Dot & Ziggy, Maker Faire and The Imaginary Invalid
Dot & Ziggy, Maker Faire and The Imaginary Invalid

A new month and a whole new list of what we’re most excited about this week on Vancouver stages.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]One of the best ways to grow the next generations of theatre-goers is to get them interested in theatre while their young! That’s why we love what the folks at Carousel Theatre for Young People do. Their latest show, Dot & Ziggy (Jun 3-14), is a gentle, interactive theatre experience as children, parents and caregivers sit on mats as the action happens all around them, and little ones are welcome to move and interact as they experience theatre on their terms. A story of sharing featuring the unlikely pairing of a ladybug and a skunk, with the help of a wise spider and the audience, Dot and Ziggy have more in common than you might think.

Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Dot & Ziggy
Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Dot & Ziggy. Photo: Carousel Theatre for Young People.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]United Players of Vancouver closes out its season with The Imaginary Invalid (Jun 5-28). This comédie-ballet by the French playwright Molière also includes dance sequences and musical interludes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier to tell its story of the a hypochondriac who decides that he can get all the medical attention he craves, at no cost, by marrying off his daughter to a doctor. Little does he know that his gold-digging wife, his insolent maid and his rebellious young daughter have other ideas.

United Players of Vancouver present  Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid
United Players of Vancouver present Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. Photo: Facebook / United Players.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]What do robotic dogs, homegrown drones, hand-sewn quilts, Arduino projects and interactive art installations have in common? They are all part of the 5th Annual Maker Faire (June 6 & 7). A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement, this is the place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

The Vancouver Maker Faire  is Vancouver's biggest show and tell
The Vancouver Maker Faire is Vancouver’s biggest show and tell. Photo by Emily Smith.