Presentation House, the North Shore’s professional theatre company, announced a 2017/2018 season featuring a collection of shows for every age.
“The mind at play is ageless, boundless,” says artistic director Kim Selody in a media release. “This is a place for generations and cultures to come together and play with ideas through theatre, music and dance. It’s a great way to make friends and reach across generations, beliefs and diverse cultures. To understand.”
The Presentation House season launches not in the theatre, but with a community parade and performance. In First Welcome Hych’Ka (Sep 30), a giant Coast Salish puppet will lead a procession to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for an afternoon of singing and dancing from the Tsatsu Stalqaya, Taiko Drummers and more.
Where the Wild Things Are (Oct 11-22) returns. Based on the book by Maurice Sendak, this interactive production enlists the help of the audience to help transform Max’s bedroom into the various landscapes on their way to the land of the Wild Things.
Next, Presentation House presents the Rusticate Theatre Production presentation of Berni Stapleton’s The Double Axe Murders (Oct 25-Nov 5). Based on true events, this psychological thriller is steeped in Newfoundland folklore.
Before moving her show to Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, Beverley Elliott brings her latest one-woman show to the North Shore. A prequel to her Vancouver Fringe show …didn’t see that coming, in Sink or Swim (Nov 8-12), Elliott tells stories and sings as she recounts her early years.
Cause and Effect Circus comes to Presentation House with The New Conformity (Nov 22-Dec 3), as the trio of jugglers explore the comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality.
The new year features an international collaboration with Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina in a production of Sleeping Beauty Dreams (Jan 25-Feb 4). Using humour and marionettes, the show is a contemporary look at this classic fairy tale.
In February, Raven Spirit Dance presents the return of Salmon Girl (Feb 14-17). Theatre, dance, music and puppetry combine to tell this story of a young girl’s journey into a magical world, sharing the importance of salmon to First Nations.
In Sequence (Mar 15-26), Vancouver’s Realwheels Theatre explores the intersection of math, nature, and spirituality.
The Presentation House season closes with another international co-production, this time between Montreal’s Dynamo Theatre and Portugal’s Teatro O Bando. In Inner Migrant (Apr 25-28), using movement, words, and music, a Montreal actor puts himself in the shoes of a Portuguese immigrant.
For more information on the Presentation House 2017/2018 season visit http://phtheatre.org.