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East Van Panto Celebrates 10 Years With Their Own Spin On The Little Mermaid

6 Nov

The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are thrilled to present East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, November 16, 2022 until January 1, 2023, at the York Theatre.

For a decade, Theatre Replacement and The Cultch have partnered to bring this holiday tradition like no other. It transforms well-known stories with an East Van twist and has something for all ages. This year, East Van Panto is going under the sea with a wild East Van-centric adventure to the bottom of the Burrard Inlet and back.

In East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, Ariel is busking with her girl band at New Brighton Beach, when she falls in love with a teenage mer-person. She dives into an ocean adventure, where she makes a questionable deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, fights off evil electric eels with her trash crab BFF, Sebastian, and has to help save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.

The writer-director duo from last year’s East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland, Sonja Bennett and Meg Roe, return to create this year’s 10th anniversary production with Veda Hille, who has been writing the music and fun parodies of popular songs since East Van Panto began. For those that have attended past shows, you will know the music is great every year. Tickets start are $35 and are now available online for in person shows with audience participation encouraged. If you prefer to take in the show from the comfort of home, The Little Mermaid is available to watch online on-demand from December 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023 through RE/PLAY, The Cultch’s digital playground. To learn more, visit The Cultch.

“It is the silliest, most wonderful of traditions.
And for me, it has become essential.” 
The Globe and Mail

“If the East Van Panto isn’t part of your holiday tradition yet,
what are you waiting for?”
Georgia Straight

“East Van Panto has earned its place as one of the best-loved holiday traditions in Vancouver…”
Colin Thomas

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

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