The holiday season officially started on opening night of A Christmas Story, The Musical. After the performance, donors, subscribers, and the media all gathered to toast this festive production full of cheery songs and snappy tap-dancing. Click HERE for the full photo album. All photos by Mark Halliday.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is now playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until December 27.

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Jordyn Bennet (Esther Jane) receiving beautiful flowers from her parents Wayne and Natalie.

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A Christmas Story, The Musical‘s Duff MacDonald, Graham Coffeng, and Katie Murphy.

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Cameron Andres’ #1 fan: CBC Radio-Canada Phare Ouest Host, Marie Villeneuve (L). Thanks to Caroline Gascon and her family for joining in the fun!

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Meghan Gardiner (Mom) and husband, actor Todd Thomson.

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Sara-Jeanne Hosie (Miss Shields) and Valin Shinyei (Ralphie) all cleaned-up after their amazing song and dance numbers.

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Matt Palmer (The Old Man) and Duff MacDonald (Narrator).

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Guest Post – An Arts Club Milestone

Tuesday at the BMO Theatre Centre we had the meet-and-greet for two Arts Club companies: It’s a Wonderful Life and Peter and the Starcatcher.

Meet & Greet

Arts Club Theatre Company staff with the cast, creative, and production teams of It’s a Wonderful Life and Peter and the Starcatcher.

As you can see from Stage Manager Caryn Fehr’s fantastic shot from the gathering, it was a pretty large group! In fact, this week, with one show on tour, one show beginning performances, two shows in rehearsal, and four different ReACT new play readings, we are employing more artists than any other week in our 52-year history! It’s fantastic to see such a wide variety of professional artists working, creating, and keeping our community strong, vibrant, and viable. Our company is proud to be the largest theatrical employer in Western Canada.

Bill and Peter

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Guest post: Bill Millerd remembers Leon Bibb

I attended Leon’s memorial yesterday and it was heartfelt, as you would expect for someone who had touched so many with his incredible talent. Leon has a special place in the history of the Arts Club Theatre Company. He brought us the musical revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris in 1972 and for the past 43 years he has been a close friend and colleague. Leon’s contributions were not just the record-breaking seven month run of Jacques Brel at the Seymour Street Stage, but also involved in other shows he inspired including Duet with vocalist Gail Nelson and pianist Stan Keen, later We Three then Side by Side by Sondheim with Ruth Nichol and Bernard Cuffling, and with Ruth the opening of the Arts Club Revue Stage in 1983. Later he directed Gail Nelson in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Revue and did a revival of Jacques Brel at the Granville Island Stage in 1985 and a sold-out week of performances with the original cast of Jacques Brel to raise money for our Endowment Fund in 1997. In 2003, Leon put together an evening with his son Eric and Ann and Jane Mortifee in three sold-out performances at the Stanley Stage, and in 2010 he returned to the Stanley with Eric and his granddaughter Yana in a concert labelled appropriately Generations. In conjunction with the celebration of our 50th Anniversary, Leon arranged for the original vinyl recording of the Jacques Brel cast to be turned into a CD, which we launched in February of 2014, the last time Leon appeared on one of our stages.

I first heard Leon’s voice when I appeared at the back of the Seymour Street Stage entering from the alley. He was on-stage in rehearsal singing “Ports of Amsterdam” from Jacques Brel. I had never heard him sing previously and I was stunned by his extraordinary power, his vocal agility and the warmth of his voice. I knew right then that would be a special piece of musical theatre. And it was. For many in Vancouver, that was a time when they discovered the Arts Club and our company could never have changed and grown without that seminal event. Thank you Leon. You will be truly missed.

Bill Millerd
Artistic Managing Director


The 1985 cast of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.


Show poster for Jacques Brel

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