The East Van panto is back for a third year as Theatre Replacement presents their local take on the story of Hansel and Gretel. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Not just for the kiddies, like any good panto Hansel and Gretel weaves some more adult content into this story about the two youngsters and the sweet teeth that get them into trouble.

2. Always hyper-local, with the Commercial Drive area as its central locale, this year the team is venturing outside their traditional panto-hood as the young duo find themselves lost in Stanley Park and Vancouver’s West End.

3. This year’s show takes careful aim at our city’s sometimes pretentious foodie culture with another script penned by Vancouver funny guy, Charlie Demers.

4. Songwriter Vida Hille returns to provide the original music that includes an odd mix of German music and television songs.

5. The traditional panto is all about audience participation. Where else are you going to be encouraged to boo at the villains and cheer on the good guys inside a theatre?

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto plays the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver) until January 3. Visit for tickets and information.