This year's festival features performances of James and the Giant Peach, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, and Animal Farm.
This year's festival features performances of James and the Giant Peach, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, and Animal Farm.

Arts Umbrella’s Expressions Theatre Festival returns with its annual curated festival featuring the students in its pre-professional theatre programs.

Here are five reasons we think you should check it out:

1. Two musical theatre classics

Among the quartet of shows at this year’s festival are the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book James and the Giant Peach, and James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up Into the Woods.

2. Two “straight” plays

It’s not all about the musical though with performances of a stage adaptation of the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan, and an adaptation of George Orwell’s allegory to communism Animal Farm.

3. The next generation of theatre artists

With performances by students in both its junior & senior musical theatre and theatre troupes, it is a great opportunity to see Vancouver’s next generation of theatre artists.

4. An immersive learning experience

In preparing for the festival, these emerging artists perform on a professional stage and learn about all of the facets and operations behind bringing works to the stage.

5. A unique industry led program

Arts Umbrella offers students the training and tools needed to pursue a career in theatre, with local industry instructors guiding students in a process unique to Arts Umbrella. Each year culminates with the festival.

The Arts Umbrella’s 2019 Expressions Theatre Festival plays the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island May 17-25. Visit artsumbrella.com for tickets and information.