Avenue Q, Miss Shakespeare & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This week we revisit the puppets on Avenue Q, go on a journey of subversion with Shakespeare’s daughter, and for the first time ever, actually enjoy watching a spelling bee.

1Avenue Q

Kayla Dunbar and Andrew MacDonald-Smith in the Arts Club production of Avenue Q. Photo by David Cooper.

Combining the warm fuzzies of a Saturday morning special with the humour and razor wit of South Park, the loveable puppets of Avenue Q (now until Dec 31) are back again at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage. What our reviewer two years ago called “a slick balance of polished performance and a bottle rocket blast of glee”, it really isn’t all about the puppet-on-puppet sex.

2Miss Shakespeare

Members of the cast of Miss Shakespeare.

The Firehall Arts Centre presents a remount of the Musical TheatreWorks production of Miss Shakespeare (now until Nov 26). Feminism, fun and a little history lesson collide in this tale of the Bard’s daughter, whose own creative aspirations come alive as she leads a group of women in something secret, subversive, and illegal: the staging of a play.

3The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

While not a remount, this isn’t the first time Vancouver audiences have had an opportunity to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (now until Dec 10). This time round it is Fighting Chance Productions continuing its 10th anniversary season with this charming musical of six pre-pubescent youngsters discovering themselves against the backdrop of a spelling contest.