Dec
11

A spoonful of glamourama

Everyone was spit spot for the opening night of Mary Poppins. Spirits were flying high as the company celebrated the start of another holiday season on the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The medicine went down without much help, but the sweets certainly didn’t hurt. Bedtimes were extended just this once and friends and family came armed with cheery dispositions to offer best wishes for a successful run.

Enjoy a few shots of the festivities below and visit our Facebook page for the full gallery.

Scott Walters (Bert) and Sara-Jeanne Hosie (Mary)

Scott Walters (Bert) and Sara-Jeanne Hosie (Mary)

The Banks Family (Kassia Danielle Malmquist, Catriona Murphy, Graham Verchere, and Warren Kimmel)

The Banks family (Kassia Danielle Malmquist, Catriona Murphy, Graham Verchere, and Warren Kimmel)

Katey Wright (Miss Andrew/Mrs. Corry) with Peter Jorgensen (Avenue Q) and their son, Lukas.

Katey Wright (Miss Andrew/Mrs. Corry) with Peter Jorgensen (Avenue Q) and their son, Lukas.

Mary and the boys

Mary and the boys

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The ladies of the ensemble

Newest members of the cast Darren Burkett and Brianne Loop

Newest members of the cast, or the “n00bs”, Darren Burkett and Brianne Loop

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

 

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Dec
10

MARY POPPINS opens tonight

Mary is back and flying high above the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage! Officially opening tonight, Mary Poppins is the hottest ticket in town. Spend a jolly holiday with Mary (Sara-Jeanne Hosie), Bert (Scott Walters), the Banks family, and those lovable chimney sweeps. It will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Watch the trailer below and enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of this magical musical.

Happy opening to the company of Mary Poppins! We hope the run is practically perfect in every way.

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Dec
9

Ghosts of Christmas Carols past

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol has a long and storied past that rivals that of Ebenezer Scrooge himself. The story began as a novella by the prolific Victorian writer back in 1843, and has since become one of the world’s most popular holiday tales with many adaptations over the years. From an early silent film, to comic books, to Canadian Tire Money, Scrooge has represented the possibilities of the holiday spirit for over 150 years! Here is just a selection of some of the different versions of this story:

Alastair Sim is perhaps the most iconic Ebenezer Scrooge of all time. He took up the mantle for the 1951 adaptation, which is often considered the quintessential film version of A Christmas Carol. Sim also reprised the role in voice-over for the 1971 animated version.

“What we have in this rendition of Dickens’ sometimes misunderstood ‘Carol’ is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul. And this is presented not only in the tortured aspects of Mr. Sim but in the phantasmagoric creation of a somber and chilly atmosphere”—The New York Times

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In 1983, Disney presented the Academy Award–nominated animated short Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This version featured Scrooge McDuck, who would later star in his own animated adventure series, Ducktales—mandatory after school viewing in the 1980s. Ask anyone who grew up at that time and they could likely sing the catchy theme song for you!

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1988 saw two comedic retellings of A Christmas Carol. In the great tradition of BBC Christmas specials, Black Adder’s Christmas Carol reversed the formula to explain how the series’ lead character developed his mean-spirited nature. Then, in the modern update Scrooged, Bill Murray plays a television executive, Frank Cross, who is forced to learn from his own holiday programming.

The Muppets returned to the traditional format of the story in 1992, with Sir Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jim Henson’s entire cast of characters guiding him on his Christmas Eve journey. The black heart of Caine’s prickly Scrooge has no hope against the warm and fuzzy Muppets.

As luck would have it, both Scrooge and puppets are at Arts Club stages this holiday season! A Twisted Christmas Carol offers a new take on the holiday classic, with a newly improvised version for each performance at the Revue Stage, and the puppets and people of Avenue Q are learning some grown-up lessons of their own over at the Granville Island Stage.

Tickets to  A Twisted Christmas Carol and Avenue Q start at just $29 each! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

 

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