The company of the 2016 Carousel Theatre production of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which returns in November as part of .A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill. Photo by Tim Matheson.
The company of the 2016 Carousel Theatre production of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which returns in November as part of .A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill. Photo by Tim Matheson.

In a media release today, Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) announced a 2018-2019 season of seven shows under the banner of “The Gift of Friendship”.

“Characters in each of the plays embark on adventures, big and small, and make important discoveries about themselves and the world around them,” says the release.

As its name suggests, the award-winning company focuses on providing theatrical experiences for young people and their families. The only professional theatre company in British Columbia offering a mainstage season of plays specifically for young people, its mandate is to provide “playful, exceptional and accessible theatrical experiences that inspire, involve and educate.”

The mainstage 2018-2019 season will feature five productions, including two musicals, puppetry, a dance/theatre hybrid, and a production geared for older children. The BEE Stage, a theatrical experience designed for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, returns with a world premiere from Vancouver playwrights, Kayla Dunbar and Dustin Freeland.

Kicking off the season, participants in CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program return to the Granville Island outdoor stage with a production of the Bard’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jul 27-Aug 11).

The mainstage season begins with a production of A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill (Nov 24-Dec 30), featuring You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, paired with a return of CTYP’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In February, Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre returns to Vancouver with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (Feb 23 & 24). This co-presentation with Axis Theatre Company brings three theatre companies together in a puppetry triple-bill.

Next up is the new musical, Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play (Mar 2-31), about the adventure of two best friends.

In April, Salmon Girl (Apr 6-14) takes audiences on an underwater adventure. Created by Raven Spirit Dance, it is the story of a young girl who befriends a salmon.

From Australian company, Slingsby, comes a production of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King (Apr 13-21), a coming-of-age story grappling with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion.

Closing out the season, on the BEE Stage comes the Canadian premiere of I Sea Sky (Jun 4-23). This production will take babies, toddlers and preschoolers on a journey along the British Columbia coast.

For more information on the Carousel Theatre for Young People 2018-2019 season visit carouseltheatre.ca.