Panto Season is Upon us Again! -East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood

Panto Season is Upon us Again! – East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time for another great Panto presented by Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto! Now in its  fourth year, the Panto is one of our favourite traditions here at The Cultch. If you have never been to the Panto, this is your chance to start your own holiday tradition!

But what is Panto, you say?

We are so glad you asked! 

East Van Panto says it best:

Panto (another name for Pantomime) is a tradition of holiday musical comedy theatre. Popularized in England in the early 19thCentury, Pantomime takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family. Our Panto takes inspiration from this classic form, but adds a uniquely East Van twist; a new, local tradition you and your family are invited to make your own!

The story in the spotlight this year is Little Red Riding Hood. Join Little Red for a wacky and wild ride down the Adanac bike trail. All your favourite characters are here -Little Red, Granny, The Big Bad Wolf…even a few you won’t expect. Recommended as one of the 10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in November, The East Van Panto promises big laughs for the whole family. For a taste of the fun, check out Mark Chavez’ video interview with Vancouver Sun’s Frances Georgian.

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East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood is written by Mark Chavez, directed by Anita Rochon, with music by Veda Hille. Read a great piece on Mark Chavez by Westender writer Kelsey Klassen here, or listen to an interview with Mark and Anita on Roundhouse Radio‘s Janice & Cory show. And for our Francophone fans, Anita Rochon on ICI Radio-Canada, Phare Ouest with Marie Villeneuve.

East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood runs from Nov 23 – Dec 31, 2016 in the York Theatre. Best prices Family Packs available! 4 premium tickets for just $120! *A Family Pack includes 2 adult + 2 child tickets (Sec A). Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363

Want to see Veda Hille perform? Make sure to book your tickets between Nov 23 and Dec 4! Music man extraordinaire Benjamin Elliott (Are We Cool Now?, Broken Sex Doll) will perform Veda’s signature spins on contemporary and classic tunes beginning Dec 5!

OPENING NIGHT PHOTOS: The Daisy Theatre and An East Van Panto at The Cultch and York Theatre!

Its been a busy month at The Cultch (Vancouver) as we opened Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre as well as Theatre Replacement’s Hansel & Gretel: An East Van Panto!

Ronnie Burkett, a Cultch favourite, kicked things off on Dec 2 at the Historic Theatre with the third installment of The Daisy Theatre – which marked his 200th performance of the show! Theatre Replacement soon followed with the opening of Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto on Dec 4 at the York Theatre, which the Georgia Straight described as a “phenomenon.” Here are some of our favorite snap shots from the both nights:

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Tickets are still available for both shows but some nights are already SOLD OUT. Click here to buy now and secure the best seats.

Photo scrapbook of our 40th season!

The Cultch closed its 40th season on May 31 and we decided it was the perfect time to do a little recap! This season was such an important one and it’s hard to believe all the major events that happened over the past year! We celebrated our 40th anniversary, opened the York Theatre, received a $2 million gift from West Coast Reduction, produced Jack and The Beanstalk: An East Van Panto with Theatre Replacement, organized our New Orleans and All That Jazz Gala, and so much more! Here’s our photo recap of the last year!

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The Cultch then and now

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Friends, donors, subscribers, and staff members at our 40th anniversary photo shoot

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Left: Jennifer Spry and Chris Macdonald excited about the kickoff of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, our first year as a venue/Right: Robert Leveroos and Cindy Reid awarding Deanna Fleysher with the Cultchivating the Fringe Award for her show Butt Kapinski

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Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch, on the cover of The Georgia Straight for a feature story about the opening of the York Theatre!

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The York Theatre officially opened its doors on December 6! Here’s a beautiful shot taken of the venue before the grand opening!

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We received our largest donation in Cultch history, a $2 million gift, from our longest standing corporate partner, West Coast Reduction! Here’s a photo of West Coast Reduction Ltd.’s Barry Glotman, Gordon Diamond, and staff from the Grandview-Woodland community with The Cultch’s Executive Director, Heather Redfern at the York!

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The cast of An East Van Panto: Patti Allan, Maiko Bae Yamamato, Raugi Yu, Allan Zinyk, and Dawn Petten

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Allan Zinyk, star of last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto, and young guests

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The Cultch team taking a group shot with the cast of An East Van Panto

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Guests and friends dining on the Historic stage at The Cultch’s New Orleans and All That Jazz Gala

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Subscribers and audience members during our 14/15 Season Launch on March 17

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Robert Leveroos, Youth Program Manager, with The Cultch’s Youth Panel Members celebrating the end of the IGNITE! Youth Arts Performing Festival!

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Our lovely Cultch volunteers helping out with our subscription mailing this past March!

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The Cultch’s staff members celebrating the end of a successful season with some bubbly

We hope you enjoyed these photos, this is just a small example of all the events that took place this last season. None of this would have been possible without your help, and we want to thank you – our friends, donors, and subscribers – for your support. We feel really lucky to have such a strong community behind us and we can’t wait to see you next year to share other great memories!

Jack & The Beanstalk: An East Van Panto | Call to Bloggers

Are you a local theatre/arts/family/special events blogger? If  so, we want you hear from you! The Cultch is inviting local bloggers and their families to attend and review Jack & The Beanstalk: An East Van Panto on Dec 7 at 2 pm.

What is an An East Van Panto?

Panto (another name for Pantomime) is a tradition of holiday musical comedy theatre. Pantomime takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family.

An East Van Panto is set to become a new holiday tradition as Theatre Replacement (Winners and Losers, Dress me up in your love) returns to blow the roof off the brand new York Theatre with the premiere of Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto. With words by Charles Demers (CBC’s Debaters, Vancouver Special) and music by Veda Hille (Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata), and direction by Amiel Gladstone (Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, 100% Vancouver), this upside down version of the classic holiday pantomime — complete with bad guys, good guys, hissing and cheering — will be a sweet and whacked-out treat for the whole family.

REQUIREMENTS

If interested please include the following check list to be included in your email:
•    Direct your message to: Ricky Choi
•    Email subject line: An East Van Panto: Blogger
•    Bio (no more than 75 words please)
•    Link(s) to your blog or published work
•    Confirmation that you are available to review An East Van Panto on Dec 7 at 2 pm.
•    Number of tickets that you require ( families are invited)

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

Application deadline:  December 7
Click here to apply