centre); Glory (Western Canada Theatre).
James_Long

JAMES LONG This year has been extraordinary in so many complicated, introspective, speculative and, often joyous ways, like this one. To share a room with this group of people and create something to share in this moment has been a gift I will never forget. I hope all are doing as well as can be out there and I see your full faces in the very near future, either here in the York, or on the street, or in a restaurant, or out in the world when we get back to touring. I artistic direct Theatre Replacement with Maiko Yamamoto and we have a website, theatrereplacement.org. Check it out if you want to see what I get up to normally with the company. I also make work with people outside of T/R, teach post-secondary students, and professionals performance, hold a Masters in Urban Studies, have a remarkable pair of kids, Nora and Leo, and glorious partner, Nicky. Happy holidays.

Shawn_Macdonald_2
SHAWN MACDONALD feels so blessed to be part of Panto Come Home! He played Gelato and Fox Cabaret in East Van Panto: Pinocchio last year, and just recently performed in Michele Riml’s play The Amaryllis at the Firehall Theatre (produced by Firehall/The Search Party). Shawn loves acting and writing plays and working with emerging playwrights. He is the Program Leader for the LEAP Playwriting Intensive at the Arts Club Theatre. He also recently worked as a mentor for Pacific Opera Victoria on their Civic Engagement Project, and led a devising process with Realwheels Theatre. Shawn loves artists and art and stories and theatre and really hopes that this show makes people as happy as he is performing it.
Barry_Mirochnick
BARRY MIROCHNICK is a Vancouver-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist (also plays guitar, bass guitar, and pineapple shaker). Barry has performed, toured, and recorded with many singers, composers, and songwriters, both local and international. He has also been busy in Vancouver’s theatre scene since 2012, performing in Arts Club Theatre’s productions do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata, and Onegin. He also played in Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night, five of the past six East Van Pantos, and is currently involved in Rice and Beans Theatre’s upcoming production Made In Canada. Barry recently performed in an online streaming version of a craigslist cantata, from The Cultch (it was a lot of COVID fun!)

ADRIAN MUIR is excited to be working with Sophie and the entire team on another East Van Panto. In January, he’s working with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre on their virtual tour of 1 Hour Photo. He is looking forward to be back doing live theatre in the New Year.

Mily_Mumford

MILY MUMFORD is a filmmaker, playwright, director, and scientist originally from unceded Lekwungen territory. They are the new Associate Videographer for The Cultch and very excited to be working with Theatre Replacement and the Panto this year! Recent work includes Controller, a choose-your-own-adventure sci-fi play developed during the Arts Club Emerging Playwright’s Unit 2019, The Cinephiles (producer/host/projection artist) a film/drag queer multimedia series, the sci-fi short film GEMINI (writer/director, Crazy8s 2018, Cannes Short Film Corner), and the short film Operation Gingham (writer/director, Best Film Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project). In addition to creative work they are a graduate student at SFU in Interactive Technology where they research mental health support for long term space travel, and the Multimedia Producer for the HR Macmillan Space Centre—where in non-pandemic times they can be found entertaining kids and adults with planetarium shows and fireballs.

Dawn_Petten_2
DAWN PETTEN Being in the East Van Panto is indeed “coming home” for Dawn. She has acted in four previous East Van Pantos wherein she has had the pleasure of being a harp, a Hansel, a Prince, and Gloria Macarenko (among others). In the alternate universe sans COVID, there would have been other cool shows that she did this year. In reality, most recently Dawn performed in Electric Company Theatre’s REFRAMED for the NAC, and before that, starred in the one-person show Every Brilliant Thing at the Belfry Theatre, and The Birds and The Bees at the Arts Club. Other favourite theatre companies Dawn has trod the boards with include Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, and Touchstone Theatre. Dawn is a grad of UBC’s BFA Acting Program and has a bunch of Jessie nominations and received some of the hardware/glassware. She can’t wait to be again onstage with a full house or in the audience nestled between other theatre-lovers. In the meantime may the spirit of the season and this show light up our distanced hearts in a way that brings us oh-so-close.
Donna_Soares_2
DONNA SOARES is an actor living and working on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She feels very fortunate to be gathered with her friends and colleagues at this time to make work. She hopes that Panto Come Home! will bring some light and laughter into your homes. You might remember Donna from East Van Panto: Cinderella. Yes? No? Some of her other credits include: Kuroko (vAct), China Doll (Gateway Theatre), Nassim (Bush Theatre), Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance), The Enemy (Firehall Arts Centre), King of the Yees (Gateway Theatre), The Drowning Girls (Vertigo Theatre), Half Life (Theatre NorthWest), Green Lake (Solo Collective), Benefit (Downstage), and