Our picks this week: 3 shows to see before they close this week

East Van Panto: Pinocchio

Who: The Cultch
What: East Van Panto: Pinocchio
Where: York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC)
When: Until January 5
Why: What our reviewer called “a great deal of fun for both adults and kids“, this 7th edition of the East Van Panto is an irreverent and local take on the classic story of the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. More information at thecultch.com.

Members of the cast of the Theatre Replacement production of East Van Panto: Pinocchio. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Members of the cast of the Theatre Replacement production of East Van Panto: Pinocchio. Photo by Emily Cooper.

The Sound of Music

Who: Arts Club Theatre Company
What: The Sound of Music
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St, Vancouver)
When: Until January 5
Why: This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic continues to remind us that love can indeed conquer hatred and fear in a show our reviewer says “should be on the list of every family looking for a joyful festive season“.  More information at artsclub.com.

Members of the cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Sound of Music. Set and costume design by Drew Facey and lighting design by Itai Erdal. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Members of the cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Sound of Music. Set and costume design by Drew Facey and lighting design by Itai Erdal. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Peter Pan

Who: Carousel Theatre for Young People
What: Peter Pan
Where: Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver)
When: Until January 5
Why: Peter Pan takes flight in this stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grew up. Getting the ultimate kid recommendation it is “thoroughly engaging from start to finish” and receives the ultimate kid recommendation.  More information at carouseltheatre.ca.

Members of the cast of the Carousel Theatre for Young People production of Peter Pan. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Members of the cast of the Carousel Theatre for Young People production of Peter Pan. Photo by Tim Matheson.