5 shows not to miss this holiday season

With the festive season well underway we can’t think of a better way to escape the hustle-bustle than by taking a breath and enjoying the live performing arts.

With so much to choose from this time of year, we have put together out list of five shows we think are deserving of your attention.

1. A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill

A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill (until Dec 30) is family-friendly seasonal fun from Carousel Theatre for Young People. As our reviewer said, this double-dose of the Peanuts Gang may not be profound, but it sure feels good.

Rebecca Talbot (Sally), Kevin Takahide Lee (Schroeder), Emilie Leclerc (Lucy) and Cecilly Day (Snoopy) in the Carousel Theatre for Young People production of A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Rebecca Talbot (Sally), Kevin Takahide Lee (Schroeder), Emilie Leclerc (Lucy) and Cecilly Day (Snoopy) in the Carousel Theatre for Young People production of A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill. Photo by Tim Matheson.

2. East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz

We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy! Designed for the whole family, everyone will find something to enjoy in East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz (until Jan 6).

Members of the cast of East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Members of the cast of East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz. Photo by Emily Cooper.

3. Little Dickens: Daisy Theatre presents A Christmas Carol

While our previous two picks were for the whole family, here is something just for the adults. Little Dickens: Daisy Theatre presents A Christmas Carol (until Dec 22) is a show our reviewer said “brims with imagination and wit”.

In this retelling of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge becomes Esme Scrooge, a self-centred, gin-riddled diva.
In this retelling of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge becomes Esme Scrooge, a self-centred, gin-riddled diva.

4. Christmas With Chor Leoni

Chor Leoni presents their holiday concert of seasonal songs to warm your winter night in Christmas With Chor Leoni (Dec 14-17). Familiar melodies, new works and a cappella harmonies united in this annual Vancouver tradition.

Chor Leoni presents its annual Christmas concert.
Chor Leoni presents its annual Christmas concert.

5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

While this one isn’t a Christmas story per se, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (until Dec 29) does capture the magic and wonder of the season. So much so, our reviewer says it “runs on magic”. Bonus: the “big guy” himself does make an appearance.

Rebecca DeBoer and John Voth star in the return of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre. Photo by Ron Reed.
Rebecca DeBoer and John Voth star in the return of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre. Photo by Ron Reed.