Our (gay) guide to Vancouver’s arts scene in December

It will come as no surprise that Vancouver stages are filled with holiday shows right now.  Fortunately there are also still a few options for those that may want to escape the season.

Members of the cast of the Leaping Thespians A Christmas Carol In Gay Apparel.

Members of the cast of the Leaping Thespians A Christmas Carol In Gay Apparel.

The Bobbers return to Vancouver’s West End with their weekly Queer Comedy Improv show at Heaven’s Door (ongoing).

Leaping Thespians returns with an encore production of their original holiday show A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel based on the Charles Dickens classic (3-7 Dec).

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday concert Making Spirits Bright featuring some of Canada’s most recognizable artists telling tales of the holiday season alongside global artists who appreciate life in the north (5-14 Dec).

James Gnam teams up with Montreal artist Jacques Poulin-Denis for Jacques and James, an evening of entertainment that blurs the lines between dance, storytelling and theatre (4-7 Dec).

Theatre for Living explores the corporate messages that live within our collective psyche in Corporations in Our Head (4-8 Dec).

James Gnam teams up with Montreal artist Jacques Poulin-Denis for Jacques and James, an evening of entertainment that blurs the lines between dance, storytelling and theatre.

James Gnam teams up with Montreal artist Jacques Poulin-Denis for Jacques and James, an evening of entertainment that blurs the lines between dance, storytelling and theatre.

Theatre Replacement presents Jack and the Beanstalk – An East Van Panto complete with bad guys, good guys, hissing and cheering what they promise will be a sweet and whacked-out treat for the whole family (4-29 Dec).

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination as Gateway Theatre presents The King and I (4-31 Dec).

Ghost Light Productions gets into the holiday spirit with the wacky off-Broadway show Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas (5-21 Dec).

Set in a retirement home Quartet tells the story of four former opera stars who find themselves together invited to perform Verdi’s masterpiece which had been an early triumph (5-15 Dec).

Under the big-top in False Creek South, Cavalia Odysseo is an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, acrobatics and theatrical effects (7 Dec – 5 Jan).

Mitch and Murray presents Becky Shawa darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s that David C Jones called a riveting, funny show (closes 7 Dec).

Vancouver Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s contemporary opera Albert Herring (closes 8 Dec).

Ruby Slippers Theatre returns with Hotel Bethlehem, an alternate interpretation of what actually happened that infamous silent night.

Ruby Slippers Theatre returns with Hotel Bethlehem, an alternate interpretation of what actually happened that infamous silent night.

Ruby Slippers Theatre returns with Hotel Bethlehem, an alternate interpretation of what actually happened that infamous silent night (10-22 Dec).

A new holiday musical for the whole family, Mrs Claus’ Kitchen is a fresh look at the hustle, bustle and real worth of a family holiday (11-15 Dec).

Pacific Theatre presents Christmas Presence, an ad-hoc gathering of musicians and actors who meet day-of to trade songs and choose readings (11-22 Dec).

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Traditional Christmas concerts at locations throughout the Lower Mainland (12-22 Dec).

Metro Theatre presents its annual family-friendly holiday pantomime, Jack and the Beanstock (13 Dec-4 Jan).

The Vancouver Chamber Choir presents A Charlie Brown Christmas: A Little Jazz and Jazz (13 & 15 Dec).

The Daisy Theatre is inspired by the illegal underground “daisy” puppet shows of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and the beginnings of cabaret in Paris, and what Zoe Grams calls lewd, outrageous and soulful (closes 15 Dec).

Chor Leoni presents its annual holiday show Star of Wonder designed to encapsulate the beauty, joy and magic of the season (19-21 Dec).

The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale through December 21, 2013.

The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale through December 21, 2013.

Vancouver TheatreSports gets into the holiday spirit with Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale that Mark Robins calls a perfect holiday treat (closes Dec 21).

The stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries returns to the Arts Club’s Revue Stage (closes 21 Dec).

The Ryerson United Church Choir presents Chantez Noël, a concert of festive carols and seasonal works (22 Dec).

Blackbird Theatre presents Uncle Vanya, in which Chekov introduces us to a life he himself once lived for five years as a country doctor (27 Dec-18 Jan).

Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet’s sugar-plum version of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker (28-31 Dec).

The Arts Club’s classic It’s Snowing on Saltspring makes a return engagement to celebrate the theatre company’s fiftieth season (closes 28 Dec).

It’s a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday season as Mary Poppins flies in for a visit with the Banks’ family in what Mark Robins says is a “jolly holiday treat” (closes 5 Jan).

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