Theatre of the week: July 30 – August 5

Romeo and Juliet at Carousel Theatre for Young People

CTYP’s teen actors take the stage in this epic tragedy of two star-crossed lovers. What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. This timeless and timely tale explores the themes of love and hate, and how prejudice can tear our worlds apart.  The Teen Shakespeare Program is CTYP’s quintessential training program for pre-professional actors; come see the stars of tomorrow on our stage today. Romeo and Juliet is an all ages performance and a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for kids of all ages!

Romeo and Juliet runs July 28th to August 12th, and features two relaxed performances for patrons with autism or other special needs.

For 26 summers, Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program has been providing pre-professional theatre training to teens 13-18 in an intensive six-week program. The program provides an opportunity for participants to enhance their performing abilities and further their development as emerging artists while providing the community with free and accessible theatre.

TSP is an excellent training opportunity for teen actors to receive training in classical voice for the stage, Shakespeare text, movement, and character development under the tutelage of instructors who are members for Vancouver’s professional theatre community.

Admission to the program is by audition, held in January of each year. For more information, e-mail

Tickets: Free! Can be reserved for $5| Location: Performance Works Outdoor Stage, Granville Island | Website

Much Ado About Nothing at Bard on the Beach

Directed by John Murphy, Much Ado About Nothing alternates with The Winter’s Tale on Bard on the Beach’s BMO Mainstage this summer. Murphy sets the already upbeat and silly play in the drama-filled world of a film set.

It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.

As always with Shakespeare, I recommend reading the play or watching a movie version before heading to Bard. It’ll allow you to enjoy the interpretation while still being able to follow the story. For your pre-Bard research, I highly suggest Joss Whedon’s film version of Much Ado About Nothing, from 2012.

Much Ado About Nothing runs until September 23rd at Bard on the Beach.

Tickets: $21 – $59 | Location: Bard on the Beach, Vanier Park | Website

Off Key: The Improvised Musical at Instant Theatre

Off Key Musical Improv is a group of dedicated, talented improvisers who create a musical from scratch before your very eyes – using your suggestions!

off key improv

Off Key Improv is a Vancouver improv group with Instant Theatre

In the past they’ve done themed performances from Disney to Sondheim. This month their show is called “The Semitony Awards”. A play on the Broadway theatre awards – The Tony Awards – Off Key Improv will present the glitziest, silliest gala in Vancouver as the ‘celebrate’ awards shows and everything that goes with them. Expect celebrity cameos, show-stopping musical numbers, and bizarre acceptance speech chaos. Anything can happen… at the SemiTonys.

For this special edition, dressing up is encouraged!

Semitony is on August 5th at 10:30 PM. They often sell out the small Havana Theatre in the back of the Havana Restaurant on Commercial Drive, so get your tickets in advance!

Tickets: $10 | Location: Havana Theatre, Commercial Drive | Website


What are your favourite shows happening in the Lower Mainland? Let us know to have them featured next week.


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