Betsy Bear (Devon Busswood), Huckle Cat (Colin Sheen) and Grocer Cat (Kayla Dunbar) in the Carousel Theatre for Young People production of Richard Scarry’s Busytown.
Betsy Bear (Devon Busswood), Huckle Cat (Colin Sheen) and Grocer Cat (Kayla Dunbar) in the Carousel Theatre for Young People production of Richard Scarry’s Busytown.

There is something for all ages this week on Vancouver stages including the city’s annual dance fest, a new show from the Realwheels theatre company and a musical stage adaptation of a beloved children’s book.

[pullquote]“The Vancouver International Dance Festival exists to celebrate and explore dance in its enriching and endlessly fascinating incarnations,” Barbara Bourget, Artistic Director[/pullquote]The 2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival (until Mar 29) features artists from China, Spain, the United States of America, Germany/Japan, and Canada performing techniques and styles as diverse as butoh, hip hop, flamenco, ballet, as well as cutting edge contemporary dance.

From the producers of Skydive comes a new production of the Tony award-winning play Whose Life Is It Anyway? (until March 22) about a sculptor who, paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident, fights for the right to die.  Starring Bob Frazer, the play raises important issues of medical ethics and human dignity.

Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Busytown (until March 30) a charming musical based on the beloved children books by Richard Scarry featuring the adventures of the book’s favourite characters including Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and Betsy Bear as we learn what exactly people do all day. Recommended for ages 3+.