Our picks this week: The Great Leap, Vancouver Opera Festival & VAMP
Our picks this week: The Great Leap, Vancouver Opera Festival & VAMP

The Great Leap (until May 19)

Who: Arts Club Theatre Company
What: The Great Leap
Where: BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver)
When: Until 19
Why: Inspired by playwright Lauren Yee’s father, who traveled from Chinatown to Beijing to play basketball in the 1980s, The Great Leap weaves a tale of international politics and personal identity as it follows an American basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989. More information at artsclub.com.

Jovanni Sy, Agnes Tong, Toby Berner, and Milton Lim in The Great Leap. Photo by Pink Monkey Studios.
Jovanni Sy, Agnes Tong, Toby Berner, and Milton Lim in The Great Leap. Photo by Pink Monkey Studios.

Third Annual Vancouver Opera Festival (until May 5)

Who: Vancouver Opera
What: Third Annual Vancouver Opera Festival
Where: Various Locations (Vancouver)
When: April 18
Why: Exploring the theme of Fairytales & Fables, this year’s Vancouver Opera Festival is nine days of voice, music, theatre and visual arts. Mainstage productions include Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Gounod’s Faust, and the world premiere of Brian Current’s The River of Light. More information at vancouveropera.ca.

Vancouver Opera presents Faust as part of its 3rd annual festival.
Vancouver Opera presents Faust as part of its 3rd annual festival.

VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque (May 3-18)

Who: Toofly Productions
What: VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque
Where: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver)
When: May 3-18
Why: Blending circus, burlesque, and musical theatre in this bawdy and body-positive story of a young woman who encounters a whole host of wickedly extravagant monsters based on the seven deadly sins. More information at toofly.ca.

Song, dance and tease are all part of VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque. Photo by Ryan Bolton.
Song, dance and tease are all part of VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque. Photo by Ryan Bolton.