On Vancouver stages: our weekly round-up from Vancouver Presents

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Marilyn Norry and Scott Button in the Fire Escape Equity Co-Op production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo by Christine Quintana.

Vancouver actor Scott Button will soon step onto the Jericho Arts Centre stage as Tom Wingfield in a production of Tennesee Williams’ enduring memory play The Glass Menagerie (photo above).  In preparing for his role, he and director Shawn MacDonald have delved into Williams’ tortured personal life and the links to his character of Tom.  In this special to Vancouver Presents, Button shares what he and MacDonald have discovered. (Photo above: Marilyn Norry and Scott Button in the Fire Escape Equity Co-Op production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo by Christine Quintana). Read more.

Graham Verchere, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, and Kassia Danielle Malmquist in the 2013 production of Mary Poppins. Photo by David Cooper

Graham Verchere, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, and Kassia Danielle Malmquist in the 2013 production of Mary Poppins. Photo by David Cooper

Once again spending the holidays in Vancouver, Sara-Jeanne Hosie returns to the Arts Club’s Stanley Theatre stage as the original Supernanny, Mary Poppins.  But more than simply spending the season helping the Banks family each night, it is also a homecoming of sorts for her as well. Read more.

Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions team up for a production of Wide Awake Hearts.

Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions team up for a production of Wide Awake Hearts.

Looking to tap into the market of those who want something a little different this time of year, Vancouver indie theatre companies Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions are coming together with a production of Brendan Gall’s Wide Awake HeartsRead more.

John Voth, Kaitlin Williams, Peter Church and Diana Squires. in the Pacific Theatre production of It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play. Photo by Emily Cooper.

John Voth, Kaitlin Williams, Peter Church and Diana Squires. in the Pacific Theatre production of It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Some of the most tantalizing theatrical moments are built on chemistry, whether between actors, hiding among the rhythm and words, or in the relationship between director and a talented team of lighting and set designers. And sometimes still, that chemistry is found when mixing two seemingly disparate conceits in a way that remakes both into something new. Enter Sarah Rodgers and It’s A Wonderful Life Radio PlayRead more.

Diana Frances, Jeff Gladstone and Jeff Pozzobon in a scene from the Arts Club production of A Twisted Christmas Carol. Photo by David Cooper

Diana Frances, Jeff Gladstone and Jeff Pozzobon in a scene from the Arts Club production of A Twisted Christmas Carol. Photo by David Cooper

Few stories in history have received such varied treatments as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  In fact it has so many adaptations that Wikipedia has its own page just to list them all.  From opera to graphic novel, from the ridiculousness of Bill Murray to the seminal performance by Alastair Sim, Ebenezer Scrooge’s tale of transformation continues to be reinvented, reworked and re-imagined. Read more.

The cast of Avenue Q. Photo by David Cooper.

The cast of Avenue Q. Photo by David Cooper.

The Arts Club’s production of Avenue Q is a slick balance of polished performance and a bottle rocket blast of glee, but it’s what beats behind the hype and humour that makes it so successful. Read more.

It is time to reclaim our theatres, cinemas and music halls.

It is time to reclaim our theatres, cinemas and music halls.

It is time we reclaim our theatres, cinemas and music halls. It is time for a confrontation. Who’s with me?

James Long, Dawn Petten, Allan Zinyk, & Nora Pontin in Cinderella: An East Van Panto. Photo by Tim Matheson.

James Long, Dawn Petten, Allan Zinyk, & Nora Pontin in Cinderella: An East Van Panto. Photo by Tim Matheson.

For a theatre genre that appears to be a free-wheeling free-for-all to audiences, the traditional British pantomime (or panto for short) is surprisingly structured. Playwright Charlie Demers lets us in on a few of the secrets to writing a good one, as Theatre Replacement gets set to present Cinderella: An East Van Panto at the York Theatre this holiday season. Read more.

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