#FridayFive: 5 shows not to miss in June

While summer may arrive on June 21, that doesn’t mean things slow down for our vibrant performing arts scene. Besides, with the weather office predicting higher than normal temperatures this summer, you may find a short respite from the heat, while discovering a gem on a Vancouver stage.

Here are five shows we think you should not miss this month:

1. We Three (June 5-17)

We’ve always believed developing the love for the performing arts begins by introducing children to the arts early in life. One Vancouver theatre company taking this to heart is Carousel Theatre for Young People, and their innovative Bee Stage. Recommended for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, We Three explores colour, shapes and friendships in a gentle & interactive show for the littlest of theatre-goers (and their caregivers).  More information at carouseltheatre.ca.

2. Victim Impact (June 8-17)

From the company that gave us the award-winning Foreign Radical, comes a live documentary theatrical work about our province’s largest Ponzi scheme. Claiming over 200 victims and involving more than $110 million, Victim Impact explores the “fallout for those affected as they got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials”. More information at conspiracy.ca.

The cast of Theatre Conspiracy's Victim Impact. Photo by Chris Randle.
The cast of Theatre Conspiracy’s Victim Impact. Photo by Chris Randle.

3. Once (June 14-July 29)

They say that once is never enough, and that old adage is certainly true for this musical love story. Our contributing editor at Vancouver Presents has seen Once twice before and gushed: “while the musical Once has all the hallmarks of a beautiful love story, it is much more than that. Once is a story about love.” Be sure to give yourself plenty of time as the pub opens early.  More information at artsclub.com.

4. Slime (June 15-24)

From the Tony-nominated playwright of Frozen (no, not that Frozen) comes Slime. Set in a not-too-distant future, audiences are invited to a climate-change conference where animals are at the table. More information at theonlyanimal.com.

5. Mane Event (June 25 & July 2)

The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is not just about the plays. Included in the summer festival’s roster is a selection of special events, including the Chor Leoni Men’s Choir return to the tents at Vanier Park with Mane Event. Marking the final production on the Bard stage, ending a 25 year tradition, this farewell concert includes Broadway hits, Canadian folk songs, a Gaga/Madonna mash-up, and pop songs galore. It is all wrapped inside a theatrical performance audiences have come to expect. More information at chorleoni.org or bardonthebeach.org.

The Chor Leoni Men's Choir
The Chor Leoni Men’s Choir celebrates its 25 year history with Bard on the Beach.