Vancouver is excited for East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves!

Vancouver is excited for East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves!

Ming Hudson plays Snow White in East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. Photo by Tim Matheson

It’s almost here! Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves opens Friday, December 1 in the York Theatre! We can hardly wait!

Vancouver is buzzing with Panto fever! Check out some of the amazing press coverage to answer all of your Panto questions:

  • Have you ever wanted to know how Theatre Replacement decided to start doing the East Van Panto? 

“The whole thing came from wanting to make something our kids would want to watch,” say James Long. You can read more about it in his interview with Artslandia. 

  • Have you ever wondered how they come up with the quirky music?

In this Georgia Straight Interview, Veda Hille say, “It has to be a song everybody knows and loves; it has to fit in the right place in the arc of the piece; it has to have a good pun in the main title or chorus of the song that suits the script.”

Allan Zinyk plays the Queen in East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. Photo by Tim Matheson

  • Have you ever wondered why it is so gosh darned hilarious to make fun of East Van?

“What is theatre but a mirror – a magic mirror on the wall, if you will…We go to the theatre to learn about ourselves and laugh at ourselves. When you have a place as unique and as interesting as East Vancouver, or Vancouver proper, there’s so much material there to draw upon.” Says Ming Hudson, in this Westender article. Hudson plays Snow White in this latest installment of East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

“Snow White gets Panto treatment” – The Province

  • Have you ever wanted to know how they keep coming up with such great shows?

Writer, Mark Chavez, says, “…Anita and I are surrounded by very a very smart, creative group of people who all want to make this show as funny and ridiculous and beautiful as it can be.

You may have seen this article in either the The Vancouver Sun or The Province!

  • Or, have you ever wondered what the writer of the Panto’s dream job was as a child?

I think you might be surprised! Read all about it in this Vancouver Presents piece:

20 questions with Mark Chavez


Doesn’t that just wet your appetite for Panto fun!?

P-A-N-T-O!

East Van Panto; Snow White & the Seven Dwarves runs from Nov 29 – Jan 6 at the York Theatre. Tickets are from $22 and can be found here.

Great Reviews for East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood!

Great Reviews for East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood!

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Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood opened Friday, November 25. What fun! There is nothing like the Panto to get us in the mood for the holidays, and it seems we aren’t the only ones that feel that way. The reviews have been rolling in, and the verdict across the board is that East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood is the best kind of holiday fun!

“The East Van Panto is now officially the BEST HOLIDAY TRADITION in Vancouver…I could happily see this show again and probably will” —Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

“Thank you, Theatre Replacement and The Cultch, for the lovely Christmas present….I LOVED IT. I really, really did. Best present ever” —Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

“A genuine local HOLIDAY CLASSIC back for its fourth nutty season…this incarnation of the East Van Panto retains all its JOYOUS HUMOUR and characteristic pizzazz” —Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun

“As FRESH, IRREVERENT, and FUN as its predecessors…If the East Van Panto isn’t part of your holiday tradition yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?” —Kathleen Oliver, Georgia Straight

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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!

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!

The reviews for Cinderella: An East Van Panto are in!

Theatre Replacement’s Cinderella: An East Van Panto started its amazing run last week at the York Theatre. Patrons and critics are unanimous: this pantomine is a huge succes! Writer Charlie Demers and the cast are on top of their game! Read the rave reviews below:

Read in the news:

“Go. Take somebody you love. Start a holiday tradition” – The Georgia Straight

“A refreshing romp… Here’s hoping this truly is the beginning of a homegrown tradition” – The Vancouver Sun

“It’s rowdy, it’s musical, it’s a heap of fun for the kids and, best of all, writer Charlie Demers jam-packs it with so many digs at current affairs (look out, Kinder Morgan, Mike Duffy and BC Ferries) that it’s a hoot-and-a-half for grownups, too” – The Vancouver Courrier

“Zany, zany, zany is how I’d describe this year’s East Van Panto, a melange of the Disney classic, with East Vancouver characters” – Review Vancouver

“Kids & parents giggle galore at Cinderella antics” – Broken Leg Reviews

“Theatre Replacement’s Cinderella: An East Van Panto is a lively, goofy and utterly charming take on the fairy tale, packed with local references and jammed with jokes that work for children and adults.” – The Globe And Mail

“A wonderful East Van time” – The Province

 Spotted on Twitter:

“Absolutely loved the hilarious #Cinderella #eastvanpanto at the #YorkTheatre. Highly recommend EVERYONE goes to see it!” – Shona W, @Shonawer

“Congrats @charliedemers East Van Panto Cinderella completely brilliant and hysterically funny. Thanks! @TheCultch” – Lynell Anderson, @LynellAnderson

“Had such an amazing time @TheCultch watching #eastvanpanto! Amazing talent from a cast who truly love what they do! Thank you to them!!!” – Lavina Goossen, @lavinahgoossen

“@TheCultch congrats on another terrific show #eastvanpanto was amazing. Great message for the little girls (and us big girls too)” – Leanne Morgan, @leeleesayswhat

“Had way too much fun at York Theatre Cinderella tonight. Not much makes me nervous – cameo with smarty pants’ on stage does! @TheCultch” – Heather Deal, @VanRealDeal

“@TheCultch great panto this year at the York. Grab your kids, or someone else’s kids (ones you know!) and go. Great fun for all!” – Mike Forrester, @coastaljazzed

“@ILiveInEastVan @TheCultch it was amazing! You’ll love it! I think every East Vaner should see it” – Kristen Moran, @EastVanKristen

 

For more photos of the opening night click here

Single tickets for the new season are now on sale!

Single tickets for our 2014/2015 season are now on sale! You can book seats to your favourite shows online or by calling our Box Office at 604.251.1363!  You’ll find the full calendar for our upcoming season on our website.  Here’s a sneak peek at three of our most anticipated 14/15 shows: The Daisy Theatre, Cinderella: An East Van Panto, and Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

The Daisy Theatre by Ronnie Burkett opens our season September 23 in the Historic Theatre. This season’s edition of The Daisy Theatre will feature new variety acts and characters in addition to existing favourites! Here are some of Ronnie Burkett’s puppets in preparation!

Cinderella: An East Van Panto by Theatre Replacement will be at The Cultch from December 3 – 28, 2014. It is the perfect show to share with your loved ones, kids and adults, during the holidays! This modern adaptation of the classic tale in an East Van setting will make your whole family laugh! See below for a look at pre-production pictures from the show:

From March 31 – April 19, 2015, we will host The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with their brilliant show Famous Puppet Death Scenes! This show will make its long-waited return to The Cultch after touring the world and changing lives. Don’t miss it! Check out the video below:

These three shows are very popular and the tickets won’t last long. To avoid disappointment, book now!