Nov
18

Introducing…Mary Poppins

Watch Mary Poppins (Sara-Jeanne Hosie) fly over the rooftops of London this holiday season and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical based on the writings of P.L. Travers and the popular Disney film features the unforgettable songs “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Let's go fly a kite!

It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary
The cast of the 2013 production. Photo by David Cooper

“Audiences loved Mary Poppins last holiday season and the show was a tremendous success for us. I’m pleased that the main cast will be returning to their roles for this year’s production,” said director Bill Millerd. “The iconic magical nanny will once again be played by Sara-Jeanne Hosie, who has also contributed to the success of many of our most popular musicals, including Swing, Disney’s Beauty & the BeastCabaret, and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.”

Let's go fly a kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite
The cast of the 2013 production. Photo by David Cooper

Although the five-book series was written in the 1930s, the 1964 Disney movie renewed awareness of the work of P.L. Travers and a new generation became interested in the Mary Poppins character. The popularity of the movie interested Broadway producers for years, though their offers were all rejected by Travers. It was not until English theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh (Les Misérables) wooed Travers in the early 1990s that the stage musical would come to be. He persuaded her to allow Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) to go back to the original novels, as well as the movie, to create a new book for the production.

Step in Time!

Step in Time!
The cast of the 2013 production. Photo by David Cooper

Tickets for Mary Poppins start at $29! Book online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

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Nov
14

Audiences are captivated by the power of Saint Joan

“AMAZING performance and one of the best I have seen in over 10 years at the Stanley theatre! In fact, I plan on coming back to watch before the run ends!!!”
—Sam, Surrey

“We thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Saint Joan!  A great cast of actors entertained us with an amazing performance.”
—Lori, 100 Mile House

“What an exceptional production!  I was moved to tears.  Thank you.”
—Marci, Chilliwack

“Imagine the challenges of bringing such a cultural icon to the stage and being able to unfold and make sense of it all. This production truly did and beyond. Worth seeing twice!”
—Denis

“Brilliant and next to flawless, this production of Saint Joan is a play that will be a welcome flashback for years to come.  Innovative, and totally engaging, wonderfully acted and staged, it’s a ‘don’t miss’ of the season.”
—Linda, Vancouver

“Very well done.  The three plus hours went by very quickly.  The minimalist approach in staging and the use of the turntable and the use of the whole theatre as a part of the stage was novel. I highly recommend this play.”
—Robb, North Vancouver

George Bernard Shaw’s classic play explores the legend of Joan of Arc and her remarkable rise and fall. See our audience buzz and press pages and for more reviews and click on the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Saint Joan with CityLights on Novus Television.

Saint Joan plays until November 23 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at just $29. Book online or call the box office at 604.687.1644.

 

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Nov
13

Introducing…A Twisted Christmas Carol

A hilarious take on the Christmas favourite! Using audience suggestions and Dickens’s holiday classic, a group of talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out and create a new comedy every night. You’ll never look at Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the characters in the same way again.

Bill Pozzobon, Diana Frances, Gary Jones, and Kirk Smith

Bill Pozzobon, Diana Frances, Gary Jones, and Kirk Smith

“If you love Christmas and you love improv, this is the show for you,” said John Murphy, director. “Even if you hate Christmas, and love improv, this is the show for you. If you hate both Christmas and improv, you’ll still love this show, because don’t you think it’s time that you accepted that you hate everything and you should just get over yourself and have some fun for a change?”

Gary Jones

Gary Jones mugs as Ebenezer Scrooge

A Twisted Christmas Carol was last at the Revue Stage in 2005, with many memorable suggestions from the audience to the fill-in-the-blanks. Scrooge may work as a ballerina, while Tiny Tim is suffering from a stubbed toe, and the Ghost of Christmas Past is Helen Keller. Now the holiday favourite is back with an always-original performance for a new generation.

Three ghostly visitors

Three ghostly visitors: Kirk Smith, Bill Pozzobon, and Diana Frances haunt Gary Jones.

A Twisted Christmas Carol starts November 27 at the Revue Stage. Tickets from $29 are available online or by calling 604.687.1644.

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