This week it is all about the music as we go back to middle school in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, visit River City by way of Richmond with The Music Man, and take in a concert of holiday gospel favourites from the Vancouver Good Noise Gospel Choir.

1The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The cast of the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Your best bet on stage right now continues to be the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (until Dec 10). What our reviewer called “simply terrific”, this is the antidote to your Christmas anxiety.

2The Music Man

Gateway Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical The Music Man

There may be trouble in River City, but there is also a whole lot of fun as Richmond’s Gateway Theatre presents Meredith Wilson’s Broadway musical, The Music Man (8-31 December). The family-friendly musical is a story of redemption and how a big brass band can change everything.

3Something to Treasure

The Vancouver Good Noise Gospel Choir is joined by The Alumni Project for its annual holiday concert

The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents its annual holiday concert, Something to Treasure – A Good Noise Christmas (Dec 9-11). Ideal for audiences of all ages, the program offers uplifting gospel adaptions of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Grown Up Christmas List, plus many more favourites.